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Top 5 Best Self-Help Books That Will Improve Your Life

Updated on June 29, 2019
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Krishna has been a writer with an enthusiasm about life and psychology. She loves improving herself through reading and constant learning.

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

— Orhan Pamuk

Reading self-help books is one of the favorite things that I love to do. I have made a goal for myself to read a book every week which can help me and my life to get better. Continuously learning every week has been a life-changer and I can say that somehow I began to see life in a better perspective.

“Self-help isn't really self-help unless someone else is also helping you. We'd like to be that someone.”

— Kenneth Schwarz

There is no shortcut to success. Improving oneself is a continuous process. We all like someone to get things right for us but the truth is we can always help ourselves for our lives to get better.

So I am sharing my list of the top five best self-help books of all time. Reading a book at least once a week won't hurt your hectic schedule but would offer you guidance and motivation to get through the days. You could also give them as a gift to someone and show your love.

Here is my list of top five best self-help books of all time:

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

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

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

4. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

5. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


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

This one is a classic. You may have seen this book within countless reading lists. Why? Because it is a must-read! It is first published in 1936. Over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. It was number 19 on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential books.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

I always wish that I have read and purchased this book a lot sooner. This book teaches us how to improve our social and communication skills. Also, it is a great tool to help people with their business dealings and achieve success in life. It is truly the book that leads you toward success.

“Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

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

Covey's best-known book, this has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication. Covey presented the habits that people may practice to achieve effectivity in life. The audio version became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies.

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and

he will become as he can and should be.”

— Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Covey presented seven habits that you can apply in real life. He argues what he calls the "personality ethic" that is usually presented in self-help books and promotes the "character ethic" by aligning our habits with one's values and principles. This classic is worth a read for its practical advice and it can change how you see life forever.

What I like the most about this book, is it works first with our deepest values and beliefs before it works with our personality. This is the book that will help you change for the better without taking shortcuts.

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.”

— Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

While the book's title and much of the text concerns increasing income, Hill insists that his philosophy can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anyone that they can imagine. First published during the Great Depression in 1937, the book, by Hill's death in 1970, had sold more than 20 million copies. By 2015, more than 100 million copies had been sold worldwide.

BusinessWeek magazine's Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after the book was published. Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List.

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Despite the title, this book not only offers teachings on how to get rich. Although the main focus of this is how to increase one's income, Hill's methods can be used in any dealings of life.

After reading the first part of the book, I was heavily inspired, I just want to start taking action right at the moment. This book is truly influential and highly motivating.

“If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way.”

— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

4. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

It is one of the best-sellers of Robbins. While most self-help books focus on a certain topic, this book covers almost all aspects of life. This is a very long book and should not be rushed through reading. This book helps us to be wealthy - in spirit, mind and using our inner power to gain material wealth.

“One belief that I’ve developed to carry me through extremely tough times is simply this: God’s delays are not God’s denials.”

— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

This book is an all-rounder! If you are looking for a blueprint that you can follow to start improving your life and start having control with your relationships, work, and finances — this book is for you.

Robbin gives his best advice for finding your purpose and taking on life's challenges as we awaken the giant within us. I love this book and I highly recommend everyone to read it.

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.”

— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

5. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This is a book by Viktor Frankl in 1946 chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. He describes his psychotherapeutic method and his theory called logotherapy in this book.

According to a survey conducted by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress, the book belongs to a list of “the ten most influential books in the United States.” It has sold over 10 million copies, and has been translated into 24 languages.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

— Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Frankl teachings include telling us that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to respond to it. In a terrible situation where having hope is a hard thing, Frankl teaches us how to move forward and have a purpose.

We all have questions such as what is the purpose of our lives, what is life's meaning, etc. - somehow this book encourages us to answer all these questions.

I especially like that this book almost speaks to us on a deeply personal level. We don't have to spend our days in a Nazi camp to learn what Frankl realized inside the prisons. Instead, we can have this masterpiece of a book to read, feel, and learn through his experiences. This classic is a must for everyone especially those who are struggling to find light in their lives.

“So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”

— Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning


Now that you got the list, I highly suggest that you start taking the time to read all of them one by one. What are some of your favorite books? By the way, happy reading and learning!

© 2019 Krishna


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