Personal growth books: The best and most popular

The beauty of personal growth is that it never stops. There is always something you can improve on, there is always something you can become better at. And even cooler: there is probably already someone who went through what you are dealing with, possesses the skills that you strive to acquire and that you can learn from. The best way to do that is by reading personal growth books.

Personal Growth books

By “personal growth books” we don’t necessarily mean only books on personal growth itself. Every book that teaches you new skills, inspires you, pushes you to think deeper and broadens your horizon is a book that contributes to your personal growth. That is why you will find some books on this list that most probably wouldn’t consider “personal growth books” in the literal sense. However, they are still on the list because we from Wolkify consider them to have the capacity to give people a new and unique perspective, which is exactly what makes any person grow and what we at Wolkify are all about: facing new experiences.

The list is split in five categories: Mental growth, Physical growth, Professional growth, Social growth and Spiritual growth. These are the five categories we think personal growth is all about, so our favourite personal growth books are divided into them as well. You can conveniently slide through them by using the slider. So without any further ado, lets get started, shall we?

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Mental Growth books

Daniel Kahnemann – Thinking, fast and slow

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Nassim Nicholas Thaleb – Antifragile


Charles Duhigg – The power of habit

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Bill Bryson – A short history of nearly everything


Ryan Holiday – Trust me, I’m lying

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Walter Mischel – The marshmallow test


Richard Thaler – Nudge


Dan Arieli – Predictably Irrational

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Physical Growth books

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Total Recall


Jonny Bowden – The 150 healthiest foods on earth

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Mark Lauren – You are your own gym

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Professional Growth books

Ayn Rand – The fountainhead


Daniel Pink – Drive


Robert Greene – Mastery


Steven Pressfield – The war of art


Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers


Napoleon Hill – Think and grow rich

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Seth Godin – Linchpin


Tim Ferriss – The 4 hour workweek

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Tony Hsieh – Delivering happiness


Peter Thiel – Zero to one


Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs


Michael Ellsberg – The education of Millionaires


Sam Walton – Made in America


Richard Branson – Losing my virginity

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Social Growth books

Dale Carnegie  – How to win friends and influence people

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Seth Godin – Tribes

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Neil Strauss – The Game

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Stephen Covey – The 7 habits of highly effective people

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Keith Ferrazzi – Never eat alone

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David Deida – The way of the superior man

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Spiritual Growth books

Paolo Coelho – The Alchemist

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Mihály Csíkszentmihályi – Flow

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Eckhart Tolle – The power of now

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Viktor Frankl – Man’s search for meaning

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Geoff Colvin  – Talent is overrated

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Simon Sinek – Start with why

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Tony Robbins – Awaken the giant within

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Grit – Angela Duckworth

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