Books I Read In 2015 That You Should Read In 2016


At least, you should consider reading them if you like personal development books.

I spent a lot of time this past year investing in myself through books, podcasts, blogs, and videos. It was this year when I discovered more of what I wanted to do with my life.

I learned of things (from leadership, to business, to health), and while I’m still not fully clear on exactly what I want, I think I have a general idea of everything I might want to do for the next several years and am experimenting with my interests and what I feel I’m good at.

Because I learned a lot from the books I’ve read this year, I wanted to share some of the ones that really stuck out to me. While I read more than just the books I listed below, these are the ones that I recommend to anybody who loves reading personal development books. They’d be great additions for any of you who’re looking for a greater and more fulfilling life/career than the one you may currently already have.

1. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM)

This is one of my favorite books of all time, because I have experienced how life-changing The Miracle Morning is.

I was never a morning person, and still am not really, but after implementing what I’ve learned from Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, I’ve been much more productive and am living a healthier life thanks to this morning routine that I’ve fit into my schedule.

The Miracle Morning consists of meditation, reading affirmations, writing, reading, exercise, and visualization. While each step might sound weird and uncomfortable to you now, trust me, you will be more productive, feel more calm and at peace, and feel more healthy once you turn this morning routine into a habit.

2. The Art Of Work: A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do

Jeff Goins is a very fantastic writer and storyteller. In addition to writing about discovering and pursuing your ‘calling’, he combines his personal development tips with heart-grabbing stories that keep you reading each word and flipping through each page.

Jeff begins each chapter with a story, and flawlessly integrates each story into the main theme of each chapter. In this way, we can visualize what message he’s truly getting across to us, which made this a very interesting and great read to me.

3. The Entrepreneur’s Blueprint to Massive Success: Create An Exceptional Lifestyle While Doing Business On Your Terms

Peter Voogd, a successful entrepreneur, has a lot of nuggets and wisdom to share in this book related to personal development. In addition to what expertise he has to provide to us, he gives us actionable steps to take at the end of each chapter in order to get the most out of the book.

After all, we can only learn from taking action. There’s no use being inspired from a book, only to not do anything afterwards.

4. How To Network: Build Instant Trust & Respect With Anyone You Meet

Tam Pham, who I’ve met personally, has a very refreshing and authentic voice on the topic of networking and shares a lot of proactive and interesting advice that I never would’ve thought of when networking at the next big conference or Meetup.

This is a short read, but that doesn’t take away from the great wisdom Tam shares. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make the most out of his/her future networking opportunities. I guarantee that you’ll learn a lot of new things when reading Tam’s book!

5. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This book explains the phenomenon of focusing on one thing, the most important thing, that will make every other task in your life easier or unnecessary to do.

By focusing on one thing on your to-do list at this moment, you’re focusing on the most important thing that will help you get the drastic results you’re looking for much more easily.

This book not only explains this concept, but helps you visualize what your ONE thing is. The ONE Thing is on my To-Read-Again list, because it’s something that I need to continue implementing to be sure that I tackle the task that’s most important.

6. The School Of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

I began following Lewis Howes a few months ago through his School of Greatness podcast. After learning a lot from his interviews on his podcast, I was sold on the idea of his book, and I bought multiple copies of this book to read myself and for others to read.

I’m still reading through the book, but the first chapter alone (on creating a vision) has been very instrumental in helping me figure out what I want to do with my life. And it’s only the first chapter!

Because of Lewis Howes’ story and the amount of value I’ve received from implementing the exercises from the first chapter, this is already a book that I recommend to anyone else who wants to figure out what they want to do with their life. And I highly doubt my opinion will change as I continue reading this book.

These are some of the books that I read in 2015, and if you’re into personal development books, should consider reading them too! You might find some of these books at your local library; but if not, they’re on Amazon Kindle and Paperback at your local bookstores. I guarantee that you’ll gain a lot of valuable insight from even one book.

What books have you read in 2015 that you would recommend for someone to read?