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10 Inspirational Books for Successful Personal Relationships



10 Books for Successful Personal Relationships

Successful business people are active learners. They know the value of taking educational seminars to enhance their career and leadership skills. But many men and women who are accustomed to ongoing business education don’t take the same approach when it comes to their personal lives.

In life and in business, improving personal relationships is just – if not more – important.

That’s where a library of good books comes in. The wisdom of relationship experts and educated psychologists is readily available to help us all be more successful in our personal relationships.

Here’s my selection of 10 insightful books that will enhance not only your romantic relationship — but all of the interpersonal connections in your life.

The Best Books for Successful Personal Relationships

1. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.

Perhaps the best book on male-female relationships ever written, Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus became so popular that its title became part of the popular consciousness. Everyone knows that women and men are fundamentally different in the way they approach interpersonal communications and problem-solving.

It took Dr. John Gray to explain just how different men and women are—it’s like we’re from two different planets. This book should be in everyone’s personal library.


2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Anyone can fall in love. But staying in a loving relationship that continues to be uplifting and fulfilling is the tough part. Gary Chapman offers five different ways that people communicate and demonstrate this.

Some people use words of affirmation or acts of service as their method of showing their love. For others, it’s sharing quality time, receiving gifts, or using physical touch. Once you’ve identified how your significant other shows his or her love, you’ll recognize those acts as very loving, indeed.


3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

For more than 60 years, this book has been helping people to become more likable, win others to their way of thinking, and improve their people skills. More than anything else, this book helps you become a better communicator — and that’s a valuable skill that will enhance all your personal relationships.

Besides, who among us has too many friends?


4. The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships by David Niven, Ph.D.

This little gem is filled with stories about people who have found success in their personal relationships. Sprinkled throughout the book are the results of dozens of research studies that probed the reasons why some relationships succeed, and the factors that increased the likelihood of its failure.

The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships by David Niven

The stories and studies are presented in easy-to-read, bite-sized chapters that make this book both educational and fun to read.


5. The Love Magnet Rules: 101 Tips for Meeting, Dating, and Keeping a New Love by Chad Stone

It’s never too late to find your soul mate. Following the tips in this book will help lead to relationship happiness.

This book will help you get into a healthy mindset for a new love relationship. It also offers real-world advice (often presented with humor) for great dates and red flags to watch for along the way. The book ends with solid advice to keep your loving relationship alive and well.


6. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes

What are the keys to healthy relationships?

Communication is certainly near the top of the list. The author has spent her career teaching people successful communications strategies. In this book, she shares effective techniques as she takes readers from a first meeting, all the way up to sophisticated tactics used by the super successful in business and in personal relationships.

This practical book covers everything from how to make a good first impression – to how to work a party like a politician works a room.


7. First Comes Love, Then Comes Money by Bethany and Scott Palmer

Most couples do not know how to talk about money. That’s not really surprising, because money is a taboo subject in much of our culture. The authors (who are married to each other) describe the five basic “money personalities”: The Saver, The Spender, The Risk Taker, The Security Seeker, and The Flyer.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Money by Bethany and Scott Palmer

Understanding your money personality, and that of your partner, is the first step to creating a successful and harmonious money strategy for in your relationship.


8. Getting to “I Do”: The Secret to Doing Relationships Right by Dr. Patricia Allen

Not everyone wants to get married. Yet marriage is still the ultimate standard for a committed love relationship. But how do you go from a first date to a solid relationship, to wedding vows?

This book expertly walks you through the phases of a relationship and the issues that are most likely to come up. Dr. Patricia Allen’s seminars in the Los Angeles area have resulted in more than 2,000 marriages – so she more or less knows what she’s talking about.


9. Getting Over Getting Mad by Judy Ford

If only personal relationships were always amicable and enjoyable. Alas, they are not! so couples (and family members and business associates) need to know how to deal with anger.

Getting Over Being Mad is a great resource to help you manage the stress and frustration of everyday life. This book helps you recognize anger and the role it plays in relationships — as well as how to deal with conflict productively.


10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

I wanted to end this list with another classic book that can help make anyone’s personal — and professional — life better and more effective.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

This iconic book teaches people to be proactive.

The first three of Covey’s “habits” deal with self-mastery. These guidelines move an individual from dependency on others to independence. The next three habits cover teamwork, cooperation, and communication. Habit 7 embodies all of the other habits to help an individual work toward continuous improvement.

If one commits to continual personal growth, his or her personal relationships are bound to get better and better.


What do you think about these books on personal relationships? 

Which one will you read first or add to your personal library? Have you already read one – or two from this list? Feel free to share your thoughts (and perhaps your favorites) in the comment section below.

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10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development



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There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

This drives what I feel is true about self-help and personal development. Many times, we need to let go of who we have told ourselves to be, of the habits we said cannot be changed, and the patterns that cannot be broken, to achieve our full potential.

