Top 21 BEST Self-Help Books of All Times

Top 21 BEST Self-Help Books of All Times

I started reading books approx one and half years ago.

Since then I have seen many changes in myself.

In particular, I personally love to read biographies and Self Improvement books.

Reading these books not only motivates you, but It also changes your perspective to look at things and now it became a routine that I will try to follow until the day of my death.

If you are new to book reading take your time.

Never just read a book enjoy it as a journey.

That’s the thing about books, They let you travel without moving your feet.

– Jhumpa Lahiri.

Hope you enjoy the book list…given in this article.

But on the second thought …Wait for a while

What if I will not just tell you all the book’s names ?

But also answer some of the most common questions that goes into a reader’s mind starting in the self-improvement domain like…

why read self-help books? Do self-help books work? are self-help books good or bad? Which self-help book is best for me ?

How does that sound ?

I will try my best So that Even if you have not read any self-help books before, You will understand everything about these books and also be able to choose very easily which one is best for you.

Just sit tight and Enjoy Buddy.

Why read SELF-HELP books?

Why self-help books

Warren Buffet once said in an interview Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself.

And Reading books (Self-Help + Others) is the cheapest yet most effective way I can think of to invest in yourself.

So, If you are someone who wants to improve his life may be financial, health-wise, or in any other aspects…Here’s the answer for you Read the damn books…First Invest in yourself…Read books in your college library…Read blogs…

JUST READ. Don’t Stop

I am someone who learns how to code by reading books, articles, and doing online courses. Here is a small project I made as my final project for the Harvard CS50 course.. Have a look…If you want

This is the power of reading…It opens a wide range of opportunities for anyone.

Wanna Build new habits, learn a new skill, improve your finance, health, and relationships…

Start Reading Books on that Topic and see the magic.

If you still have any doubts regarding reading books. Just Remember this quote:

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Are Self-Help Books Good or Bad?

Are Self-Help Books Good or Bad?

For answering this question I would like to introduce one of my friends and schoolmates to this story AYUSH SHARMA(Ayush Instagram link)

Also in case you want to know about Ayush, He is an avid reader who loves reading all types of books from Self-Help to fiction

Now, back to story Recently I was talking to AYUSH about books, college and other stuff

So, We were talking on the phone and he told me this one line on books that I will never forget.

UTKARSH, He said.”No matter how bad or good the book is. It will always teaches you something”

Even the so-called bad books can also teach you something. If you read it carefully.

This line stuck in my head ever since.

Hope you got the answer whether self-help books are good or not.

Does Self-Help Books Work?

 Does Self-Help Books Work ?

No, It never works

Well, If you are someone who thinks that just by reading a book on habits formation. You can replace all your bad habits with good ones.

So, I am really sorry to disappoint you buddy but it doesn’t work that way.

Books can only give you direction, It can help you make a new mindset, It tells you the story of other people who achieved the things you want to achieve which gives you a ray of hope that If this guy/girl can do it so even I can.

But the execution part is up to you.

I hope that covers your every doubt regarding self-improvement books.

Now Finally

let’s get started with the list.

21 BEST Self-Help Books of All Times

Self-Help Books That Everyone Should Read

1) As A Man Thinketh

As A Man Thinketh
AuthorJames Allen
Book ConceptYour thoughts are the shaper of your destiny
Who should read itFor those who want to understand how thoughtsare important
QuotesSelf-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power

2) Think And Grow Rich

2) Think And Grow Rich
AuthorNapoleon Hill
Book ConceptLaws of Success
Who should read itEVERYONE MUST READ IT
QuotesWhen defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal

3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
AuthorStephen R. Covey,
Book Concept7 Habits of Successful people
Who should read itTo understand how successful people think
QuotesMost people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply

4) The Power of Now

The Power of Now
AuthorEckhart Tolle
Book ConceptPower of staying in the present moment
Who should read it For those who are too distracted or those who want some spiritual wisdom
QuotesTime isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion.

5) How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People
AuthorDale Carnegie
ChaptersFour Parts {30 chapters}
Book ConceptCommunication skills
Who should read itEVERYONE MUST READ IT
QuotesYou can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you
You can follow my videos on YouTube on Chapterwise summary of How to win friends and influence people?

