Daily Life What are the best selfimprovement books

Daily Life: What are the best self-improvement books?


Almost Every successful self-made millionaire read at least 2 books in a month, Even after becoming rich and successful still they never fail to read books, because they understand the importance of reading, they know that reading gives knowledge and through reading they will always learn something new, and learning and gaining knowledge is never out of fashion, hence they always read a book and learn from it, We all should understand a very simple thing That the more we learn the more we earn, Reading not only help you in earning but it also improves your focus level concentration level and improves your brain strength and intelligence.

Hence next time when you feel bored or want to do something productive then instead of going to social media and peeping at someone else’s life, do read or listen to audio books, Reading will help you not peeping.
Here are few self-help books name which will make you a better person.

1.
The Power of Habit

Top 10 Self Development Books-The power of Habit
Power of habit is one of the best book written by award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg, in this book Charles take us to thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain to us why habit exist and how it can be changed, Charles has brought to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
This book tells us about how habit works and where exactly they reside in our brains, Author of this book says that habits aren’t destiny, author says that by harnessing this new science we can transform our business, our life, and our communities, it is one of the best books and you must read it.

2.
Rich Dad Poor Dad

Top 10 Self Development Books-Rich Dad Poor Dad
If I talk about best books, and this book doesn’t come under my list that can never happen, Because this book played a major role in changing my life, this was the first self-help book which I read, and believe me it made a very positive impact on my life and on my mentality, this book changed my life, This is an easy to read book written by an awesome and a great author Robert Kiyosaki, through this book Robert gives us some important financial advice by giving his life examples, here he said that he had two fathers, one was his real father and second was his friend’s father, his father was poor but his second father was rich and how that rich father taught him life lessons, and after following those lessons even he eventually become a millionaire, this is one of the best books and you should read it, this book will share many valuable facts so do read it.

3.
How to Win Friends & Influence People

Top 10 Self Development Books-How to Win Friends & Influence People
An awesome book written by a great author Dale Carnegie, as we all know that 75 percent success of a person depends on social skill and communication skill and this book teaches us how to improve these skills in order to become successful in our lives.
Dale Carnegie has explained each and every concept very beautifully and he also shared some anecdotes which will keep you connected, he is one of my favorite authors and
do
read this book because this book will definitely improve your social life and also make you a better person.

4.
Rewire

Top 10 Self Development Books-Rewire
In Rewire, Renowned Psychotherapist Richard reveals exactly why our bad habits die so hard, author of this book says that we have two brains, one a thoughtful, conscious and deliberative self and other brain is an automatic self it makes most of our decisions without our attention, by using new research and knowledge about how brain works this book clears a path to lasting and gives effective change of our behaviors which includes procrastination, self-medication, risk-taking, overeating etc.

5.
Managing Oneself

Top 10 Self Development Books-Managing Oneself
This book is for those who have just begun to read books, if you haven’t read any self-help book then this can be a great start.
This is very easy to read book and if you are confused and want to start with some easy and short book then this book is for you, Managing oneself by peter F.
Drucker explains very important and amazing concepts, through this book you will come to know many facts and insights about yourself, which will for sure help you to grow in your life, peter books are nowadays used worldwide for management courses, in this book author has shown us the best way on how we can make a proper use of ourselves and how we can move ahead in life by managing the most important asset of our lives and that important asset is “WE”.

6.
Think And Grow Rich

Top 10 Self Development Books-Think And Grow Rich
Providing book recommendation and not mentioning this book is impossible, Think and grow rich book is one of the most influential and one of the most famous book under self-help book category, this book has changed millions of people life, you should read this book, because this book will for sure move you ahead towards your success journey, Napoleon hill author of this book got an offer by Andrew carnaige, he was the richest person of his time, Andrew told Napoleon that he will help him to meet world’s most successful and rich people who have done great in their lives, and asked napoleon to gather all their wisdom and knowledge and then create a philosophical book from it, he said to napoleon that this book should be so powerful that after reading it any common normal person can become rich and successful, but he will only pay him expense, after listening to this offer Napoleon accepted it and spent 20 years of his life gathering all wisdom and knowledge and after those 20 years he came up with a book name THINK AND GROW RICH, this is one of the most influential books, and you must read it.

7.
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul

Top 10 Self Development Books-Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul
This book shares the story of humanity, this book shows that within each of us lies the ability to step up and care for those in need, this book share story of people who volunteer their life towards helping people who are in need, this book shares stories of humanity, how kindness is protecting this world, this book will bring love care and humanity back within you.

8.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Top 10 Self Development Books-How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Another amazing book by Dale carnaige, This book says that every individual face bad time and situations in their life, even I faced bad situations and I used to feel very miserable but fortunately I read this book and it helped me a lot to move out of that worrying life, this book helped me to handle bad situations with courage and strength, this book helped me to grow strong, if you are facing bad time then do read it, it will show you a way towards happy life, this book will give you courage and strength and move you towards happy peaceful life.

9.
The 5 Love Languages

Top 10 Self Development Books-The 5 Love Languages
We all know that love is the strongest emotion, it can make us or break us, we should never underestimate the love feeling it has the power to change any person, love can give strength and it can also make a person weak hence it is very important to understand this feeling and emotion properly and carefully, In this book Gary says that like other languages even love has its language there are 5 love languages and every individual has one or more than one language amongst 5, hence we need to understand all 5 languages properly only then we will be able to maintain and handle our relationships properly, Example you can’t talk in English to someone who understands telugu or other languages.
In order to explain them something you need to talk in their language, similarly you can’t express your love
by
your love
language you need to show your love to someone by their love language, this book explains each language properly and perfectly, if you want to keep your relationships and personal life happy and peaceful then do read this book.

10.
The 4-Hour Work Week

Top 10 Self Development Books-The 4-Hour Work Week
This is Number 1 New york Time bestseller, This is a very famous and an inspiring book, this book will help you to come out of your boring job life easily, this book shows how smart work helps you to earn a lot, this book will show how you can earn while travelling the world, how without tension and stress you can earn a lot, if you think that all these things can’t be possible, then after reading this book and understanding this book some useful and very valuable principles and techniques you will for sure believe that yes you can earn a lot by smart work, This book shares some useful principles which can help you to start your online business, this book can be a real gem for people who live in developed countries like the USA but it doesn’t mean we Asians can’t learn from it, this book is for every person who wants to achieve something huge in their life and wants to enjoy life at the same time.

These were Top 10 Self Development Books which will for sure help you to become a better person.
If you want to know more books than do read my Top 20 Must Read Books.
it will help you to become the best version of yourself.

Thank you.

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1.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle :: An amazing introduction to the concept that you are NOT your thoughts – you are the observer of your thoughts.
This book will help you to calm your swirling thoughts and emotions and live in the present more!
2.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks :: Do you ever sabotage your happiness or success? Or you feel stuck at the same level in your finances, weight, relationships, or life in general? This book is an incredible explanation of how hidden limiting beliefs and fears can cause us to sabotage our goals and dreams – and what to do about it.

3.
Whatever Arises Love That by Matt Kahn :: Do you struggle with self love or having compassion for yourself? Do you find it hard to deal with your emotional rollercoasters and triggers? This book teaches you how to love what arises in you! It will open your heart up to yourself.

4.
Ask And It Is Given by Abraham Hicks :: One of the best beginner books on manifesting your desires, this book will teach you some of the basics you need to know to begin using the law of attraction to your advantage.
It also has tools for increasing your joy.

5.
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale :: This is a fantastic short book on how your mindset creates your life – think positively and you will get positive results.
It includes a 30 day challenge you can take to test this premise out for yourself.
Bonus tip: You can also listen to the recording for free on YouTube.
Just search for it.

6.
E-Cubed and E-Squared by Pam Grout :: Two super fun books with simple and practical manifesting experiments you can try out for yourself to test the power of the Universe.
I did one experiment and manifested running into a celebrity entrepreneur!
7.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer :: Still struggling with negative thoughts or being easily angered or upset by other people? This book is a humorous and beautiful explanation of the voice in your head and how to surrender or let things go.

8.
A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson :: A beautiful outline of the principles in the famous metaphysical text A Course In Miracles.
The book talks about how we are ruled by fear and the ego, and how to get back to love and living from the soul.

9.
Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber :: This is an amazing book based on Zen Buddhism.
The author walks you through how to meditate, live in the present, and let go of sabotaging patterns keeping you stuck.

10.
Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell :: Do you feel like you came to earth at this time to help wake up souls and create big positive change? This book is for you.
It is about light workers who have come here to create heaven on earth.

11.
Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth :: An amazing book blending wealth principles with spiritual principles.
Improving your finances is both a practical and a mindset game.
This book will help you with the latter – changing your mindset.

12.
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith :: Have you heard of or been interested in the chakras? They are energy centres running through our body that influence things like our personal power, creativity, grounded-ness and intuition.
This book is a super in-depth look at each chakra, including how to better use yours.

13.
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David Hawkins :: A beautiful book on the art of surrender – letting go of things that trigger you and attachment to outcomes.
If you have never understood what surrender means this book is for you!
14.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield :: This is for any creative-types (or wannabe creatives) who cannot seem to start that book, paint that painting, launch that business or stop procrastinating from fear or overwhelm.
The book explains the difference between amateurs and pros and teaches you how to do the work!
15.
Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner :: If you enjoyed my Beginner Guide to Soul Writing – you will love this book.
It tells the story of how soul writing changed the author’s life and provides detailed instructions and great writing prompts too.

