There’s no better time than now to check a few titles off of your reading list. And while you’re at it, why not check out a few books that help to reframe this moment in time. Is it possible to make this the moment you had a breakthrough in your own personal growth? We think so.
Our editors have put together a list of books that have helped us level up in life: whether it’s discovering how to surround ourselves with positive energy, building life changing habits, or learning how to achieve the optimal state of flow, the WOW book list for personal growth has helped us and we’re confident it will help you too.
Our Top 8 Books For Personal Growth
by Lalah Delia
- Energy Awareness
- Good Vibes
If you’ve ever felt controlled by external forces or pulled down by someone else’s negative energy, this book is for you. By taking a closer look at your daily actions: from the people you associate with, to the media your consuming, to the food you’re putting into your body, the author asks you to question everything and whether it’s truly serving you. Only when you know what feeds your good energy and what drains it, will you be able to reach your highest potential. An exquisite guide on how to channel your energy and, as the name suggests, vibrate higher daily – Lalah Delia’s book deliver’s so much wisdom.
By James Clear
- Daily Routines
If there’s one book that gives you clear and concrete steps on how to change your life – this is it. Author James Clear uses his decades of knowledge on how we form good habits and break bad ones. All to help you optimize every moment of your day. Spoiler alert: The answer is not in setting goals or chanting daily mantras; it’s in the small daily actions that add up over time.
Clear explains that it’s these tiny changes can lead you in a totally different direction in life. Throughout the book, the author uses clear examples and proven methods to go a step beyond teaching you how to build good habits, to teaching you how to identify with them. This book is a must for anyone who wants to press reset on their day-to-day and start living up to their full potential.
By Sarah Wilson
- Perspective Shifting
Anxiety. Most growth-oriented gals experience some type of anxiety along their journey towards self-realization. Health and wellness guru Sarah Wilson wants you to know your not alone. In this harrowing book, Wilson details her own struggle with anxiety and offers readers a glimpse into her tumultuous journey with the condition.
In a break from the norm, Wilson offer’s readers a new way of framing anxiety – into something that may actually be a force for good. Wilson points to the many successful entrepreneurs who have dealt with anxiety and makes a compelling case for embracing it. In other words, making the beast beautiful.
By: Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga
- Forging Your Own Path
- Improving relationships
This is the most philosophical book on personal growth on our list. The Courage To Be Disliked is a provocative dialogue that suggests an entirely new way of looking at yourself, your past, and your interpersonal relationships. The dialogue is set between a young man and an old philosopher, the former who seeks the answer to one of life’s greatest questions: How does one achieve happiness?
Meant to convey the essential tenants of Adlerian psychology, The Courage To Be Disliked offers simple answers to some of life’s biggest ailments. Including the answer to how anyone can achieve happiness at any time. Hint: it involves self-acceptance, having confidence in others, and having your actions guided by the goal of community contribution.
By Demi Moore
- Celebrity Memoir
While not a traditional book on personal growth, Inside Out by Demi Moore provides a captivating insight into the author’s own journey towards self-realization. Moore’s memoir, which came out last year, takes you through a rollercoaster of familial relationships, romantic relationships, drug use, outward success and ultimately, self-realization.
In her personal and vulnerable self-assessment, Moore writes that “if you carry a well of shame and unresolved trauma inside of you, no amount of money, no measure of success or celebrity, can fill it.” As she told Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times, the memoir is “…more of an awakening than a comeback”. Needless to say, we found it very hard to put it down.
By Steven Kotler
- High performance
- Achieving Flow
Whether you want to level up your skiing game, take your surfing to the next level, or simply preform better at work and at home, Steven Kotler’s book on the science of human performance can add tremendous value to almost any aspect of your life. Using 15 years of research, including personal case-studies with adventure athletes like Laird Hamilton, Travis Rice, and Ian Walsh, Kotler shows us how we can break through the mundane to reach our true potential. Ultimately, this book unlocks the secrets to achieving the all consuming “flow state” – and living your best life.
By Marie Forleo
- New Beginnings
- Success Mindset
This one tops our list for books for personal growth. If you have doubts about you’re ability to accomplish your goals, Marie Forleo is here to put them to bed. In her New York Times Best Seller, Everything is Figureoutable Forleo makes a compelling case that indeed, anything you want to achieve in life, is figureoutable. It’s simply your mindset that can make or break your dreams.
Forleo gives readers nine proven steps to help to shift their mentality and overcome the invariable challenges they’re bound to face on the rocky road toward self-realization. She also gives readers a concrete way to apply these steps in the form of “Insight to Action” challenges at the end of each chapter. If you’re ready to level up your energy and vigor toward reaching your own version of personal success, this book is a must.
Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World
By: David Epstein
- Career Changes
- Case Studies on Success
In his groundbreaking book, David Epstein challenges the conventional wisdom that those who specialize in a certain skill from an early age are those who lead the most successful careers. Instead, he provides concrete examples of the numerous athletes, musicians, and professionals who delayed specialization until later on in life. These people, he points out, were generally more successful across the span of their career.
If you’ve ever found yourself lost on the career path, or unable to see more than 6 months down the road – this book provides incredible insight into why that may actually be an advantage. Epstein theorizes that those who are able to delay specialization until a later age are better thinkers, better problem solvers, and more apt learners. In support of his thesis, Epstein notes that since we change so much from our late teens to late twenties “specializing early is a task of predicting match quality for a person who does not yet exist. It could work, but it makes for worse odds.”