The Importance of Personal Development

I’m a big reader.

In grad school, I read 28384782939 books about Arkansas political history. After grad school, I gifted myself a year of free books through Book of the Month Club.

But sometimes I need more than fiction to keep me motivated.

Enter personal development books.

I’m kind of sad to admit that I use to think personal development books were for people with “problems.”

Newsflash former self: we all have problems. Things we wish were different. Better. Sometimes we need a new perspective.

My latest personal development is The Miracle Morning. And a little JoAnna Gaines for good measure.

So far I love it. The whole concept seems right up my alley. I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What are your personal development favorites? What should I read next?

16 thoughts on “The Importance of Personal Development

  1. Reuben says:

    Good on you, Ashton.
    Personal Development books are the way to go especially in today’s world where we have access to bad news and negativity 24/7. And these books are a great way to invest in yourself.

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  2. wetraveltoo says:

    Good one. Understanding you “have problems” means you want to get better, which is the first start in personal development journey and we wish you good luck! Stay motivated! And here a must read for your healthy financial mindset: “The Richest Man in Babylon”by George Clason – review here: . Also full of practical tips. All the best!


  3. Alicia Rautenberg says:

    I am a personal development book connoisseur. Ha! You will want to read, “Start” by Jon Acuff, The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, and The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes! Happy reading… and those are just a few of my favorites. I’m reading The Desire Map right now by Danielle LaPorte also very good!


  4. Aggie says:

    Hi, nice post. These books about personal development, positive psychology so motivation, goals setting, time management etc used to be called ‘self-help books’ and this is why some people still dont want to read them.. and there are such great books sometimes! Now some publishers have started to call them ‘self-development’ books and that’s a lot better description, isnt it? 🙂

    How did you like Miracle Morning book? Maybe you’d like to do a post-review about this book? It would be interesting.

    I love Mindset by Carol Dweck (my favourite) and also What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam. They are GREAT! I’m reading GRIT by Angela Duckworth and Productivity Project by Chris Bailey now. These are really good too. I wasnt very convinced about Productivity Project when I’ve started to read it but after around 40-60 pages it gets a lot more interesting! 😉 Please have a look at my blog – I’ve shared there recently what books I’ve been reading, what I would recommend in personal development.
    Thats my most recent post about… morning people! 🙂


  5. flourisch says:

    I feel like some personal development books are a bit vapid and empty of real meaning, but when you find a good one it´s fantastic. I often look to books written by actual psychologists or neuroscientists – they generally have some interesting and helpful things to say.


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