The Ultimate Personal Growth Guide: 100 Best Posts

By Mary Jaksch

Every moment we get a new opportunity to make new decisions and change how we live our life. Here is a selection of the best 100 self-development posts that will inspire you to grow and flourish. They are grouped under the following headings: personal transformation, business and career, happiness, relationship and family, creativity, leadership, spirituality, health and fitness, minimalism, and productivity. (Click on each link, and a short intro will pop up. In order to read the full post, click on the link at the bottom of the popup which says, ‘Continue on to….’)

Personal transformation

  1. How to Find Your Passion for Anything
  2. 100 Ways to Develop Your Mind
  3. The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
  4. The Slow Secret: How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life
  5. The World Needs You to Do What You Love
  6. Overcome Shyness
  7. Limiting Yourself: The Key to Success
  8. How to Develop Intelligence at Any Age
  9. Triple Your Rate of Failure and You Might Succeed
  10. How to Improve at Anything
  11. 30 Practical Tips to Make Yourself Indispensable to Others
  12. The Truth About Visualization and Goal Achievement
  13. The Life Purpose Lie
  14. A Short Collection of Unconventional Ideas

    Business and Career

  15. 10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview
  16. 20 Tips that Got Me an IT Promotion
  17. How to Start Freelancing Without Quitting Your Job
  18. How to Lose Your Fear of Being Fired
  19. How to Motivate Others
  20. How to Make Lots of Money During a Recession
  21. Man’s (Career) Search for Meaning
  22. 3 Areas You Must Invest in During a Recession
  23. Fear of Flying: Facing the Fear of Success
  24. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Job
  25. Dead Man Working
  26. Scaling Simplicity-Driven Entrepreneurship
  27. Why I hope the Free Brigade is Wrong
  28. The Business of Forgiveness
  29. The Best Decline Letter of All-Time: Edmund Wilson
  30. A 12 Step Strategy to Refit Your Blog to the Social Web in 2010


  31. Why It’s Important to “Identify the Problem” (It’s Harder than It Sounds).
  32. The Biggest Myth — It’s Selfish To Try to Be Happier.
  33. How to Find Authentic Happiness
  34. Happiness and positive thinking…good for you and good for your health
  35. The 7 Habits of Highly Happy People
  36. How to be Happier With What You Have
  37. 10 Instant Tips to be Happier Now
  38. The Only Guide to Happiness You’ll Ever Need
  39. Income Distribution Versus Happiness

    Relationship and Family

  40. 5 Tips for Getting a Little Kid to Take No For an Answer
  41. Match Makers Intuition
  42. How to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child or Yourself
  43. How to Inspire Kids to Save the World
  44. What are Kids Doing on Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social Networking Sites?
  45. 5 Strategies to Manage Your Family Chores Permanently
  46. 10 Qualities of Tea-cup Parenting: Are Your Kids Too Fragile?
  47. 50 Ways to be Romantic
  48. Things to Consider Before Getting Married
  49. Understanding Family Relationship Problems
  50. Home Fires – I Will Carry You
  51. Your Ideal Family: How to Make it a Reality


  52. Story-Based Design
  53. How to Touch Your Creative Soul: A Zen Perspective
  54. 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind
  55. How to Write Remarkably Creative Content
  56. Feeling Stuck? Try This
  57. Unleash Your Energy: 5 Ways to Recharge Your Mind, Spirit, and Productivity
  58. Re-Potting with Resources: What Would You Make?
  59. The Little but Useful Guide to Creativity


  60. Interception of Entropy
  61. 6 Key Lessons in Life from a 140-Year Old Man
  62. Leadership and the Magnetic Draw of Authenticity
  63. Challenging Convention
  64. The Joy of Quitting
  65. Nine Leadership Development Strategies
  66. Six Social Media Trends in 2010
  67. Stephen Covey on His Morning Routine, Blogs, Technology, GTD and The Secret


  68. Sitting Quietly, Doing Something
  69. What is Natural Spirituality?
  70. Survive and Thrive: How to Transform Anxiety into Inspiration
  71. How to Start Meditating: 10 Important Tips
  72. For the Time Being
  73. The Courage to Live Consciously
  74. Living a Life of Integrity

    Health and Fitness

  75. How to Build Muscle Mass Guide
  76. 100 Beginner Running Tips
  77. Why Healthy Nutrition is Important – and Why Not
  78. How Many Calories Do You Need to Eat Per Day?
  79. A Single Principle to Declutter Your Health
  80. The 7 Essential Rules to Optimum Health Weight Loss
  81. 7 Steps to Sustainable Healthy Eating Habits
  82. Relax Like a Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep
  83. How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise


  84. How to Let Go of Possessions
  85. 7 Quick Meals that are Faster Than Pizza Delivery
  86. The Simple Life
  87. El Bocadillo: The Definitive Minimalist Sandwich
  88. Creating a Minimalist Workspace
  89. The Minimalist Pinciple: Omit Needless Things
  90. Living on a Small Footprint
  91. 10 Unclutting Things to do Every Day
  92. Minimalist Fun: The 100 Things Challenge
  93. A Guide to Self-Reliance Minimalism
  94. Productivity

  95. Scoring 100% in Time Management
  96. 33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity
  97. Priorities
  98. What Matters Now
  99. Polyphasic Sleep
  100. 10 Benefits of Rising Early and How to do It.
  101. Productivity and Organizing Insights Found in Lean Systems

Which post inspired you most? What did you learn that is helpful? Please share in the comments.

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  1. Wow. Now this post is really great and I will definitely be checking out a lot of these links, but what really caught my attention is the way that Apture (which I use and love) really makes a links post come alive. Thanks for the great idea.
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  2. Awesome list! I’ll be back to read some of the articles I haven’t yet read.

    Thanks so much for including us.

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  3. Under minimalism, I would add Kelly Sutton’s cult of less

    This guy Sutton indexed every one of his possessions and marked them as keep or sell, on the internet, including trivial things and trinkets. The objective is to keep only the necessary things. You can also read, 43 folders’ article, Never ‘organize’ what you can discard – This is also about minimalism or living the simple life.

  4. Some of the minimalism posts are really great and timely for me as I’m cutting down massively so I can travel the world in the near future. The Steve Pavlina articles in “productivity” are great too! Great list.
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  5. Ted Rex says:

    Great work! I made this one of my three links today on my “Other Thought for the Day” blog:

    All the best, Ted
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  6. Simply brilliant work you’ve done. Whenever I have few minutes on my hands I pop in here to get to the valuable content. Thanks V much.
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  8. Kris says:

    Hi Mary – Awesome compilation here! I’m going to have to bookmark this and read my way through the ones that interest me! – which are many!

    Your blog is looking awesome these days!! I love the new design. (sorry if I’m late in noticing! 🙂

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  17. jordanair says:

    The objective is to keep only the necessary things

  18. BOW says:

    Great! Your blog really help everybody get a good life.


  19. Wow. Such a comprehensive and detailed list. Wonderful job.
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  20. It has inded been a great work keep it up my friend

  21. Hi Mary,

    That was a great compilation. I can see the efforts you have put in to collate this list together. Much appreciated.
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  22. Amazing! I will need enought time to read all these interesting post! What do you look in order to select the right post?
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