16.
A Course In Miracles :: I love this book and it did change my life – but be warned, the language can be a bit heavy at first.
If you do feel called to it, you might find it helpful to start with the 365 daily exercises rather than the text.
The book details spiritual concepts like the ego, God, fear, love, Christ-mindedness miracles and happiness.

17.
Uncovering Happiness by Elisha Goldstein :: If you need help with happiness but are not into the woo-woo spiritual stuff, this is a more psychology-based approach to getting out of the unhappiness trap and better handling your thoughts.

18.
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu :: This is a famous Chinese text from 3000-odd years ago but the wisdom is still incredibly useful today.
Given the language is slightly cryptic you may wish to buy a book with a study guide or explanation.
The late author Wayne Dyer famously lived by this wisdom.

19.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra :: A simple and classic book outlining seven spiritual principles and how to use them in your life – the laws include giving, karma, desire and intention, least effort and dharma.

20.
Wake Up and Live! by Dorothea Brande :: This book helped me take inspired action and get more done in flow.
The author explains how to create a mindset and feeling of success before beginning a task so that you can accomplish your dreams with ease.
(You can usually listen to this book on YouTube).

21.
The Bhagavad Gita :: This is a famous ancient Hindu scripture.
It is written as a story about a famous battle and contains spiritual principles throughout.
Gandhi famously lived by these principles.
It has taught me invaluable wisdom like how to give full effort in my endeavours but be detached from results.


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I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book.
I was baffled.
At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone.
I could become my own drill master and coach.
The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome.
All I had to do was listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher.
Every time I committed to a new challenge I knew it was going to be outside my comfort zone, but after enough iterations, I also knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me.
I just turned 25, and while I acknowledge some inherent dangers in the concept of self-improvement, I still believe in the beauty of self-directing your life.

25 Best Books on Self-Improvement You Need to Read Before You Die!
Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations – Seth Godin
This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books, this one 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.
If you need a friend that understands, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behind and a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look no further; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in this magnificent book.
Make sure to get this one.
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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant role in my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.
We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have.
This book and my time at the tables gave me a perspective I unfortunately rarely encounter in others: 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.
This important message is central to many of my decisions I make in my life and this book by Taleb helps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in a world one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates.
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The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
I read this book in a time where I thought power was something I should attain.
Power for power’s sake.
And while I disagree with my former self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.
I still recommend this book; I believe it is important to know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power.
Besides the fact that all stories in this book gravitate around power, it contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes and, if read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.
From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human development.
If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhaps Greene’s latest book Mastery will suffice (I haven’t read that one myself).
Another great book in the same style, but this time around, covering a wider scope, and, perhaps, something that will make the world make a better place.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen.
R.
Covey

The title of this book doesn’t capture it all.
Covey shares with us seven habits one should adopt to become truly effective in whatever you would like to achieve.
Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.
He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.
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.
And, as I mentioned, don’t let the title of the book fool you; it is about much more than just becoming more effective.
It is about becoming a whole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself but also in the people around her.
A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left to learn.
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The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys – James Fadiman
While finding a book on psychedelics in a list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysical distinction between tools such as books, meditation or molecules hold no ground and they should all be solely judged on their merits.
And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way, are perhaps bigger than any book in this list.
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and your surroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do when something goes wrong, so you can safely enhance your thinking, creativity, introspection and emotional balance.
This book contains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as a tool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific literature and personal wisdom.
A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonaut alike.
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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – Brian Tracy
We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels.
We have to do some big task, of which the thought alone triggers resistance, not sure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before we start; we get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only to suddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then find ourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where and how to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expresses itself in more craving for distraction.
Ad infinitum.
To break this spell of procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat That Frog, to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks into smaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start out with something else.
Tracy is truly a motivational writer, and while I wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it is still a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.
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Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition – Napoleon Hill
A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece.
Don’t bother with the edited versions since they all omit important and controversial information: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of the book, which is to think and grow rich.
The word rich might imply that this book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers that area, it is about much more than that.
Perhaps the first explicit mention of positive thinking, on how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head, this book has been able to withstand the destruction of time.
It covers all the basics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the more advanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and what we can learn from fear.
This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless guide to find out what actually matters.
As it says clearly in the beginning ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’ Read on Amazon
The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind – Alan Wallace
In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designed to grab hold of your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bring that attention back to where you want it to shine.
This book offers just that; 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.
Once you have achieved such a level of focus you can put it to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four Immeasurables or deepen the practice with this wonderful commentary by Dudjom Lingpa, both by Alan B.
Wallace.
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The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health – John Durant
In the last 10,000 years or so it seems we have been propelled into an ever faster paced world forged by our own hands and minds.
Only recently have we been able to reconstruct our journey and reflect back upon our humble origins.
This amazing book is such a reflection.
It goes back to the paleolithic searching for answers to health and longevity.
Between science and his personal experiments, Durant weaves a mind blowing story that will convey the importance of an evolutionary perspective on how to live well.
It covers everything from nutrition to exercise, from sleep to fasting, from ancient practices to modern biohacking and even has an outline for a vision of the future where depression and obesity have become obsolete.
If you only have room for a couple of books on this list, make sure this one is included.
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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Daniel J.
Siegel

As my Burmese meditation teacher often proclaimed, ‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ Siegel seems to have taken this to heart and made an unique synthesis between meditation, psychoanalysis and neuroscience which he calls ‘Mindsight‘, as he says himself, a potent combination between emotional and social intelligence.
All of us deal with some disorder or another, something that seems to disturb the very core of our being at ease, and while it might not always be the best strategy to want to get rid of it, it certainly helps to understand and have compassion for that little aspect that upsets that perfect image of ourselves.
Brimming with techniques, insights and epiphanies, this book contains everything you need to know to reprogram your brain and to optimally use its capacity of neuroplasticity.
A great book for spiritual seekers and scientists alike.
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How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This is the first self-improvement book I have ever read and it is also 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.
Being nice helps, a lot.
And while I might not fully defend the premise of this book, because it doesn’t distinguish between genuine interest and faking it to get what you want, it still contains a treasure chest full of timeless wisdom.
Everybody wants to feel appreciated, and rightfully so.
Learning to take a small effort to make someone’s day will make the world run smoother, no matter what your goal is.
I still spontaneously remember some of his guidance, and perhaps this quality is the reason why this book still draws millions of readers to this day.
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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D.
Burns

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective therapy used by psychologists today; it consists of identifying thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on your self-image and mood, and deconstructing these in order to break out of these destructive cycles.
If you want to know how this works, which moods are central in your life, what thought patterns are causing your depression, how to overcome self-judgment and guilt, how to defeat approval and love addiction and how your self-perfectionism is hindering you, then don’t look further; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped millions of people and it can help you, and this is the best book for the job.
Packed with scientific research, exercises and examples, this is the best improvement your going to get.
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Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life – Maxwell Maltz
What can a plastic surgeon tell us about happiness? By dealing with his patients, Dr.
Maxwell Maltz experienced firsthand that having your expectations come true doesn’t automatically result into a more positive life experience.
Their outward appearances did indeed change but their inner insecurity remained.
This caused him to find other means to help his patients, resulting in visualization techniques.
He found a person’s outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.
This book carries a very honest and humbling story, loaded with fundamental truths about our psychology and how our own philosophy affects us, all told by a very compassionate writer.
Of some books it can be said that it will be valuable for years to come, and I am absolutely positive that this is one of them.
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Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
This brilliant book by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman is a lucid account of all the amazing research he has done over the years.
He is the founder of behavioral economics – the way our psychology affects our decisions – and explains in simple prose how our thinking is divided in two systems: one fast and one slow.
The fast one is almost instant; it consists of the hardwired instincts that govern emotions, a remnant of an evolutionary past, an unconscious irrational machine.
The slow one is deliberate, self-reflexive and logical, but can easily be distracted and takes a lot of effort.
Both play a large role in our lives and Kahneman explores when the fast system fails and why the slow system is often not utilized.
Packed with mind-blowing examples and sharp analyzes, this book teaches you how to learn to make sound judgments, and use the best of both systems.
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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything – Chris Hadfield
A few extraordinary people journey to the edge of our world and come back with a unique story to tell.
Colonel Hadfield is such a person, and his story is perhaps the most important one in this list.
While the other books in this list teach you to be independent, visualize your future and dream big, this astronaut’s guide turns these all upside down.
A truly remarkable book, overflowing with mind-blowing stories that illustrate the life lessons he learned as one of the most accomplished astronauts that ever lived.
Full of compassion, warmth and genuine self-reflexive humor, he conveys to us to be prepared for the worst and never let yourself be swayed from enjoying every moment.
Part action story, part no-nonsense hard truth and part timeless spiritual wisdom, this book makes you feel like you stepped onto a rocket ship and experienced what he did while learning these most valuable lessons on the way.
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Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat – Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet
No self-improvement list is complete without a nutrition book and the Perfect Health Diet is arguably the best diet book on the market now.
If you are overweight or not, feel sick, or just looking for an extra boost in health (and keep it this way), then look no further.
From reading decades of studies the authors construct the optimal way to eat, destroying popular food fads in the process.
They explain in sufficient detail the optimal macro-ratios, which starches are safe, which vitamins and supplements to take and what foods, or what they call toxins, to avoid.
This book is a great supplement to the Paleo Manifesto as it shares its basic evolutionary perspective; we were evolved to eat non-toxic, high fat, moderate protein and carbohydrates.
And, sometimes, going around with no food at all, can be a very healthy thing.
If your body is not in optimal health, then it is almost no use to read the other books.
Make this your priority number one.
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Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success – John C.
Maxwell

