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23 Top Personal Development Books That Are Life-Changing 2020

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There’s never a wrong time to focus on your personal development, but it can be a bit of a minefield figuring out which books are worth spending your hard earned cash on. These 23 top personal development books will see you through the rest of 2020 and help you take steps in the direction of your best self. At least one (if not more!) of these brilliant books will be a great fit for you and your 2020 goals.

My Top Personal Development Books of 2020


#1 Everything is figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Top Personal Development books - overcoming obstacles

New York Times No.1 Bestseller, Everything is Figureoutable is top my my reading list. Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, or just find two free hours in your day, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more positively and help you break down any dream into manageable steps.

The goal getting boast you need to change your mindset and be the best version of you.


#2 Big Magic : Creative Loving Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert

Top Personal Development Books - Becoming more creative

From the author of Eat Pray Love comes my next top personal development book which will shatter preconceptions surrounding the creative process.

Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys


#3 When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Top Personal Development books - time management

Ever waited for the perfect moment? We’ll move house when we have more money; when the kids are older; when the time is right.

Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work and succeed.

In When, Pink distills cutting edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.


#4 You are a badass

Top Personal Development books - be the best version of you

Ever doubted yourself? You Are A Badass is the personal development book you need to read in 2020!

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

You will learn how to:
– Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want
– Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW
– Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before. 

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.


#5 How to win friends and influence people

15 Million copes have been sold since How To Win Friends and Influence People was originally published.

In this updated version Dale Carnegie & Brent Cole tackle how social media has effected the way we interact with people and reimagined the original book for a modern audience.



#6 The Friendship formula

The Friendship Formula builds on concepts established in Millington’s last book; that treating yourself with kindness and setting boundaries allows you to get the most out of relationships and prioritises your wellbeing.

The Friendship Formula shows readers how to apply this concept to create and maintain longlasting, nurturing and functioning friendships. 


#7 Happy By Fearne Cotton

It’s a subject close to Fearne’s heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day.

Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you’ll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.

With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.

Like this book? Make sure to check out her others, Calm & Quiet.


#8 Get the Funk Out By Janeane Berstein Ed.D

When you get knocked down it can be difficult to get back up and carry on, but in Get The funk Out Janeane Berstein provides the tools needed to triumph over your challenges.

Relatable, powerful and inspiring, Get The Funk Out won’t take your obstacles away; but it will teach you to look on the bright side and enjoy the journey. Taking a positive out of a negative situation is vital to personal development.


#9 Indistractable By Nir Eyal

I’m probably the most easily distracted person. Jobs get put off, friends ignored (sorry mates!) and work seems never ending.

Why does it feel like we’re distracting our lives away?

In Indistractable, behavioural designer Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving you to distraction. Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will help you design your time, realise your ambitions, and live the life you really want.


#10 Stillness is the key by Ryan Holiday

I’m a huge advocate for Mindfulness and quiet.

Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, Stillness Is The Key shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world. Top read for quieting your mind in an oh to busy world!



#11 Atomic Habits By James Clear

In this ground-breaking book, Clears reveals exactly how minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes.

He details a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule, or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone), and dives into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter.

Filled with inspirational stories of Gold Medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists all of whom have used the tiny habits science to boost productivity, motivation and happiness.


#12 7 Habits of highly effective people Stephen R. Covey

This international bestseller is an oldie but a goodie! A step by step pathway filled with morals and ethics that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a must read if you understand the sometimes irritatingly obvious points but struggle to break through the barriers to take action.


#13 How to get sh*t done by Erin Falconer

Women live in a state of constant guilt (amen!): that we’re not doing enough, that we’re not good enough, that we can’t keep up. Yet traditional productivity books–written by men–barely touch on the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list.

Erin Falconer will show you how to do less–a lot less. In fact, How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.


#14 The Up Side of Down By Megan Mcardle

Most new products fail. So do most businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run?

One of our most popular business bloggers, Megan McArdle takes insights from emergency room doctors, kindergarten teachers, bankruptcy judges, and venture capitalists to teach us how to reinvent ourselves in the face of failure. The Up Side of Down is a book that just might change the way you lead your life.


#15 The Happiness Hack By Ellen Petry Leanse

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, Ellen Leanse understands. Often its the devices meant to simplify life that cause us the most stress.

For years, Ellen Leanse worked with titans like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. As she watched innovations create new habits in tech, she also noticed a dramatic rise in stress. But what if our habits can instead be hacked for happiness? 

In this refreshing, practical book, you’ll learn Ellen’s proven methods to hack your mind in order to: 

  • Have more time to do things you love
  • Create real connections to the world around you
  • Stop living your life on auto pilot
  • Reclaim focus for the things that matter
  • And most importantly, REDUCE STRESS


#16 Choose Wonder over Worry By Amber Rae

Journey with inspirational speaker and artist Amber Rae as she connects you with your voice of worry and wonder, teaches you to listen to your emotions rather than silence them, and encourages you to seize your dreams.

Through a thoughtful blend of vulnerability, soulfulness, and science, Amber Rae guides you in expressing the fullness of who you are and the gifts you’re here to give.

You don’t have to be held back by Worry when Wonder awaits you every moment of every day.


#17 Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

HABITS ARE THE INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE.

Rubin reveals the true secret to habit change: first, we must know ourselves. When we shape our habits to suit ourselves, we can find success- even if we’ve failed before.

Whether you want to eat more healthfully, stop checking your phone, or finish a project, the invaluable ideas in Better Than Before will start you working on your own habits – even before you’ve finished the book.


#18 The Morning Miracle By Half Elrod

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any – or EVERY – area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.


#19 Self Love and Spiritual Alchemy

Self Love and Spiritual Alchemy takes you on a journey to transform your mindset and master The Law of Attraction so that you can create a life that sets your soul on fire.

Dani Watson, a Self Love and Law of Attraction coach, walks you through a process that will help you get clear on what you really want, ditch the limiting beliefs and negative thoughts that are holding your back and teach you how to raise your vibration so that you can to be, do and have anything you desire. This is definitely one of the top personal development books I’ll be reading this year!


#20 Good Vibes Good life By Vex King

I have raved about Vex King before and I’m gonna do it again! He’s damn brilliant!

His intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:

– practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing 
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others 


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#21 Mindset By Dr. Carol Dweck

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. 


#22 The one thing By Gary Keller and jay papas

In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn tocut through the clutterachieve better results in less timebuild momentum toward your goaldial down the stressovercome that overwhelmed feeling revive your energy stay on trackmaster what matters to youThe ONE Thing is the New York Times bestseller which delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual.WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?


#23 Girl, Stop Apologising By Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and host of the top-rated Rise podcast, urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes, and dreams and instead to go after them with passion and confidence. Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women being afraid of their own goals. They’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, entrepreneur and online personality (TheChicSite.com) Rachel Hollis encourages women to own their hopes, desires, and goals and reminds them they don’t need permission to want more. With a call to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and the biggest possible version of their lives.


Top Personal Development Books 2020

And that’s my list! Honestly I’m so excited to work my way through all of these and hope you are too. Your personal development journey is about to reach a whole new level.

Which book is top of your list and the first one you’ll be reading, or perhaps you’ve read a personal development book that you loved and isn’t on this list?

Let me know in the comments!

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