My “Top Ten List”: Money Management and Personal Development Books

As an avid reader, I am continually sharing my favorite books with friends, family, and clients alike.  As I relax into some good books myself this week while on vacation, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you on the topic of money and self-development.  (Note: the books below aren’t in any particular order, they’re simply some of my favorites.)  I’ve also shared a note or two on the topic of the book as well as why I typically recommend the book so that you can more easily determine if it’s something you might be interested in yourself.

1)  Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (T. Harv Eker) – This is one of my “go to” books for clients as it focuses on understanding the difference in habits between rich and poor people.  Focused almost exclusively on money mindset and understanding your personal financial blueprint, this book can help you to identify what subconscious money beliefs and habits might be standing in your way so that you can start attracting more money into your life.

2)  The Soul of Money (Lynne Twist) – This book is a more spiritual look at how we view money and our money consciousness.  Many people talk about scarcity and abundance when it comes to money, however few talk about the concept of “sufficiency” and living with a certain level of money that simply makes us happy (and taking the time to determine what that level looks like).   One of my favorite all time quotes about money comes from this book: “Know the flow – take responsibility for the way your money moves in the world.

3)  Smart Women Finish Rich / Smart Couples Finish Rich (David Bach) – Both of these books offer tremendous insights into the practical day-to-day aspects of money management as well as a longer-term focus on investing and growing your net worth (i.e. concepts like time value of money are explained).  If you’re just starting out, or looking for a book to give to a young woman as a graduation gift this would be a great choice.

4)  The Law of Divine Compensation (Marianne Williamson) – This book focuses heavily on the spiritual principles of faith and money, and how money and abundance can be attracted by strengthening one’s faith.  This book isn’t for everyone, however if you’re a person of faith (religious or spiritual) this book may interest you…it’s one of my all-time favorites and my clients love it too!

5)  The Big Leap (Gay Hendricks) – This book isn’t specifically about money, however it focuses on how to recognize the signs when you’re pushing the edges of your comfort zone and the world seems to just go crazy! If you’re at a point in your life where you’re growing in leaps and bounds (or you would like to be), this is a great resource and read for you.

6)  The Slight Edge (Jeff Olson) – Sometimes in life, it’s all about the simple steps we take little by little to move us forward.  Unfortunately, we often forget that simple steps, when accumulated, can have a tremendous impact on how far we go.  If things feel overwhelming sometimes and you’re looking for some motivation to learn how to start moving things forward in your life, then this book is a great place to start inching forward and gaining your “slight edge.”

7)  The Success Principles (Jack Canfield) – This book is like a “success Bible,” giving you many steps that you can take to move toward the most successful version of yourself.  It’s a long read (over 500 pages), but it’s easily digestible in short chapters focused on different aspects of successful behavior.

8)  The Art of Extreme Self-Care (Cheryl Richardson) – While the topic of self-care may not seem like it has anything to do with money or the topic I work on with my clients, it’s often one of the first hurdles that we need to acknowledge and address – busy people forget to take care of themselves and then run the risk of injuring themselves either in the short term or the long term, which could ultimately impact their earning capacity (i.e. disability, stress, underperformance at work, etc.).  If you’re looking to crack the code on how maximize your ability to perform in your life and at work, start with this book to learn how to take care of yourself.

9)  The Gifts of Imperfection (Brene Brown) – Often times we get caught up in who society and others tell us we should be.  When we chase other people’s dreams, we end up being unhappy.   This book is about the journey from “what will people to think?” to “I am enough.

10)  Daring Greatly (Brene Brown) – This book’s premise is that when we acknowledge our fear, embrace vulnerability, and adopt courage in our lives that we, too, can live a whole-hearted life full of happiness and joy.  (Note: it doesn’t claim it’s easy, it simply claims it’s possible if you’re willing to do the work and dare greatly!!)

I hope that at least one of these books piques your interest and helps you grow in some way – enjoy!

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