At one time or another, we will all fail.
What matters most is how you deal with it once you do.
Will you give up? Or will you use it as a stepping stone for success? I recently read an article about new start-ups in silicon valley.
Its hypothesis was the more you had failed in the past, the more likely you were going to get funding.
Why? Because failing teaches you invaluable lessons, and if you decide to continue after you hit the pavement, the more you have it in you to deliver.
Now, this is not in anyway our instinctual reaction to failing.
Most of us dread it, avoid it or refuse to fail at all costs.
All three are by far sub-optimal.
It is far better to accept failure where it arises, to accept responsibility and use it as a way to learn about yourself and your weaknesses.
Only when you are absolute honest with yourself with respect to failure can you hope to grow.
This wonderful book will teach you how to do exactly this.
A honest book for everyone searching for a clean mirror.
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The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now hardly needs any introduction.
It is perhaps the book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years.
It inspired millions of people all over the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life, all through the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.
It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion- and only recently has come to the west, which remained weary and skeptical until science had validated a wide array of its claims.
The brain can be trained.
The Power of Now teaches you how to release your attachment to certain thoughts and states of mind, thereby clearing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.
If you already have read this book and are looking for deeper understanding, read Wherever You Go, There You Are.
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The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
At some point or another, almost all of us has come across The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
(If you haven’t, watch this powerful message here.
) What would you say when you only have a few months left to live? This was probably Pausch’s question he posed to himself when he had to deliver his lecture a week later.
But being confined to an academic setting and short time frame he felt he had more to share, thus marking the birth of this book.
Filled with stories about his childhood, it is a very down to earth exploration of what it means to chase your dreams, to be a good person and live a life that gives value to others.
A beautiful mixture of humor and optimism, his tender voice will be a source of inspiration for everyone who will take the time to listen, something he tried to impart on his readers.
A very lovely read.
And don’t forget, ‘It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.
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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
I love Brené Brown’s books.
She writes about an insight that I have found to be scary but true at the same time.
Vulnerability, unlike we have been taught, is not a weakness, but a power to be tapped.
Growing up with the idea that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves, to look strong and persevere at all costs always seemed a facade to me.
And now she has the research to back that up.
From that place of vulnerability comes a sense of worthiness, which for most of us, needs to be cultivated every day.
Only if we get in touch with that tender spot of our hearts can we connect with others and develop genuine compassion, which are prerequisites, Brown tells us, for living a ‘wholehearted life.
’ The reality, however, is that we often close down, feel neglected and misunderstood, and rather want the vulnerability and perhaps even ourselves to disappear.
This book is an amazing antidote for that common instinct.
Want to be truly convinced? Check out her amazing ted talk here.
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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Carl Sagan
We all find UFO’s fascinating.
We all really want to believe in magic or visiting aliens (surely the crop circles are conclusive proof!) and some of us believe the government is poisoning us with chemtrails.
At the same time we are fascinated by the progress made by science, by all the new technology and medicines and the fascinating discoveries being made on a daily basis.
Clearly, for the average person, it is quite hard to make a distinction between one claim or another – most of us are scientifically illiterate.
Carl Sagan fought his whole life against such unreason and claimed that missing this ability to distinguish valid claims from hogwash could plunge us back into the dark ages.
This book is perhaps his best on this subject, filled with examples and his eloquent mesmerizing voice, The Demon-Haunted World is a How To guide to arm you against manipulation masked as information.
A must read for anyone who still feels the temptation to click sensationalist sophistry.
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Philosophy for Life – Jules Evans
As philosopher Sloterdijk puts it; ‘philosophy is a beautiful child of an ugly mother.
Philosophy first arose when the old Greek polis states were at the brink of destruction.
Philosophy, according to Sloterdijk, was not just a way to make sense of the world, to come to knowledge or truth, but to serve as a psychological immune system.
This book is an amazing expression of this perspective.
From the stoics to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jules Evans writes about some of the amazing philosophical techniques we can use to train and improve our cognitive immune systems.
He weaves ancient stories with modern applications, from heroism to cosmic contemplation, Philosophy for Life a beautifully written book that makes it easy to understand the practical nature of philosophy.
Perhaps the book would have been better if he would have gone deeper into the subject matter, but nonetheless he captures the essence of what philosophy can mean for the modern person.
A must read.
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Man’s Search For Meaning – Victor.
E.
Frankl

If I had to pick one book from this list for mandatory reading I would choose this one.
For three years Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
He tells us about his experience and that of his fellow prisoners.
Both chilling and uplifting, confronted with the idea that they would be trapped there for the rest of their lives, he gives us an account of those who found meaning and those who succumbed to nihilism.
A blend between a memoir, a psychological investigation and a self-help book, Frankl delivers a powerful message: finding meaning lies at the core of being human.
From his own experience as a psychiatrist combined with anecdotes from his time in the concentration camps, he tells us how important it is to find meaning in our own lives and what we can become if we don’t.
Suffering, he conveys to us, is inevitable.
But as to how we cope with it is dependent on ourselves.
If we can find meaning, even in the worst acts our species has ever inflicted upon his fellow man, we will be able to move forward with renewed purpose.
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Simplify – 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.
Well, this is ending.
Slowly we are outgrowing an era where the unquestioned mantra ‘more is always better’ dictates our behavior.
Rather, we now find ourselves, our lives and our homes cluttered with too much information, too much stuff and just too much shit we don’t need.
This simple book helps you become aware of the freedom gained from living with less.
It is a small book, easily read under an hour, but it carries a persuasive punch to start living live in a very different way.

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – Kamal Ravikant
The fundamental ground upon which all true self-improvement is build is called self-love.
Because in the end, no matter which way you turn, if you don’t love yourself, you will sabotage yourself at one point.
You will think that, for some reason or another, you are not worthy.
And if you think that, why would you truly want to achieve anything? And this is not just about achievement.
This is about how you approach yourself every day; this is what you see when you look in the mirror.
We make so many snap judgments about ourselves- often without being conscious of them- that are filled with negativity, haltering us before we can even begin to heal.
This powerful book shows you the antidote.
Self-love.
Not to be confused with creating some narcissistic image of ourselves that some previous books in this list implicitly endorse, but self-love, that inner gratefulness that no external condition can take away.
Self-love, that infinite source you can share with others.
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Over the last eight months or so, I have had taken the wonderful opportunity to share my favourite books in myriad posts on Quora, covering a relatively broad spectrum of topics, mainly in the personal as well as professional genre:
What I have done here is to put all of them together for quick and easy reference, under the following specific headings, as my consolidated response to your question:
CREATING WEALTH:
I am no multi-millionaire in cash terms, but here's my reading list:
1) Money: Master the Game, by Anthony Robbins;
2) Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, by Thomas Corley;
3) Secrets of Millionaire Mind: Master the Inner Game, by T Harv Eker;
4) Rich Rad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki;
5) The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley;
6) Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to.
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Financial Independence (*), by Vicki Robin/Joe Dominguez;
7) The Law of Success (*), by Napoelon Hill;
(*) my most favourites!
DEVELOPING CHANGE-READINESS
My recommendations, not in any particular order, but you can start with the one marked with (*) first:
1) Future Edge, by Joel Arthur Barker;
2) Peak Learning: A Master Course in Learning How to Learn, by Ron Gross;
3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R Covey;
4) You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way, by Laya Saul (*);
5) Dinosaur Strain, by Mark Brown;
6) Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko;
7) Before You Think Another Thought, by Bruce Doyle;
8) 7 Levels of Change, by Rolf Smith;
9) Leaders Make the Future, by Bob Johansen;
10) Strategy of the Dolphin, by Dudley Lynch;
In my view, these books will get you change-ready and future-savvy.

DEVELOPING PARADIGM PLIANCY:
Here are my personal recommendations:
1) Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning & Life, by Richard Paul & Linda Elder;
2) Future Edge, by Joel Arthur Barker;
3) The Dinosaur Strain: Survivor's Guide to Personal & Business Success: by Mark Brown;
4) Before You Think Another Thought, by Bruce Doyle;
5) Choosing the Future: The Power of Strategic Thinking, by Stuart Wells;
6) Conceptual Blockbusting; A Guide to Better Ideas, by James Adams;
7) Mindfulness, by Ellen J Langer;
DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING:
My take, drawn from my personal library, not in any particular order:
1) Asking the Right Question, by Neil Brown;
2) Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, by Richard Paul & Linda Elder;
3) Being Logical, by Dennis McInerny;
4) The Art of Thinking, by Rolf Dobelli;
5) The Five Elements of Effective Thinking, by Edward Bunger;
6) Don't Believe Everything You Think, by Thomas Kida;
7) Thinking Fast & Slow, by Daniel Kahneman;
8) A Rulebook for Arguments, by Anthony Weston;
9) A More Beautiful Question, by Warren Berger;
10) The Organised Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, by Daniel Levithin;
DEVELOPING CREATIVITY:
A quick one, from my personal library amassed over the years since the late 80's – many of the selections are actually classics, and my evolving creative horsepower stands on all the giants who wrote them!:
1.
Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko;
2.
Lateral Thinking, by Edward de Bono;
3.
101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques, by James Higgins;
4.
Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox, by Rchard Fobes;
5.
The Innovative Leader, by Paul Sloane;
6.
Creative Problem Solving, by Arthur van Gundy;
7.
Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity, by William J J Gordon;
8.
The Practice of Creativity, by George Prince;
9.
Creativity, Innovation & Quality, by Paul Plsek;
10.
The Creative Edge, by William Miller;
11.
Flash of Brilliance, by William Miller;
12.
The Thinker's Toolkit, by Morgan Jones;
13.
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, Roger von Oech;
14.
A Whack on the side of the Head, by Roger von Oech;
15.
The Creative Whack Pack, by Roger von Oech;
16.
Creative Approaches to Problem Solving, by Scott Isaksen;
17.
21 Days to a Big Idea, by Bryan Mattimore;
18.
Innovate or Evaporate, by James Higgins;
19.
The Innovator's Handbook, by Vincent Nolan;
20.
The Universal Traveller: A Guide to Creativity, by Don Koberg;
21.
Jump Start Your Brain, by Doug Hall;
22.
Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity, by Keith Sawyer;
23.
The Myths of Creativity, by David Burkus;
24.
The Idea Generator, by Ken Hudson;
25.
Ideaspotting, by Sam Harrison;
26.
Zing! 5 Steps and 101 Tips for Creativity on Command, by Sam Harrison;
27.
Imagineering, by Michael le Boeuf;
28.
Applied Imagination, by Alex Osborn;
29.
Why Fly? A Philosophy of Creativity, by E Paul Torrance;
30.
Innovation Inc.
, by Edward Grossman;
31.
Innovate or Die, by Jack Matson;
32.
A Technique for Producing Ideas, by James Young;
33.
Brain Boosters for Business Advantage, by Arthur van Gundy;
34.
Thinkpak, by Michael Michalko;
35.
Brainstorming, by Charles Clark;
DEVELOPING STRATEGY & SCENARIOS
In my view, one of the most requisite skills for a strategy consultant is the ability to think strategically, systematically and systemically.

