50 Self Help Books To Read In 2018

50 Self Help Books To Read In 2018

booksToday’s fast-paced and high-stress culture has spawned thousands of self-help books, each promising to be the key to living a happier and more successful life. With so much choice, it is easy for quality titles to get lost among the shelves. The following 50 books are some of the most influential self-help books of all time.
 

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

 

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You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

2. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people has been helping people become more efficient for over 25 years. Originally published in 1989, Covey boils down the common habits of the most successful people into 7 easy to implement habits for the reader to incorporate into his or her everyday life. Originally published in 1989, Covey boils down the common habits of the most successful people into 7 easy to implement habits for the reader to incorporate into his or her everyday life.

The 7 habits outlined in the book are:

-Be Proactive
-Begin with the end in mind
-Put first things first
-Think win-win
-Seek first to understand, then to be understood
-Synergize
-Sharpen the Saw

These 7 habits give readers the skills needed to achieve self-mastery, and then use those skills to become highly efficient in working well with others. Covey’s classic is a must-read for those on the journey of personal development.

3. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

 

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In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking,”What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

“This important book is about the lifelong journey from ‘What will people think?’ to ‘I am enough.’ Brown’s unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.”
—Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you.”
—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

“Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené’s research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life.'”
—Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success By Carol Dweck

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This book is the culmination of years of research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck on the theory of mindsets. Her basic theory is that our mindsets towards our skills and behaviors are the determining factors in achieving our goals.

Dweck breaks down her theory into fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. Someone with a fixed mindset towards their skills and intelligence believes these traits are inherited and cannot be improved. Those with a growth mindset towards these traits believe that anything can be improved with hard work and dedication. The book focuses on teaching the reader how to progress from the prison of fixed mindsets to the freedom offered by growth mindsets.

5. The Purpose-Driven Life By Rick Warren

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The Purpose-Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into more languages than any other book except the Bible. Warren has called his book the “ anti-self-help book” because it focuses not on improving the self but instead focuses on discovering and following God’s plan for a fulfilled life.

The book is structured around 5 core purposes for following one’s life purpose, which are worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission. It is divided into 40 chapters with the author’s intention of the reader reading 1 chapter each day. Each chapter is filled with timeless nuggets of wisdom from the Bible, which provide readers with guidelines on how to live the ideal Christian life.

6. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini

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Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.

7. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

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The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit looks at the psychological processes behind the habits that form our daily routines. It discusses how our daily habits become unconsciously ingrainedbg by our brains to free up processing power for more important tasks. This is why it is so hard to break habits like smoking. Duhigg breaks down each habit we form into three steps, which is called “the habit loop”. The three steps are the cue, the routine, and the reward.

The Power of Habit gives the reader a road map to put the habit loop theory into practice and start consciously observing which routines are triggered by which cues, and the rewards for these routines. Establishing new habits is just a matter of consciously assigning a cue and reward to each routine you wish to establish.

9. The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle

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The Power of Now has been assisting readers on their journey to spiritual enlightenment since its publication in 1997. This book blends psychology and spirituality in a quest to teach the reader how to see through the illusions created by the false self.

The false self, or ego, is the main subject of the Power of Now. The ego is a collection of everything we think we know about ourselves. The Power of Now shows the reader how the ego is the source of all fear and anxiety, and that releasing attachment to the ego relieves these tensions. Critics have dubbed the Power of Now as traditional Zen philosophy with a New-Age spin.

10. Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2011 Nobel prize in economics, wrote “Thinking, Fast and Slow” as a culmination of a lifetime of research in areas such as cognitive bias and happiness.

The main theme of the book revolves around the different systems of thought. System 1 is instinctive and reactive, or “fast”. System 2 is more deliberate and logical, or “slow”. The book progresses through the benefits and pitfalls of each system. It takes an academic approach to the self-help genre and backs up every claim with numerous academic theories. Thinking, Fast and Slow is a great read for those looking to dive into communication and psychological theory while simultaneously improving their lives.

11. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t By Jim Collins

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This self-help book focuses on the characteristics that take a business from mediocrity to high levels of success. It has sold 4 million copies and has principles that apply to everyday life as well as the business world.

