Whether you’re 14 or 45 all of these books deserve a read. It was actually really hard for me to narrow down my list to JUST 5! On average, I read about 12-15 books a year and have focused almost solely on personal growth topics in the last 5-6 years so the margin was thin to make the cut into my LIFE CHANGING STATUS of a book that moved me to ya know..change my life 🙂
Ok let’s dive in!
#1 The Four Agreements
The reason this book is my number 1 pick is because as humans AND in such a cold, heartless, social media age, we REALLY need to get a grip on what is important to pay attention to, when to forgive, and what to know is just honestly none of our business. And this book is just that. Based on Toltec wisdom you’re taken back to How to be a Human: 101 and given tools and resources on how to limit your own self beliefs that are creating your own suffering and find joy in new experiences of freedom, true happiness, and love.
I first read this book going through my divorce 10 years ago and it helped me heal a lot of broken pieces and look forward to building a new life.
I continue to read this book once a year to remind me where I am and to break old habits that tend to creep back in. It’s only 140 pages you could read it in a solid Sunday by the fire or on the beach Saturday.
2. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch
Ok, bare with me on this one. If you’re anything like me, titles like this one might make you a little nervous and maybe immediately turn you off. But just hear me out, in Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, Denise Duffield Thomas break’s down some MAJOR human frailties and insecurities with a humor and lightheartedness that you will forget she’s showing you how to MAKE THAT MONEY!!
The lessons I took away from this book far exceeded a materialistic or shallow quality and it’s one I truly believe more people, male and female, need to read.
It gets a little hocus pocus in some areas but if you’re willing to come with an open mind I truly believe Denise will show you where you are sabotaging your income and your lifestyle, working too hard for too little, and breakdown some pretty intense money blocks we all have based on guilt, shame, or embarrassment.
This book is so good I suggest grabbing two! One for you and one for your BFF!
3. Without Rival
I can say without a doubt that Without Rival is a book that will forever stand out to me as my biggest life changing moments. I was freshly back into my spirituality and finding my footing in religion, what I believed, is there a God, and into a new bible study I just literally fell upon. And Without Rival was the book. I don’t believe anything happens by accident and I can say beyond any measure of faith God may have well just dropped this book into my hands it was such a transformative and enlightening experience. I cried A LOT. I saw the things in me I’d been burying and hiding, I saw the ways in which I am loved, I made some REALLY big decisions based on the me that came out after these 240-ish pages and whether you are a “believer” or you’re unsure or maybe you don’t believe at all, give yourself the benefit of opening up your heart to find an author that uses humor and passion to challenge you.
4. You Are A Badass
Here’s another example and a polar opposite way (if you’re comparing it to Without Rival) to really change your mindset and your whole life. I want every man, woman, and child (that can handle F bombs) to read this book. The author, Jen Sincero, dissects every bad thing you’ve ever believed to be true about yourself and replaces it with an inner badass that won’t accept anything but absolutely creating a life you love.
I have read this book but also really enjoyed the audio version because Jen is just super fun to listen to.
This book came to me at a time my business was slowing down, some might call it failing. I was struggling to remember WHY I was even chasing the dreams and goals I had on my list, and maybe at the lowest point of a super unhealthy relationship.
I cried. I laughed A TON. And I got from Jen that just because I was feeling stuck it didn’t actually mean I WAS stuck. I remembered who I was and what I wanted that was layered underneath other people’s wishes. I gave up on the idea that I had to just stick to being this one way because I just always had been. And I let go of the need to please other people to “make them happy” and made my own happiness my first priority.
I’ve given this book to my daughters and believe if I can ask you again to keep an open mind and be okay with some well placed swear words you will come away from this book a better person ready to kick some serious ass.
5. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
John C. Maxwell was the first personal growth/thought leader I had ever seen in person. He spoke at my first Beachbody Coach Summit that I attended and I was BLOWN away by his genuine insight for what makes us tick, what makes us breakdown, and how we can move forward. I walked away from that talk with a full notebook of scribbles as I set a new personal growth plan, learned new life lessons, and became resolute in the fact that I didn’t know how I would do it yet but I would be doing something I loved for the rest of my life and never accepting a paycheck that told me my value or how much my own time was worth.
The author of this book really helps you see how you’re holding yourself back and gives you real tools and resources to change your behaviors and your mindset to become who you are meant to be and go after the life you want to live.
One of my favorite excerpts from this book is “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
John continues the quote by saying “I have come to adopt a positive life stance because I believe it gives me the best chance to succeed while putting me in the best position to help others succeed. I came to develop this mindset by way of the following thinking:
- Life is filled with good and bad
- Some of the good and bad I can’t control, that’s life.
- Some of the good and bad will find me.
- If I have a positive life stance the good and bad will become better.
- If I have a negative life stance the good and bad will become worse.
- Therefore, I choose a positive life stance.
To a large degree in life, you get what you expect-not always, but most of the time. So why would I want to expect the worst?”
Another book that if I were buying, I’d buy two to share one with a friend.
That’s it! I hope you find your happy, your Stick-ToIt-tiveness, and your success by taking one step towards a better tomorrow by reading one or all of these bad boys!! Do you have an epically unreal, life-altering read? Please share with us in the comments below!!!!
And I think I’m supposed to say if you buy from the links I’ve attached I’ll get like 25 cents from Amazon for your purchase so thanks for buying my kid a banana! haha