Here are my recommended readings (a number of titles are true classics):
1) Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, by Rich Horwath;
2) Profiting from Uncertainty, by Paul Schoemaker;
3) Business Strategy Formulation, by Anthony Ulwick;
4) Strategic Supremacy, by Michel Roberts;
5) Changing Strategic Direction, by Peter Skat-Rordam;
6) Peripheral Vision Detecting the Weak Signals, by Paul Schoemaker;
7) Leaders Make the Future, by Bob Johansen;
8) The Fox Trilogy, by Chatell Ilbury & Clem Sunter;
9) Early Warning, by Benjamin Gilad;
10) Business Wargames, by Benjamin Gilad;
11) Strategies for Better Thinking, by Kathy Nielsen;
12) Invent Business Opportunities No One Else Can Imagine, by Art Turock;
13) Opportunities: A Handbook for Business Opportunity Search.
, by Edward de Bono;
14) Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future, by Nick Marsh;
15) Creating Better Futures, by James Ogilvy;
16) Creating Futures, by Michel Godet;
17) The Art of the Long View, by Peter Schwartz;
18) Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation, by Kees van der Heijden;
19) 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World, by Hugh Courtney;
20) Winning the Innovation Game, by Robert Tucker;
DEVELOPING STRATEGIC THINKING
I can recommend you a good book to read in this instance:
'Strategy and You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want'
by Rich Horvath
He has written several good books:
- 'Storm Rider: Becoming a Strategic Thinker';
- 'Sculpting Air: The Executive's Guide to Shaping Strategy';
- 'Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources & Taking Smart Action';
- 'Elevate:The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking',
among others, which I have perused] on strategic thinking for businesses, and what he has done here is a downward migration of those valuable principles to the personal setting.

Here's a link to his corporate website:http://www.
strategyskills
.
com/in.
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.

ACCELERATED LEARNING
A quick one:
My recommendations:
1.
Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century, by Colin Rose;
2.
Accelerated Learning: How You Learn Determines What You Learn, by Roger Swartz;
3.
Quantum Learning, by Bobbi DePorter;
4.
The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden & Jeannette Vos;
5.
SuperTeaching, by Eric Jensen;
6.
Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
7.
The Accelerated Learning Handbook, by Dave Meier;
DEVELOPING AUTODIDACT-ISM
As an autodidact ever since the early 90's, these are some of the books on learning theories and learning strategies, which I have had the wonderful opportunity to tap as part of my own curriculum design:(Not in any particular order)
1) Self-University, by Charles Hayes;
2) Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
3) Managing Your Own Learning, by James Davis;
4) More Learning in Less Time, by Norma Cahn;
5) Learning How to Learn, by Joseph Novak;
6) Learning How to Learn: The Sufi Way, by Idries Shah;
7) Learning How to Learn: Study Skills, by Herman Ohmae;
8) Learning to Learn: Strengthening Study Skills, by Gloria Fender;
9) Quantum Learning, by Bobbi DePorter;
10) Learning to Learn: Maximise Your Performance Potential, by Trinidad Hunt;
11) Learning How to Learn, by Jerry Lucas;
12) How the Brain Learns, by David Sousa;
13) Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain, by Geoffrey Caine;
14) Mindshifts: A Brain Compatible Process for Professional Development & the Renewal of Education, by Geoffrey Caine;
15) Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford;
16) Learning Unlimited, by Dawna Markova;
17) School Success: The Inside Story, by Peter Kline;
18) The Everyday Genius, by Peter Kline;
19) The Seven Secrets of Learning Revealed, by Lawrence Martel;
20) Super Teaching, by Eric Jensen;
21) Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter Brown;
22) How We Learn, by Benedict Carey;
23) Learning: Exact Blueprint How to Learn Faster and Remember Anything, by Angel Greene;
24) NLP for Lazy Learning, by Diana Beaver;
25) Unicorns are Real, by Barbara Vitale;
26) Accelerated Learning: How You Learn Determines What You Learn, by Roger Swartz;
27) Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century, by Colin Rose;
28) Learning with the Body in Mind, Eric Jensen;
29) Beyond Teaching and Learning, by Win Wenger;
30) The Power of Mindful Learning, by Ellen Langer;
DEVELOPING TEEN SUCCESS:
My strong recommendations:
The first 4 will get you change-ready and future-savvy, whereas the remaining 3 will equip you with smart learning techniques to help you navigate – and accelerate – your academic journey with ease and ace!:
1) The Power of Focus for College Students, by Les Hewitt & Andrew Hewitt;
2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey;
3) You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way, by Laya Saul;
4) Cool Stuff They Should Teach in School, by Kent Healy
5) What Smart Students Know, by Adam Robinson;
6) Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
7) More Learning in Less Time, by Norma Kahn;
DEVELOPING POWER OF PURPOSE
I like to recommend three books:
1) Man's Search for Meaning, by Dr Viktor Frankl;
Alternatively, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles of Discovering Meaning in Life & Work, by Alex Pattakos;
2) The Power of Purpose, by Richard Leider;
3) Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins;
If you have the time, I strongly recommend reading career reinvention strategist Richard Leider's 'The Power of Purpose', and maybe mid-life transition explorer Frederic Hudson's 'The Adult Years', for further insights.

DEVELOPING NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING:
For a quick start, you may want to explore the published writings of Robert Dilts, whom I reckon to be a masterful practitioner as well as a deep-probe researcher, in addition to be a prolific writer, in NLP:
1) Modeling with NLP;
2) NLP Volume I: The Study of the Structure of Subjective Experience;
3) NLP II: The Next Generation;
4) Changing Belief Systems with NLP
5) Beliefs: Pathways to Health & Well-being;
6) Applications of NLP;
7) Application of NLP to Business Communication;
8) Roots of NLP;
9) Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP & NLP New Coding;
10) Journey to Genius Adventure;
He has written a long list of other interesting and insightful books, mostly for business applications, like 'Visionary Leadership Skills', 'Success Factor Modeling', 'Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders', 'Tools for Dreamers', just to name a few.

You can check out the Amazon online resources.

GENIUS BY DESIGN:
As far as I have learned, geniuses are usually self-taught.

They are autodidacts.

They craft their own learning agendas.

You should do too!
Any commercial websites out there proclaiming to make geniuses out of you, I can only say this: Caveat emptor!
By the way, If you are keen to read, I like to recommend the following great works:
1) Strategies of Genius, Vol I;
2) Strategies of Genius, Vol II;
3) Strategies of Genius, Vol III;
with all works written by neuro-linguistics programming guru, Robert Dilts.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to peruse them back in the 90's.

ENJOY YOUR READING AND ASSIMILATION!



Thinking about the future? Looking for a new mindset? Want to adopt a new approach? Want to solve problems better?
Here are 10 of my recommended self-improvement reads:
Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life | Robert Fritz
"Discover the steps of creating; the importance of creating what you truly love, how to focus on the creative process to move from where you are to where you want to be, and much more.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies | Otto Scharmer
"We have entered an age of disruption.
Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs.
Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? "
Get the book.
.
.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World | Peter H.
Diamandis

"A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts.
Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before.
.
"
Get the book.
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.

Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust | Viktor E Frankl
"A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience.
He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest – and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances.
"
Get the book.
.
.

I Seem To Be a Verb | R.
Buckminster Fuller

"For the first time, man has the chance to be a complete success in his environment.
" This startling thesis is supported in I SeemTo Be A Verb, by the out-of-the-ordinary authors: R.
Buckminster Fuller: Comprehensive designer, inventor, engineer, mathematician, architect, cartographer, philosopher, poet, cosmogonist, choreographer, visionary — celebrated for developing geodesic houses that fly and for dysmaxion ways of living.
"
Get the book.
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.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff .
.
.
and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life | Richard Carlson

"This groundbreaking inspirational guide–a classic in the self-help genre–shows you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals.
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"
Get the book.
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.

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

"One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years.
It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War | Byron Reese
"For years we’ve been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future.
But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as dangerous, and shows instead how technology will soon create a dramatically better world for every person on earth, beyond anything we have dared to imagine.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder | Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future | Peter M.
Senge / C.
Otto Scharmer / Joseph Jaworski / Betty Sue Flowers

"Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning.
In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C.
Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change—how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance.
"
Get the book.
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.


