Our Favorite Personal Development Books, September 2017

UPDATED: November 13, 2019
PUBLISHED: August 25, 2017
Our Favorite Personal Development Books, September 2017

How to Be Happy at Work1. How to Be Happy at Work

The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship

Given the rapid pace and stress of the 21st-century workplace, is happiness even possible? Absolutely, says Annie McKee. A senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its executive doctoral program, McKee argues that happiness is not only possible but more important than ever—and not only for the benefit of workers and managers but for the bottom line, too.

McKee organizes her book around three things she says have to be in place before people work with happiness. One is a sense of purpose, a feeling of contributing to something bigger. Another is a powerful vision that creates a personal sense of hope. The last is genuine friendly relationships with co-workers and bosses. By following McKee’s suggestions, based on her research and experience, leaders can create a positive, healthy work experience in any business, no matter how fast the pace or how intense the pressure.

Altered Traits2. Altered Traits

Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

High Performance Habits3. High Performance Habits

How Extraordinary People Become That Way

Oprah.com has called Brendon Burchard, “one of the most successful online instructors in history.” He’s earned other accolades, too, including being named one of the 100 most-followed public figures on Facebook. In his latest book, Burchard distills years of original research and a decade as a top performance coach into six specific habits he says will make you into a high performer—regardless of age, field, skill set or personality.

The six habits of high-performance people: the pursuit of clarity for confidence in themselves and the future; a willingness to generate energy instead of waiting for it to arrive; a capacity for raising necessity, the assurance that what they are doing must be done; a drive to increase productivity; the seeking of influence with co-workers and leaders; and the consistent demonstration of courage. All of these habits are within reach of anyone who wants them, Burchard says. High Performance Habits presents a practical, readable guide to a high-performance lifestyle.

Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times

Claim Your Power5. Claim Your Power

A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life’s Unique Purpose

On Being Awesome6. On Being Awesome

A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

Nick Riggle is a high school dropout and former champion rollerblader who went on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University and become an assistant professor at the University of San Diego. His first book is a deceptively fun-loving tour of philosophy’s most ancient question: how best to live. Riggle uses modern jargon to apply timeless philosophical truths to today’s problems.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

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Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.