Sources and Resources
Tired of reading the same blogs over and over? Looking for fresh articles to read? A new angle on your favorite personal development topics?
Charlie Mendoza has you covered! As much as he loves writing about this subject, he says he can’t take credit for everything Charlie is a writer.He writes. Much of his knowledge on self-development came from reading these great writers and thinkers. Unfortunately there was no way for him to rank these bloggers objectively and accurately. The ranking here is based on their Twitter followers, but those numbers won’t tell you much about the quality of their content. So don’t take it as absolute in terms of quality. That being said, many of those at the top are there for good reason. What this list lacks in ranking, however, it makes up for in quality. Charlie says he has read all these blogs, and I’m a long term subscriber to a few of them. Enjoy or ignore!
Can be your secret source Wisdom, Inspiration, and Step-by-Step Instructions for World Change (or simple diversion!)
1. Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) of Fourhourworkweek.com
I’ve been a fan since I read the 4-Hour Workweek and I now have his other books, 4-Hour Body and 4-Hour Chef. He thinks and sees the world differently, and that shows in his writing. From Tim, I learned that having many options isn’t always better. Sometimes, it’s better to eliminate them altogether so you don’t waste time on petty choices like what to eat for breakfast.
- The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm
- Real Mind Control: The 21-Day No-Complaint Experiment
2. Maria Popova (@brainpicker) of Brainpickings.org3
Maria Popova isn’t your usual self-development blogger. She calls herself an “interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large” and that’s a very fitting description considering the amount of research she does for a single post. Brain Pickings is a collection of the lessons she’s learned on creativity, intellectuality/growth, anxiety, spirituality and more. If you want to be a better note-taker, look-up her interview with Tim Ferriss.
- Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
- How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love
3. Lori Deschene (@tinybuddha) of Tinybuddha.com
Lori Deschene is the author of Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself, co-founder of the Recreate Your Life Story eCourse, and creator of Tiny Buddha, a site on simple wisdom, inspiration, relationships, and mindfulness. While many of the posts are based on Buddhism’s teachings, it’s not exclusively about Buddhism—or religion for that matter.
4. Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) of Michaelhyatt.com
Hyatt is the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and his personal blog is full of insightful and actionable posts on intentional leadership, productivity, publishing and more.
5. Leo Babuta1 (@zen_habits) of Zenhabits.net
Leo Babuta writes about habits and living a minimalist lifestyle. Zen Habits chronicles his journey in changing bad habits like smoking and adding better ones like waking early, plus the lessons he learned along the way.
6. Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk) of Penelopetrunk
I found Penelope Trunk on Google while I was researching for an article. I forgot what it was about, but her article came up on the search results and the headline stopped me in my tracks. I was intrigued. What would you learn about time management by hating someone? Since then, I’ve loved her style of storytelling and candor in writing. Trunk’s blog is full of stories and advice about life, work and starting a business.
- How much money do you need to be happy? Hint: Your sex life matters more
- Navigating the quarterlife crisis
7. Chris Guilleabeu (@chrisguillebeau) of Chrisguillebeau.com
Chris Guillebeau is a travel hacker. So what’s he doing here in a list of personal development bloggers? Aside from traveling the world using frequent flyer miles, he’s also the author of the unconventional guide series, which are awesome guides for travelling, publishing and getting rich. From him, I learned how to dream dreams worth chasing. He also showed me how to conduct annual reviews without going crazy.
8. Marie Forleo1 (@marieforleo) of Marieforleo.com
Marie Forleo is the host of Marie TV and author of Make Every Man Want You: How To Be So Irresistible You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself. Her website is full of sassy and actionable advice for anyone wanting to build a business, focus, and overcome their limiting beliefs.
- Do You Let Criticism Stop You? How To Insult-Proof Your Ego
- Advanced Marketing: Who ELSE Influences Your Customer?
9. Danielle LaPorte (@daniellelaporte) of Daniellelaporte.com/
Danielle LaPorte is the author of The Fire Starter Sessions and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Yes, the site is probably geared for people who love inspirational quotes and soul-searching, but LaPorte’s website is much more than that. The posts are relatable, memorable and inspirational but not to the point that it’s too cheesy for my liking.