This is a very subjective list, with my subjective opinions.
The books I’ll mention literally changed my life.
There is not an ounce of exaggeration here.

They were the best – for me.

The Slight Edge
source: Amazon
I read this book on the 10th of August 2012.
I’ve read several thousand books in my life, but this is the only date in my life I ever remembered reading a specific book.

I can pinpoint a few moments in my life story that were game-changers.
The conversion and joining the church community.
Getting married.
Getting my first real job after graduation.
Reading The Slight Edge.
Here is how it changed my life:
Before I read The Slight Edge I was aimless.
I lived a life of quiet desperation, like so many of us.
And I had no idea how to change it.
Jeff Olson told me how: practice small daily disciplines.

The rest is history.
I discovered a writing vocation.
I got a few professional certificates and got a job with a nice 30% salary raise.
I published 16 books.
I liberated my wife from her day job.
We bought our first house.

I beat over 200 personal fitness records.
I created a few income streams from scratch.
I doubled my income.
I met new friends.

Everything because I dedicated my life to cultivating small daily disciplines.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
source: Amazon
I read this book for the first time when I was 18.
I didn’t implement much.
When I was ruminating about this almost two decades later, I noticed that the concept of the circle of influence stuck with me.
I never worried much about things I had no influence on.

I re-read 7 Habits… again in 2013 when I restarted my personal development program.
This time, I was influenced by this book to create my personal mission statement.

It made a lot of difference in my life.
People often asked me how I persisted with my dream of becoming a writer when I had no experience, my wife was against me and my successes were really sparse.

My personal mission statement kept me going.
I referred to it every day.
One of the first sentences from my mission statements that materialized was: “I’m becoming a writer.

To give you a clue how unlikely it was to happen, let me just say that it took me almost two months to discover that writers write 😀
I had no idea how to be a writer! Yet, I became one in less than two years.

The first book I published was “A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness.
The process of hammering out my mission statement was relatively fresh in my mind.
I poured this experience onto paper.

My first ever written and published book has already sold over 6,500 copies and earned almost $5,000.
Not a bad result for reading one book.

Your Money or Your Life
source : Amazon
I consider this book an ultimate guide to financial independence.
The first version was written in the dark ages, well before the Internet era.
Yet, it was as actual back then as it is now.

This is a very down to earth textbook on how to become financially independent.
An ultimate manual for the average person on how to build wealth.
It has zero fluffiness of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad,’ ‘Secrets of Millionaire Minds’ and the like.
It’s pure meat.

When I read that book 6.
5 years ago I had about $3,000 in savings, an old car and a small flat (and 35-year mortgage).
I was spending everything I earned.
I had one source of income — my day job.

Today, I have over $20,000 in savings.
My income doubled.
I own a business.
I downsized my day job to 10 hours a week.

We live in a house.
The mortgage for our home is three times bigger than was the mortgage for the flat, but we’ve already paid off 8.
7% of it.
We have two cars and plenty minor possessions we didn’t have seven years ago (like four bicycles or four computers).

I have four main streams of income (book royalties, coaching, book advertising business and my day job) and a few smaller and erratic ones.

I don’t trade my time for money as heavily as in the past.
Book royalties and book advertising business are semi-passive.
I can take two weeks off and my income won’t drop by a dollar.

For me, Your Money or Your Life is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

The Big Potential by Shawn Achor
source: Amazon
For five years I was working crazy hours to get ahead in life.
The stress was unbelievable.
It took a toll on my family life.
Then I read The Big Potential and discovered I was playing the small game all along.

This book shattered everything I thought I knew about personal development and success.
I wasn’t able to implement much of its teaching, but only because of the lifelong indoctrination of the Small Potential.

The premise of the book is: collaboration makes the real success.
I could’ve been focusing on my personal development for the next five decades and not reached the heights I could’ve reached if I cooperated with others.

I’m an introvert.
I don’t like being with people very much.
I take energy from solitude.
It doesn’t change the fact that I need others to grow as fast and big as I dream about.

I said I didn’t implement much, but I implemented some.
I’m more intentional about my relationships.
I reach out to people from time to time.
I reply to them, when they reach out to me.

And I’m working on upping my game.
I want big things in my life.
I need The Big Potential.
Thus, this book made it to my ultra-short list of my daily lectures.
Every morning I read fragments of four books that shaped my philosophy (two of them are spiritual).
The Big Potential is one of them.

There are plenty of other great books.

It’s enough to get one golden nugget out of a book to improve your life significantly.
I read Start Over, Finish Rich by David Bach and implemented a single advice: to pay myself first.
It greatly contributed to the financial I described above.

I read The Compound Effect and started a gratitude diary.
Wow, it made a difference in my life.
Many of the above accomplishments were possible only because I rewired my brain into positivity.

In the last several years I read many true gems.
The Power of Habit and The Talent Code were great to popularize some common sense concepts and put them on the map of general public.
The Daniel Plan is an excellent resource for Christians who wants to get healthy.

Better Than Before is a great book for learning specific techniques to develop habits and it’s doubly valuable if you are a coach.

Work the System is amazing book about transforming small businesses where an owner is slaved to his venture into a real business that works for him.
And the author gives away his book for free, including the audio version.

The Mindful Entrepreneur has a similar theme, but in my opinion it’s even better.

Implementation
The greatest self-improvement books are not the ones that share profound ideas.
They are the ones that you put into action and make a difference in your life.
The ones that improve you.

Sometimes it’s just not the right time for you to leverage a book into greatness.
When I read “7 Habits…” at the age of 18 I didn’t take much action.
It was different 15 years later.

Sometimes you don’t even need to read a book :D
I remember that only after reading only reviews and synopsis of Writing Habit Mastery I started my writing log.

I don’t recall ever reading the book itself.
My writing log made a huge difference in how I approached my writing and converted my feeble writing habit into a world-class habit.
I have been writing every single day ever since I started the log on 23rd of September 2013.

Starting my writing log provided the ironclad consistency for my writing habit, I gathered plenty of fascinating data about my writing (for example that I type as fast in English as in Polish), was invaluable for revisiting the past to write some introspecting pieces (like income reports that reached one year in the past or reviewing my yearly goals).

It even gave me some bragging rights – I registered over 1,950,000 words in my log!
I transformed and improved my life thanks to the books I’ve read.
Especially for the books in that genre it’s important to consider them learning not an entertainment.

Don’t look for profound ideas or beautiful parables in self-improvement books.
Apply what they teach.
Become the implementer and they will verily improve your life.


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Daily Life: What are the best self-improvement books?
No self-improvement list of books can be complete without knowing and reading the full wisdom of ‘Bhagavad Gita.
’ This knowledge is unique and gives the direction to lead a meaningful and a purposeful life.

Bhagavad Gita is a ‘masterpiece book’ but only with the right selection of the book among hundreds of books on the subject.

The title of a book on ‘Bhagavad Gita’ does not normally catch one’s attention, as it is perceived as a difficult and dull subject to read and understand.

If the contents of the same topic are presented in an easy-to read and interesting manner, then the book becomes a delightful reading experience with the advantage of invaluable knowledge.

The online ‘Look inside’ feature of books on websites like ‘Amazon,’ enables us to read free sample pages and to know the quality and contents of a book.
This is an added boon in the modern era of internet to select the right book from among hundreds of books on a particular topic.

Selecting the right book to read with meaningful contents can make a huge difference.

Book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita”
With the spread of internet technology in our day to day life, ‘Amazon’ has now made it easy to purchase a paperback or e-book by just click of a button, thus eliminating the need to go to a bookstore.

Internet has also made it easier to connect and follow people whom one has not met personally, and exchange new ideas and knowledge.

Human life is difficult in a competitive world and it involves intrinsic suffering for survival, with short periods of peace and rest in between.

With the knowledge of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ the journey of life can be made much easier and enjoyable, as this wisdom is given directly by the God-incarnate Sri Krishna for the benefit of vast humanity.

Sample page from the book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’ Chapter 18 verse 24
There are three types of actions are enumerated in the book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’:
(Only one type of action is described below to keep the answer short)
God-incarnate Sri Krishna says to Arjuna:
An action which is undertaken due to ‘egoism’ with a longing to satisfy desires; and with great stress and strain, is known as ‘Rajasika’ type of action.

( Book: Word of God Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 verse 24)
Skill in ‘yoga path’ is to tackle problems, and perform work efficiently without undue stress and strain.
One should know when to let go, and when to undertake the required work earnestly in all sincerity.

Read this story.
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A
psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.
As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they will be asked if the glass was “half empty or half full” question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked another question, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Somebody said 100 grams, and another said 80 grams of weight.

She replied, “The absolute weight of the glass does not matter.
It all depends on how long you hold it in your hand.
If you hold it for a minute, it is not a problem.
If you hold it for an hour, you will have an ache in the arm.
If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass does not change, but the longer you hold it, heavier it becomes.

The lady psychologist continued, “The stress and worries in life are similar to the example of holding this glass of water.
If you think of a problem in your mind for a while, nothing happens.

If we keep on brooding and thinking of the same problem again and again, for a bit longer, and stress begins to build up.
And if we think and brood on the same problem and start worrying about the problem day and night; then we will feel tired and paralyzed, and will be incapable of doing anything else.

It is important to let go of your stress, when you return back home from work.
In the night before sleeping you should release the burden of your problems from your mind, and undertake the unfinished work on the next day.
Do not carry your problems through the late evening into the night.

Remember to put down the glass of stress before you sleep, and relax.

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Ajay Gupta
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Swami Vivekananda followed Bhagavad Gita in totality.
—- It is said that ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘The Imitation of Christ’ were his favorite books.
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When Swami Vivekananda was travelling all over India as a wandering monk, he kept only these two books with him.

