Four Must-Read Books for Personal Development

The power of reading allows us to expose ourselves to new thinking, it affords us room for self improvement, and expands our understanding of the world. In just a few hours, we can gain from other people’s experience, expand our vocabulary, and boost creativity all while gaining valuable tools for communicating in the workplace. The reality is, reading can be the key to a better self in more areas than one. We all have full schedules that make choosing what is most important in our daily rhythms an absolute necessity. Reading, seems to be the first chop for many in the cutting away of the extraneous or inefficient to create what feels like a healthier, less crazy lifestyle.

At Relode, we love being a resource towards personal development. A place for people to continue to grow professionally and personally, no matter where they are in their career. So we’ve gathered together four books that will give you a great place to revitalize your quest for learning or to reintroduce reading into your regular rhythms.

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

For those of us not in the habit of reading, this may be the best place for us to start — learn how to create healthy habits. Duhigg dives deep into the science behind our habits and how we can change them. We all know we need healthy habits like eating well-balanced meals, exercising and reading regularly. But we often have a hard time knowing exactly where to start, so Duhigg spells it out for us. He gives us the why and the how for us to make beautiful, life changing habits that last.

Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday

Learning from other people’s wins and failures makes everything click a little faster as opposed to a list of do’s and don’ts. Ryan Holiday beautifully captures the wisdom of those who have gone before us in Ego is The Enemy. He tells great stories while giving practical advice. Here’s a snippet from the prologue:

“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.”

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) – Seth Godin

Seth Godin has a habit of writing best sellers, but this one (unlike many of his other Marketer-focused books) applies to everyone and landed on the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journey best seller lists. In this short book, he teaches you “when to quit and when to stick.” It helps you practically look at your current situations and know what’s worth your time and effort and what’s not.

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Carnegie’s best selling, How to Win Friends & Influence People doesn’t disappoint as truly stood the test of time. Published in 1998 this classic still remains a bestseller and is the 10th most read book on Amazon. Carnegie’s advice includes: 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking, 9 ways to change people without using resentment and 6 ways to make people like you. Quite simply, the book coaches you on how to be a great people person. These skills help in all different shapes and phases of life.

You matter to us and seeing you win is what we care most about! Keep reading, keep sharing and keep loving well.

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Alyssa McNally