8 books to get you started with personal development

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8 books to get you started with personal development

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This post will benefit you if you’re looking for a few great reads to get started on (or enhance) your personal development practices as a working mom.




Have you heard a lot of these phrases lately?


Fix yourself.

Change your mindset.

Believe in yourself.

Work on yourself.


They are all different ways of saying, “make an effort to develop and grow yourself”. But what’s wrong with me, you might ask. The answer to that is nothing. There is nothing wrong with you. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity to improve. There always is.

We usually put too much pressure on ourselves to look like this or feel like that. We try to act like the other moms and be as perfect as we can on the outside. The problem is that none of us are perfect, yet we continue to strive for it. We forget that everything (including life itself) takes practice. 

We immediately blame ourselves and feel shame or guilt when we make mistakes. Rarely do we praise and congratulate ourselves when we do something positive. 

It’s time for that to change. I’ve been working on my personal development for a few years. I believe I’m just where I need to be at this moment. I also believe I have miles to go and millions of new things to learn. My goal is to constantly be improving; not for anyone else, but me. It makes me feel great to make progress and grow.

You get to do the same thing! Sometimes it’s overwhelming to know where to begin as everyone talks about jumping on this personal development train. So, here are a few of my favorite books that will get you going. You’ll grab tips, insights, and different perspectives from each book. Start by picking one that seems intriguing. Take your time reading it, jot some notes if you want, and make sure you have a few takeaways that you implement before you move onto the next one.


Personal development books worth reading


Mindset, Carol Dweck


If you’ve heard the buzzword, mindset, and want to learn more, this is a great place to start. Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, is known as the mother of mindset. Her best-seller, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, is written for everyone. 

Dweck discusses the actual definition of mindset and then differentiates between a fixed and growth mindset. She walks readers through ways to change your mindset (it is very possible) and gives examples of many people who have done so.


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You are a Badass, Jen Sincero


Jen Sincero is not only hilarious, but she knows what she’s talking about in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. She finds a way to keep her readers totally engaged while providing lesson after lesson on how to continue growing. Her story is relatable and makes you want to take a step forward.

She’ll give you a nice kick in the butt that will get you moving in the right direction. You’ll stop asking, “why me” and instead say, “why not me”?


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The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins


If you’ve never heard of Mel Robbins, today is your lucky day. Author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, Mel feels like your best friend. Her story starts like any other “regular” person, but where she’s taken it from there is nothing short of incredible. 

There’s now a whole movement you can get involved with around Mel’s philosophies that will keep you on track daily. For now, go ahead and read the book and see where it takes you—hopefully away from fear and towards courage.


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Daring Greatly, Brené Brown


Another well-known title about finding your courageous side is Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. This book is a real eye-opener because it forces you to take a look at your current behavior. Are you trying to impress others? Are you focused on looking strong on the outside but feeling crappy on the inside?

Brené walks us through how to be vulnerable in this crazy world we live in. As a professor at the University of Houston, she offers research-backed information and solutions to start owning your vulnerability and set yourself free.


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Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill


If you’re constantly worrying about money, check out Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. This classic will not only help change your beliefs around money but will also help you understand the power of your thoughts.

What we think comes true, and we have control over that, even when it comes to money. The problem is that so many of us are so conditioned to think lousy thoughts, so it’s tough for positive ones to inch their way into our minds. This book will get you thinking differently about what’s going on in that head of yours.


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You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay


Louise Hay’s, You Can Heal Your Life, will serve as a gut check to you. Do you find yourself complaining a lot? Do you think things just can’t turn around for you? Louise will quickly let you know that all things can change and heal, but it’s up to you to make it happen.

Healing your life, and getting rid of all the past junk you’re clinging to isn’t easy, but it is powerful. If you’re ready to start over, this is the book to grab. Be ready for some transformative moments as you work through healing yourself.


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Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert


Open your mind for this one. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, released Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and it’s another great one! While you’ll find some “woo-woo” beliefs in this book, if you can embrace her message, this book will guide you.

Liz’s stance is that every one of us can live creatively. We don’t have to be a professional artist or author to have a creative space in our brain. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t using it or claiming, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. Get ready for Liz to call you out on it (in a good way). I’ve read this twice and it’s a hard one to put down.


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You are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero


Yes, you read that right—another amazing read by Jen Sincero. This time her focus is on making money. So, if that’s appealing to you, You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth is one for you to pick up today. 

Once you finish her first book, You are a Badass (listed above), start learning how you can change your mindset around making money. So many of our money problems come from our thoughts and Jen walks you through getting to the bottom of the bulls*%t and making the money you deserve (if that’s one of your goals).


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Now that you have a list of books to get you started, it’s time to go. Remember, it’s not about how fast you move or perfecting each step, but making progress toward your goals each day.

Press the “Buy” button on one of the books right now. There’s no time like today. You can do it!


What are your favorite personal development books? Leave a note in the comments or send one to me directly so we can post it for other working moms to see.



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