I love to read self-development books. I even love to read them more than I like to read fantasy or any other kind of book.

The reason for this is, I suppose, that every time I read a book like this, I feel instantly motivated to get my sh*t together and apply the knowledge I just learned.

Naturally, I have some favourites. Not all of them were eye-opening and I can‘t even remember what some of them were about. Nevertheless, there are some, that I think were great and you should also read them. They are not very long or hard to read, so that‘s a plus.

The title of this article is kind of sensational, but I really think that these books are great and there is a lot that you can learn from them. I only pick three, because I really wanted to only present you my absolute favourites. The ones, that I still think about or I even read twice. These kind of books are priceless and the ones that you gladly pass on to family or friends, because you are happy, if they learn something from it.

I am going to stop rambling about how great these books are, because I am sure you got the point. So here is the list:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

I learned SO MUCH from this book. I still remember myself of the content I read in there, even though I read it a long time ago. This book is about the belief, wether people are born with talents, that are fixed or are they able to learn anything if they practice enough. I thought I am a strong believer in hard work, but I had to realise, that my mindset is also fixed. This fixed mindset leads to self-loathing, because this way I misinterpret my failures and I think about myself, that I am simply not capable of anything. Actually, most of the time, I just didn‘t work hard enough, didn‘t practice enough, didn‘t learn enough. There is no such thing as talent, it is all just dedication, time and practice.

This book tells you, how you can shift your mindset from the fixed mindset to growth mindset. This will help you excel in every part of your life. It is a process, to change your mindset, but it is possible and it is going to change your life.

The defining decade: Why your Twenties matter – and how to make the most of them now

If you are a twentysomething like me, maybe you ask yourself, what to do with your life. Where to begin? What to choose? I often have a feeling, that I have to decide now what I am going to do my whole life, where I am going to live, am I going to have children and so on. Often times I feel overwhelmed by these questions – how should I know now? I am barely an adult and I should decide on topics that are so important?

This book is going to tell you a lot of stories of another twentysomethings. Stories about relationships, identity, work and personality. Through these stories it gives you hints on how to decide on all these things that you think about.

I really enjoyed this book, because the stories show me, that I am not alone in this. That every (or at least the most) twentysomething is going through this. Also, it gives you a lot of tricks that you can easily use for your life.

The miracle morning

So if you are in the bullet journal community, I am quite sure, that you already heard of this book. No surprise, because it is actually awesome. This book is about the importance of a morning routine. Hal Elrod tells you about his life and how he transformed it multiple times by having an effective morning routine. He also tells you what his routine looks like and how you can adapt it to your life, or create your routine on your own.

I really liked this book, because I felt like it was very compact and well written. It wasn‘t a lot of rambling and such, it was short and very easy to read. The concepts are clear and I was instantly motivated to try it out for myself and transform my life. The story of Hal Elrod is incredible and it makes you think, that if he could do it, than why couldn‘t I? Even though I am really a night owl and always hated to get up early, I was instantly motivated to try out this morning routine – and that left quite an impression on me.

Have you ever read one of these books? What are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments, I am looking for great self-development books!