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The word Self improvement is not just a word, a goal or destiny.
In fact its a journey to self mastery.

As we grow in life since our childhood our life is planned or say programmed.
Play school, primary school, high school, and then university and nothing in this course is self driven.

Once we walk out of university and experience life in its true nature.
Two things happen one we settle for a job, family then have kids and die at 30 only to be buried at 75.
I am saying this because we get into a repetitive routine.

Second thing is self realization and an urge to know the purpose of oneself and improve on it to gain self mastery in all the areas of life to experience in best possible manner.
Which is actually living life.

So yes books are an important ingredient in this journey.
To start with you can read the below mentioned books.

Once you start investing in above books you will be introduced to a world of infinite knowledge and you will be exposed to the precious library of books.

To add to this I have read say a 100 books on self help and autobiographies.
And they all say pretty much the same stuff but each one of this is applicable at different stages of your life.
And what they do is they unleash the hidden treasure inside us, we all know what is right what is wrong and what is to be done.
these books make us realize that.
Hence always keep a book by your side and steal every moment to have a glance in it.

Also i have watched almost 1000 motivational videos in you tube.
After reading and listening to so many, thinkers, speakers and leaders, I realized that there must be one common source of self mastery.
And eventually out of nowhere i started reading the Bhagwad Geeta.

The Bhagwad Geeta is a life manual.
And the best time to start Bhagwad Geeta is when you start the real journey of your life between 25 -30 years of age.
though there is no best time to start any thing.
But its best to have this life manual by your side when you begin the journey of self mastery in life.

I hope this helps.
:)


There are hundreds and thousands of self-improvement books here are a few recommendations:
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I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book.
I was baffled.
At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone.
I could become my own drill master and coach.
The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome.
All I had to do was listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher.
Every time I committed to a new challenge I knew it was going to be outside my comfort zone, but after enough iterations, I also knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me.
By the time I was 25 I’d read over a hundred self improvement books.

Not all self-improvement books are made equal.
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 ones that I recommend to read before you’re 25.

Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations
by Seth Godin
This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books, this one 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.
If you need a friend that understands, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behind and a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look no further; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in this magnificent book.
Make sure to get this one.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant role in my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.
We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have.
This book and my time at the tables gave me a perspective I unfortunately rarely encounter in others: 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.
This important message is central to many of my decisions I make in my life and this book by Taleb helps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in a world one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates.
Stop being fooled by randomness!
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene
I read this book in a time where I thought power was something I should attain.
Power for power’s sake.
And while I disagree with my former self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.
I still recommend this book; I believe it is important to know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power.
Besides the fact that all stories in this book gravitate around power, it contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes and, if read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.
From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human development.
If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhaps Greene’s latest book Mastery will suffice (I haven’t read that one myself).
Another great book in the same style, but this time around, covering a wider scope, and, perhaps, something that will make the world make a better place.

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.
Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.
He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.
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.
And, as I mentioned, don’t let the title of the book fool you; it is about much more than just becoming more effective.
It is about becoming a whole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself, but also in the people around her.
A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left to learn.

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
by James Fadiman
While finding a book on psychedelics in a list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysical distinction between tools such as books, meditation or molecules hold no ground and they should all be solely judged on their merits.
And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way, are perhaps bigger than any book in this list.
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and your surroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do when something goes wrong, so you can safely enhance your thinking, creativity, introspection and emotional balance.
This book contains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as a tool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific literature and personal wisdom.
A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonaut alike.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
by Brian Tracy
We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels.
We have to do some big task, of which the thought alone triggers resistance, not sure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before we start; we get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only to suddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then find ourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where and how to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expresses itself in more craving for distraction.
Ad infinitum.
To break this spell of procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat That Frog, to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks into smaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start out with something else.
Tracy is truly a motivational writer, and while I wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it is still a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.

Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition
by Napoleon Hill
A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece.
Don’t bother with the edited versions since they all omit important and controversial information: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of the book, which is to think and grow rich.
The word rich might imply that this book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers that area, it is about much more than that.
Perhaps the first explicit mention of positive thinking, on how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head, this book has been able to withstand the destruction of time.
It covers all the basics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the more advanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and what we can learn from fear.
This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless guide to find out what actually matters.
As it says clearly in the beginning ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’
The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind
by Alan Wallace
In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designed to grab hold of your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bring that attention back to where you want it to shine.
This book offers just that; 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.
Once you have achieved such a level of focus you can put it to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four Immeasurables or deepen the practice with this wonderful commentary by Dudjom Lingpa, both by Alan B.
Wallace.

The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
by John Durant
In the last 10,000 years or so it seems we have been propelled into an ever faster paced world forged by our own hands and minds.
Only recently have we been able to reconstruct our journey and reflect back upon our humble origins.
This amazing book is such a reflection.
It goes back to the paleolithic searching for answers to health and longevity.
Between science and his personal experiments, Durant weaves a mind blowing story that will convey the importance of an evolutionary perspective on how to live well.
It covers everything from nutrition to exercise, from sleep to fasting, from ancient practices to modern biohacking and even has an outline for a vision of the future where depression and obesity have become obsolete.
If you only have room for a couple of books on this list, make sure this one is included.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
by Daniel J.
Siegel

As my Burmese meditation teacher often proclaimed, ‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ Siegel seems to have taken this to heart and made an unique synthesis between meditation, psychoanalysis and neuroscience which he calls ‘Mindsight‘, as he says himself, a potent combination between emotional and social intelligence.
All of us deal with some disorder or another, something that seems to disturb the very core of our being at ease, and while it might not always be the best strategy to want to get rid of it, it certainly helps to understand and have compassion for that little aspect that upsets that perfect image of ourselves.
Brimming with techniques, insights and epiphanies, this book contains everything you need to know to reprogram your brain and to optimally use its capacity of neuroplasticity.
A great book for spiritual seekers and scientists alike.

How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
This is the first self-improvement book I have ever read and it is also 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.
Being nice helps, a lot.
And while I might not fully defend the premise of this book, because it doesn’t distinguish between genuine interest and faking it to get what you want, it still contains a treasure chest full of timeless wisdom.
Everybody wants to feel appreciated, and rightfully so.
Learning to take a small effort to make someone’s day will make the world run smoother, no matter what your goal is.
I still spontaneously remember some of his guidance, and perhaps this quality is the reason why this book still draws millions of readers to this day.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David D.
Burns

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective therapy used by psychologists today; it consists of identifying thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on your self-image and mood, and deconstructing these in order to break out of these destructive cycles.
If you want to know how this works, which moods are central in your life, what thought patterns are causing your depression, how to overcome self-judgment and guilt, how to defeat approval and love addiction and how your self-perfectionism is hindering you, then don’t look further; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped millions of people and it can help you, and this is the best book for the job.
Packed with scientific research, exercises and examples, this is the best improvement your self is going to get.

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
by Maxwell Maltz
What can a plastic surgeon tell us about happiness? By dealing with his patients, Dr.
Maxwell Maltz experienced firsthand that having your expectations come true doesn’t automatically result into a more positive life experience.
Their outward appearances did indeed change but their inner insecurity remained.
This caused him to find other means to help his patients, resulting in visualization techniques.
He found a person’s outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.
This book carries a very honest and humbling story, loaded with fundamental truths about our psychology and how our own philosophy affects us, all told by a very compassionate writer.
Of some books it can be said that it will be valuable for years to come, and I am absolutely positive that this is one of them.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
This brilliant book by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman is a lucid account of all the amazing research he has done over the years.
He is the founder of behavioral economics – the way our psychology affects our decisions – and explains in simple prose how our thinking is divided in two systems: one fast and one slow.
The fast one is almost instant; it consists of the hardwired instincts that govern emotions, a remnant of an evolutionary past, an unconscious irrational machine.
The slow one is deliberate, self-reflexive and logical, but can easily be distracted and takes a lot of effort.
Both play a large role in our lives and Kahneman explores when the fast system fails and why the slow system is often not utilized.
Packed with mind blowing examples and sharp analyses, this book teaches you how to learn to make sound judgments, and use the best of both systems.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
by Chris Hadfield
A few extraordinary people journey to the edge of our world and come back with a unique story to tell.
Colonel Hadfield is such a person, and his story is perhaps the most important one in this list.
While the other books in this list teach you to be independent, visualize your future and dream big, this astronaut’s guide turns these all upside down.
A truly remarkable book, overflowing with mind-blowing stories that illustrate the life lessons he learned as one of the most accomplished astronauts that ever lived.
Full of compassion, warmth and genuine self-reflexive humor, he conveys to us to be prepared for the worst and never let yourself be swayed from enjoying every moment.
Part action story, part no-nonsense hard truth and part timeless spiritual wisdom, this book makes you feel like you stepped onto a rocket ship and experienced what he did while learning these most valuable lessons on the way.

Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
by Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet
No self-improvement list is complete without a nutrition book and the Perfect Health Diet is arguably the best diet book on the market now.
If you are overweight or not, feel sick, or just looking for an extra boost in health (and keep it this way), then look no further.
From reading decades of studies the authors construct the optimal way to eat, destroying popular food fads in the process.
They explain in sufficient detail the optimal macro-ratios, which starches are safe, which vitamins and supplements to take and what foods, or what they call toxins, to avoid.
This book is a great supplement to the Paleo Manifesto as it shares its basic evolutionary perspective; we were evolved to eat non-toxic, high fat, moderate protein and carbohydrates.
And, sometimes, going around with no food at all, can be a very healthy thing.
If your body is not in optimal health, then it is almost no use to read the other books.
Make this your priority number one.

