My Top Personal Development Books For Success

  • As promised, I wanted to give you a post dedicated solely to my top personal development books for your personal success. If you want to read my tips on incorporating this wonderful habit into your daily routine, go ahead and visit my previous entry on the subject.

1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. My favorite thing about this book is that it completely shatters the idea that success has to be achieved overnight. When I read it, I felt like a 50-pound rock was lifted off of my shoulders. Imagine how much pressure we put ourselves under to keep up with everyone else. Everywhere in our society the message expressed by the media is clear: there is a magic pill that will make you X,Y,Z overnight. Olson unravels this idea: success doesn't come from quantum leaps that we take or "big breaks" that suddenly happen--success happens as a result of small, consistent actions taken over a period of time. 

2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. You're going to notice a theme among the books I've chosen: practice, practice, failure, tweaking, practice, practice is what leads to success. Gladwell tries to examine why some people are wildly successful. Some of it has to do with environment, but here's what I got out of it: if you want to stumble upon success, you need to go for a walk every single day. Every single day. The more you increase your involvement with your goal, you elevate your chances of finding success. 

3. The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy. To me, Hardy's book puts together the first two books' ideas. It's what allowed me to gain more clarity on what Gladwell and Olson were saying. Hardy's ideas are no different; what's different is the way he helps you visualize this concept: if you show up every day and take action to change your life (whatever your goal is) that actions snowballs and compounds and, eventually, turns into an avalanche of success. 


Libet Chang