There is a myriad of self help, personal development and self improvement books available to read.
They cover a whole range of topics, from the more spiritual (such as personal enlightenment and the pursuit of happiness), right through to more practical topics (such as time management and goal setting).
Here, we present – in no particular order – the 60 best self-help, personal development and self-improvement books that will support you in your career ambitions.
By Stephen R. Covey
In this #1 bestseller, Covey presents a framework for personal effectiveness, and takes us through the following steps:
1. Dependence: The idea of us having to rely on others, as when we were born;
2. Independence: The ability to think, make decisions and care for ourselves;
3. Interdependence: Working cooperatively to achieve more together than we can individually.
Covey argues that one cannot become Interdependent without first becoming truly independent, so the first 3 habits focus on transitioning from Dependence to Independence. They are:
- Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
- Habit 3: Put First Things First
The following 3 habits then address Interdependence:
- Habit 4: Think Win/Win
- Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
- Habit 6: Synergize
And finally the 7th habit is one of renewal and continuous improvement.
Despite the title, this book is about more than just being more effective. It is about becoming a well-rounded person who not only seeks the best in oneself, but also in those around them.
A must read.
By Eckhart Tolle
In this book, Tolle will take readers on a spiritual journey to help find their true self, and reach the highest levels in personal growth and spirituality.
Whilst writing about enlightenment, Tolle introduces you to Enlightenment’s natural enemy – your mind.
The Power of Now has inspired millions of people the world over to enjoy a more compassionate and fulfilling life through the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a technique that can help avoid or reduce depression, increase emotional intelligence, and enhance compassion. It is a relatively recent phenomena in the Western world, which remained sceptical until some related claims were scientifically validated.
The Power of Now teaches you how to let go of certain thoughts and change your state of mind, allowing you to clear your mind and fully embrace the present moment.
By Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a magical story about a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago and his journey to find the greatest treasure in the world.
From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
Santiago travels across great distances and encounters crazy adventures in his quest for gold. Little does he know that the ultimate treasure is actually found deep within.
No matter what your dream, goals or visions are, the universe will conspire to help you achieve the things you want, regardless of how insurmountable the task seems.
If you are looking for a book that will inspire courage, this is the one. You must live the life you truly desire to its fullest extent if you want to look back on a life having worth lived.
By Robert Kiyosaki
Kiyosaki uses his experience of having two father figures in his childhood, and their different approaches to money, to tackle financial literacy.
One father figure (his real father) struggled paycheck to paycheck for a lifetime, and is referred to as ‘Poor Dad’. The other father figure (his friend’s father) was a multimillionaire eighth grade dropout, and is referred to as ‘Rich Dad.
Kiyosaki argues that the principles he teaches are fundamental gaps in the state education system.
The primary concept of the book is that rich people have money work for them, whilst poor people work for money. There are a good range of specific examples, and some practical techniques, to help explain this principle.
This is a must-read for anyone that wants (or needs) to change their beliefs about money and finances, or to simply understand how you can take a smarter approach to your finances.
By Dale Carnegie
One of the most timeless self-help books ever written.
Carnegie believed that most successes come from an ability to communicate effectively.
This book teaches these communication skills by demonstrating how to really value people, and to help them feel appreciated – rather than them feeling manipulated.
It outlines what we all should already know: When doing business of any kind, you need to make it about the other person.
Being nice helps…a lot.
This book contains a whole host full of timeless wisdom, with very practical and applicable techniques that you can use immediately.
No wonder it has sold millions of copies, and will continue to do so for years to come.
By M Scott Peck
Peck begins this book with the phrase “Life is difficult”, and goes on throughout the book to provide personal and shared examples to back this up.
The book starts with the tools and techniques of suffering, the discipline – to experience the pain of problems constructively.
These four tools are: delayed gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balancing.
The author says that problems in life cannot be avoided. And to experience happiness, problems need to be identified and solved:
“Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.”
Peck’s timeless wisdom in The Road Less Traveled continues to help us distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.
