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Personal Development

This is the most important list on this website, as it will guide you through your personal growth, taking your time and focus, and changing how you approach much of your life. Make your decisions with a thoughtful mind. And remember, as much as you may gain from reading these books, the most important and powerful thing to keep your focus on is what you have gained from the 5-Day Series, and on making progress each day toward your priority goal.

I have found each of these books incredibly valuable to my personal growth. I have tried to organize them in some order, which to me makes sense. The truth is that each book tends to be separate from most of the others, so pick and choose as you see fit. And do not think that you ever need to read all of these, particularly at the expense of better-spent time and energy. Since there is plenty of information about each book on Amazon I will be thrifty with my description.

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The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod

Part of the basis for the daily plan in the 5-Day Series, this may help you to build a more effective daily ritual.

How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams

Dilbert creator Scott Adams is a serial entrepreneur. This autobiography shows how he achieved success, by failing over and over, and gives a template of action for you.

You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero

Jen helps you to realize how awesome you truly are, and how to change your self-sabotaging beliefs to become successful.

The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles

Jen Sincero wrote of this book ‘The very first sentence of this book made me slam it shut and leave it untouched for years. This is now easily the book I recommend to people the most, and the one I read over and over.’
That’s all you need to know.

The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday

Ryan delves into the Greek philosophy of Stoicism. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher.

Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

Booker was born a slave in Virginia around 1858. His autobiography provides two insights: a picture of life for blacks in the postwar South; and an example of a man driven by his desire to learn and to teach, and willing to work as hard as necessary to realize his goals.

Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey

I read this as I left one long-held life behind to create a new one. The perfect book to remind you to keep reinventing yourself and to live life to the fullest. If you ever need a push, a few minutes reading this book should do it.

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

Identify and eliminate activities and habits that aren’t contributing to your life and success so you can focus on what’s important.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller

Your life is a story, and you are the hero. Make it a story worth telling.

On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

From the master 1st-century master of Stoicism: Life, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, is amply long for him who orders it properly.

The Miracle Equation, by Hal Elrod

Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort = Miracles.

Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield

The master writer helps you to win your daily battle against your greatest foe: Resistance.

Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, by Dale Carnegie

You need to learn to speak to people, to sell to people. Dale is the master.

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