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


  1. Scoring 100% in Time Management
  2. 33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity
  3. Priorities
  4. What Matters Now
  5. Polyphasic Sleep
  6. 10 Benefits of Rising Early and How to do It.
  7. 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.

About the author

Mary Jaksch

Mary is passionate about helping people create a happy, purposeful, and fulfilling life. She is the founder of GoodlifeZEN and also the brains behind, one of the biggest blogs for writers on the Net. Mary is also a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.


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