Ready to read your way to a better you? Here’s a list of the nine best self-help books of all time. They’re entertaining to read and will improve your life.
Are you yearning to make a change?
Perhaps you’d like to stop procrastinating and learn how to manage your money better. Or maybe there’s another area in your life you’d like to change, such as how to become more extroverted!
Yet, you’re not sure where to start as you seek ways to improve. While it’s true you can learn through life’s experiences — books are there to help too!
If you’re a reader, soak up different insights from self-help books.
Not much for reading? That’s okay! Many popular self-help titles are available as audiobooks these days.
You may have noticed, though, there’s now an endless supply of books to choose from out there. That makes knowing where to start a bit harder.
Luckily for you, we give you the rundown on nine self-improvement books you won’t regret reading.
You have the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and become a better version of yourself. Be prepared to get engrossed in a mind-changing read.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey has been around for twenty-five years! So that tells you people have been applying the author’s wisdom for a long time.
This book is what the title reflects, which is that you can become a successful and capable person.
According to the book, the secret to harnessing power is by being proactive.
Take responsibility for your actions and shift your mental attitude to succeed. As you learn critical lessons in the book, you’ll find out what steps to take to get there.
2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Throughout the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, there are two characters: “poor dad” and “rich dad.”
The author Robert Kiyosaki uses the characters to teach readers various financial principles. Throughout the book, he debunks the myth that you have to have a high salary to be rich.
And, he offers meaningful and practical advice such as how to teach kids about money.
To learn tips on how to improve your finances and life, read this book!
3. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
If you’re looking to become a more powerful person, then read The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene!
Yes, this book focuses on finding your control. But, it’s about learning how to use your power for good.
The 48 Laws of Power covers incredible historical anecdotes.
A few philosophies he discusses are from Carl von Clausewitz, Machiavelli, and Sun Tzu. He goes on to unravel the beliefs of other infamous strategists as well.
And, the author offers words of wisdom by including life lessons.
If you’d like to dive deep into history and get engrossed in 48 well-explicated laws, this book is for you!
4. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Procrastination is a horrible spiral that leads to self-disappointment and defeat.
But, with Brian Tracy’s book, you can gain knowledge on how to stop procrastinating and get more stuff done.
He advises that to stop procrastinating, break large tasks into smaller ones. And, another quick tip is to work on things right away in the morning — before time gets away.
For more advice on how to get more done (you can do it), check out this helpful read.
5. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Rachel’s book Girl, Wash Your Face just came out in 2019, and it is fantastic! Even though it has “girl” in the title, guys will benefit from the great advice too!
This engaging author gives examples from her life on how to stop self-defeating behaviors. She tackles different lies she’s believed, and how she stopped believing them.
She urges readers to stop telling themselves lies and, instead, live life to the fullest.
If you read Rachel’s book Girl, Wash Your Face, and like it, she has another book called Girl, Stop Apologizing.
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie has written many successful books.
But, How to Win Friends and Influence People stands out because it focuses on how to work hard. And, it also dives into how you can effectively communicate with people.
Communicating well doesn’t mean you have to have talent. But, the good news is you can learn the techniques to succeed.
Dale Carnegie effectively communicates this (literally!) in his highly popular book!
7. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
People from all around the world have improved their lives by reading The Magic of Thinking. The author’s words are still valid today, even though he wrote it in 1987.
This excellent book teaches you how to set your goals high and achieve them! A few ways David J. Schwartz dives into this critical topic is by discussing how to:
- Be an effective leader
- Earn more money
- Find more happiness
- Achieve peace of mind
Take the time to read about this author’s valuable methods, and you, too, should be able to achieve your goals!
8. Grit by Angela Duckworth
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the skills to do something.
In her book, Angela Ducksworth claims that if you have enough “grit,” you can do anything!
The author once believed she wasn’t smart, and she shares her thoughts on why that was the case.
So, she decided to dive deep into business consulting, teaching, and neuroscience. And, what she discovered was that she didn’t have to be ultra-smart to succeed!
She says that even if you feel like you don’t have the “smarts,” don’t give up! If you have enough passion and perseverance, you will be invincible!
9. Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
Decluttering your mind and freeing yourself from life’s anxieties would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Well, with S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport’s book, you can discover how to do that!
Learn all about mental clutter and how to train your mind to let go of negative thinking patterns.
When you declutter your mind, you’ll be free to think more positively. And, when you find yourself getting into that same way of thinking, you’ll know what to do in the future.
It’s a gift that today, we have incredible authors who are willing to share their hearts.
They have chosen to be vulnerable as they share their life experiences and knowledge. And thanks to their helpful suggestions and expertise, we all can learn a lot!
Since you have so many life-altering self-help books at your fingertips, why not pick up one or two? Or, whenever you’re in the car, try listening to an audiobook!
Don’t limit yourself in life. You have so much to offer, and these authors can help you improve your goals and lifestyle in more ways than one!
About the author
Angus Flynn is the Business Manager for The Veranda. With over five years of experience in the multifamily industry, he is one of the most dedicated managers in his field. He loves to help others and takes great pride in working in a community that so many love to call home.