By Napoleon Hill
Hill was an early self-help author, and his books are just as relevant today as when first written.
Think and Grow Rich condenses his rules of success and outlines 13 key principles of personal achievement.
It is noted that people with desire, persistence and faith can achieve great success by removing negative energy and thoughts, and by focusing on the wider goals in play.
The word ‘rich’ could suggest that this book is about purely material gain. While it certainly does cover that topic, the book is about much more than that.
For example, the first mention of positive thinking describes how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head.
This book covers basics topics such as planning, decision making and persistence, right through to more advanced techniques such as auto-suggestion, transmutation, and what we can learn from fear.
By Don Miguel Ruiz
This self help book is rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom.
As beliefs are transformed through keeping these agreements, shamanic teacher Don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will “become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love.”
By James Allen
This is considered a classic self-help book that inspired future books on the law of attraction.
Its underlying premise is that noble thoughts make a noble person, while lowly thoughts make a miserable person. James Allen reveals how our thoughts determine reality.
He shows you how you can master your thoughts to create the life you want instead of simply drifting through life unaware of the inner forces that keep us held in failure and frustration.
By Victor Frankl
This self help book has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.
Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
He holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure but the discovery and pursuit of what we find meaningful.
By Zig Ziglar
As one of America’s most gifted speakers/authors in motivation, the late Zig Ziglar shares the secrets of climbing the stairway to personal success.
He presents a proven program of self-development based upon the foundation of a winning self-image.
By James Redfield
In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript was discovered. It includes 9 key insights on life.
Drawing on ancient wisdom, it shows you how to make connections among the current events in your life and let’s you see what is going to happen to you in the future.
This book can help you understand why you are where you are in life and align you with a new optimism for your future.
By Dr Norman Vincent Peale
Dr Peale shows you 10 simple rules to obtain confidence, 3 proven secrets for vigor, 5 techniques to overcome defeat and much, much more.
This book proves that an attitude can change lives, win success in all things, and overcome obstacles.
By Wallace D. Wattles
Originally published in 1910, this book takes the mystery out of wealth accumulation and breaks it down into a scientific formula.
The text is divided into 17 quick, no nonsense chapters that show you how to conquer mental barriers, and how creation, not competition, is the true key to attracting wealth.
By Deepak Chopra
Chopra’s teachings are summed up in 7 simple principles which can be applied to all areas of your personal life to create success.
Chopra’s basic premise is that personal understanding and harmony promote fulfilling relationships and material abundance without extra effort.
Each of the chapters provide specifics on how to achieve it.
By David J. Schwartz
Millions of people all over the world have improved their lives using this book.
Schwartz will help you sell better, lead more effectively, earn more money, and (this is a big one) find more happiness and peace of mind.
He proves that you don’t need innate talent to achieve massive success but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that get you there.
By Susan Jeffers
We’ve all got fears which is why I love this book!
Whatever your fear, here is your chance to push through it once and for all.
You’ll discover how to move from victim to creator, the 10-step process to turn off the negative talk in your head and how to create more meaning in your life by overcoming those fears.
By Anthony Robbins
Tony Robbins is famous for his motivational speaking but this is, by far, one of the best self help books of all time.
Robbins shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life through a step-by-step program teaching self-mastery that enables you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
By Wayne W. Dyer
This isn’t your typical book on intention.
Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place.
This book explores intention—not as something you do—but as an energy you’re a part of.
We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention.
He’s the first in our industry to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.
By Dr. Shad Helmstetter
Don’t overlook this book because it’s #20 on my Top 20 Best Self Help Books of all time list.
I’ve recommended this book to many friends and family members who’s lives have been changed dramatically as a result of reading this book.
Self doubt? Read this book.
Insecure about anything? Read this book.
I’m sure you get the idea.
By Bob Litwin
After not making his tennis team in college, Bob Litwin became a history teacher who wanted more out of life.
By using a unique brand of storyteller, he became #1 in the world in tennis and has helped thousands of others reach seemingly impossible goals.
