4 Great Reads for Personal and Professional Development

Self-help (or personal development) books are often polarizing reads — they either garner a loyal following or a mob of critics. Depending on where you are in your personal or professional journey, many of these books can have a powerful impact or they may not even strike a chord.

One thing’s for certain: the process of learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom. So, if you’re someone who is always willing to learn, grow and make positive steps towards your own development then here are a few books that may help you along the way:

7 habits

1. The All-Encompassing Self-Help Book:

“7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey is THE book on personal and professional development. It’s one of those timeless reads that you can apply to every facet of your life to create positive change.  Millions have touted the impact of this book so I won’t go too much into it, but if you’d like to read some in-depth reviews you can check them out here.


creativity, inc.

2. Leadership & Creating Culture:

“Creativity, Inc.” isn’t just a book for leaders in the fields of creativity and innovation. It’s a book about fostering a driven and passionate company culture that can achieve continuous success. A bestseller, there are takeaways for individuals at every stage of their professional development. It’s also an intriguing read if you’re just looking for a good story that covers the origins and rise of Pixar Animation.


how to win friends

3. Communicating & Influencing:

“How to Win Friends & Influence People,” is another one of those timeless reads that professionals can apply to their daily lives for awesome results.  This book is a must-read if you work in sales or public relations, as it’s all about building positive relationships with just about anyone you meet.  Some of the techniques Dale Carnegie details in the book may seem like common sense (like “remember peoples’ names”), but they’re also things we often forget in the midst of communicating with others.


Rising Strong

4. Managing Stress & Addressing Failure:

Brene Brown isn’t a self-help guru, but a researcher, who found through her studies the differences between those who fall and stay down, and those who fall and pop right back up — even stronger than before. Whether you are someone who is facing small setbacks or someone who has seen and felt tragedy, “Rising Strong” will help you to not only come to terms with your falls but own your stories of struggle and hardship. As Brown puts it, “the irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the falls.”

What personal/professional development books would you recommend?

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