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I’m often asked which books are most transformational for people who want to follow their dreams, change the world, lead fantastic lives and be amazing. So, I made it a point to dig deeper into the best books to read, the effects of reading and why it is important. 
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot
Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year!
One habit successful people have in common is that they read, a lot. This might be an inconvenient truth for some people but many of the brightest minds in the world today say they owe their success to reading.
Bill Gates says that he reads about 50 books a year, which breaks down to one to per week. Some people wait for the next great movie but Bill Gate waits for the next great book. Why would the world’s richest man — worth an estimated 90.2 Billion USD — spend so much time leafing through pages? The answer is simple – a rich mind equals a rich life. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. You cannot have a rich life with a poor mindset.
In an interview with Katherine Rosman at the New York Times, Gates explained that reading has always been one of the “chief ways” that he learns. “These days, I also get to visit interesting places, meet with scientists, and watch a lot of lectures online,” Gates explained. “But reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
In fact, Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success and he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Warren Buffett (Networth 84.3 billion USD) is the undisputed king of reading, he spends 80 percent of his day reading.
Here are a few more top business leaders and entrepreneurs who make reading a major part of their daily lifestyle: The figures depicted are as of December 2017.


  • Elon Musk (Networth 20.6 Billion USD), the greatest entrepreneur of the 21st century is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Networth 72.3 Billion USD), the undisputed king of social networking resolved to read a book every 2 weeks
  • Richard Branson (Networth 5.1 Billion USD), Tie-loathing adventurer, thrill seeker and self-made billionaire says his belief in possessing a “growth” mindset is in reading great books – leadership books. In his blog post, “Read to lead,” the Virgin Group founder reveals five of his favorite books
  • Mark Cuban (Networth 3.3 Billion USD), owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and businessman reads 3 hours every day.


I’ve discovered through studying and researching on successful people that if you want to get ahead, you must read as many books as you can. It’s not just about reading randomly anything. What you choose is read very important. Successful people read educational, leadership and personal development books while poor people read tabloids, fashion magazines, newspapers, romance and novels. Successful people in particular obsess over biographies and autobiographies of other successful people for guidance and inspiration.
I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At that moment I realized right there my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master and coach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. 
So, if you’re looking for personal development books that can truly make a difference in your life, look no further. The following presents my research selection of the best self-help books from a variety of different categories. These are the books that will enable you to accelerate your life to the next level. They will ignite the fire within you and motivate you to be the best you can be. Let’s shift gears in the New Year with this collection of true masterpieces from the best of the best. 
Definitely make some time each day to read. Small little advances in your knowledge base lead to quantum improvements in your performance over time.
So, pick a book that truly interests you. Don’t just read it. Master it. Dissect its contents and implement its wisdom into your life. You’ll be amazed how incredibly powerful the impact of just one book can be. So here are 100 best of the best personal development books I took time to research and compile for you. Read them. Share them. Study them. LIVE them.
  1. Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  2. Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
  3. The Greatest Salesman in the World by OG Mandino
  4. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  5. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor
  6. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
  7. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
  8. Quantum Success by Sandra Anne Taylor
  9. Excuse Me Your Life is waiting by Lynne Grabhorn
  10. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  11. As You Think. By James Allen.
  12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen. R. Covey
  13. Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
  14. The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind by Alan Wallace
  15. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel
  16. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  17. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
  18. Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz
  19. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell
  20. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  21. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
  22. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  23. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor. E. Frankl
  24. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
  25. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  26. The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  27. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  28. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  29. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  30. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Peale
  31. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  32. Mastery by Robert Greene
  33. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  34. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  35. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  36. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  37. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
  38. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  39. The Richest Man in Babylon George Clason
  40. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  41. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman
  42. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
  43. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  44. The Intelligent Entrepreneur by Bill Murphy
  45. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
  46. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  47. Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  48. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  49. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  50. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  51. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  52. Tribes by Seth Godin
  53. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? And Other Provocations by Seth Godin
  54. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  55. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  56. Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
  57. Super-intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  58. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  59. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  60. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  61. Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  62. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
  63. The Warrior Within by John Little
  64. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  65. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  66. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield
  67. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  68. Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson
  69. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray
  70. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  71. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  72. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  73. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Les Giblin
  74. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  75. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  76. Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong
  77. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Alborn
  78. Screw It Let’s Do it by Richard Branson.
  79. How Much Is Enough Robert & Edward Skidelsky
  80. Built To Last by Jim Collins
  81. Great by Choice by Jim Collins
  82. Swimming With The Sharks- Joris Luyendjik
  83. Bye Bye Banks By James Haycock & Shane Richmond
  84. Shoe Dog By Phil Knight ( Creator Of Nike)
  85. Be Obsessed Or Be Average By Grant Card One
  86. The Capitalist Nigger by Chika Onyeani
  87. Free Will By Sam Harris
  88. Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  89. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There By Marshall Goldsmith
  90. Hard Evidence by Dawnie Wolfe Steadmen (2nd Edition)
  91. Brain Washed (Challenging The Myth Of Black Inferiority) by Tom Burrell
  92. The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma
  93. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  94. How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
  95. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D.
  96. Wattles and Millionaire Mindset by Gerry Robert
  97. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.
  98. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  99. The 12 Success Factors By Dr Joe Mabuela
  100. Heart, Mind and Money. Using Emotional Intelligence for Financial Freedom By Vangile Makwakwa
It’s not always intelligence, education or connections that truly contribute to a person’s success. Instead, it’s the unique ability to see beyond what already exists. To expand the horizon and to discover what truly is possible and some of these discoveries lies in books.

In conclusion, I hope that this list gave you some inspiring ideas about brilliant books you can read. One thing I’m interested in is learning about your favorite personal development books. So, feel free to share your favorites in the comment section below!

By Nicky Verd 
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