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Best Self-Improvement Books

19 Sep 2016

When in times of need for motivation or improvement or guidance, who do you go to seek help from? As it is said, “Self -help is the best help”, here is a list of 10 self-help books that have been proven to be brilliant at all times. Comprising of different ranges of interest, choose the book that appeals to you the most or better, choose all of them and give them an inspiring, insightful read.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People is considered to be one of the best self-help books and also the first best-selling one. The author of the book, Dale Carnegie was a lecturer and developed well-known courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. The book contains fundamental techniques in handling people, ways to make people like you, ways to win people to your way of thinking, and so on. It was first published in 1937 and has sold over 16 million copies.

The Secret

Written by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret was published in 2006 and has sold about 20 million copies and grossed over $300 million. The book is about the law of attraction and conveys that positive thinking can make you achieve whatever you want. If you think a lot about your something, it can have life-changing impacts- be it in happiness, health or wealth; is what The Secret says. It has been translated into 44 languages, and has been at the top of The New York Times's bestseller list for 146 consecutive weeks.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-help and business management book which is very popular and helps people solve personal and professional problems. Stephen R. Covey, the author of the best-selling book that sold over 25 million copies, presents his teachings in a series of habits that make you successful and more efficient in your endeavors. Covey says that one can achieve their goals by what he calls “true north” principles, as stated in the book. It was published in 1989 and has been translated into 38 languages.

Who Moved My Cheese?

‘There are four beings living in a maze, namely Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. While Sniff and Scurry are mice who are neither judgemental nor analytical and just want cheese for which do would do anything, Hem and Haw, on the other hand, are little mouse-sized humans whose relationship with cheese in totally different.’

This is the business fable that Spencer Johnson described in his book, where he demonstrates the changes in work and life of people and their reactions to it. Spencer emphasizes on the need to accept and adapt to these changes, through this tale. First published in 1998, Who Moved My Cheese? Sold 26 million and remained on the New York Times best-seller list for five years. This business book has been translated into 37 languages and is often given by managers to their staff.

Your Erroneous Zones

Your Erroneous Zones is a book on ‘step-by-step advice for escaping the trap of negative thinking and taking control of your life’ as Wayne Dyer, the author of the book, suggests. He talks about how you can take control of yourself, escape negative thinking and enjoy life to the fullest. The book is about self-esteem and guides you to battle your "erroneous zones" which are barriers to your success and happiness. It was published in 1976, and spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, selling 35 million copies.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter, Rich Dad, Poor Dad is based on Kiyoski’s life anecdotes of his biological father who was educated but poor and his best friend’s father who was a high-school drop-out but extremely wealthy. The book is about financial independence and building wealth through investing, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses. It wa originally self-published in 1997 and later by Warner Books, selling 26 million copies.

Think and Grow Rich

A personal development and self-improvement book, Think and Grow Rich has been expanded into a series. It was written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937. Even though the title of the book talks about increase in income only, Hill says it works for any field. There are 13 principles that he came up with to achieve success and increase wealth. The book has sold over 100 million copies.

The Power of Now

As the title suggests, The Power of Now lays emphasis on living in the present and not dwelling in the past or the future. Stated by the author of the book, Eckhart Tolle, it is a guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. It was initially published in 1997 and has been translated into 33 languages.  The book also mentions relaxation and meditation for attaching oneself to the present.

The Magic of Thinking Big

Written by David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big sold over 4 million copies. The book is on positive thinking to achieve highly set goals. It states that by changing one’s thought patterns and habits, one can get what s(he)wants, and it is the habit of thinking and behaving in some ways that affect the process.

The Science of Getting Rich

Considered as a major inspiration for The Secret, The Science of Getting Rich is a book written by Wallace D. Wattles. It was first published in 1910. The book explains how to overcome mental barriers, based upon what Wattles called "the Certain Way of Thinking”.  It is known to be a landmark guide to wealth creation and is grounded on the Hindu philosophies that One is All, and that All is One.

This list of the best self-help books will come in handy whenever you need some motivation or when you need to gear up to achieve something. They have changed the lives of innumerable people and would certainly change yours for the better.



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