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13 Best Self-Help Books To Read

Sometimes we feel a little lost in life or can’t get things straight and often find for solutions. Well, in times like this, a good book could come in handy. It can give you all you need, all your answers. Self-help books aim to give the reader some insights into their professional and personal lives. And once you get the hang of it, you’d count yourself lucky to have found that book.

As a book-enthusiast, these books have sought my attention and helped me get through a lot and given me so many solutions to my problems. These books are worth reading at least once in your life.

1.The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living is a 1952 self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale. In this book, Peale has stated 10 rules for “overcoming inadequacy attitudes and learning to practice faith”. It is designed to help the reader achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude and to give them a higher satisfaction and quality of life. Some quotes from the book are:
-“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”
-“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
-“Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
-“Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-correction.”


2. The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

The Wisdom of Sundays is a 2017 self-help book by Oprah Winfrey and provides astute conversations between Oprah Winfrey and some of today’s esteemed leaders. It awakens one’s limitless possibilities and to have a wider perspective towards the real world. Some quotes from the book are:
-“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different.” It’s accepting the past for what it was and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward.”
-“You will forgive because you love yourself so much that you don’t want to keep hurting yourself for whatever happened. Whatever happened is done and cannot be changed. And we have to accept that and keep going with our life.”
-“The best way to be in the present moment is to be aware that you’re not in the moment. As soon as you’re aware that you’re not in the moment, you’re in the moment.
-“Turn your heart toward what is good by cultivating forgiveness and compassion and mindful presence.”


3. The Alchemist

First published in 1988, The Alchemist is a story about a young shepherd who after having recurring dreams about a hidden treasure, sets on a journey to the pyramids of Egypt. This book is about finding ones’ destiny and revolves around the philosophy that if we truly want something to happen, the whole Universe will conspire to make it come true. Some quotes from the book are:
-“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
-“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
-“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
-“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
-“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”


4. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a 1999 self-help book by Robin Sharma, a writer, and motivational speaker. It is based on Sharma’s own life experiences when he left his career as a litigation lawyer and how he set on a Himalayan journey for spiritual guidance after selling his Ferrari and holiday home. Some quotes from the book are:
-“Your “I CAN” is more important than your IQ”
-“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
-“The purpose of life is the life of purpose”
-“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
-“Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. You will never be the same.”


5. Think and Grow Rich

Written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, this book was passed on as a personal development and self-improvement book. He inspired this book from Andrew Carnegie, a businessman who gave him the idea to succeed in any line of work by following certain principles. He interviewed many successful people for over 20 years and put them together in the book.
Some quotes from the book are:
-“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.”
-“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
-“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”
-“A quitter never wins-and-a winner never quits.”


6. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

As the name suggests, this book is a great 2013 self-help book written by Jen Sincero. It includes various inspiring, life-changing stories with a touch of laughter that will teach you how to love yourself and start living the life that you’ve dreamt of. Some quotes from the book are:
-“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
-“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.”
-“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”
-“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.”


7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 habits of highly effective people is a self-help and business book written by Stephen Covey and published in 1989. He beautifully explained the concept of two perspectives i.e two people can see the same thing and yet interpret them differently. He has administered his principles that will help oneself to lead a successful path in life. Some quotes from the book are:
-“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
-“Start with the end in mind. ”
-“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
-“Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It’s not logical; it’s psychological.”


8.How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936. This book has some great life lessons like how to make friends quickly, increase your popularity, increase your influence and also teach professional techniques regarding increasing your earning power, becoming a better salesman, win new clients and, handle complaints. Some quotes from the book are:
-“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
-“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”
-“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.”
-“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”
-“To be interesting, be interested.”


9. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Written by James Clear, Atomic habits is a 2018 self-help book that gained recognition due to its outstanding performance. James has tried to help us achieve big things in life by beginning with small steps and to become the best version of ourselves. He talks about developing and breakings habits as we go through the path of discovery. Some quotes from the book are:
-“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
-“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”
-“Problem #1: Winners and losers have the same goals.”
-“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”
-“Professionals stick to the schedule;
amateurs let life get in the way.”


10. Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. This book aims to increase one’s financial knowledge to improve one’s business and financial aptitude. It sets the right mindset for someone who wants to become rich. Some quotes from the book are:
-“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
-“You’re only poor if you give up. The most important thing is that you did something. Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You’ve done something.”
-“Emotions are what make us human. Make us real. The word ’emotion’ stands for energy in motion. Be truthful about your emotions, and use your mind and emotions in your favor, not against yourself.”
-“If you realize that you’re the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something and grow wiser. Don’t blame other people for your problems.”


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