When it comes to self-help books, there are a million and one out there. So to help your trawl through the endless lists to decide which one/s you should read, we’ve put together this top 12 list of what we consider are the very best of all time…
1. The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Travelled is rightfully hailed as a ‘classic bestseller’, and has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. It’s a thought provoking, truly meaningful book that’s sold over 7 million copies in North America, and it’s been translated into 23 languages. In addition, it spent over a decade on the New York Times Best Seller List – and made history in doing so.
The writing is both compelling yet gentle, informing the reader on numerous occasions that the road to spiritual growth long, and sometimes hard – but most definitely worth it.
2. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Ferriss’s, The 4-Hour Work Week, might at first glance seem solely for the aspiring entrepreneur. And whilst it is indeed a must-read for such people, the content within can also be adapted and used to improve each and every part of your life.
In essence, this book shows you how to cut down on the ‘clutter’ that takes up so much of your time, instead focusing on making what you actually do work as hard as possible. Definitely a book everyone should take the time out to read.
3. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
One of the world’s most esteemed experts on motivation, Schwartz has helped millions improve their lives thanks to the wisdom imparted in The Magic of Thinking Big.
A champion of setting goals, and then exceeding them, the author describes his carefully designed program that shows how all of us have innate talent for great success and happiness, once we learn and understand the behaviors that will get us there.
4. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
The Success Principles is another classic that’s been revamped for personal success and satisfaction in our 21st century world. Learn how to tackle the daily challenges presented by life, and how to realize all of your ambitions. The principles are numbered 64 in total, each of which can be easily adapted to fit your life in every aspect.
5. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Author of The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Green and his co-writer, Joost Eiffers, have taken over 3 millennia of wisdom from philosophies from marvels such as Sun Tzu and Machiavelli. Another New York Times bestseller, the ‘laws’ are taught for anyone who wants to achieve power in any or all aspects of their life.
6. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth was hailed by Oprah’s Book Club as a ‘must-read’ for anyone on the quest for true personal happiness. Learn about how you need to let go of the attachment most of us have to our ego in order to finally be able to follow the path to genuine fulfilled. Powerful, illuminating, and ultimately uplifting, you learn not only how to gain true contentment, but also how to do your bit to build a better world for those around you along the way.
7. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture delves into the quandary that if tomorrow were our last day on the planet, what would we want as our legacy? By realizing the answer to this, and understanding how, as Pausch puts it, “We cannot change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand”, leads us to understand the best way to overcome challenges, to seize the moment and, along the way, help others achieve their dreams as well.
8. First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
First Things First is all about discovering the key to inner peace and balance. Whilst we might have more technology and ‘stuff’ at our disposal than at any time in history, this often comes with a trade off for the deep and meaningful relationships with ourselves and others that are so essential for human fulfillment.
Discover why efficiency might well come at a high cost, and that rather than focusing on how fast you’re heading towards your goals, it’s time to focus more on WHERE you’re heading. Only when you understand this will contentment be within your grasp.
9. Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
Unlimited Power combines the path to both personal and professional achievement together, because in all reality, you can’t have one without the other. Millions have learned the key points towards life happiness from Robbins, and the secrets of how to harness the power of the mind to get to where you want to be.
Well written, eloquent, and an infinitely enjoyable read, he delves into the science of personal achievement and explains the secrets to finding superior performance in an age where success is considered a given…
10. What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmsetter
The classic, number 1 best seller, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, is a journey into how each of us is pre-programmed from birth. And whilst this might seem on the surface to be a barrier, he explains that there are simple ways to erase mentally destructive programs and replace them with healthy new ones. If you’re looking for a book that will help you grow as a person, then this once should definitely be on your short list.
11. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
One of the best things about The Happiness Project is how you can take small, easy steps towards a happier you, with the results showing almost instantaneously. Not only is it jam packed with information, it’s also, at times, a ‘laugh out loud’ read, as author, Rubin gives personal accounts of some of the challenging yet hilarious events of her life she’s used to grow as a person.
12. The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
Last but not least, The Law of Success is possible the Holy Grail of the philosophy of success. The book has become a bible since its first publication in 1928, and the wisdom within is as relevant today as it was all that time ago.
Based on his interviews of dozens of people from all walks of life, he developed 15 core lessons that are discussed within the book, allowing you to harness the amazing power of the mind to organize your life and bowl towards the goal of self-improvement.