I love personal development, growth, and overall psychological mindset shaping books. It has made a huge difference in how I work, when I work, relationships in my life, my approach to life, my values, and so many other facets of my very being.
Learning how I can be the best version of myself is good for me and for the world, so I invest a lot of time in it.
Here are my favorites in no particular order (except #1) and some quotes that have resonated:
1. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
2. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
“Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.”
3. Grit by Angela Duckworth
“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”
4. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
“Profit is not an event. It’s a habit.”
5. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
“In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.”
7. Big Magic by Liz Gilbert
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
8. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
“We think our job as humans is to avoid pain, our job as parents is to protect our children from pain, and our job as friends is to fix each other’s pain. Maybe that’s why we all feel like failures so often – because we all have the wrong job description for love.”
9. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”
What do I need to add to my summer reading list?