6) The Alchemist

_The Alchemist
AuthorPaulo Coelho
Chapters2 Parts
Book ConceptStory of a shepherd who wants to travel the world and find the treasure
Who should read itAnyone who wants to read an inspirational story of an explorer.
QuotesIt’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting

7) Rich Dad, Poor Dad

7) Rich Dad, Poor Dad
AuthorRobert Kiyosaki
Book ConceptWhat the rich know that the poor and middle class don’t
Who should read itIf you want to understand finance and wealth building, Go for it.
QuotesYou’re only poor if you give up

Self-Help Books Everyone Should Read In Your 20’s

8) The Richest Man in Babylon

8) The Richest Man in Babylon
AuthorGeorge Samuel Clason
Book Conceptrules of wealth management and financial advice
Who should read itIf you want to understand how riches build their wealth
QuotesIt costs nothing to ask for wise advice from a good friend

9) Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy

9) Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
Pages 358
Book ConceptStrategies and Skills that will unlock your inner power to succeed
Who should read itAnyone can read this book. It is quite similar to THINK and GROW RICH.
Book Quotes You do not necessarily believe
what you see but you see what you believe.
Ratings4.3/5 (on goodreads)

10) Ego Is The Enemy

10) Ego Is The Enemy
AuthorRyan Holiday
Chapters3 Parts
Book ConceptThis book is about the dangerous nature of ego and
How ego can harm you no matter where you are in life
Who should read itIf you think that your ego comes in your way of learning and your success. Then go for it.
QuotesImpressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive

11) Zero To One 

11) Zero To One
Author Peter Thiel
Book ConceptNotes on Startups or How to build the future
Who should read itEvery entrepreneur should read it
QuotesMonopoly is the condition of every successful business

12) Eat That Frog

12) Eat That Frog

AuthorBrian Tracy
Book Concept21 ways to stop procrastination
Who should read itAnyone who wants to understand planning and scheduling
QuotesIf you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first

13) You are a badass

13) You are a badass
AuthorJen Sincero
Book Concept How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Who should read itFor those who have low self-esteem
QuotesIf you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse

14) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

14) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
AuthorMark Manson
Book Concept life’s struggles give it meaning and that the mindless self-help books are neither practical nor helpful
Who should read itIf you are someone who only reads motivational and inspirational stuff to avoid problems in real life.
QuotesEverything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience

15) The Power of your Subconscious Mind

The Power of your Subconsicious Mind
AuthorJoseph Murphy
Book ConceptIt teaches how by using the power of your subconscious mind, You can make your life the way you want.
Who should read itThose who want to understand How the power of Subconscious mind can change your life
QuotesThe only path by which another person can upset you is through your own thought

16) The 48 Laws of Power

16) The 48 Laws of Power
AuthorNapoleon Hill
Book ConceptLaws to gain power, preserve it, and defend it against other people
Who should read itThis book is really popular with prison inmates and celebrities
QuotesNever waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay

17) The Power of Positive Thinking

17) The Power of Positive Thinking
AuthorNorman Vincent Peale
Book Concept Positive mental attitude, Higher satisfaction, and quality of life.
Who should read itIf you are someone who is going through some big problems in life. (but broadly anyone can do it)
QuotesThings have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive

Some Other Self-Help Books For You

18) Think like A Monk

18) Think like A Monk
AuthorJay Shetty
ChaptersParts 3
Book ConceptHow to develop a monk’s mindset?
Who should read itFor anyone who wants to know How to overcome negativity
How to stop overthinking and much more
QuotesOur identity is wrapped up in what others think of us—or, more accurately, what we think others think of us.

19) The Secret

19) The Secret
AuthorRhonda Byrne
Book Conceptpower of positive thinking
Who should read itRecommended by many successful personalities
QuotesThere is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all the good things life has to offer.

20) The Art of Happiness

20) The Art of Happiness
Author 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Book ConceptA handbook on living your life to the fullest
Who should read itFor those who are deeply into spirituality and meditation
QuotesWhether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind.

21) The Book of Joy

21) The Book of Joy
Author14th Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
Chaptersnot known
Book ConceptLasting Happiness in a Changing World
Who should read itThose who want to know the secret of never-ending happiness
QuotesWe create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy

Hope it helps. Tell me in the comments which book are you going to read and why.

Thanks For Reading

Leave a Reply