- My Recent Confessions On Writing, And A Word Of Advice: Keep Going.
- Do You Love Your Problems? Because That Would Be Helpful
10. James Clear (@james_clear) of Jamesclear.com –Mastery!
On the surface, it looks like a health and fitness blog but once you read through it, you’ll realize that everything here is focused on physical and mental mastery. If you’re always trying to exceed your limits, physically and mentally, this site is for you.
- Vince Lombardi on the Hidden Power of Mastering the Fundamentals
- What Are You Measuring In Your Life?
11. John Romaniello (@JohnRomaniello) of Romanfitnesssystems.com
Roman Fitness Systems is a fitness and lifestyle website, but they also have write-ups on personal development. The site is a good resource for people looking to improve their physical appearance, that is—to look thinner or put on some muscle. Quick side note: Roman doesn’t like getting included in lists like this. But I’m including him here anyway because his site is a great resource for getting results in your diet and exercise, which then leads to a better life.
- How Results REALLY Happen — In Order..
- Some Thoughts on That Time I Became Batman’s Trainer and How I’d Make the New Dark Knight Even More Fit
12. Steven Handel (@StevenHandel) of Theemotionmachine.com
Steven Handel is the man behind The Emotion Machine, an in-depth blog on psychology and self-improvement. The site’s tagline is “The psychology blog that’s better than your local therapist,” based on the posts I’ve read, I think he’s right. I definitely learned more from him than from my Psych 101 class.
13. Mark Manson (@IAmMarkManson) of Markmanson.net
Manson writes unconventional life advice, the kind you won’t like reading if you’re used to getting things easy or if you’re a fan of The Secret. His blog is a realistic self-help site based on psychology and evidence through experience. Topics covered include life choices, culture, relationships and self-improvement.
14. Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake) of Lifeaftercollege.org Podcasts!
Blake writes about leadership, entrepreneurship and more. The site’s content is geared towards fresh graduates and millennials. It’s a great source of strategies for excelling in life outside academia.
Favorite post: Have You Become a Half-Dead Adult?
15. Luminita D. Saviuc (@PurposeFairy) of Purposefairy.com
Saviuc’s writing focuses on the hidden truths, the things we ignore yet hugely affect our lives. Read Purpose Fairy to learn more about human behavior from great thinkers like Einstein, Lao Tzu, Socrates and Victor Frankl, just a short list of Saviuc’s inspiration for her posts.
16. Tina Su (@thinksimplenow ) of Thinksimplenow.com
Think Simple Now is a collection of real life stories from different people. Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone—that’s their message. With over a thousand stories from people all over the world, chances are you’ll find someone who went through the same troubles you’re currently experiencing. You can read their stories to learn from their experience or just find solace knowing that others have walked the same path as you.
Favorite post: How to Quiet Your Mind
17. Steven Aitchison (@StevenAitchison) of Stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog
With a background in Psychology, addiction and management, Atchinson set up this blog to chronicle the lessons he learned in his different jobs. He writes about waking up early, changing habits through changing your thoughts, and other aspects of personal development.
18. Nisha Moodley (@askNisha) of Nishamoodley.com
Moodley blogs about creating change for women leaders and entrepreneurs. She believes sisterhood (community) is essential to a woman’s freedom, and creates communities of women supporting each other’s lives and businesses. She also writes about doing more while having more fun, finding clarity and more.
Favorite post: Does your lover validate your life?
19. Henrik Edberg (@positivityblog) of Positivityblog.com
Edberg is first to admit that his blog is a work-in-progress, just like he is. So he makes no promises of being a one-stop shop for personal development. Social skills, confidence and awareness seem like the general theme here, but he also has some great content about reducing stress.
- Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?
- Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape
20. Britt Reints (@missbritt) of Inpursuitofhappiness.net
Reints calls herself Czar of Happiness and a happiness expert. The site is about her journey to finding her own happiness without letting society’s expectations get in the way. It’s message is somewhat similar to Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, as Reint’s writing helps you find happiness in your everyday life—without having to move to the Caribbean or radically change your lifestyle.
