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Recommended Self – Development Reading List



Marcus Aurelius


The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey


Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Roy Baumeister


Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Jonah Berger


Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Nathaniel Brandon


The Road to Character

David Brooks


How We Learn

Benedict Carey


How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie


Win Forever: Live, Work and Play like a Champion

Pete Carroll


How They Got Into Harvard: 50 Successful Applicants Share 8 Strategies for Getting into the College of Your Choice

Harvard Crimson


The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Sean Covey + Chris McChesney


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey


Atomic Habits

James Clear


Flow: Living at the Peak of your Abilities

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi



Angela Duckworth


How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Jordan Ellenberger


The Enchiridion



Never Eat Alone

Keith Ferrazzi


Fiske Guide to Colleges

Edward B. Fiske


Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Roger Fisher & William Ury


Man’s Search for Meaning

Victoria Frankl


The Obstacle is the Way

Ryan Holiday


The Ego is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday


The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande


How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci

Michael J. Geib


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell


Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell


Social Intelligence: The Revolutionary New Science of Human Relationships

Daniel Goleman


63 of America’s Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Howard Greene



Robert Greene


The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene


The One Thing: The Surprising Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More With Less

Richard Koch


Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Steven Johnson


Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich teach their kids about Money

Robert Kiyosaki


The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

Steven Kotler


The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance

Jim Lehrer & Tony Schwartz


 The Book of 5 Rings

Musashi Miyamoto


Willpower Instinct

Kelly McGonigal


Deep Work

Cal Newport


So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Cal Newport


A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math & Science

Barbara Oakley


The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

Jeff Olson


The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz


Stoicism on the Shortness of Life



The Millionaire Next Door

Thomas Stanley


The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Jacques Steinberg


No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline

Brian Tracy


The Secrets of Top Students

Stephanie Weisman


How to Raise a Gentleman

Kay West


How to Raise a Lady

Kay West