Statistically speaking, 95% of the population of North America will retire at or below the poverty line at age 65. This is after they’ve spent 45 years generating that $1.8 Million Dollars in their life. If you expect to build wealth in your life, you will have to accept the fact that you MUST begin to do the things that 95% of the population is not willing and too lazy to do, such as reading about self development.
Unless your friends have already built long term wealth in their life, they are probably part of that 95%. If 95% of your friends don’t read books, this shouldn’t surprise you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Read Self Development Books


  • Self development books are a low risk investment and carry a high reward to risk ratio. 

Before the invention of the printing press, books were not readily available to the mass public. Because of this, only royalty and the already wealthy had access to books and most people learned things only if they were taught first hand by a mentor, or if they figured things out for themselves the long way, via trial and error.

Today, books are very readily available; however that is also why most people dismiss them so easily. Because books are so readily available at such a small investment price, people believe there can’t be too much value in them, otherwise why would they be so cheap? Nothing could be further from the truth.


  • You can re-read books.

You are never going to be ready for all the information in any given book/audio program/seminar all at once. Some parts of books will just not resonate with you yet, while other parts may totally make sense. Books allow you to re-read them in parts or in their entirety in a convenient format that’s always available to you as you progress in life.


  • Books can be personalized.

You can highlight certain sentences, concepts, or ideas. You can write little notes in the margins. You can make the book yours. Nobody said you have to keep the book clean. High school is over. You OWN this book, so get the most out of it. Don’t be afraid to mark it up.


  • Books are convenient to read.

 Live performances happen on the presenters schedule, not yours. However you can quite easily take a book everywhere with you. They don’t even need batteries or a plug in.


  • Books are read in your own voice inside your head. 

You will find that your ego will be much more accepting to the information you are reading, hearing it natively in your own voice inside your head (while you read), as opposed to listening to an audio CD, or live, where your ego might be biased against the author’s tone of voice, accent, pitch, style or gender.

Your ego is trained to be a lot more accepting of anything it hears in your voice, and a lot more skeptical of anything it hears in someone else’s voice. Take advantage of this to get your ego out of the way a bit more.

If you don’t agree with a concept written in a book, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re listening to an audio recording of an author who’s teaching concepts that make sense to you but their voice irritates you, then you might miss some great wisdom just because the person’s voice reminds you of someone you didn’t like back in elementary school. Most people like the sound of their own voice in their head. It’s what’s already there talking all the time anyways.


  • You will see a difference

Reading one self development book doesn’t guarantee success, just like cleaning the dog poop out of your back-yard or painting the bathroom doesn’t guarantee you will sell your house for $25,000 more, but imagine what would happen to your real estate value if you spent 4-6 hours every week for 5 years improving it? Painting the rooms, adding a Jacuzzi tub, cleaning the back yard, starting a garden, adding a patio deck, etc.

It’s the same thing with reading self development books. It’s hard to see the value you get out of one book, but it’s easy to see the value you get out of reading a book every month or every week for a year or two or ten. I promise you will see a difference.

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Patrick Banks is a Berlin based writer with over 5 years of experience providing self-development advice. He is a fierce optimist who believes in the power of making life happen. He shares his opinions on his self-improvement blog- Get a Wingman .


    • The first book I read was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. But the one that really impressed me was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. So I would suggest you to start with The Alchemist!

  1. you suggested think and grow rich by napoleon hill and the alchemic by Paulo coelho, who would recommend for the rest of the books.
    thanks, gail manson

    • In the Alchenmist (Coelho) is a big list of personal development books, as i remember. Can also read (mine) first : 12 pillars by Jim Rohn. and then 10 golden rules by Napoleon Hill.

      remember 10 pages a DAY is 3650 pages a year!!!! ( 10 thick books)
      “Easy to do, easy NOT to do ” ( Jim Rohn)

  2. Nicolas PBJMReply

    The first book I have read was: THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey and it is very impressive! I can also advise you about the book “The Art Of War” by Sun Tzu (very short and effective).
    And I’m reading Think and Grow Rich, and this one is very nice because the autor uses only real facts.
    Cris, how good is the one of Coelho? Why is it so impressed?

    • Great choices,Nicolas ~and there are alot more great reads out there waiting for the voice in your own head to accept,too. Keep reading! 🙂

  3. Mentioned before,’The Art Of War’ by Sun Tzu is definitely a good start with any kind of self development resources. ‘The Power of Now’ by Erhard Tolle is one of my favorite books ever. It maybe seem a bit too spiritual for some people but the author teaches you how to fully appreciate life.
    Currently, I’m reading ‘Non-Violent Communication’ by Marshall B. Rosenberg.

    • The Art of War is the next book on my to-read list. I will provide a review shortly! I also promise to check out The Power Of Now by Erhard Tolle as well.

  4. Chis GabrielReply

    Hi, I would recommend the book “How to make friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie, i think it’s somehow the foundation of all motivational books and speakers, it puts the first brick on the foundation of self development. It has helped me a lot! Eckhart Tolle (The power of now and A new earth) is also a very good read.

    • Yes,Dale Carnegie was also very helpful,effective reading for me and I need to reread more. I hope others list and recommend favorites,as well as state how it has helped in your own self-development journey

  5. You should make a top 50 of the best developing books ur guys on motivationsgrid have read 🙂

  6. I like that you point out that one good reason to read self-development books is that they can be personalized. I think that some people might be hesitant to write or highlight a nice book. But, for me, writing in a book and highlighting parts I like help me to be involved more in it.

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