Bob has sent tips to Djokovic before he won tournaments, he’s coached diamond barons, New York Times editors and some of the most powerful men on Wall Street, and now he shares his secret sauce with us.
The 33 coaching sessions included in this book can easily be read in an afternoon by the pool and will increase the odds that every other self-help book on your shelf will actually start working.
This is the first book I’ve ever read that made me believe change was actually easy.
By Robert Cialdini
Influence is a classic book about persuasion, written by Dr. Robert Cialdini – who is a widely recognised expert in the field of persuasion and influence.
The book examines the reasons why people say “yes”, and the psychology behind those reasons.
Cialdini outlines the six principles of persuasion, and how you can use them in your own life to become more persuasive and influential.
By knowing these principles, you can also guard against people using them against you!
Not only essential reading for serious professionals such as hostage negotiators, this book is perfect people from all walks of life who want to further their personal and professional success.
By Richard Koch
The well known 80/20 principle is examined in this book, with a view to achieving more in your personal and professional life, by doing less.
And it is very powerful.
Whilst seeming counter-intuitive that more can be achieved by doing less, Koch explains that 80% of results / achievements are thanks to 20% of causes / efforts.
The book really emphasises concentrating your time and effort on the all-important 20% on the fewer things that really matter to you and deliver the best outcomes.
It’s no secret that Richard Koch did not create the 80/20 principle – that honour goes to the Italian economist Pareto – and Koch pays due homage to the Italian in the book.
There are lots of examples in the book of how the principle can be applied, to help illustrate how to optimise your time management around essential tasks.
By Daniel Kahneman
This book presents the findings of many years of research by Kahneman (a Nobel prize winner), covering his work on cognitive biases, prospect theory, and – more lately – happiness.
The primary idea of the book is that there are 2 types of thinking that people shift between:
The Fast System: Which is almost instantaneous, very emotional and instinctive. It consists of hard-wired instincts that drive emotions, which are a legacy of human evolution.
The Slow System: Which is very deliberate, much slower, and much more logical. Slow thinking takes a lot more effort, and can easily be distracted.
Both thinking systems play a significant role in our everyday lives. It is interesting to read Kahneman’s explanation of why the the Fast System sometimes fails us, and why the Slow System is often not used as much as it could be.
The book is full of great examples and in-depth analysis, and will teach you how to make the best use of both thinking systems to your greatest benefit.
By Charles Duhigg
Duhigg, a New York Times reporter, explains in this book why habits exist and what we can do to break or change them.
The book brilliantly illustrates that habits aren’t beyond our control, and that we can – in fact – manage our habits to transform our daily lives, our health, our families, and our wealth.
The book includes many examples of how good, positive habits have led to extraordinary success, including that of Olympic athletes, blue-chip companies and their senior executives, and national public services.
Duhigg, on the other hand, also explains why other people and companies struggle to adapt and change, because of their ingrained habits.
Essentially, any habit consists of a neurological pattern that includes three steps: a cue, a routine, and a reward. Understanding more about these factors can help the reader discover how to adopt and change bad habits, and instead form good and positive habits.
The book is a great balance of scientific substance and real-life examples, which makes for an easy and interesting read.
Anyone serious about long term personal development should definitely read this book. After reading it, you will struggle to look at your life, your family, your work, and your communities in the same way.
By Tim Ferriss
This book is simply fantastic for anyone who hates their 9-5 job. In fact, even if you like you job, but would love to have more freedom in your life, then you’ll equally love this book too.
Ferriss goes into great detail, with specific examples, of how you can free up your valuable time to spend it on things that you choose to spend it on. Ferriss refers to this as ‘Lifestyle Design’.
For example, Ferriss advocates numerous techniques to outsource your most time-consuming or boring admin tasks, or how to convince your boss to let you work remotely.
The book offers an alternative view on the traditional work / life model of working for many years and then retiring. Instead, Ferriss promotes the idea of having many ‘mini-retirements’ throughout a career.
To support this, there are suggestions for how you can develop alternative sources of income so that you are no longer reliant on the traditional job for your income.