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
by John C.
Maxwell

At one time or another, we will all fail.
What matters most is how you deal with it once you do.
Will you give up? Or will you use it as a stepping stone for success? I recently read an article about new start-ups in silicon valley.
Its hypothesis was the more you had failed in the past, the more likely you were going to get funding.
Why? Because failing teaches you invaluable lessons, and if you decide to continue after you hit the pavement, the more you have it in you to deliver.
Now, this is not in anyway our instinctual reaction to failing.
Most of us dread it, avoid it or refuse to fail at all costs.
All three are by far sub-optimal.
It is far better to accept failure where it arises, to accept responsibility and use it as a way to learn about yourself and your weaknesses.
Only when you are absolute honest with yourself with respect to failure can you hope to grow.
This wonderful book will teach you how to do exactly this.
A honest book for everyone searching for a clean mirror.

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now hardly needs any introduction.
It is perhaps the book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years.
It inspired millions of people all over the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life, all through the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.
It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion- and only recently has come to the west, which remained weary and skeptical until science had validated a wide array of its claims.
The brain can be trained.
The Power of Now teaches you how to release your attachment to certain thoughts and states of mind, thereby clearing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.
If you already have read this book and are looking for deeper understanding, readWherever You Go, There You Are.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch
At some point or another, almost all of us has come across The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
(If you haven’t, watch this powerful message here.
) What would you say when you only have a few months left to live? This was probably Pausch’s question he posed to himself when he had to deliver his lecture a week later.
But being confined to an academic setting and short time frame he felt he had more to share, thus marking the birth of this book.
Filled with stories about his childhood, it is a very down to earth exploration of what it means to chase your dreams, to be a good person and live a life that gives value to others.
A beautiful mixture of humor and optimism, his tender voice will be a source of inspiration for everyone who will take the time to listen, something he tried to impart on his readers.
A very lovely read.
And don’t forget, ‘It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown
I love Brené Brown’s books.
She writes about an insight that I have found to be scary but true at the same time.
Vulnerability, unlike we have been taught, is not a weakness, but a power to be tapped.
Growing up with the idea that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves, to look strong and persevere at all costs always seemed a facade to me.
And now she has the research to back that up.
From that place of vulnerability comes a sense of worthiness, which for most of us, needs to be cultivated every day.
Only if we get in touch with that tender spot of our hearts can we connect with others and develop genuine compassion, which are prerequisites, Brown tells us, for living a ‘wholehearted life.
’ The reality, however, is that we often close down, feel neglected and misunderstood, and rather want the vulnerability and perhaps even ourselves to disappear.
This book is an amazing antidote for that common instinct.
Want to be truly convinced? Check out her amazing ted talk here.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
We all find UFO’s fascinating.
We all really want to believe in magic or visiting aliens (surely the crop circles are conclusive proof!) and some of us believe the government is poisoning us with chemtrails.
At the same time we are fascinated by the progress made by science, by all the new technology and medicines and the fascinating discoveries being
Philosophy for Life
by Jules Evans
As philosopher Sloterdijk puts it; ‘philosophy is a beautiful child of an ugly mother.
’ Philosophy first arose when the old Greek polis states were at the brink of destruction.
Philosophy, according to Sloterdijk, was not just a way to make sense of the world, to come to knowledge or truth, but to serve as a psychological immune system.
This book is an amazing expression of this perspective.
From the stoics to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jules Evans writes about some of the amazing philosophical techniques we can use to train and improve our cognitive immune systems.
He weaves ancient stories with modern applications, from heroism to cosmic contemplation, Philosophy for Life a beautifully written book that makes it easy to understand the practical nature of philosophy.
Perhaps the book would have been better if he would have gone deeper into the subject matter, but nonetheless he captures the essence of what philosophy can mean for the modern person.
A must read.

Man’s Search For Meaning
by Victor.
E.
Frankl

If I had to pick one book from this list for mandatory reading I would choose this one.
For three years Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
He tells us about his experience and that of his fellow prisoners.
Both chilling and uplifting, confronted with the idea that they would be trapped there for the rest of their lives, he gives us an account of those who found meaning and those who succumbed to nihilism.
A blend between a memoir, a psychological investigation and a self-help book, Frankl delivers a powerful message: finding meaning lies at the core of being human.
From his own experience as a psychiatrist combined with anecdotes from his time in the concentration camps, he tells us how important it is to find meaning in our own lives and what we can become if we don’t.
Suffering, he conveys to us, is inevitable.
But as to how we cope with it is dependent on ourselves.
If we can find meaning, even in the worst acts our species has ever inflicted upon his fellow man, we will be able to move forward with renewed purpose.

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.
” Well, this is ending.
Slowly we are outgrowing an era where the unquestioned mantra ‘more is always better’ dictates our behavior.
Rather, we now find ourselves, our lives and our homes cluttered with too much information, too much stuff and just too much shit we don’t need.
This simple book helps you become aware of the freedom gained from living with less.
It is a small book, easily read under an hour, but it carries a persuasive punch to start living live in a very different way.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
by Kamal Ravikant
The fundamental ground upon which all true self improvement is build is called self-love.
Because in the end, no matter which way you turn, if you don’t love yourself, you will sabotage yourself at one point.
You will think that, for some reason or another, you are not worthy.
And if you think that, why would you truly want to achieve anything? And this is not just about achievement.
This is about how you approach yourself every day; this is what you see when you look in the mirror.
We make so many snap-judgments about ourselves- often without being conscious of them- that are filled with negativity, haltering us before we can even begin to heal.
This powerful book shows you the antidote.
Self love.
Not to be confused with creating some narcissistic image of ourselves that some previous books in this list implicitly endorse, but self love, that inner gratefulness that no external condition can take away.
Self love, that infinite source you can share with others.

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If you don’t want to be hypnotized, you can’t be hypnotized.
Similarly if you don’t want to improve, no self-improvement book can improve you.
In another words, if you aren’t improving, then you don’t really want to improve.

Books can only show you the path, you are the one that has to walk on it.
Reading is easy, difficult part comes after that.
Difficult part is making the required change.

Change is never easy.
If is was, everyone would be fit & successful.
But unfortunately it isn’t.
But I think change is difficult only because we don’t want to change.
We want the world to change and things to work out automatically without us changing.
If you really didn’t need to change anything, then you would already be very successful.
But if you are not, then there must be something you can improve.
So suck it up and accept that you need to change.
:)

Books are great agents of change.
They are not judging you, so you don’t need to be defensive, you can embrace the change.
Follow kaizen approach for doing self improvement.
1% improvement everyday, consistently.

Following is list of the best self-improvement books.
You should read them in that particular order.
Each book is teaching something, which is built by further books.

1.
Who Moved My Cheese:
Develops willingness to change
For such a short book, it packs quite a punch.
It is a very good book to read again and again until you think change isn’t scary.
This book helps you embrace the change, it helps you enjoy the change.

2.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success:
Develops growth mindset
There are two types of mindset.

I cultivated growth mindset and it changed my entire approach to life.
Every person is a learning experience.
Every situation teaches you something.
You don’t get stressed by setbacks.
Developing growth mindset is extremely important.
You can change only after you are willing to change and this books develops that willingness.

3.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise:
Tells you how to use growth mindset
The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement.
Nothing else.

No matter what the field, the most effective approaches to improving performance all follow a single set of general principles.
We named this universal approach “deliberate practice.

From, “Peak, Secrets from the New Science of Expertise”
This book explains what is “Deliberate Practice” and how we can apply it regularly to improve.

4.
Obstacle is the Way: Developing fighting mindset
Our actions may be impeded .
.
.
but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions.
Because we can accommodate and adapt.
The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.

The impediment to action advances action.
What stands in the way becomes the way.

From, “Obstacle is the Way”
This is the opening paragraph of this book which sets the entire tone.
It teaches us to fight instead of crumbling under pressure.

5.
Grit Power of passion and Perseverance: Developing resilience
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
We need to get used to getting punched in the face and still keep moving forward.

Everybody fails, but not everybody recovers.
That is why developing grit & resilience is very important life skill and this book is a great companion for that.

Grit & Resilience is one of the rarest qualities.
People with grit and resilience succeed over other smarter people, because they don’t give up in face of failures.

6.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: Develops character
One of the greatest books which helps you develop principle based life.
Principles which are universal and timeless.
We all know these habits/principles but we don't follow them in every aspect of our life.
Sometimes we are selective about when to follow the principles.
Or sometimes we spend time on wrong priorities, or sometimes we make mistake of blaming others or sometimes we talk without listening to other person first.
This book will help you build great habits.

7.
How to Win Friends and Influence People: Develops personality
After you have developed good habits, you are now ready to develop techniques to make people like you more.
This book is about techniques.
But Techniques without foundation is deceiving people.
If you don’t have character but you just master techniques from this book, eventually you will be found out as a fake.
That is why this book is 7th on the list.

8.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Art of persuasion is a field of science itself.
You should be friendly but not too friendly, you be a bit aloof but approachable, you should show your desperation even if you are.
To have a better life, you need to have persuasion and negotiation skills.
That is why this is a must read book.

9.
Decoding Love
We are the victims of hundreds of years of stories and novels and plays and poems and movies and television shows about a certain version of love.
These stories have hammered into us a collective wisdom about what it means to be in love and how to go about finding that love—or what I call the romantic story line.

We all carry around many mistaken beliefs about love and it has become a source of misery to many single people and quite a few couples as well.

From Decoding Love
An eye opener book makes us understand how we are getting carried away by romantic notion of love and let it ruin our life.