21. Therese Schwenkler (@tschwenkler) of Theunlost.com
The Unlost is about dealing with the ‘suckiness’ of life, relationships, and finding a meaningful job. But it’s written from the perspective of an honest, I-don’t-care-if-you-hate-me kind of friend. Schwenkler wrote it to answer the questions she’s been asking her whole life—questions you might’ve asked yourself as well, like “What’s my life’s purpose?” or “Why is my crush such a douche bag?”
- How to Heal Your Heartbreak: 4 tips that actually work
- Shockingly Stupid Advice: How Cosmopolitan Magazine Is Misleading A Generation Of Young Women
22. Tim Brownson (@adaringadventure) of adaringadventure.com
Tim Brownson is a life coach and NLP practitioner specializing in helping people get unstuck. Unlike other coaches and personal development bloggers, he doesn’t believe in molly cuddling. He swears quite a bit in his posts and comments, it might be his brand of tough love. His free e-books, 70 Brain Facts, and Don’t Ask Stupid Questions, are entertaining and informative.
23. Charlie hoehn (@charliehoehn) of Charliehoehn.com
I first heard about Charlie Hoehn when I read his post on being a workaholic at Tim Ferriss’ blog. I eventually got his book, Play It Away, which helped me deal with my panic attacks and burnout. Then I got his course, Recession Proof Graduate, which teaches you how (and why) to work for free then later on accelerate your career— and salary—even if you don’t have experience.
24. Jonathan Wells (@mrjWells) Advancedlifeskills.com
This is similar to the other psychology based blogs here, except the focus is on optimizing your body and behavior modification. Prior to starting the website, Wells worked as a nutritional counselor working with athletes and bodybuilders. His work with already disciplined athletes and regular people wanting to lose weight helped him devise a method of changing people’s mental association with different things, such as people’s association of pain and exercise. Read this blog to learn more about mental imagery, anchoring, behavior and changing deep-rooted but limiting beliefs.
25. Brett McKay (@brettmckay and @artofmanliness) of Artofmanliness.com
Okay, this site might be focused on men, but women might find it useful, too. An interesting perspective of how guys think. Man or not, The Art of Manliness will show you that there’s more to being a man than having a car and a gorgeous six-pack. Like McKay says, it’s a blog about ‘growing up well.’ They have posts about confidence (swagger), old-school manly skills, grooming or fashion, career, and relationships.
26. Tynan (@tynan) of Tynan.com
Tynan is an adventurer, traveler, founder of blogging platform Sett.com and a former pickup artist. Don’t let the pickup artist title fool you. His blog has several thought provoking posts on minimalism, lifestyle, and habits.
Favorite post: When to be Stubborn
27. Brendan Baker (@Brendan_Baker) of Startofhappiness.com
Brendan Baker’s Start of Happiness is chock full of strategies and tools on goal setting, entrepreneurship, career and life improvement in general. Check out his post on scheduling the best year of your life to get a simple to use schedule template.
- 5 Steps to Scheduling the Best Year of Your Life (Free Download)
- The Johari Window: How to Build Self-Awareness & Achieve Success
28. Alex Blackwell (@thebridgemaker) Thebridgemaker.com
This blog doesn’t cover the usual themes of personal development. But it does tackle several important aspects of the human life—forgiveness, letting go and change. It might not teach you about success, but these topics are important just the same. After all, learning how to forgive and let go is necessary for us to grow as humans.
29. Laurence McCahill- find him on Medium
20. Scott Britton (@britton) of Life-longlearner.com
Scott writes about business development, self-development, life-hacks, fitness and psychology. He’s a great example of the 4-hour Workweek lifestyle and a true life hacker with a sense of adventure. But prior to all his amazing accomplishments, he was rejected for a job in Wall Street, and worked as a towel boy for New York Jets. His life is an inspiring comeback story and the blog serves as a guidebook for achieving something awesome despite major setbacks in life.
31. Douglas Eby (@DouglasEby) of Talentdevelop.com
When I first visited this site, I was a bit overwhelmed with the categories on the menu. Talent Develop is a goldmine of well-researched articles—some short, some long—about different areas of human potential (talent and creativity). Eby says the site started out as a project and personal research to understand his own challenges, like his self-critical nature, questions about creative expression—and its accompanying ‘dark moods.’