Tim Ferriss is also the author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.
By Darren Hardy
Refreshingly, this book argues that there is no short cut to success.
Instead, Hardy promotes a long-term view, explaining that ultimate success is a combination of small steps and small decisions taken regularly and consistently.
Hardy argues that even small decisions you take in everyday life will move your life in one of two directions: 1) Towards the life you want to live; or 2) Away from the life you want to achieve.
If you can consistently make the right decisions and choices that take you towards the life you want to live, then – over time – you will get there.
It’s a simple principle, and the book presents it in a simple, straight-forward fashion, which makes it a clear and concise manual for achieving long term, sustained success.
By David Allen
This book is one of the most influential books on personal organisation of its era.
In addition to simply helping you get things done more efficiently and increase your productivity, the indirect benefits of this book are an increase in overall happiness thanks to a reduction in stress from being more organised.
And in a world that seems to be growing increasingly overloaded, a reduction in stress can only be a good thing.
One of the really good things about this book is that Allen’s productivity ideas and tips are all very actionable, and can be put into practice immediately.
So you get instant benefit from this book from the first page through to the last.
Getting Things Done (GTD) has actually developed into a bit of a cult movement, with many websites, seminars and offshoots having developed since the book’s initial release.
By Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is a world leader on understanding human behaviour.
In this book, he has used his skills to interpret and simplify the strategies of the world’s greatest investors into an engaging and readable format.
Robbins outlines a 7 step path that the reader can follow to save and invest their money in such a way that will lead to longer-term financial freedom.
A key element of the strategy is making use of compound interest, which Einstein once described as the 8th Wonder of the World!
If there is one criticism to aim at this book, it’s that it can be a bit long winded. The key messages and really useful nuggets of advice could be explained in far fewer pages.
In order to keep your interest throughout the whole book you may want to consider skim reading sections, or missing some out altogether when you feel they are less valuable to your personal circumstances.
By Brian Tracy
Everyone knows what it feels like to procrastinate.
There is a big task ahead of us, and just thinking about it feels overwhelming or unappealing, particularly if the task ahead is not an enjoyable one.
So we allow ourselves to become easily distracted, as doing anything else is a welcome change from the unpleasant feelings of thinking about what actually needs to be done. Social media is particularly handy for procrastinating and distracting ourselves!
Before we know it, hours have passed us by without a single productive thing being done – we have made zero progress on our task, but we’ve watched countless cat videos on Facebook!
At this point, we still have the unpleasant feelings associated with the unpleasant or overwhelming task ahead, but now we also have feelings of guilt having just wasted hours of our precious time.
It can be a vicious circle that’s difficult to break free from.
In this book, Tracy advises us to ‘Eat That Frog’ in order to beat procrastination. Tracy talks about getting our priorities straight, how to break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable ones, and how to learn when it’s best to take on the big frog and when it’s best to begin with smaller tasks.
A great book to help you beat procrastination and increase your productivity, which comes with the added benefit of a strong sense of satisfaction. Seriously worth a read to help you make small changes with big impacts.
31. Tools of Titans
By Tim Ferriss
This book is essentially a selection of audio interviews from Ferriss’s podcast, converted into a selection of transcripts.
The range of people interviewed is immense, and includes successful people from all walks of life, such as elite athletes and sports people, entrepreneurs, and business people.
The layout of the book allows for it be read in chunks, with the option to jump from section to section at anytime without disrupting a flow. It also allows easy referencing in the future, when you might want to jump back in to a particular section.
Tools of Titans offers up a whole host of tips, techniques and advice from such a wide range of fields that you cannot fail to find something of interest that you can apply to your life.
32. Start With Why
By Simon Sinek
Start With Why is a great book to help you fundamentally re-think what you do, either in your personal or professional life as an individual, or what companies do at an organisational level.
For example, most organisations typically consider what they do. Sinek argues that by changing that thought process to considering why an organisation does what it does, a truer and more inspirational vision is developed.
