The Best Self Help Books
Looking for a read? We’ve got a list of some great self help books.
We’ve gone through each and built a check in based on the learnings from the book.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen. R. Covey
The title of this book doesn’t capture it all. Covey shares with us seven habits one should adapt to become truly effective in whatever you would like to achieve.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
If you read one book on spirituality, you can’t really go wrong with Tolle’s classic The Power of Now. It isn’t just a guide to spiritual practice and how it can transform your own life, it’s a guide to transforming the world with the power of that practice as well.
The key takeaway here is that you have the ability to change the world one step at a time if you work on transforming yourself from the inside out, an insight that can serve you well for your entire life.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie wrote several great self-help books in his time, but How to Win Friends and Influence People is easily his best. This book is king when it comes to learning how to work and communicate with people, so I consider it required reading — especially for an introvert like myself.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Awaken the Giant Within is probably Robbin’s most well-known self-help book and, once you read it, you’ll know why. Many of the books on this list hone in on a particular subject, but this one doesn’t. It gives you the whole damn thing and then some. Robbins gives his best advice for improving your relationships, confidence, finances, and finding your purpose.
Daring Greatly by Dr Brene Brown
“Vulnerability is what leads us to engage and connects with others.”
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author, is enraptured by stories. Stories of her patients and how those stories tell the larger one about what it means to be human (and all the wants and desires and problems that arise from that).
Simplify by Joshua Becker
This is a fun little book written by Joshua Becker, a big proponent of minimalist living. We all know that quote from Fightclub: “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I wish the government mandated every eighteen-year-old read this book. Of course, they’d never do that, because the teachings of the book would undermine all of their goals.
Rich Dad poor dad is about money. More importantly, how to think about money. His “poor dad” was his real dad — a teacher on salary, the prototypical average American. His “rich dad” was his best friend’s father who owned businesses.
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Stoicism is a philosophy that can be summed up in two words. Chill out.
We’re constantly reacting to everything as if life is doing something to us when in reality we’re just perceiving what we believe to be reality. If you can change your mind, you can literally change your reality.
Just read these quotes from the book and you’ll want to buy it:
“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”
“When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”
“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”