The core of Collins’ bestseller centers around 7 common characteristics that took average companies and made them outstanding. These characteristics are:

-Level 5 Leadership
-First Who, Then What
-Confront the Brutal Facts: The Stockdale Paradox
-Hedgehog Concept: The Three Overlapping Circles
-Culture of Discipline
-The Flywheel

These 7 concepts cover everything from the importance of leadership to assembling the right team members. It also covers setting lofty goals and working as a team to develop a disciplined approach to sustain success.

12. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

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The Greatest Salesman in the World is a tiny book, and it is a treasure. First published in 1968, Og Mandino’s classic remains an invaluable guide to a philosophy of salesmanship. Mandino’s clear, simple writing style supports his purpose: to make the principles of sales known to a wide audience.

A parable set in the time just prior to Christianity, The Greatest Salesman in the World weaves mythology with spirituality into a much needed message of inspiration in this culture of self-promotion. Mandino believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing.What you are today is not important… for in this  runaway bestseller you will learn how to change  your life by applying the secrets you are about to  discover in the ancient scrolls.

15. The Power of Positive Thinking By Norman Vincent Peale

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The Power of Positive Thinking paved the way for the self-help book centered on the theory of positive thinking as the sole determining factor in what we get out of life. It set the groundwork for books such as “The Secret”, which deals with the Law of Attraction.

The Power of Positive Thinking teaches readers how to break the habit of worrying about things outside of their control. It gives practical exercises designed to get the reader to focus their negative energy into positive energy directed towards achieving their goals. These exercises show readers how to embrace their inner power and realize they deserve to receive even their wildest dreams if only they align themselves with the energy of positive thought.

16. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

 

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This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

17. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams By Deepak Chopra

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This 1994 book from Deepak Chopra embodies core Hindu beliefs and gives readers the tools to apply these spiritual laws to their daily lives. There are seven laws that structure the book, and they are:

-The Law of Pure Potentiality
-The Law of Giving
-The Law of Karma
-The Law of Least Effort
-The Law of Intention and Desire
-The Law of Detachment
-The Law of Dharma

Each law is coupled with several strategies and anecdotes to help readers incorporate these laws into their attitude towards life. A reoccurring theme throughout each law is the idea that the world is like a boomerang; whatever you throw out into the world will come back to you. This book is a great compliment for those who live the fast-paced western lifestyle.

18. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living By Dale Carnegie

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has stood the test of time as one of the most popular self-help books on the market over 60 years after its first publication. Carnegie’s book defined how a generation of readers faced the worry controlling every aspect of their lives.

The book is divided into the following 8 sections:
-Fundamental Facts You Should Know About Worry
-Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry
-How to Break the Worry Habit Before it Breaks You
-Seven Ways to Cultivate A Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace and Happiness
-The Perfect Way to Conquer Worry
-How to Keep from Worrying About Criticism
-Six Ways to Prevent Fatigue and Worry and Keep Your Energies and Spirits High
-“How I Conquered Worry”

The first 7 sections outline Carnegie’s simple philosophies on how to handle worry in various aspects of our lives, such as decision-making and how we are perceived by others. The 8th section provides various stories, from all types of people, which show how they used these strategies to conquer worry and live a fulfilled life.

19. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill and Arthur R. Pell

 

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Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.

In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

20. The Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz

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The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959 and its philosophies on setting goals still hold true. The book’s most important philosophy is thinking highly of oneself. It preaches the importance of setting lofty goals and embracing the power of positive thought to achieve these goals.

Another core concept is the power of visualization. Schwartz provides strategies for visualizing yourself achieving your goals and channeling that feeling for motivation. As these visualizations start manifesting themselves, the next step is to spread the good news. Broadcasting good news sends out gratitude to the universe and keeps the positive cycle flowing.

21. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships by John Gray

 

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The most well-know, long-lived, and tried-and-tested relationships guide ever: the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus .

In this classic guide to understanding the opposite sex, Dr. John Gray provides a practical and proven way for men and women to improve their communication by acknowledging the differences between their needs, desires, and behaviors.

No other relationship guide on the market will give you the same level of evidence-based insight sure to help you strengthen and nurture your relationships for years to come.

22. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny By Anthony Robbins

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Awaken the Giant Within is a collection of strategies for enacting change from self-help guru Tony Robbins. Robbins states the reason people struggle with change is they are not aware of the behaviors and reasons behind bad habits. He then discusses numerous proven strategies for making one’s behaviors a conscious decision instead of an unconscious habit.

Removing the limiting thought patterns that keep one stuck in their current position allows one to unlock seemingly endless possibilities for achievement. Robbins conveys this information through easy to understand prose, which makes Awaken the Giant Within a wonderful read.

23. The 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene

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An interesting fact about The 48 Laws of Power is it is one of the most requested books among American prisoners. It is also a favorite of world leaders like Fidel Castro and hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent. It has been dubbed by critics as a cult classic for its widespread success among America’s rich and famous.

The 48 Laws of Power illustrates 48 laws America’s rich and powerful use to acquire and maintain power. Greene presents these laws with actionable steps for the average reader to incorporate into their approach to life. The book covers areas such as negotiations, how to get people to do what you want, and how to maintain the ideal relationship with superiors in the workplace. The 48 Laws of Power is a staple for anyone looking to rise to the top of their career.

24. As A Man Thinketh By James Allen

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As A Man Thinketh is a 1902 self-help book revolving around the theory of responsibility assumption. Responsibility assumption states that humans have complete and total control of the external events that happen to them. This book served as the basis of the “mind over matter” style of self-help book that has become so popular among the New Age movement. The basic theory is man shapes his world, and therefore himself, by his thoughts.

The title of the book is based off a verse from King James’ Bible, which illustrates the Christian overtones of the advice. While originally published with Christians in mind, this book has evolved in the modern era as a self-help book that transcends all faiths.

25. No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy

 

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Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline.

No Excuses! shows you how you can achieve success in all three major areas of your life, including your personal goals, business and money goals, and overall happiness.

Each of the 21 chapters in this book shows you how to be more disciplined in one aspect of your life, with end-of-chapter exercises to help you apply the “no excuses” approach to your own life. With these guidelines, you can learn how to be more successful in everything you do–instead of wistfully envying others you think are just “luckier” than you. A little self-discipline goes a long way…so stop making excuses and read this book!

26. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead By Brene Brown

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Brene Brown gets the title of Daring Greatly from a speech made by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910, in which Roosevelt muses on the courage it takes to make oneself vulnerable by “daring greatly”. Brown extrapolates this theory on vulnerability throughout her book.
The book begins with a discussion on how humans by nature do not put themselves in vulnerable situations since our reptilian brain relies on this risk assessment to stay safe.

The reality is most risks that pop up in our daily lives are not life or death, and our reptilian brain limits us by keeping us away from feeling vulnerable.
Daring Greatly helps readers free themselves from the prison of vulnerability, and to see being vulnerable as a desirable emotional state.

27. First Thing First By Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill

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First Thing First is offers a pragmatic and simple to implement approach to time management that helps readers become more efficient by putting their “first things” first. The authors’ main theory is people do not know how to assign importance to their tasks, so they spend too much time on mundane tasks and too little time on important tasks.

First Thing First gives readers a weekly worksheet to plan and prioritize one’s activities. The authors also give a 4-quadrant chart to organize daily tasks. The four categories are:

-Urgent and Important
-Urgent but Not Important
-Not Important but Urgent
-Not important and Not Urgent

Readers put every task through this classification in order to figure out the most efficient schedule for their weekly planners. The idea is that one’s most important and most urgent tasks will always get done.

28. There is Nothing Wrong With You; Going Beyond Self-Hate By Cheri Huber

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This book is all about self-hate, and how self-hate is a main factor in stopping us from achieving our goals.

Huber starts with defining self-hate. She discusses the different ways self-hate manifests itself and how this negative self-image keeps us from having the confidence necessary for success. The book also discusses the role self-hate plays in addiction and other harming behaviors.

Huber provides a strategy based on daily meditation to foster a feeling of unconditional love towards oneself. She teaches readers how to embrace their flaws as well as the flaws in others. Once we accept that we are our own worst critic, we are free to pursue our full potential.