32. Dan Pardi (@DansPlanHealth) of Dan’s Plan
Dan’s Plan provides tips about food, movement, and sleep—what Pardi considers as the basics of a healthy lifestyle. The website itself is a tracking service, helping you monitor your food intake, sleep, exercise, weight and more. They also hold group contests and allow you to connect different fitness trackers.
Favorite post: Vitamin D Revisited
33. Dr. Judy’s Wisdom Circle Blog
As a professional writer and Holistic Writing Mentor, I offer an inspiration, support, connection, clarity, energy training, ideas, healing meditations and modalities, and a spirited creative atmosphere live online for writers and for those who wish to cultivate a writing practice. Is this you?
Aching to write. I have a story. I used to write back in the day. Paralyzed by judgment or rejection. I need feedback from trusted others. Don’t feel like I’m a writer. I am not a writer. My spelling is crap. I got no ideas. No time. I’m so disorganized. I have zero confidence as a writer. I don’t know where to begin. I just want to write myself free. I’m too busy with others to take time for myself. After I have everything in order, I’ll be able to sit down and do what I want.
A Personal Favorite: How Do You Know If You’re Wasting Your Life? by Jennifer Gresham
34. Rebecca Fraser-Thill (@WorkingSelf) of Workingself.com
Here’s another site on finding meaningful work. But this one isn’t just based on experience or inspiration, as Thil prides herself on basing much of her content on psychology.
Favorite post: The Great Fear of the Twenties: Wasting Our Potential
35. Joe Wilner (@shakethegrind) Shakeoffthegrind.com/blog
Wilner is a self-admitted preppy dresser. He’s a licensed psychotherapist and coach who helps young and middle aged adults create a life filled with passion, purpose and presence. Shake the Grind is about building confidence, well-being and grit, while overcoming life’s emotional and mental challenges. If you’re facing a tough challenge, his blog posts can help you avoid overwhelm and keep yourself grounded.
36. Amit Amin (@HappierHuman) of Happierhuman.com
Don’t let the site’s name fool you. The posts here are, on average, 3 times longer than your average blog post. And for good reason! Amin’s posts are very detailed, backed with links to studies and researches, not just empty claims. Happier Human is for people who really want to understand happiness, the process, geeky details and all the nuances in between. But he does a good job explaining things in layman terms so you won’t get bored reading. Most of the posts are about positive psychology, but you’ll also find in-depth guides about stress, and human behavior.
- Are You an Overthinker? You’ve Been Poisoned
- The Power and Vestigiality of Positive Emotion – What’s Your Happiness Ratio?
37. Stephen Guise (@deepexistence) of Deepexistence.com
Guise writes about minimalism, maintaining focus, and the importance of small steps to building habits. If you’re looking for inspiration or motivation to do your job, this site isn’t for you. Guise says it himself; Deep Existence is about “12% inspiration and 88% logic” so you’re better off picking another site from this list. Guise, like me, believes that inspiration isn’t enough to change your life. Only logic, practical steps you can follow, will. And that, in turn, will motivate you to keep going.
- 10 Lies Personal Development Bloggers Tell You
- The Dangers Of Perfectionism (Interview With Dr. Anita Sanz)
38. Eduard Ezeanu (@eduardezeanu) of Peopleskillsdecoded.com
Ezeanu is a social and confidence coach with a background in Psychology. His blog doesn’t look much, but I appreciate the simple and logical explanations he provides in each post. Honestly, I just found this blog a few months ago. But being the introvert that I am, I’ve been reading it frequently since, hoping to lessen the awkwardness I feel when talking to people.
39. Izmael Arkin or Izzy (@30YearOldninja) of 30yearoldninja.com
Izzy was a Middle School Science Teacher. He wanted to be a ninja. Did I mention he was 30 years old when he started all this? Years later, he moved to Kyoto Japan to train in Aikido. And he’s now a real life, 30-something ninja. Arkin is proof that you can be anything you want, regardless of your age or background. His blog shows you how to develop the discipline and grit it takes to achieve your dreams.
Favorite post: 11 Ways To Increase Your Discipline And Get Things Done
40. Harleena Singh (@aha_now) of Aha-now.com
Harleena writes inspiring content about family, self-improvement, relationships and health. She doesn’t like getting labeled as a ‘personal development guru’ or a life coach, rather just a person with lessons and experiences to share.