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The Best 3 Personal Growth Books for Millennial Success

Erik Personal Development and Lifestyle, Personal Growth, Thoughts of a Mastermind 12 Comments


Success has many different definitions depending on the person, but a general trend seems to define success as being better than you were before, living your life in a way that you enjoy, being productive towards your goals, and being able to share your success with others to help them become better.

For me, success is doing whatever I want to do with my life. Right now, I feel I’m fairly successful – I’m able to wake up, work on my craft and gain skills, and make money for the future. I’m not stressed about the little things, and can focus on the bigger picture.

Whatever your definition for success is, there is a way to get there.

One of the best ways to do that is by reading personal development books.

In this post, I will share with you three books that have helped me out tremendously within the spheres of my career, relationships, and my own personal development.

I truly believe these three books have helped me become successful in my life.


Here Are the Best 3 Personal Growth Books for Millennial Success


Book #1 – The Miracle Morning

The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, is all about waking up early to supercharge your performance throughout the day.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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Hal discusses how the average person does not devote the necessary time to personal development. By waking up early and carving out time to work on ourselves, we can become the best versions of us.

If you aren’t a morning person, setting intentions before bed may help increase your “Wake up Motivation Level”, as Hal calls it.

Actions like moving your alarm clock across the room, brushing your teeth, drinking a full glass of water, and getting dressed in your workout clothes can help get you pumped for tomorrow the night before.

The Miracle Morning program is based on the S.A.V.E.R.S program he came up with.

S.A.V.E.R.S. stands for:

• S = Silence (Mediation / Prayer / Reflection)
• A = Affirmations.
• V = Visualization.
• E = Exercise.
• R = Reading.
• S = Scribing (Journaling / Writing)

Hal suggests spending time in each of these six areas. Depending on your morning, you can spend as little as six minutes on each section, or take as long as you want to complete all six.

Memorable Quotes from The Miracle Morning

  • Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.
  • Every time you choose the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.


Book #2 – The Slight Edge

Humans are creatures of habit. Every day, we make simple decisions: what to eat, should we exercise, should I call my parents, should I read my book, etc.  These decisions seem innocuous enough, but over time, these seemingly small actions ultimately shape our lives.

Are these decisions helping your life, or are they detrimental?  Are they bringing you closer to your goals, or are they actively keeping you from your goals?The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

In The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson talks about the slight edge, which is essentially your philosophy of life.  It is your driving force.

Why is this so important?

Because your philosophy creates your attitude, which create your actions, which create your results, which create your life. Behaviors, whether they’re good or bad, compound over time.

You should try your best to live your philosophy each day. By performing tasks which are located on the path to your goals, you can achieve anything.

If there is anything you want to accomplish this year or in life, just take a step. That’s all you can do initially. No one goes from 0 to 100 in a day. But, by going from 0 to 1 to 2 to 3, you can get there over time. It’s about taking baby steps to start and as you get more comfortable, you can increase the pace – in other words, you sometimes have to slow down to go fast!

Memorable Quotes from The Slight Edge

  • The secret of time is simply this: time is the force that magnifies those little, almost imperceptible, seemingly insignificant things you do every day into something titanic and unstoppable.
  • Successful people form habits that feed their success, instead of habits that feed their failure.


Book #3 – The 5 Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, deconstructs how we want to be loved and how we should communicate our love to others.The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages is a quick and informative read. By applying the techniques Chapman suggests, anyone can improve their relationship with their friends, family members or significant others.

The 5 Love Languages are:

• Words of Affirmation
• Acts of Service
• Receiving Gifts
• Quality Time
• Physical Touch

Buy This Book!Everyone has their own personal primary love language. Your picture of a perfect mate should give you some idea of your primary love language.

We must be willing to learn our spouse’s primary love language if we are to be effective communicators of love. By learning the love languages and how to work with them, we can cultivate an amazing and loving relationship with our spouse.

Memorable Quotes from The 5 Love Languages

  • Encouragement requires empathy and seeing the world from your spouse’s perspective. We must first learn what is important to our spouse. Only then can we give encouragement.
  • Learning to listen may be as difficult as learning a foreign language, but we must if we want to communicate love.



Reading these 3 books, but more importantly, applying what you have learned, will get you on the path to success – however you define that success.

I’m very thankful I was able to read these books and applied what I learned in them. The Miracle Morning sets up your day for success, The Slight Edge governs your philosophy on life, and The 5 Love Languages influence how you interact with others.

Combining these three will get you on the path to success and help you improve yourself to be better.

I haven’t come across books that have been more influential to my development and I’m so glad I can pass on this information to you.

How do you define success? Have you read any of these 3 books? What goals are you working towards?



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  1. Thanks for the book recommendations! I will check my local library for them. The languages of love looks especially interesting and I’ll see if I can pick up two copies; one for me and one for my wife 🙂

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      You are welcome SMM 🙂

      I’d really recommend that one. It opened my eyes to reasons why I’ve failed in previous relationships and been successful in others.

  2. I’ve read The Miracle Morning. Mr. G follows it to the letter — me, not as much. I’ve borrowed Sleight Edge from the library but didn’t get through it for some reason. I’ll try again. And I’ve heard of The 5 Love Languages but haven’t read it — I’ll add it to my list. Have you heard of the book Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything, by Gary Thomas? That’s another good one about relationships, although some may be turned off by the Christian perspective (I’m not Christian and it didn’t turn me off, but some are sensitive.) It’s also geared towards married couples but I think the premise applies to any couple.

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      I’ve not heard of that one, I’ll check it out. That sounds very interesting to me, and I appreciate the suggestion.

      The Slight Edge is okay as a read, but the principles that I took away from it have made it a top pick for me.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. All three books are great. I use to follow the miracle morning to the letter but never felt like I was getting much out of the affirmations and visualization. Do you follow it to the letter?

    My morning routine now is meditate, journal, stretch, blog, workout.

    4 Hour Work Week is a really good read too. It will definitely change the way you think about your work.

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      I did for about a month. I’m going to get back to it. Lately though, I’ve been stay up later and not wanting to wake up 🙂

      The affirmations and visualizations are tough for me as well. I do think you do what you say you will. I’m going to try and force myself to get back into it though.

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  4. I’ve had Miracle Morning on my reading list forever, but keep putting it off because my library doesn’t carry it. I suppose at some point I need to just take the plunge and buy it. Sounds like it is worth it from everyone that raves about how helpful it has been for them.

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  5. I just found your site and I think I found my soul brother. 🙂 But seriously, I think we have a very similar perspective on finances.

    I’ve only read one of these books (The 5 Love Languages) a long time ago. I want to re-read that one and check out your other recommendations. Thanks for sharing!

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      The Slight Edge is amazing! You’ll definitely need to check that one out. We are both analytically driven and definitely seem to approach things from an open minded perspective.

      Thanks for the comment and looking forward to reading more on your site 🙂

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