29.The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition) by John C. Maxwell

 

51EcFbudX2L._SL250_Codependent No More has helped millions of people break free of the prison of codependent relationships. Battie defines codependence as relying on relationships with others for our own self-worth and happiness. Her book is a guide in working through the reasons for this codependence and helps the reader foster internal happiness.

Codependent No More made its mark as the first book on codependence written for the average reader. This brought the codependent relationship to the forefront of communicative theory.

Battie shows how those who try to help an addict or someone who is depressed can provide the breeding ground for an unhealthy codependent relationship. She provides readers with strategies on how to help others emotionally without becoming an external source of their happiness.

30. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

 

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For more than twenty years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed The One Minute Manager’s techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. These very real results were achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its employees.

The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands.

The book also presents several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that clearly explain why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book’s end you will know how to apply them to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.

That’s why The One Minute Manager has continued to appear on business bestseller lists for more than two decades, and has become an international sensation.

31. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science By Norman Doidge

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The Brain That Changes Itself is a personal development book on the topic of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the wiring of the brain that controls our habits and thought patterns are constantly changing.

The book uses case studies of people with brain injuries to illustrate how other areas of the brain adapt to compensate for the injured area. This research supports the biological level of neuroplasticity.

Doidge also uses case studies of children to show the brains’ changes as the child learns a skill. He highlights how repeating an action or skill over a long period of time actually rewires the neurons in the brain.

32. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity byDavid Allen and James Fallows 

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“The Bible of business and personal productivity” —Lifehack

“A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from ‘the personal productivity guru'”—Fast Company

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

33. The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be By Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer

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The Success principles is a culmination of the tips, tricks, and skills Jack Canfield has developed over 30 years as a best-selling author and motivational speaker. Canfield carries the feel-good tone of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series into this self-help classic.

Canfield’s book covers 64 principles of success that cover a wide variety of subjects, such as love, finances, and interpersonal relationships. Throughout the book Canfield provides stories of famous celebrities and significant people from history who have used these principles to achieve greatness. With daily practice these principles of success can fast track anyone to realizing their goals.

34. The Power of Your Subconscious By Joseph Murphy

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Murphy’s book on the subconscious shows just how much of our choices are made on autopilot. Murphy teaches his readers how the subconscious is the key to many aspects of life, including:

-Healing physical ailments using the subconscious
-Strengthen all relationships
-Developing friendships with strangers
-Living a life free of irrational phobias
-Develop the confidence needed to advance in one’s career

Murphy uses scientific research to back his claims regarding the power of the subconscious. This scientific basis makes “The Power of Your Subconscious” a great choice for the rational skeptic. With these benefits it is no wonder Murphy’s book on the power of the Subconscious has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

35. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

 

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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments?

The shocking answer is: None of the above!

In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!” Eker does this by identifying your “money and success blueprint.” We all have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works. Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.

In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen “Wealth Files,” which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.

If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify and revise it, and that’s exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book. According to T. Harv Eker, it’s simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you’ll get rich too!

36. The Science of Getting Rich By Wallace Wattles

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The Science of Getting Rich helped define the self-help genre with its publication in 1910. The first page paraphrases the Hindu philosophy of Oneness, which ties into all of the ideas portrayed throughout the book.

Wattles theorizes that the most efficient way to get rich is through cooperative creation instead of selfish competition. This book focuses on harnessing one’s willpower to feel great and grow their wealth. It was the inspiration for modern “mind over matter” classics such as “ The Secret” By Rhonda Bryne and “Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill. Wattles calls his thought process “The certain way of thinking”, which we know today as “The Law of Attraction”. The Science of Getting Rich is a superb read for those who want a self-help book whose advice has stood the test of time.

37. Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement By Anthony Robbins, Kenneth Blanchard, Jason Winters

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Unlimited power is another self-help masterpiece from motivational speaker Tony Robbins. The main message is that humans are born with all the power they need to achieve their dreams. Power is not acquired through gathering wealth, resources, or romance.

