My 5 Favorite Personal Development Books


I have been helped more with personal development than I have with any particular CEU course I’ve taken. Physical therapy continuing education is fantastic.  But the truth is that in this game what they don’t tell you is that you are capped out with what you can make from learning new techniques.

 You are not getting rewarded for learning more techniques. Why? Because insurance doesn’t give a crap, they just don’t care…I’m not really sure how else to say it, but there you go.  At the end of the day, people just care about themselves and their transformation. Click To Tweet

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What has helped me the most is personal development. I am in  personal development about 1.5-3 hours every single day and I have been doing that consistently for the past 4 years. The more I am in it the more successful I get – It’s that simple.

Here are my favorite personal development books.

1.) Awaken the Giant by Tony Robbins          

Awaken the Giant is a very short book but that will get you going. He gives so many tips.

Tony Robbins, is one of the few dudes that I never get sick of hearing.  Some guys are saying the same things over and over. He has such a wealth of knowledge.

If you get the audio book for it, it’s a short hour and twelve minutes, you are going to get so much from what he is telling you.

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2.) Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy.

This was probably the best overall book I’ve read as a business owner.  Darren Hardy is the founder of Success Magazine. He has an amazing story. He became a millionaire by 21, and he talks about the different businesses he’s been through but really everything that he said in the book, I was like, “yup yup yup!!!” about business. 



3.) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

If you are going to get promoted, you are going to have to be someone that is influential, and someone that is liked. If you are a total tool and you have the greatest skillset, you will just be at the level that your great skillset can get you to.  But if you are likable??? Skies the limit. 

I haven’t gotten to this point my own, it’s because people have promoted me. I’ve worked for probably about 15 hours for the last three months clinically. It’s because I have been able to influence people and people want to work for me and I learned a lot of it through this book. 

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4.) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Probably of all the books that I have told you, this is the longest book, but at the end of the day this is what you gotta understand – successful people have successful habits. That’s really it.

They have habits that unsuccessful people don’t have. So if you want to learn what those habits are, read this book. This book will tell you, “this is what they do” and if you start doing it you will see your life start to change.

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5.) It’s Not About You by Bob Burg and John David Mann

It’s simple, it’s effective, but it really is true. One of the biggest things that I see all the time is everybody wants it to be about them. When I focused my energy on not making it about me, and just finding ways to make my staff happy, that’s when everything changed.

I realized it’s not about me, it’s about them. If I can make these people happy, then they are going to make me happy. If I can make these people happy then they are going to make our patients happy. I gotta cater and serve them. I gotta make sure that they get everything that they want. You are not going to fix every single patient. So if you are basing your relationship off of you fixing every single person, then what’s the odds of… Click To TweetThere are people that come to my office that are not fixed but I was honest with them, and our relationship flourished.

I am like, “Look the things that we are doing aren’t working. Here are some options and let’s take it a step further. I am going to text and email you. Also I will make sure that you get to this other provider.”

I will do those things because it’s about you, it’s not about me. You came to me with your care. If I can’t do it (most of the time I can), I will make sure you are okay. I have people that I never fixed and they sent me so many patients because I make it not about me.

I see this all the time with physical therapists and they are like, “this patient saying they got a 10 out of 10 pain and they are rolling their eyes” it’s not about you, it’s about them. Whether they have a 10 out of 10 pain or not, it doesn’t matter.

Obviously they are trying to tell you something, so just remember, it’s about them.

If you start reading these books, they are going to teach you things you won’t learn in college. These things are going to teach you the true hustle, how to build emotional intelligence, and how to build proper habits.

As a young physical therapist, all you learn is how to pass the NPTE. You pay 6 figures+ for that today. That’s all you learn.  These are my five books that I would say will put you in the right direction.