Happiness Tip #8: The Power of Personal Development

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I’ve always liked the idea of reading non-fiction books on different business and success principals. I’ve bought dozens of books over the years (as in at least a dozen) and I’ve started most of them but then I get side tracked and I don’t finish them. I think I’ve always known that it’s important to keep learning after “real” school is over, but clearly I didn’t think it was important enough to actually do it. One of my weaknesses is I’m often satisfied with taking the first step and don’t take the rest of the steps necessary to get the most benefit. So I’ll buy the book but then not read it. I’ll make the to-do list but then not do the things on the list. It’s a weird mental block but I’m overcoming it. Preparation is important. The first step is crucial. But clearly, the value is in the action.

Recently, I’ve been focusing on the action part I’ve been missing before. I started prioritizing the importance of becoming better and learning more. I’ve read a few personal development books all the way through and can personally vouch for how beneficial it has been. To say it’s been “life changing” seems a little dramatic but I know if I continue this habit it will absolutely be life changing. Being reminded of your potential and how to reach it on a daily basis pays off in many incredible ways but for me it has ultimately lead to a more happy and positive attitude.

It is really easy to get trapped in the mediocrity and negativity which seems to be the norm in today’s society. Get up, go to work, bitch about how you hate work, come home, watch tv, go to bed, rinse, repeat. When it’s put like that doesn’t it sound so crappy? But that seems to be the norm. It’s sad. We are so much better than that and made for so much more than that. I am. You are too.

I know what you might be thinking… “those personal development books are a bunch of mumbo jumbo crap… it doesn’t work for everyone.” I’ve thought that before but really that thought process is just a testament to how jaded we have become. If you put the effort in, you can make any change you want and do anything you want to do. Did you catch the first part of that sentence because that’s the important part – “if you put the effort in.” The value is in the action.

If you don’t read personal development books, you’re missing out. Everyone can be better, happier, and more successful (whatever “successful” means to you) but you have to put the effort in and take the action.

Here are my TOP 2 favorite personal development books (that I’ve read so far).

  1. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero – this is my favorite.. If you want to start somewhere, start here! Jen is hilarious and this book is a fun read. It makes a lot of great points and really gives you kick in the ass to be better!
  2. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson –  Want to know how to be more productive – this is the book for you! The main point he makes is that really small actions, if done consistently, can produce huge results.

If you already read personal development books and have a different favorite, please comment below… the more suggestions, the better!

Also – if you hate reading, try audio books and listen in the car… at least you won’t have to hear any stupid radio commercials #winwin!

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