Apart from reading academic books, it is highly recommended and equally important for students to read books of other genres as well as for their personal development. The importance of reading personal development books should not be overlooked as they potentially bring about positive changes in students and help them lead meaningful lives. Personal development books even help you become the person you want to be.
In this article, we’ve compiled some of the best personal development books you should read. Even if you can’t read them all, but only one of these books, you will surely learn some lessons that could stick with you for the rest of your life.
1. How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is a highly recommended personal development book for all students. This book gives you insight on how to connect with the outside world. Carnegie discusses the personal habits that lead to success. It also helps its readers know how to have a meaningful conversation with people and how to win the hearts of your friends. This book is essential for every student as it teaches how to be influential which is fruitful for social life and good career.
2. Randy Pausch’s last lecture
The final lecture is based on Randy’s last lecture as a computer science professor after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This book is not about dying but rather about teaching you how to live your life to the fullest. In this book, Randy focuses on making your childhood dreams come true without limiting them to society’s wishes. An essential book combined with humor and intelligence.
3. Gretchen Rubin’s Project Happiness
This book is about finding the path to happiness. Even though everyone’s definition of happiness is different, Gretchen gave insight into how one can create one’s own happiness. This book is a perfect read for you because it will help you find ways to stay happy and improve the quality of your life. Sounds interesting, right?
4. Forward Failure: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones to Success by John C. Maxwell
From an early age, we are all taught not to fail, to avoid it at all costs because it will make us look like losers. But the truth is that every person fails at some point in their life. Mistakes help us learn better and make us a better person. In this book, John Maxwell writes, “When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.” In this book, you will learn to recognize your mistakes, observe your failures, analyze them and learn from them. A good read.
5. The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
This book is for all students who want to become entrepreneurs or who want to be productive for a few hours. This book is a voice for anyone who doesn’t believe in the typical 9 to 5 job. Timothy provides essential lessons on how to earn more with reduced work hours. A book to read for sure.
6. The Attention Revolution: Unleashing the Power of the Concentrated Mind by Alan Wallace
Nowadays, we are surrounded by so much technology that it is difficult for us to stay focused. Social media, smart phones and so many notifications are the main cause of our lack of concentration. These things also add another layer of distraction to our daily lives. However, Wallace in his book, The Attention Revolution, took the initiative to help many readers by sharing a bunch of meditation techniques. These techniques help people to be more focused and attentive to things they are easily distracted from. It also helps with self-control and directs our mind to more important things in life.
7. Bend Over by Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In is a must read book for all female students. This book sheds light on Sandberg’s experiences as a former Google employee as well as CEO of Facebook and other women as well. The book goes on to tell how the women made their way by bending down and claiming what they were aiming for. Sandberg shows how to forge a path and advises women on how to break stereotypes and face professionalism. It also teaches a valuable lesson on how to learn to take risks and not give up on your career.
8. Getting Things Done by David Allen
If you want to read a book about productivity in your life, make it this one. The main theme of this book is that you should get all your tasks and thoughts out of your mind so that they don’t end up cluttering your headspace. This book simply says to follow the 2 minute rule, but if a task takes less than 2 minutes, do it now and don’t leave it until later. But if it takes longer, follow a simple five-step workflow: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage. Establish these rules in your life, whether it’s anywhere, whether it’s your workplace or school, and your life will be much simpler and easier. A must-read book.