Whether you call them "Self Help" books or "Personal Development" books, learning from others and reading about different perspectives is never a bad thing.
I believe people who sarcastically call them Self Help books (I know a few!) are either bitter because you're trying to get help/learn or they're too arrogant to learn from others.
Reading for 10 minutes a day is one of the things I'm going to be talking about in my next blog: "5 things to Do and 5 things to Stop doing in the New Year."
And when I say "read everyday", I'm not just talking about any old book. Put down the trash or the fantasy novels that take you away from your reality. Read books that are going to inspire you, push you towards your goals and make you a better person.
So here are a few of my faves:
1. The Bible - God: For me, this one is kind of a no brainer. As a huge fan and follower of Jesus, I believe this book is the spoken word of God. I believe it has power and should be read on the daily.
2. The Slight Edge - Jess Olson: Turn simple disciplines into massive success. I even bought my daughter The Slight Edge for teenagers, which she has yet to read. #realtalk
3. The Success Principles - Jack Canfield: This is a big book but it easily digestable. It has a ton of chapters and the way they are written out make it easy to read a few pages, take some time to digest it and then pick it right back up. It's a great book to keep in your library and revisit every now and then.
4. Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren - If you're wondering what on Earth you are here for, start here. Before you were even born, God had you in mind. He created you on purpose and for a purpose.
5. Everybody Always - Bob Goff: How to love people like Jesus did: from your neighbor to witch doctors in Africa who sacrifice children. Yes, there is a story of him meeting and loving a witch doctor from Africa. Go straight to the final 4-5 chapters for this story!
6. For the Love - Jen Hatmaker: This one is mainly for the ladies, but Jen Hatmaker is hilarious and real and you just have to read this book.
7. Disrupt You! - Jay Samit: Thriving in the era of endless innovation!
8. The Circle Maker - Mark Batterson: After reading this book, I drew a circle around "Alo Rep" and then became one within that year. Now, I didn't just draw a circle and pray over it, I put some work behind it, but I was 1 out of 10 chosen to be one out of MILLIONS of people they could have chosen. Your dreams should be SO BIG that you could never achieve them on your own.
9. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey: In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.
10. Put Your Dream to the Test - John Maxwell: Really everything by John Maxwell is great, from dreaming to leadership. Check him out!
Bonus: Anything and Everything by Brene Brown