Sinek analyses leaders such as Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King throughout the book, to support his argument and use them examples of ‘starting with why’.
A key argument of the book is that those organisations who ask themselves why they exist are much more innovative, pioneering and ultimately successful than others.
Sinek also promotes the idea that having this fundamental understanding of your mission can lead to longer lasting, repeatable success.
By Noah J. Goldstein and Steve J. Martin
As the titles suggests, this book includes 50 distinct examples and techniques to help you become more persuasive.
The authors present the overall principles of persuasion, and then go on to discuss an whole range of specific and detailed examples.
Goldstein and Martin outline the results of many studies (both their own and those from other people) to help illustrate what to do and what not to do when trying to master the art of persuasion.
And fairly so, the techniques offered in this book are promoted as being more reliable than personal experiences, on the basis that they are backed up by scientific research.
Each of the 50 chapters begins with a question, which is then answered through the rest of the chapter. For example:
Q. “Does fear persuade or does it paralyze?”
A: “Fear only motivates us to action if we have a clear and effective means of reducing the danger.”
A great follow up for anyone that has read and enjoyed Influence by Robert Cialdini.
By Roger Fisher and William Ury
Getting to Yes simplifies the whole process of negotiation, with a very effective framework to enable successful negotiations.
From making significant purchases and cutting major business deals, through to dividing up family chores, this book offers you techniques and principles to reach a good outcome.
Sadly, Roger Fisher has passed away. In his obituary, there was an example of how Fisher was asked to help resolve a very confrontational negotiation between two central American countries over a land border.
With Fisher’s introduction, and the application of some of these techniques – including the use of objective criteria – negotiations resolved amicably. As it turned out, the President of one of the countries involved had been a university student of Fisher!
So there aare real-life, tangible examples of how the principles and techniques taught in this book can be used to achieve successful outcomes in real life situations.
By Jack Welch
Welch is one of the highest-achieving, well known CEOs in modern times, after leading General Electric to year-on-year, sustained success – in multiple, highly competitive markets, and in multiple geographies.
Since retiring from the business world, Welch has written what is a combination of both philosophical and practical insights on how to win in business.
Welch begins the book with an introductory section to describe his underlying philosophy on business – the importance of candor, values, and differentiation.
The core of Winning is is then split into three sections.
The first section focuses ‘inside the company’, looking at things such as leadership, how to pick winners for the team, and how to make change happen.
The second section looks ‘outside the company’, i.e. the competition, with a focus on overall strategy, mergers and acquisitions, how to get a competitive advantage, plus a whole lot more.
The third section is about managing your own career, with advice on finding the right job and achieving a healthy work-life balance.
By Jack Canfield
This book will help you to get from where you currently are in your life, to where you ultimately want to be.
It will help you achieve this transition by teaching you things such as how to improve your self-confidence, effectively tackle your daily challenges and tasks, go about your life with greater passion and a sense of purpose, and ultimately realise all of your ambitions.
Canfield relays stories of celebrities, CEOs, top-class athletes, and everyday people, to illustrate a number of principles that have been used by successful people around the world and throughout history.
The book promotes these proven strategies and principles, for you to review and adopt in your own life, to help you achieve whatever your ambition may be, from achieving financial wealth, job success or losing weight.
By David Rock
Rock gathers a host of neuroscience research, then explains it clearly and succinctly, to help explain how the human brain functions in different circumstances, such as at work, at home and in social situations.
The principles are explained in individual chapters, which are relatively short and digestible.
Each chapter begins with an example of a particular situation, where the outcome is less than ideal. The book then moves in to an explanation of how the brain functions during that particular situation, and how the brain functions have led to that particular outcome.
Then Rock suggests changes that could be made in the circumstance or interactions to improve the outcome. The situose changes applied, and the different outcome is presented.
It’s very simple, but effective, way of demonstrating what could otherwise be complicated ideas.
By Matthew Kimberley
This book is a simple, practical, and useful advice on how to take charge of your life. Some things in this book, probably, you don’t want to hear.