In the book Robbins outlines his 7 principles of success, which are:

-Realize there is no failures, only outcomes. Learn from every outcome
-Take charge of your life and create your world
-Always stretch yourself
-Commit to unconscious competence
-Stay true to your values, but be flexible to new ideas
-You get what you put in when it comes to relationships
-Commit 100% to your plan for success
These 7 principles have helped millions get on track to the life they envisioned, no matter where they were at in life.

38. Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! by Robert H. Schuller 

 

51TcXYdNDJL._SL250_Name your problem, and you name your possibility!  That’s the message in Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s new  bestseller, Tough Times Never Last, But  Tough People Do! Dr. Schuller shows you  how to build a positive self-image, no matter what  your problem. Whether it’s unemployment, poor  health, loneliness, fear or anything  else that blocks your success, you can turn your  negative into a positive. No matter how tough  times get, you have the potential to achieve the best  of life. Through Dr. Schuller’s dynamic  principles, you can learn:

* 4 ways to evaluate a  new idea * 10 commandments of possibility thinking  * 5 principles for putting problems in a proper  perspective * 18 principles of leadership * 5 phases  necessary for the faith to move mountains * 5 ways  to overcome a ‘brownout’ and prevent a burnout *  25 action words to get you started and never let  you quit “Care of the Soul” takes the reader on a journey through the fascinating world of Myth and Archetypal Psychology. Moore combines research from renowned Psychologists, such as Carl Jung, with spiritual truths to provide a guide designed to nurture the soul.

39. When Bad Things Happen to Good People By Harold S. Kushner

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“When Bad Things Happen to Good People” gets at the very core of spirituality. The inspiration for writing a book on grief was the death of Kushner’s son when he was just 11 years old. The main question Kushner discusses is “If the God of this world is so loving and nurturing, why is there so much suffering and disease in the world?”
Kushner answers this question by describing God as a being who tries to ease suffering to the best of his power; however, not all suffering can be eased since it is a natural part of the ebb and flow of life.

Kushner gives his readers timeless strategies for developing a solid foundation for handling grief.

40. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More With less By Richard Koch

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“The 80/20 Principle” is a superb tool for those looking to maximize their daily efficiency. It draws inspiration from the Pareto Principle, which states 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. The principle of Koch’s best-seller is the idea that you accomplish 80% of your tasks with 20% of your effort. The problem with most people is that 80% of their effort goes to completing only 20% of their tasks. This reversal causes the stress and anxiety that come with procrastination.

Koch provides his readers with a guideline for devouring these principles and apply them to all aspects of their lives. “The 80/20 Principle” continues to be a cornerstone in time management and efficiency.

41. Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life By Maxwell Maltz

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Self-help gurus such as Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have used Maltz’s “Psycho-Cybernetics” as inspiration for the strategies they have used to help millions of people free themselves from mental barriers. This 1960 book revolutionized academia’s view on the role of positive thought in success.

The driving force behind Maltz’s work was to find out why setting goals is so effective in helping people achieve success. He is known as the forefather of popular techniques such as creative visualization, which has helped countless athletes achieve and maintain peak levels of performance. Maltz shares these same techniques with his readers to help them turn their abstract dreams into concrete and achievable goals.

42. How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling By Frank Bettger

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This book from former professional Baseball player Frank Bettger contains everything one needs to know to become a successful salesperson. The first and most important point the book makes is that selling is not just selling a product. We sell our ideas, our desires, and ourselves every day. Bettger teaches proven techniques to increase happiness by increasing sales skills.

Bettger covers several topics such as; how to create and maintain enthusiasm, how to be confident in every sales conversation, and how to turn a no into a sale. He outlines several core sales principles, such as:

-Listen
-Be Sincere
-Be organized with your time
-Find out the prospect’s main issue
-Use your product or service to resolve the main issue

“How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling” is a motivational personal story of success for any aspiring salesperson.

43. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People By Les Giblin

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“How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People” has helped millions of readers develop the self-esteem necessary to succeed in life.

Giblin outlines how self-esteem is just our ego at work trying to grow, and low self-esteem is a matter of starving the ego. He teaches readers how everyone you encounter is letting their ego control their actions, and once you understand this fact you can get people to do what you want.

