4 Self Development Books That Will Help You Succeed

‘These days you’ll find my entire Kindle library stacked full of books for different skills. This book, for me, was like a light switch going on.”

 Books can transport you to a new world, teach you things you’d never imagined. We love books, the one thing we all have in common is that we’re voracious readers. From the age we could pick up a book with our own two hands, we were reading. Now we’re older, we still love a good fictional read, but it’s also important to us to learn new skills and stay up to date with the world around us.

You’ll find us swapping screenshots of our kindle favorites and waxing lyrical about the books we love. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite books that have taught us something about life and business

CELINA FAIRBAIRN, FOUNDER CGD LONDON

1. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie 

My favorite time to read is during my commute. I have always loved the idea of using my commute effectively and learning while I’m on my way to work. 

My working day doesn’t just begin when I’m in the office. I usually choose books about the skills I need at work, marketing books, graphic design books, communication skills, and organization. I like to read really strategic books like Marketing 4.0 by Kotler. Right now I am reading How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I’m not much of a worrier, but what’s inside is more of a guide to life, and it’s really helpful for women in business. For example, one chapter is called ‘What makes you tired and what to do about it,’ and another ‘Good working habits’.

This book will help you to think about things differently and teach you to stop worrying. I already believe in the power of doing things without worrying. That’s why I moved to London on a whim and created Career Girl Daily.

For example, criticism is something a lot of people find hard to hear. This book suggests that criticism is a compliment. I think it’s an essential read for anyone who worries about things in their career. There are lots of mindset changes you need to make if you want to be successful in business, or in a career, and this book lays them out in an informative way.

Considering it was written in the 1930’s it has some applicable advice for today. What I learned from the book was less about worrying and more about doing. I already try to create a gratitude list every night, I learned how to add one hour to my day, and how to beat fatigue and aging by powering up my mindset. Overall, this is an excellent book for anyone who needs some help creating mindset tricks to become successful.


2. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way To Influence And Persuade by Robert Cialdini

Because I love to read about strategies, I find books about psychology and influence really interesting. The human mind works in mysterious ways, but we’re influenced hundreds of times a day by brands, advertisements, books, and the media. Often, we don’t even know it’s happening. I read this book a while ago; it’s essential for every woman looking to understand why we act the way we do. Learning how to influence people is a great skill for life and work, whether you need to make sales, or you want to know how to deliver an idea that your team will love.

There are so many lessons to learn from this book in communicating clearly and persuading people without trying. For example, asking a leading question to ensure the answer goes your way. And learning how we think about the things around us, from how advertisements affect us, to how the words we use determine what we do, is a skill that will help you grow and develop into a powerful leader.

There’s so much more than just those lessons, you’ll learn about the subtle cues in everything you read and see that you can learn from and use to your advantage.

 

BETH MACDONALD, MANAGING EDITOR

3. Methods of Persuasion: How To Use Psychology To Influence Human Behavior by Nick Kolenda

This book was my introduction to influencing human behavior with language and text. I absolutely love it. When I was younger, I used to pick only fiction books and stay well away from the self-development aisle, but these days you’ll find my entire Kindle library stacked full of books for different skills. This book, for me, was like a light switch going on.

I always find these influence books seem a bit disingenuous or sneaky. But the techniques in this book really do work.

In one of the earlier chapters, Nick asks you to picture a lucky dwarf. Later he goes on to predict you were thinking of the number seven and then explains why. It’s so subtle that you don’t notice you are being influenced.

He uses these techniques to perform tricks and shows, but they’re really good to know if you’re looking to persuade people. I haven’t tried any of these tricks out yet, but just learning about how easy it is to trick the mind has inspired me. I’m trying to learn how to think better, by slowing my thought process down and instead of reaching an answer, going back over the steps I took to get there.

Learning how something as simple as seeing an image you associate with success can make you feel more successful is also an integral part of powering up the way you work. For instance, I use it in my morning routine. I think about ways I can activate my brain to make sure I have the kind of day I need to in order to get things done.

 

4.How To Own The World by Andrew Craig

I’ve recently become interested in finance. Number crunching is something I never used to do. But as I’ve got older I am really interested in making my money work for me. I want to become financially literate, and I really think that finance is something that should be taught in schools. This book is less of a guide to investing and more of a rulebook on how to make your money work for you.

This book will teach you amongst other things; why you’re better at handling your money than a professional, how to turn 5,000 into 8 million and how to spot good investment opportunities. The goal is to own the world, make money, and absolve risk. To do that, you need to put aside your misconceptions about investing and learn some of the truths about the world we live in today. This book also breaks down the current financial situation in the world, because if you want to invest you need to have some grasp of how the events around you can affect your profit. well as teaching you how to profit. More than that, though, it’s a pleasure to read and never gets too heavy.

Every woman should read this book.

Beth Macdonald

Managing Editor

I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.

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