“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

The seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey is one of my favorite personal development book of all time. The book had a great effect on me with various lessons, anecdotes, insights, and principles which is a core of my daily values.

The 7th habit is “sharpen the saw” in which covey advocates preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–YOU. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Physical:Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional:Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental:Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual:Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

“Sharpen the saw” basically means expressing all four motivations. It means exercising all four dimensions of our nature, regularly and consistently in wise and balanced ways.”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” —Abraham Lincoln

You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.”Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon), Good Will Hunting

I absolutely enjoy recommendations/lists for a lot of activities and I absolutely love the Personal MBA list which is a project designed to help you educate yourself about advanced business concepts.

The Personal MBA features the very best business books available, based on over ten years and thousands of hours of research. So skip business school and the $150,000 loan: you can get a world-class business education own your own at very low cost by reading the best business books.

The Personal MBA List is curated by Bestselling Author Josh Kauffman and he also authored a book with the same title, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business.

I have been following the Personal MBA List for quite a while and I have read some of the books on the list. I would be reading more books from the list this year and am looking forward to sharing the insights gained from the books as I read them.

“If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.”Tom Peters, bestselling business author

Here are the 99 business books The Personal MBA officially recommends;