However, Kimberley’s casual and humoristic approach will make you pay attention and open your mind.
By Susan Cain
If you are an introvert, this book makes you justice and puts you in the desirable category.
Introverts are a special breed of people that silently and diligently make the world a better place.
Find ways to make a difference, improve your life with the help of this book and discover the importance of those who talk less and think more.
By Mark Manson
Your life seems stressful enough without adding unnecessary worries and overthinking. Right?
Discover in this book ways to let go of things that stop you living the life of your dreams, caring less about unimportant issues, and clean up the way you think about yourself and others.
By Robert Greene
What makes you the best in your field? Perhaps is hard work and dedication, or maybe a lot of practice and persistence.
In this book, you will find how a few known figures became the best in their field and made a difference in our lives.
By Carmine Gallo
Ted talks are in our times the best platform to spread your innovative ideas and knowledge.
However, no matter how good you are at what you do, in order to communicate your ideas efficiently and make your message count, you need to be, not just a professional, but an entertainer as well.
In this book, you can find dissected many interesting Ted talks that can teach you how to be captivating, entertaining and liked on any stage.
By Malcolm Gladwell
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell explains the factors that contribute to your success giving many examples like Bill Gates, The Beatles, Joseph Flom, Christopher Langan and Robert Oppenheimer.
Throughout the book, Gladwell often mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which is (in his view) the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill.
The “10,000-Hour Rule” means to practice the correct way for about 10,000 hours what you want to master.
This book was a number one on the bestseller lists for The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, holding that position for eleven consecutive weeks.
44. Unlimited Memory
By Kevin Horsley
Where are your car keys? Glasses? Books? Tools?
We all forget important things from time to time, and when that happens, we feel dreadful.
This book shows you ways to improve your memory and take advantage of it because most times forgetting things is not caused by a “faulty” memory but a lack of attention, repetition or connection.
Your memory is just fine, learn how to use it.
By Barry McDonagh
Anxiety is more prevalent in our modern times because the pressure to perform, compete and be the best that you can be are at their highest ever.
Learn from this book ways to deal with your anxieties and panic attacks and take back control over your life and well-being.
By Patrick King
This is a surprisingly pleasant book on how to create rapport with others, how to make yourself liked and get to a win-win type of outcome in your interactions with others.
Life is more about how you connect with those around you rather than financial comfort.
Is it not?
By Grant Cardone
You can overcome your condition and limitations.
You can become the person who does things rather than waiting for things to happen.
You can be extraordinary by accomplishing many ordinary things.
Would you like that?
By Jesse Tevelow
This book will challenge you to start moving, to rediscover your potential and put it to good use.
Not everything needs ageing to become a masterpiece; some things can be done fast with great results.
49. Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
By Shawn Stevenson
If sleep could talk would scream at you how much you need it and how vitally is to your health, well-being, happiness, productivity, and joy for life.
In this book, you can find not only the benefits of a good night rest but also, how to achieve it.
By Marshall Goldsmith
Leave behind some of your unwanted behaviors and beliefs that stopped you in the past to become even more successful with the help of this book.
Yes, it will challenge you, but it will inspire you as well.
The road of a great leader does start with a challenge: being open minded.
By Michael Bungay Stanier
Helping someone means to know when to speak, when to listen, what to ask and how. If you are a leader or an ordinary person eager to help, this book is for you.
Change your mind and the lives of other by changing your rhetoric and questions.
By Mark Goulston
Isn’t it frustrating to feel like you are talking on deaf ears?
With the help of this book, you can improve your communication and influence skills.
Make people listen what you have to say and be inspired by your words and wisdom.
By Cal Newport
Someone said that children don’t have problems, adults do if they don’t listen.
Do you wonder how come you get bored easily and want more excitement every day?
You, like children in school, got accustomed being entertained all the time and work become so uninspiring.
Rediscover the passion for what you want to accomplish and how to stay focused on your goals and dreams because, at the end of your life, the most precious thing you have, it will be your legacy.
