Each week people ask me what the best personal development courses and products are and what I use in my own life.
And a lot of people also email me and want to know how I have built this popular blog and what I use to do that.
So I have decided to put together this list of the very most helpful tools.
Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a commission if you purchase that particular tool or product. If you do, I thank you for supporting me and this site.
Personal Development Resources
Four of the most helpful personal development products I have used are these:
Turbulence Training (or How I Lost 26 Pounds)
The very best thing I did in the area of personal development in 2009 was to get into better shape.
I did it with one of the most popular workout programs right now, Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training for Fatloss.
It helped me to lose 26 pounds in 4 months, to become stronger and double my energy. It may even have helped me look a little bit younger.
The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich
How do you achieve the success of your dreams? For real?
Well, way back in the early 1900s a man named Napoleon Hill dedicated about 20 years of his life to figuring this out by studying and interviewing 500 of the most successful people at the time. People like Edison, Ford and Andrew Carnegie. The result was a book called Think and Grow Rich. A book that went on to sell over 20 million copies. A book that greatly influenced the whole field of personal development as we know it today.
However, in the book there is a secret. The secret to success. But Hill never explicitly tells us exactly what that secret is.
Fortunately, a guy named Brian Kim came along and wrote a book about just that secret and describes it very clearly as a step-by-step plan.
Paraliminals are guided meditation CDs that are focused on various aspects of your life. One is about getting you to become more focused and effective. Other ones are focused on such things as overcoming anxiety or improving relationships, confidence and health.
I have been using these recordings several times a week since December 2008. I have experienced such benefits such as increased presence and calmness, being able to get out of negative feelings and headspaces quickly and increased focus and effectiveness.
How to Learn More by Studying Less and Smarter
One common question people email me about is how to manage school. They want to know how to get excellent grades, manage stress and procrastination and find more time for other things than just studying.
I have some answers for how to handle stress better and for becoming more productive in general. But as for becoming a more effective student that gets better grades and have smarter study habits I like to refer to other people.
One such person that I have referred many students to over the past few years is Scott Young.
Blogging & Lifestyle Business Resources
Empire Building Kit
How can you build your own business that lets you live the life you want?
How can you make a living out of your passions and quit your day job?
Well, why not learn from the people who have already done what you want to do and created their own small business empires online?
In this review I will take a closer look at Chris Guillebeau’s Empire Building Kit. This is a course based mainly around case studies of people that are already running their own small and successful businesses online (they earn earn $50,000 to $150,000 a year) and a sort of email school that runs a whole year – yes, 365 lessons, one for each day – that will guide you to building your own empire/business.
How to Start a Blog That Matters
It is easy to start a blog nowadays, you can do it in few minutes nowadays on many webhosts.
The difficult thing is to gain a big audience. But that is what will help you to do what you are passionate about, it could help you to make a living online and it could help you to spread your cause across the world and change it for the better.
Corbett Barr has helped several people launch blogs that now attract from 10,000+ to 100,000+ visitors every month. He is an advisor of top bloggers like Leo Babauta of zenhabits and the crew of Man vs. Debt.
He has also created a course called How to Start a Blog That Matters. It is my favorite course for anyone who is a beginner when it comes to blogging. Over 3000 people have joined it so far.
I have reviewed the course on my other blog: The Art of Simple Blogging.