Whether you read a book a week, a book a month, or a book a year, you can’t deny the power of reading for you own personal development. It is a cheap (or free if you borrow from the library) way to grow and develop yourself. As a business owner this is so important and each level you reach in your biz requires a new level of you and constantly reading and learning will help you grow as a person and in turn your business will grow too.

I don’t read nearly as often as I would like to but when I do, the books on my list are those that are going to develop me. These are the books I have read in the last year so I thought I would share them here on the blog as it may inspire you to pick up one of these to help in your personal development journey.

All these books have had actionable steps I can take in my biz or in life and have all inspired and motivated me in different ways.

The Four Year Career – Richard B Brooke

This is the first network marketing book I read and it is a quick read to help get your head around the biz model that is network marketing and has some great case studies of successful network marketers – a must if you are in network marketing.

Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, How to tell your story in a noisy social world – Gary Vaynerchuk

If you want to give your social media a boost and try a new strategy, this is the book for you. Gary V as he is known online shares his strategies for planning the ‘right hook’ that will knock out the competition. It’s all about building the relationship – sharing value and then asking for the sale.

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Anchor

So many of us think that if _______ happens then we will be happy – that success will bring happiness, money will bring happiness but the reality is that happiness fuels success and that when we are positive our brains become more engaged, creative and productive at work. In this book, Shawn Anchor outlines seven practical principals we can follow to maximise our potential.

Mastering your Mean Girl – Melisssa Ambrosini

We all have a mean girl – you know the voice in your head that brings you down, says you can’t do something? She is the doubt, the fear, the ego that stops you from living the life you dream of. This book is super inspiring and has practical tips that Melissa has used over time to master her mean girl and create her dream life – and her message – you can too! Super inspirational read if you let your mean girl get the better of you.

The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

This book explains why some people continue to achieve their dreams and others don’t due to living by the principal of the slight edge. This book shows you how you can create powerful results from consistent daily activities using tools that are available to everyone to access – a must read for anyone who wants to achieve their goals (whatever they may be).

You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

This book is entertaining and easy to read with some really inspiring stories, advice and exercises you can do to help you get what you want and not let those self-sabotaging beliefs get in the way.

Lean In –Sheryl Sandberg

If you are a women reading this blog (which it is likely you are) you may be interested to read this book. Sheryl Sandberg is known for her TED talk where she described how women hold themselves back in their careers. This book provides some great actions for women to follow to combine professional achievement and personal fulfilment.

Playing Big – Tara Mohr

If you have had enough of playing small in life and work then you need to read this book. This book provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action. Whatever it is that you want to play bigger in – this book will help!

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you want to live a creative life then read this book. Elizabeth invites us to embrace our curiosity and uncover the ‘strange jewels’ that are hidden inside of us and encourages us to infuse our lives everyday with more mindfulness and passion.

Daring & Disruptive, unleashing the entrepreneur  – Lisa Messenger

Lisa Messenger is CEO of the Messenger group and has written a few books – this is the first I read and gives an account of her rollercoaster ride as the creator and founder of the magazine, Collective Hub. I had the privilege of meeting Lisa at an event in Melbourne a few years ago and she is full of energy and her books provide an honest look into her journey – one in which she didn’t give up – an inspiring read for the budding entrepreneur – it will encourage you to dig deep and stick to your guns with your goals and dreams.

Money + Mindfulness – Lisa Messenger

If you have blocks around money this is a great book for you to read. This book will encourage you to stop using money as a block to doing what you really want to do. Step out of your comfort zone and make it happen. If you really want it, money will not block you. Lisa shares her own journey honestly and it is a great book to shift your money mindset.

The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

I was given this book as a gift and at first I was a little offended but when my friend explained a bit about the book I was intrigued. I have been a bit of a hoarder in my life and this book has changed the way I simplify, organise and store things at home. While I haven’t don’t a complete flip on everything at home, I often think about the content of this book when organising and tidying. A tidy home = a tidy mind.

The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

As I write this, we are still working through this book – I saw we as this is a book you need to read and go through with your partner. We are loving the simple steps to organise out money into buckets and work to pay off debts to live the way we want to. This book is a must for everyone – anyone can apply these concepts to their finances.

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So there you have it! You don't have to follow all the steps in the books you read - just pick what resonates most with you. There are loads more that I have on my list to get and some sitting on my bookshelf unread.

Reading books is one of the best ways to develop yourself, take away things to action in your life and also a great way to shift you mindset.