By James K. Harter
If every leader did the same thing, probably, every organization would have the same results. However, most leaders don’t have the proper tools to be more than a boss.
This book dissected for you what and how are doing things the most powerful leaders, containing examples and practical advice about how you can implement their tools in your life.
By Andrew Sobel
Questions are a powerful way to build relationships, get out of tricky situations and help others. Find in this book how to ask the right questions at the right time.
By Seth Godin
This book is fantastic. It’s a collection of Seth’s blog posts over a period of several years, arranged into themes rather than chronologically.
Godin’s insight and advice all the way through the book is aimed at getting you understand and kick-start your own interests, talents, and motivation.
Most of the individual blog posts wrap-up with a specific ‘call to action’, typically urging you to ‘start now’ – which aligns with the practical, rather than simply theoretical,
It is ruthlessly honest, and covers such a wide array of topics and areas in which you can develop and improve. Godin makes you think about lots of difficult questions you perhaps wouldn’t normally ask yourself.
The result is a completely new perspective of the world- a fresher, more vibrant perspective, packed with new and bold possibilities.
The combination of posts includes a range of perspectives, including a friend who understands you, a mentor who may push and challenge you, a visionary that can create a picture of a different future, and more.
One for the ‘must-read’ list.
By Robert Greene
This is not just a strategy book written in abstract, but a life manual for anyone who wants to succeed in life and wield power – by making use of the collection of suggestions, all of which can be used practically in real life.
Some people may not like the idea of a book dedicated to increasing and using power.
But even for this that find the idea a little egotistical, this is a well written book that can help understand how other people make use of power for their own benefit, and what you can do to protect yourself – and others – from the potential abuse of power.
Whilst the short stories in this book focus on the subject power, there are wider insights and interesting historical examples that can be interpreted in a manner other than simply the pursuit of more power.
The book is written in such a fashion that the reader can jump in and pick up at any chapter, and move around the chapters in any order. This makes reading in digestible chunks nice and simple.
By David D. Burns
Arguably, one of the most effective types of therapy used by psychologists is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
The theory behind CBT is that your thoughts and moods follow patterns, and you can manage the patterns that they follow to your benefit, rather than to your detriment.
By identifying specific patterns of thoughts that have a negative effect on your mood or feelings of self-worth, you can seek to deconstruct these patterns and break out of the negative cycle.
This will support your path to increased happiness and improved self-image.
This book will help you understand some of the most common thought patterns that you might want to disrupt, such as those that can lead to depression, guilt, self-judgement, approval-seeking, and the pursuit of perfection.
The book is supported by scientific research, which provides additional confidence in the methods.
By John C. Maxwell
It’s a universal truth that everybody fails.
But not everybody reacts the same to failure. Some people give up, thinking their failure is a sign that what they were trying to do will never work.
But other people use failure as a way of learning lessons that will significantly increase your chances of success in the future.
In addition to the lessons you have learned from your past failures, by continuing to keep trying you are also demonstrating that you have a strong sense of determination.
Most people dread the idea of failure, or don’t accept or acknowledge failure. This prevents people from benefiting from the lessons of failure, that will ultimately help them succeed in the future.
This book will help you understand how to do exactly that.
By James Horton
Knowledge is power!
But only if we are able to use our knowledge. Otherwise it’s worthless. Usually, at school, most children “learn” a lot of things by heart and don’t learn how to learn. This is the purpose of this book: learn how to learn more, in less time.
“The entire quality of life will be determined by your ability to learn, to think, to make your mind perform.”
You will discover in this book that the capacity to process new information is not depending on your IQ (or any other hereditary factor, gender or age). If you learn how to learn, your entire life can change. Knowledge and power are not restricted to a few elites or particular “high IQ” specimen.
You too can access to any knowledge you need, in a record time. All you need is to learn how to learn fast, and more important, how to acquire profitable knowledge, rather than cram a vast mass of unorganized facts.
Think about it: how import is your level of education in your career? Many people believe that getting higher education and degrees is a matter of intelligence. Read this book and get rid of this myth!