Self-help books set out the training course required by us the overcome our problems. Over the years they have proven their worth and are very useful. Not all self-improvement books are the same. Some help start you out on your journey, others give you a boost when you’ve achieved experience in certain areas.
Here are the best Self Help Books that I recommend, to read no matter how old you are:
This book targets an infinite array of areas in which you can, and ultimately must improve. With its ruthless honesty and genuine inspiration, Godin makes you ponder the difficult questions you wouldn’t ever dare to ask yourself. The result is a completely new perspective of the world- a fresher, more vibrant perspective, packed with new and bold possibilities.
We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have. The book gives a perspective rarely encounter in other books: you can do everything right and still lose, or do everything wrong and still win. It is thus not about the outcome; it is about your actions that have lead you there.
Power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us. This book helps us know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power. All stories in this book gravitate around power. It contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes. If read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.
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In this book, Covey shares seven habits one should adapt to become truly effective in whatever you would like to achieve. This book can be read as a guide, with practices and everything, to go through the stages in order to make such a shift happen. Part shock-therapy, part ageless spiritual wisdom, Covey’s book is packed with wisdom that actually makes a difference.
In The Attention Revolution, Wallace describes the path to attaining Shamatha, a Buddhist meditation state of mind that is free from any flickering of distraction. It is a hard and long path, probably not possible for us to reach in this lifetime. However, even getting to stage two or three will make everything in life easier. A wonderful introduction to meditation, The Attention Revolution will inspire you to take on the challenge and see what training your mind can actually achieve.
This book is probably one of the oldest in this category. Written in 1937, mainly for the door to door salesman of that era, this book by Carnegie can truly be called a classic. It shows what we all intuitively know: It doesn’t matter what your line of work is or what you want to achieve. If you are doing business of any kind, you need to make it about the other person.