For most adults, the minute they think of reading, the books that immediately come to mind probably fall into 2 categories: textbooks, or fun but frivolous fiction like the Harry Potter series, or The Girl On The Train. Did you know, though, that there is a separate category of books which can be interesting and stimulating, but which you probably shouldn’t be reading in front of your boss at work? No, we’re not talking about anything R-rated. Book Depository has an entire section of Personal Development books that can equip you with a variety of skills, from running your own business to dealing with difficult bosses. Read on to see our recommendations for 6 Personal Development books which you absolutely have to read (just not in the office!).


1. The Unemployed Millionaire

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If you think it takes a lot of time and effort to become a millionaire, think again! Matt Morris tells you how he went from being homeless and in debt at the age of twenty-one to being a millionaire by the age of twenty-nine, tapping on the wide reach of the Internet to successfully market his business to millions of customers worldwide.

2. Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months : A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works

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Drawing on years of experience, Melinda Emerson guides you through the process of devising an effective marketing strategy, coming up with a budget, and maintaining your business with this step-by-step guide–all of which has been updated for today’s market.

3. Fire Your Boss

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Work-life balance is important to all of us, but it’s so easy for problems at work to affect us even outside of work. Use Stephen Pollan’s 7-step guide to learning how to boost your income so that you are less dependent on your main source of income, and find your happiness outside of the workplace.

4. How to Work for an Idiot

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We’ve all worked for that one boss whom everybody seems to dislike, whether it’s because they are absolutely clueless, are rude and obnoxious, or who are just plain bad at their job. Kick back and get a good laugh out of these stories of bosses from hell, while at the same time learning some practical tips and tricks to keeping your cool and navigating the tricky waters of working with an idiot boss.

5. Never Get a “Real” Job : How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke

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Learn how self-taught young serial entrepreneur Scott Gerber achieved financial freedom by becoming his own boss, despite never having held a conventional 9-to-5 job using his own proven, no-b.s. methodology to build, manage, and market a successful business on a lean budget.

6. Monster Boss : Strategies for Surviving and Excelling When Your Boss is a Nightmare

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Yet another book which deals with nightmarish bosses (hmmm, why are there so many books about difficult bosses?). Learn to identify what type of boss your manager is, and when you’ve got a boss whom everyone dreads working with, it’s important to know when it’s a good time to bite your tongue, to change your situation, or to walk away.

With so many different options available for you to improve yourself, what are you still waiting for? Head over to Book Depository and grab a copy of one (or all) of the books above. With over 15 million titles to choose from, there’s bound to be something for everyone!


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