Top-10 books in my library

The best books and blogs on Personal Growth that have changed my life, inspired or influenced me the most.

One of my favorite activities in the world is to read. I love books as much as I love people, so my website wouldn’t be complete without the list of my favorite books. And blogs, because we live in the Internet era where some of the great authors prefer to share their work online.

These are the most valuable titles I’ve read so far. I don’t always agree with everything they say but each book has something that made my life easier or better. I recommend you learn and try, but make your own choices, including about what I’m sharing with you on this blog.

1. Tim Ferris “Tools of Titans”

Tim is my very favorite author. His work influenced me the most and I know I’m not the only one. His books are so mind-blowing and loaded with high-quality practical advice and information on lifestyle design, productivity, business, success, psychology, heath, fitness and almost every since topic you can even imagine. The “Tools of Titans” is the must-have book in the library of every 21st century guy.

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2. Steve Pavlina “Personal Development for Smart People”

Steve Pavlina started my interest in personal growth in 2005. I remember the first article of his I ever read, “How to Become an Early Riser”. I’ve read every single post and book he’s written ever since. Thank you Steve!

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3. Steven Covey “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

“7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is far more than a book about productivity. It plumbs the depths of personal values, habits and principles, self-awareness, ethic and natural laws. This is the #1 thing I’ve advised people to read and also give it as a gift. And it’s definitely worth reading multiple times.

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4. David Allen “Getting Things Done”

David Allen’s GTD system is the is the most powerful tool I’ve acquired to master this overwhelming life. It taught me to organize my daily routines into easy to manage systems. Combined with the OmniFocus to-do managing app, this is the best investment for an advanced user.

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5. Derek Sivers “Anything You Want”

Derek Sivers is an entrepreneur I look up to. Not only he built a $22-million company CD Baby and created a new way for musicians to sell their records online. He did so while being kind and human and generously sharing his journey on his blog and in the book above.

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6. Dr. Gary Chapman “The 5 Love Languages”

If you are, have ever been, just starting or will ever be in a relationship, this book is for you. You will learn how to communicate with your loved ones and how to express and accept love. The Love Languages described in the book, apply not only to love relationships, but to those with your kids, parents, coworkers and even friends.

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7. Olivia Fox Cabane “The Charisma Myth”

It’s an amazing work on finding and building charisma through learning more about and developing your personality. I recommend this book to every artist, manager, public speaker and human being.

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8. Greg McKeown “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”

I read this book when I was in my “want it all” state. And it hit the mark. It’s very enjoyable reading and made a significant contribution into the happiness I now have.

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9. Brian Tracy “Eat That Frog!”

If you are looking for a practical time-management book, this is it. Grab a tool and start banging.

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10. Amy Schmittauer “Vlog Like a Boss”

I love Amy and even though I’m not a video blogger yet, I’m a huge fan of her YouTube channel, Blog Boss Radio podcast and this book ever since her presentation about vlogging.

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Bonus: Melanie Harlow “Man Candy”

A very special place in my heart belongs to Melanie Harlow. She’s author of a romance novel “Man Candy” with your humble servant on the cover. Not only does she have a fantastic writing style and an all-time sense of humor, she is my close friend and inspiration for everything I write.

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And last but not least. I am not a fiction reader, especially in the last 10 years. But there are some authors I still love and enjoy: H. P. Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and O. Henry. Also, I’ve been a Harry Potter fan for years. Expect Partonum, have fun kids!