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Top personal development books of 2012

6 titles to help you excel in business and in life

The last few weeks of a year can be a time for rest and relaxation, or it can be a time to regroup and reposition for your personal and professional goals in the year ahead, or both. If you're one who plans to spend your winter vacation time getting some mental fuel for the changes you'd like to make in 2013, here's a hit list of my six favorite personal development titles from this year. Load 'em onto your reader, check them out at the library or order them now, and get ready to reap the inspiration and activation of these impact-packed books: 6. "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead," by Brené Brown (Gotham Books, 2012). "Daring Greatly" is a manifesto about one of the most essential, most neglected, most human of qualities -- vulnerability. It masterfully makes the case that truly living a great life is not possible without the courage and resilience that is possessed only by those who ...