Change comes when we believe that it is possible, and when we open our minds to the potential of who we could become. So where do we start to work on this personal development? Books for personal development, or even articles online, are not a bad place to start.

Here are some of my suggestions.

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

1) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene Brown writes about ten guideposts that can help us get rid of the shame and guilt that we carry around. This concept should help us embrace the ideas that we belong, that we are worthy.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Her writings show us how to be more authentic. It helps us shed others’ ideas as well as our own of what we should. She teaches us to show courage and comfort in embracing who we truly are. This is one of the books for personal development that carries a true message of acceptance.

2) Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior Paperback by Mark Goulston  & Philip Goldberg

The authors teach you to “transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction.” By learning to stop these self-defeating behaviors, you can achieve success and have a life that you embrace.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Jen Sincero shares moving stories, clever advice, and simple exercises to help you recognize and cease the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you from the life you want. You will learn where these patterns started, to accept the things you cannot change, and to take on the things that you can. One of the most inspiring books for personal development.

4) Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall

Derek Rydall focuses on ONE important point: “the answer is already in you.”

He believes that there is no part of us that is not exactly as it should be. That deep down we possess the skills and the abilities, but something stopped us from knowing this along the way. The book follows seven stages that show us that we actually are not lacking anything, that everything we need is already inside of us.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development


5) I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown

So many people get stuck on this idea of “what will people think.” Somewhere down the line, they learned to care more about what others thought of them than what they think of themselves. In this spirit, Dr. Brene Brown writes:

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When we can truly love and accept ourselves in this way, we can achieve greatness.


6) Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and… by Beverly Engel

Beverly focuses on healing your emotional self. Whether this means letting go of toxic people in your life and the self-esteem damaging messages that come with them, or letting go of the shame and guilt you have been inundated with your whole life.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The author works to help you become more kind and tolerant of yourself. To create an image of yourself that you feel worthy of. One of the great books for personal development for those who need to let go of past abuses and hurt to achieve their personal goals.

7) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

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 shows us that using tools such as self- admiration, does not necessarily mean we will be successful.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The fact is that this mindset can actually get in the way of our success and growth. The author focuses on the idea that we can actually take part in lifelong learning that can lead us towards our most significant accomplishments.

8) Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney

I do not think you can get a better review than this:

“The most detailed examinations of self-defeating behavior I have ever read…. Very useful.” — Albert Ellis, PH.D., President, Institute of Rational-emotive therapy, and author of A New Guide to Rational Living. 

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When the person that literally founded the school of thought on how our thoughts impact our emotions, you know this is a book you need to read! It focuses on the simple premise that we are constantly faced with opportunities to demonstrate self-defeating or self-enhancing behaviors.

9)The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

This is one of the bestselling books for personal development of all time. It has helped countless people change their thinking, and achieve their goals. Dr. Peale simply wants individuals to live a happy and nourishing life by: believing in themselves and what they choose to do, and by developing a sense of purpose.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

If people believe that they have the power to accomplish anything, they can learn to be at peace with the thought that they can be truly successful. They will also find meaningful personal and professional relationships. Finally, this book can help folks grow control and confidence in themselves.

10) The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

This is a simple and phenomenal workbook. One of the major reasons that people enter therapy and are held back from achieving their goals, are issues with self-esteem.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

This book will help the individual to learn the roots of their confidence issues, how their formation may have been faulty, and that they have control of who they are and what they want to achieve going forward.

Which of these books for personal development will you read first?

Working on self-esteem, getting to the point where you believe in yourself and your abilities, can be the single most important thing that someone can do to achieve personal development and success. Once we have developed a strong foundation of self-esteem, all things are possible.

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10 Motivational Books For Entrepreneurs Who Are Just Getting Started



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Summary: Here are our 10 favorite motivational books for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or one who has recently gotten started, these inspirational and practical books about business and mindset will educate and inspire your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Books for Entrepreneurs


1) Edelman, Ric. The Lies About Money

Ric Edelman is a financial advisor in the United States. Not only is Edelman the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S., Edelman hosts a weekly radio show called The Ric Edelman Show.

In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.

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This book is a great “next step” after Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. After Sethi gives the basics, Edelman seems to pick up right where Sethi leaves off. Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.


2) Sethi, Ramit. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs. Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.


3) Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell is a successful journalist and author. He has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.

As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively. I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks.


4) Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy. With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets. This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.


5) Waitley, Dennis. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind. Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

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In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations. Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.

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6) Branson, Richard. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson. Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

In Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It, he tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations. One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.


7) Godin, Seth. Linchpin

The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right? Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.

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As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage. This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.


8) Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.

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All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless. The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray. Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.


9) Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal. When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.

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Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others. Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.


10) Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business 

Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.

The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.

What other books for  entrepreneurs would you add to the list?

If you have a personal favorite or recommendation, let us know in the comments section below!

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