Personal Development Books You Should Read Before 30

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Have you ever read a personal development book? If you haven’t, chances are that you probably don’t understand why you should even read one in the first place.

Regardless of your area of specialisation, you will get to a point where you find yourself struggling with certain challenges. What if the answers to all your questions and issues you have had to contend with are lying within the pages of several books that you actually have access to? Personal development books give you an opportunity to learn from the advice shared by men and women who have overcome similar challenges.

Below are 7 personal development books that highlight the immense power locked inside the pages of personal development books.

1. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Personal Development Books - Never Eat Alone

This personal development book puts a lot of emphasis on your need to build a lasting connection with others as well as improving the way we communicate with others.

Review From Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision

“Keith has long been a leading marketing innovator. His way with people truly makes him a star. In Never Eat Alone, he has taken his gift and created specific steps that are easily followed, to achieve great success.”

2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Personal Development Books - Think and Grow Rich

This book is popularly considered a classic in professional circles. After studying the life of many millionaires, the author, Napoleon Hill found out that there are ways in which they were different from others. He focused on the things that made them who they are as well as how fond financial freedom. This book is widely considered very motivational.

Amazon Review

“If you asked me to recommend to you the single best ‘success’ book I have ever read, my answer would be a very definite ‘Think and Grow Rich’.”

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Personal Development Books - The Alchemist

The Alchemist is an inspirational book that weaves a story around a boy with a desire to travel around the world to search for treasures. His journey helps him recognise and encounter several types of riches across the world.

This personal development book helps you understand how to take advantage of opportunities and gives you the courage to go after your dreams. If you like to dream or if you consider yourself ambitious, this is one book you should read.

Amazon Review

“If you like to ponder the meaning of life, then let your mind and spirit mull over the lessons in this book. It’s a quick and enjoyable read that will provide some new insights, or remind you of some old ones that you’ve forgotten.”

4. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

Personal Development Books - The Charisma Myth

Do you believe that charisma is an inborn trait; you either have it or you don’t? Like all great personal development books, this one shreds the myth that charisma is not something you can adopt.

According to the author, Olivia Fox Cabane, anyone can become charismatic, persuasive and highly influential. This book shares amazing life skills to give your personal development a boost.

Amazon Review

“So many self-help books are ‘all gong and no dinner’ but I found this book to be a refreshing exception.”

5. Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker

Personal Development Books - Managing Oneself

This personal development book is a masterpiece. It addresses the challenge of personal growth and dedication by highlighting the fact that no matter how down the ladder you are, you can rise to the top.

Amazon Review

“I couldn’t put this one down and gleaned much wisdom from it. I would almost call this book Drucker’s personal insight on how to manage your life.”

6. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Personal Development Books - The Selfish Gene

The author, Richard Dawkins throws in a huge change in your estimation of yourself as well as the rest of the world in his book, The Selfish Gene.

The book trashes the idea that organisms use genes to reproduce themselves. Rather, it submits that your genes build and maintain you with the goal of being able to make more genes.

This submission throw up enough puzzlers to make it a good book for personal development.

Amazon Review

“I believe that unless we wish to rely on luck throughout our lives we need to embrace reality as closely as possible, which is what a first-rate book like Dawkins’ helps us to do.”

7. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Personal Development Books - How To Win Friends and Influence People

If you’re looking to give your social skills a boost, this is the book for you. The author, Dale Carnegie, shares ways to learn all the essential techniques to making people like you as well as being able to deal with them better.

The book also teaches you how to raise your power of persuasion. The book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,’ is one of the most popular personal development books you will come across.

Amazon Review

“When I was 12 years old my best friend gave me a copy of this book and told me that I might find it interesting. He could not have been more right, for I delved deep into the book and I finished it in a matter of 2 weeks.”

The books we just shared with you are our top picks for you if you’re striving to build a stronger personal brand. These personal development books will help you build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Below is a list of personal development books we looked at:

  1. Never Eat Alone
  2. Think and Grow Rich
  3. The Alchemist
  4. The Charisma Myth
  5. Managing Oneself
  6. The Selfish Gene
  7. How To Win Friends and Influence People

Final Thoughts on Personal Development Books

You should consider reading other relevant books for more grounded insights. Some of these books should include top leadership books and top personal branding books that can help you plan a successful career.

Samod Biobaku
A Nigeria-based writer and blogger who has written and edited for top brands including The SUN, Punch, Newswatch,, Bigsam Media, Nigerian Bulletin, Swish Interativ, Hello Nigeria, National LIFE, iCampus, Jobberman and Cheki.


  1. Never Eat Alone has been one of the better self-help books I’ve read, with a lot of useful and actionable advice that comes in handy especially for introverts like myself. Networking isn’t so easy, or so I thought, until I came across Keith Ferrazzi, and learned about his “dinner parties”, his penchant for scheduling and keeping a rolodex of nearly every person he meets, and simply the persistence he has to go after that one “lead”. Having goals, plans, and rigorously following those plans, ever keeping your short and long-term goals goals in mind, will ease the process of meeting strangers and forming meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. Highly recommend!

  2. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carniegie is the best book I have ever read. It tells us more to build healthy relations between our friends and if we are standing among a group of people how can we make our standing their.

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