I can't understate the profound impact books have had on my own personal growth.
Authors like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and Brene Brown have led me to life-altering shifts in my world view. They have given me invaluable tools for overcoming life's inevitable difficulties and for finding real and lasting happiness.
Embracing the power of the present moment, learning to question my own thoughts, and discovering practical life skills are all abilities I've honed through reading the works of many talented thought leaders over the years.
As a personal development blogger, I've also had the pleasure of engaging with hundreds of other bloggers and online experts. I've partnered with some on courses. I've written for their blogs, and they've written for mine. And I've created some invaluable friendships with people around the world who are some of the most talented personal development writers I've ever read.
As the self-publishing industry has exploded, more and more of these bloggers have been able to share their wisdom and life changing insights with the world through their books. I want to share some of my favorites with you.
Here are 20 life-changing books from some of my favorite bloggers and authors:
Steve is a prolific writer about habits, productivity, organizing, online business strategies, exercise, and many more topics. He blogs at Develop Good Habits and has a popular podcast about writing Kindle books. In fact, Steve and I are writing a book together on decluttering your home which will be published in a few weeks. I love Steve's books because they are filled with practical, highly useful techniques and strategies he's used himself to improve his life and his business. Check out his author page for all of his books, but here are a few of my favorites:
Gretchen isn't a self-published author — in fact she's a New York Times blockbuster bestselling author and creator of her top-ranked blog. I connected with Gretchen several years ago when she was a contributor for another blog I edited, and more recently she served as a guest expert for my Sticky Habits course. Gretchen has just published an amazing book on habits that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn how to create more good habits in their lives.
Also, if you've never read her books on finding happiness, you may be one of the few people left on the planet who hasn't! Check them out:
I'd followed Joshua's blog, Becoming Minimalist, for several years before I met him in person at The World Domination Summit in Portland a couple of years ago. As one of the top personal development bloggers on the internet, Joshua commands a huge following — but he's as down-to-earth and easy-going as your best friend. He was writing about minimalism and simplicity before they became a “thing.” And his writing is absolutely beautiful and refreshing. Check out these two short but profound reads by Joshua:
Lori is one on the nicest bloggers and writers you'd ever want to meet. She runs a fabulous blog called Tiny Buddha — which had it's origins as a quote-of-the-day Twitter account many years ago. Now her Twitter account has 460,000 followers and her blog has exploded to attract millions of monthly readers. I love how she tapped into the wisdom of her Twitter followers to share quotes and stories about inspiration in their daily lives. It makes for a fascinating, relatable book that should always sit on your bedside table:
Also check out her newest book on self-love:
Jonathan Fields is just cool. He is simply himself, and that's so fascinating you can't help but read everything he writes about life, happiness, work, and figuring yourself out. He tells the real story on his blog and gets down to the juicy parts of life that you won't read on your typical self-improvement site. I love his writing, and I suspect you will too. He turns fear on its head and teaches us to look at everything through different lenses. Check out his two bestsellers:
Chris is a seeker and non-conformist extraordinaire who teaches us how to seize life on our own terms. He knows how to do this because he's done it himself — building a wildly successful, non-traditional business and blog, traveling to every country in the world by age 35, founding World Domination Summit (a global gathering of world-changers) and publishing several bestselling books. When his latest book came out, The Happiness of Pursuit, I looked at the title and thought, “Damn, why didn't I think of that?” If you want to follow your dream, go on your quest, find your passion, or change the world, you have to check out Chris's books:
Stephen is a man after my own heart because he firmly believes in practical personal development — not “woo woo,” out there, attract-it-with-moon-beams notions that keep us planted in dreamland. He uses his personal experience (which is relatable), his wisdom (which is abundant), and his common sense to show us how to make real change on his blog Deep Existence. Plus his writing is fun and easy to read. I can't wait for his newest book which comes out in a few weeks:
But in the meantime, read is wildly popular, bestselling books on one of my favorite topics:
OK, I know — but I have to put myself on the list! Here are a few of my books, and be on the lookout for my upcoming book (co-authored with Steve Scott) on simplifying and decluttering your home:
You can check out all of my books here:
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