Best self-help books to read if you want to be successful

Consider some of the most successful people you know for a moment. Pretty sure they are wonderful with people, extremely diligent, and think differently than the average person. After all, it is how they arrived at their current position.

Are you envious of them? You do not need to be. People who achieve certain milestones are always looking for ways to improve themselves, so they are frequently ardent readers.

To become like them, you can also start reading these best self-help books.

1.     How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It is one of the most popular self-help books, and it’s also likely one of the oldest in the genre. Carnegie’s book, written in 1937 and aimed mostly at door-to-door salespeople of the time, is a true classic. It demonstrates certain crucial points that we intuitively understand.

Being polite goes a long way. This book offers a treasure trove of timeless advice. Of course, most individuals want to be acknowledged for their performance. Whatever your aim is, learning to make a modest effort to improve someone’s day will make the world a better place. You can still recall some of his advice on the spur of the moment, and this characteristic is probably one of the reasons why this book continues to entice millions of readers to this day.

2.     Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? – By Seth Godin

This book is a masterpiece, and unlike many other self-improvement books, this one targets an infinite array of improvement areas. Godin makes you ponder the difficult questions you wouldn’t ever dare to ask yourself with its ruthless honesty and genuine inspiration. The outcome is a whole new way of looking at the world, which is more colourful, fresher, and full of new and daring possibilities. So if you are looking for a buddy who understands you, a boss who pushes you to go beyond your comfort zone, a wise guru who tells you what needs to be left behind, or a sage who announces the advent of a new era, go no further; you’ll find all of these insightful voices in this beautiful book. This one is a must-have self-help book.

3.     Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Perhaps it’s because randomness played such a large role in my years as a poker player that I consider this book essential. We frequently assign talent where only luck exists; we mistake correlation with causation, and we undervalue the enormous impact of minor adjustments. This book teaches that you don’t often hear from others: you may do everything perfectly and yet lose, or you can do everything wrong and still win. As a consequence, the steps that helped you reach there are more important than the results. It’s important to understand that several life decisions revolve around this crucial lesson.

4.     The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Covey discusses with us seven habits to adopt to be genuinely productive in every aimed task. But, of course, it isn’t as simple as it appears. He emphasises the importance of a paradigm shift or a fundamental transformation in how we view the world and ourselves. This book guides you through a series of phases of making such a transition and complete with practices. Covey’s book is chock-full of practical advice that makes a real impact on the reader’s life. In addition, it offers ageless spiritual wisdom to readers. As previously stated, don’t be fooled by the book’s title; it’s about much more than just becoming more effective. It’s about becoming a full person who searches out the best in herself and the people around her. This is a must-read book for someone who believes there is always more to learn and implement in life.

5.     Eat that Frog! Brian Tracy

Tracy, a true motivating speaker and author, wrote the highly popular book ‘Eat that Frog’. We keep facing challenges that pose to be a devastating downward spiral. Usually, we have many tasks in front of us that need to be completed as per the deadlines. Just a thought about them causes reluctance. We don’t know where to start and are feeling overwhelmed before we even begin. We get easily distracted due to several factors, only to realise that hours have passed—valuable hours. Later, we bounce back to the previous stage as before, still unsure where and how to begin, but now feeling guilty, which manifests itself in a greater desire for diversion. Tracy encourages us to ‘eat that frog’ to break the grip of procrastination before it paralyses us: put our priorities straight, deconstruct huge jobs into smaller ones, and learn how to tackle the huge frog first and then go ahead with the next ones. This indicates that this book is a must-read for anybody looking to break the cycle of procrastination and get stuff done.

6.     Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book, authored by Napolean Hill, published in 1937, is a masterwork. Avoid the changed versions since they all exclude important and disputed information, some historical and others vital to the book’s aim of thinking and getting wealthy. While the term affluent may lead you to believe that this book is only about money, it is much more. This is maybe the earliest explicit reference of positive thinking regarding caring less about how to care less about money and the ideas in your brain.

This book has shown to be impervious to the ravages of time. It covers everything from the fundamentals of planning, decision-making, and tenacity to more sophisticated tactics like auto-suggestion, transmutation, and the lessons we may learn from fear. This isn’t a get-rich-quick book but rather a timeless guide to figuring out what matters in life. ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’ as it states right at the start.

7.     Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel

‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ as my Burmese meditation instructor used to say. Siegel appears to have taken this to heart, coining the term “Mindsight” to describe a unique blend of meditation, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. A powerful mix of emotional and social intelligence, as he puts it. While it may not always be the greatest approach to eliminating anything that seems to disrupt the very centre of our being at peace, it surely helps to understand that small piece of ourselves that upsets our ideal vision. This book is jam-packed with strategies, insights, and epiphanies that will teach you all you need to know about reprogramming your brain and maximising its neuroplasticity potential. This is an excellent book for both spiritual searchers and scientists.


One excellent thought may alter your life, and the 20 finest books on personal development mentioned above provide a wealth of insight and inspiration. You don’t have to read them all. Just take one small step at a time. Personal development entails taking steps to improve oneself as a person. So, take a look at this list, select a book that speaks to you, and start reading. You need to know the direction, not the magnitude. You’ll be 365 times closer to your aspirations a year from now if you take one small step toward the life you desire every day for a year. But all you have to do now is get started with reading the books listed above.

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