10 Best Personal Development Books to Read in 2020

Personal development is a way of knowing yourself and changing your habits and traits to maximize your potential and do what is more important.

It is a complete science to know about the reality of your inner soul and your creation.

Personal development books are a great source for you to unleash your true potential and make most out of your time.

I have created a list of 10 best personal development books to read this year.

But wait?

Why personal development is so important??

The answer is because personal development is a life long process and this process helps you to develop your confidence and self-courage to pursue your goals in life.

These books give you an insight into your personality to make better decisions in life. In fact, personal development starts from your childhood within your family.

Your childhood memories have a significant impact on your future personality.

But, this process should not stop after your childhood. Therefore personal development books help you to continue to grow and become a better version of yourself.

The 10 best personal development books are here. In fact #02 and #06 are my favourites.

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”

7 habits of highly effective people

This bestseller from Stephen R. Covey focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century.

2. Eat that frog by Brian Tracy

Eat that frog book

More than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide and translated into 42 languages, this book gives you tips and methods to stop procrastinating and get things done in less time.

As the title suggests ( 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Tim ) this masterpiece trains you to increase your productivity and make most out of your to-do-list.

3. Psycho-Cybernetics

psycho cybernetics book

Psycho-Cybernetics is a self-help book written by Dr Maxwell Maltz in 1960

Cybernetics means: “a helmsman who steers his ship to port.” Psycho-Cybernetics is a term coined by Dr Maxwell Maltz, which means, “steering your mind to a productive, useful goal so you can reach the greatest port in the world, peace of mind.”

4. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

failing forward book

In this book, the author explains the theory behind the failure and how people can use failure as a stepping stone to achieving success.

He believes that the major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure.

He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it.

5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

getting things done book

Getting things done is a time management book by productivity guru David Allen.

In this book, the author breaks down the art of getting things done by breaking them into actionable small pieces and then completing them.

6. The Only Skill that Matters

the only skill that matters

Ever heard about learn, unlearn and relearn??

This book by Jonathan A. Levi emphasis on this principle and teaches you how you can keep up your pace with the ever-changing knowledge of the world.

The pace of progress and new information is faster today than ever before in human history and it’s accelerating exponentially.


How can we learn, unlearn, and relearn fast enough to stay relevant in the world to come?

This book gives you a proven methodology to read more, learn more and remember things fast.

7. How to Win Friends & Influence People

how to win friends and influence people book

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936.

Over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Here are some lessons you learn from this book.

  • Do Not Criticize, Condemn or Complain 
  • Be Generous With Praise
  • Remember Their Name  
  • Be Genuinely Interested In Other People 
  • Know The Value Of Charm  
  • Be Quick To Acknowledge Your Own Mistakes   
  • Don’t Attempt To “Win” An Argument
  • Begin On Common Ground
  • Have Others Believe Your Conclusion Is Their Own
  • Make People Feel Important     

8. The Success Principles

the success principles book

The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield is a self-help book that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.

As Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich was an innovative and durable touchstone for readers last century, so this book will become the new self-improvement standard for our own.

9. Man’s Search For Meaning

man's search for meaning book

Book by Viktor Frankl published in 1946 in German language is a life story of the author finding the purpose of life as a prisoner in Nazi concentration centres during WW2.

Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

10. The power of Positive Thinking

the power of positive thinking book

A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living is a 1952 self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale.

The book sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, 2.5 million from 1952 to 1956 and was eventually translated into over 40 languages.

This book aims to help readers achieve permanent and optimistic attitude. Peale claimed that such techniques would give the reader a higher satisfaction and quality of life.


Every personal development book is written differently. Some books might be more helpful for you than others.

It totally depends on your present condition and mindset. But you can always get something better from every book.

These are my favourite and the best personal development books. If you find any of these books helpful, tell me in the comments below.

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