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Developing Good Habits & Their Life Changing Benefits – 7 Must Read Books

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I think all of us can agree that becoming a better version of yourself is something that everyone should strive for. Cultivating winning habits might not be as easy as it sounds. One requires consistency, dedication and the sheer will to self-improve in order to develop good habits.

Moreover, developing good habits is not enough. Getting rid of bad ones is equally important. Here you will find a curated list of the best books on developing good habits and their life changing benefits on those who work towards it.

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Let’s begin this list of books that everyone should read at least once in life for personal development.

(This list is in no particular order)

Developing Good Habits

#1 The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business

– Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the frontlines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains and exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our business, our communities, and our lives.

#2 The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change

– Stephen R. Covey

the 7 habits of highly effective people

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

#3 The Habit Of Winning: Stories To Inspire, Motivate And Unleash The Winner Within

– Prakash Iyer

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Do you feel like throwing in the towel, but want to be a great leader? Would you like to build an organization? Do you want your child to be the best she can be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Habit of Winning is the books for you.

The stories here range from cola wars to cricketing heroes, from Michelle Obama’s management techniques to Mahatma Gandhi’s generosity. There are life lessons from frogs and rabbits, sharks and butterflies, kites and balloons. Together they create a heady mix that will make the winner inside you emerge and grow.

#4 Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway To Wealth & Prosperity

– Dean Graziosi

millionaire success habits

Legendary business coach and entrepreneur Dean Graziosi takes you from where you are in life to where you want to be, using simple tools to reshape daily routines and 
Millionaire Success Habits is a book designed with one purpose in mind: to take you from where you are in life to where you want to be in life by incorporating easy-to-implement “Success Habits” into your daily routine.

Legendary business coach Dean Graziosi has broken down the walls of complexity around success and created simple success recipes that you can quickly put to use in your life to reach the level of wealth and abundance you desire. This book will help you to open new doors to prosperity–whether you’re a fellow entrepreneur, an employee or executive, or a new grad in your first job. 

#5 The Leader Habit: Master The Skills You Need To Lead In Just Minutes A Day

– Martin Lanik

the leader habit

In leadership as in life, only practice makes perfect. Habits are powerful. They can lock us into negative behaviors (like snacking and smoking) or train us to act automatically in ways that benefit us (such as putting on a seat belt). Routines quietly undergird large portions of what we do and how we function. 

Habit formation can speed success in the workplace as well, even in complex areas like leadership. The Leader Habit spotlights 22 essential leadership abilities, breaking them down into a series of small, learnable behaviors. The accompanying 5-minute exercises help you practice each of these new skills until they stick. Drawn from a study of hundreds of leaders across the globe, the book’s simple formula focuses on developing one skill at a time. This eye-opening and original book builds the “muscle memory” to turn leadership skills into lasting habits.

#6 The Winning Habits Of Steve Jobs

– Dr. Robert M. Toguchi

the winning habits of Steve Jobs

The Winning Habits of Steve Jobs provides a glimpse into the successful attributes of this remarkable icon of the technology industry. Often characterized as one of the founders of the personal-computer revolution, Steve Jobs displayed distinct habits and behaviors of entrepreneurship that were the foundations of his success. Of note, the vast majority of books that describe Jobs’s success emphasize what he did in terms of dates, events, start-ups, and product launches.

Beyond the habits of Steve Jobs, this book also innovates by comparing these remarkable habits with those of entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison.

#7 Simple Habits For Complex Times: Powerful Practices For Leaders

– Jennifer Garvey Berger & Keith Johnston

simple habits for complex times

Rather than offering one-size-fits-all tips and tricks drawn from the realm of business as usual, Simple Habits for Complex Times provides three integral practices that enable leaders to navigate the unknown. 

By taking multiple perspectives, asking different questions, and seeing more of their system, leaders can better understand themselves, their roles, and the world around them. They can become more nimble, respond with agility, and guide their organizations to thrive in an ever-shifting business landscape. 

The more leaders use these simple habits, the more they enhance their performance and solve increasingly common, sticky business issues with greater acumen.

These books provide a wealth of information that can be utilized to find success in not only our professional careers but also in our personal lives. The habits taught in these books helps us shape our actions so we can reach where we wish to be.

It is never too late to start developing good habits but why waste any more time? Choose your favorites from this list and start reading now! 

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    Fantastic list!

    However, this is something which my husband will really like so I’ll just forward it to him. I don’t read non-fiction or self-help books and it isn’t for the lack of trying. I just fall asleep anytime I try to read one. Maybe when I am little older… Lol😜

    • Ayushi

      Lol!! Sure sure :p I actually enjoy such books occasionally. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I had read back in 2009 and i thought it was so amazing and since then I try to read one or two fiction books here and there. I’d love to hear what your husband thinks since you mentioned he might like it 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I need to get some of these. I run a foundation for my daughter and other children like her, and I have the hardest time finding the right things to say to get people in our foundation to be motivated to fundraise! I need to learn to be more of a cheerleader.

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