This works by being able to suppress one’s ego to appeal to another’s ego in order to ultimately further yourself towards your goals. Giblin’s book gives readers the tools for a healthy self-esteem and successful car

44. Acres of Diamonds (Life-Changing Classics)  by Russell H. Conwell and John Wanamaker

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Why was Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University, referred to as the penniless millionaire? This, along with other questions, will be answered in this revolutionary book that contains Conwell’s classic Acres of Diamonds message. You will discover how this lawyer, minister, writer, educator, and diplomat who represented the City of Brotherly Love left a legacy that is still changing countless lives today.

His famous Acres of Diamonds message will also challenge you to seek opportunities to find true wealth right in your own backyard without getting sidetracked by selfishness and greed. The same principles that transformed Russell Conwell into one of the most charitable millionaires during his time, will also revolutionize your life as you read this timeless message contained in this book!

45. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times By Pema Chodron

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“When Things Fall Apart” is a collection of 7 years worth of conversation with Pema Chodron, an expert on Buddhism.

These conversations meander through a wide array of life’s troubles, and how to solve them through Buddhist philosophy.Chodron focuses mainly on strategies to cope with life’s curveballs. Some of the topics covered include:

-Using pain as a resource to foster inner strength
-Giving yourself permission to experience emotion and make others around you comfortable doing the same
-Dealing with stressful situations
-Reversing bad habits and replacing them with healthy habits

“When Things Fall Apart” is not just a guide for Buddhist living, but rather a manual for living a fulfilled life no matter what one’s faith or position in life.

46. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook By Edmund J. Bourne, PHD

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Edmund J. Bourne has spent most of his professional life as a psychologist researching how anxiety works, and how one can overcome anxiety through cognitive behavior therapy.
Bourne outlines the diagnosable anxiety disorders and the characteristics of each. He then goes into the major causes of each disorder. This helps readers understand their feelings and lets them know they are not alone.

The workbook portion of the book outlines ways to deal with and overcome these anxiety disorders without medication. One of the main strategies is the tone of our self-talk. Letting our inner voice be a cheerleader instead of a critic is a simple way to rid worry and foster confidence.

Other strategies include breathing and meditation techniques, as well as mistaken beliefs towards anxiety. “ The anxiety and Phobia Workbook” has helped millions of people face their phobias head on and live a life of relaxation.

47. Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude By Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone

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“Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude” Is another classic from Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich”. The main thesis of this book is that one’s frame of mind is the deciding factor between success in failure, not only in business, but in all aspects of life.

Hill’s book has received wide recognition from academia for its development of the field of positive thought. Numerous celebrities, CEOS, and politicians have used this book to achieve the pinnacle of success in their fields.

Hill preaches 17 simple principles the reader must adapt in order to achieve wealth, status, and happiness simply by believing it will happen.

48. To Have or To Be? By Erich Fromm

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“To Have or To Be” is social psychologist Erich Fromm’s dissertation on the difference between “having” and “being”. Fromm critiques 1970’s American culture by saying America has become a culture obsessed with “having”. We let the amount of possessions we own dictate our happiness levels, and think that any uncomfortable situation can be solved with more money.

He traces the origin of the shift from “being” to “having” being the driving force of America to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Once goods were able to be mass-produced, more people were able to afford a wider variety of things. Eventually most people had enough disposable income to buy goods that have no other function but to be a symbol of status.

Fromm outlines how his readers can revert to a life revolved around “being” to enjoy the unlimited joys life has to offer.

49. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

 

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Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth.

The Success Secrets of the Ancients—
An Assured Road to Happiness and Prosperity

Countless readers have been helped by the famous “Babylonian parables,” hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys.

Acclaimed as a modern-day classic, this celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of—and a solution to—your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime. This is the book that holds the secrets to keeping your money—and making more.

50. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life By Martin Seligman

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your LifeThis 1990 national best-seller defines the concept of “learned optimism”, which is the theory that happiness is a skill that can be developed. The theory revolves around meeting negative self-talk head on and fostering an encouraging inner voice. Doing so allows readers to begin the shift from pessimism to optimism.

Seligman covers all aspects of life, such as money, love, sports, health, and parenting. He devotes an entire section for parents on how to free their children from pessimistic thinking. This holistic collection of positive thought strategies has the potential to turn even the worst pessimist into an optimist.

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