You can judge the value of a personal development book based on the concrete changes it produces in your life. Do you walk away happier or more productive? Do you walk away with a set of skills you didn’t have coming in?
By that metric, these are the best personal development books I have ever read. If I taught a class called “Living: A Guide To Do It Right,” this list would constitute the best syllabus I could compile.
I’ll be adding to this list. Not just the new revelations, but the old ones whose lessons have become so ingrained in my mind that I forgot to mention them. For now, here are the 12 best personal development books (up until now).