10.
Flow 11.
Deep Work and 12.
Mastery
Flow is a state of deep concentration which leads to highly efficient and productive work and high satisfaction.
People who experience flow are happier, healthier and more successful.

I can tell you from my personal experience, flow state is a magical state of intense concentration in which you are 10 times more productive than normal.
In flow state time slows down, you are lost in the work.
I am studying these books to create flow state in my everyday life.

For self-improvement there is another great source of incredible insights, podcasts.
These 2 podcasts are incredibly helpful and are constant source of learning.

1.
Bulletproof Radio

2.
The Tim Ferriss Show

Now, it’s your move.


I’m using quotes inside meme’s just to make writing this on my iPad easier.

Let me start with what should be a self evident quote.

Now on to some books that will help open the mind to modes of thought that reduce the infectious propaganda pumped into us daily since birth.
I am only going to choose 4, together they offer a strong foundation of self realization and improvement inside the sick social structure we find ourselves in.

This is an amazing self improvement book that helps the reader understand the underlying issues in human thought and mental organization.
A very important section points out the psychological studies that subconscious exposure to money makes people more independent and selfish and unwilling to help in even minor tasks.
Other issues are discussed as well, about various biases and trends in human thought that lead us to create largely baseless narratives in our minds to describe the world, usually following the propaganda we have been exposed to from our government, education system, and peers.
It helps to understand how the mind works and how to indetify our patterns of thought so we can adjust them.

A fantastic book that compares human behavioral patterns to those of the animal kingdom, showing just how basic our drives are and how easily we are manipulated into following one dogmatic ideal or another, what the author calls memes.
This deals with issues such as dominance games, pecking order activity in society, the depression People feel when they are not fulfilling something meaningful.
This is a great examination of macroscopic human behavioral patterns and how the individual is crushed into compliance by the central ideologies of the superorganism (social structure) they fund themselves in.

An interesting look at masculine identity, with some information that is good for women as well.
It focuses on an adaptation and extension of Jungian Archetypes of boy and adult psychology.
It's an explicit examination of why patriarchal societies and the social structures they create destroy the ability for the masculine to evolve from a boy into a strong compassionate psychologically healthy man,
A great book on understanding our inner turmoil and how to understand the issues we encounter in others.
It focuses on inner communication techniques and outer communication techniques to allow us the greatest stability in our relationships with the world.

I think these books are a god start.
The first three deal with learning to understand our minds in the context of societal pressures and that nothing is what it seems.
We are very much a product of our environment and the social pressures and propaganda that seek to control the way we live.
As Timothy Leary stated:
Or


“Self help” is a weird phrase.
I don’t like most of the self help industry and here’s why: it’s 1000s of books written by people who have experienced mild failure and little success but they want to make million crowding that section of the bookstore.
So who are they helping? Also, when you look at recent self-help books (a lot of the authors mentioned in “The Secret”) they seem to be doused in scandal.
Who needs it?
Also, what are they helping you do? Many self-help books are about making money.
I’m convinced before you can truly make money (and keep it, and be happy with it) you have to first make sure all the energy is properly flowing inside of yourself.
This is the entire basis of my post on “The Daily Practice”http://bit.
ly/fuiRS9
.

So instead of recommending anything that is on the bookshelf I’m going to recommend a few public domain titles:
A) “The yoga sutras of Patanjali” are not just for people interested in yoga.
The text is from 300 BC and contains 195 lines.
I think what was happening is that Buddhism was stealing so many adherents of Hinduism that it provoked in a very marketing-like fashion, a response.
So this guy, Patanjali, basically repeated what Buddha said but added a few more things (“sitting straight”, which led to yoga) and more on breathing (which led to the study of pranayama).

My post, “How to Deal with Crappy People” http://bit.
ly/jyJFzP
was based on Chapter 1, line 33 of the Yoga Sutras.

B) I recommend the Lojong Slogans written in the 12th Century AD.
It was a set of 59 lines used to transmit Indian Buddhism to Tibet.
And basically discussed how to work through the things that plague your soul (similar to many self-help books today).
PemaChodron (a popular self-help writer today from the Buddhist tradition) bases much of her work on these slogans.

C) More contemporary.
Wallace Wattles book, The Science of Getting Rich (written in 1900 so is public domain) is the basis for most self-help books afterwards (even Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” from 1937 is based on Wattles’ earlier works and “The Secret” is almost 100% based on it).
Wattles approach is very serious: money is good, never think about poverty, only think about getting rich.
Never worry about your past, never talk about it, never associate with anyone who can bring you down.
Only think about being rich and how good that will make the world.

If I had to recommend one contemporary guy I’d pick Eckhart Tolle.
While he mentions Jesus frequently in his book his work is very much based on a sect of Hinduism called Advaita Vedanta and mostly based on the work of a guy named RamanaMaharshi.

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The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen covey
And
The greatest salesman in the world by O.
G.
mandino

These were my first two novels when i were a newbie at reading (beginner) and the most exhilarating and lasting impact it had on my mind at that time.
In the former one everything is explained with such simplicity and clarity that any person would comprehend as is expected by the author.
The first half is about how to read the other half , how to understand, how to analyze, how to gain most out of it and most importantly how to read.
Altogether it is a really inspiring book that everyone should read at least once.

The latter book is quite a small one but the content is mesmerizing.
There are 10 chapters which manifolds the entire story in a thrilling and prodigious manner.
I finished this book in one day.
Once you hold it in your hand and start reading, it binds you to read further.
At once i thiught it was a suspense thriller.
Verbally a great read.
No it isnt only about salesmanship but a great deal of emotions are beautifully intricated in order to give an awesome feel of reading!
A must read indeed.
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.
enjoy!!


Adding my favorite books that are not in the answer wiki yet:


Daily Life: What are the best self-improvement books?


Almost Every successful self-made millionaire read at least 2 books in a month, Even after becoming rich and successful still they never fail to read books, because they understand the importance of reading, they know that reading gives knowledge and through reading they will always learn something new, and learning and gaining knowledge is never out of fashion, hence they always read a book and learn from it, We all should understand a very simple thing That the more we learn the more we earn, Reading not only help you in earning but it also improves your focus level concentration level and improves your brain strength and intelligence.

Hence next time when you feel bored or want to do something productive then instead of going to social media and peeping at someone else’s life, do read or listen to audio books, Reading will help you not peeping.
Here are few self-help books name which will make you a better person.

1.
The Power of Habit

Top 10 Self Development Books-The power of Habit
Power of habit is one of the best book written by award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg, in this book Charles take us to thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain to us why habit exist and how it can be changed, Charles has brought to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
This book tells us about how habit works and where exactly they reside in our brains, Author of this book says that habits aren’t destiny, author says that by harnessing this new science we can transform our business, our life, and our communities, it is one of the best books and you must read it.

2.
Rich Dad Poor Dad

Top 10 Self Development Books-Rich Dad Poor Dad
If I talk about best books, and this book doesn’t come under my list that can never happen, Because this book played a major role in changing my life, this was the first self-help book which I read, and believe me it made a very positive impact on my life and on my mentality, this book changed my life, This is an easy to read book written by an awesome and a great author Robert Kiyosaki, through this book Robert gives us some important financial advice by giving his life examples, here he said that he had two fathers, one was his real father and second was his friend’s father, his father was poor but his second father was rich and how that rich father taught him life lessons, and after following those lessons even he eventually become a millionaire, this is one of the best books and you should read it, this book will share many valuable facts so do read it.

3.
How to Win Friends & Influence People

Top 10 Self Development Books-How to Win Friends & Influence People
An awesome book written by a great author Dale Carnegie, as we all know that 75 percent success of a person depends on social skill and communication skill and this book teaches us how to improve these skills in order to become successful in our lives.
Dale Carnegie has explained each and every concept very beautifully and he also shared some anecdotes which will keep you connected, he is one of my favorite authors and
do
read this book because this book will definitely improve your social life and also make you a better person.

4.
Rewire

Top 10 Self Development Books-Rewire
In Rewire, Renowned Psychotherapist Richard reveals exactly why our bad habits die so hard, author of this book says that we have two brains, one a thoughtful, conscious and deliberative self and other brain is an automatic self it makes most of our decisions without our attention, by using new research and knowledge about how brain works this book clears a path to lasting and gives effective change of our behaviors which includes procrastination, self-medication, risk-taking, overeating etc.

5.
Managing Oneself

Top 10 Self Development Books-Managing Oneself
This book is for those who have just begun to read books, if you haven’t read any self-help book then this can be a great start.
This is very easy to read book and if you are confused and want to start with some easy and short book then this book is for you, Managing oneself by peter F.
Drucker explains very important and amazing concepts, through this book you will come to know many facts and insights about yourself, which will for sure help you to grow in your life, peter books are nowadays used worldwide for management courses, in this book author has shown us the best way on how we can make a proper use of ourselves and how we can move ahead in life by managing the most important asset of our lives and that important asset is “WE”.

6.
Think And Grow Rich

Top 10 Self Development Books-Think And Grow Rich
Providing book recommendation and not mentioning this book is impossible, Think and grow rich book is one of the most influential and one of the most famous book under self-help book category, this book has changed millions of people life, you should read this book, because this book will for sure move you ahead towards your success journey, Napoleon hill author of this book got an offer by Andrew carnaige, he was the richest person of his time, Andrew told Napoleon that he will help him to meet world’s most successful and rich people who have done great in their lives, and asked napoleon to gather all their wisdom and knowledge and then create a philosophical book from it, he said to napoleon that this book should be so powerful that after reading it any common normal person can become rich and successful, but he will only pay him expense, after listening to this offer Napoleon accepted it and spent 20 years of his life gathering all wisdom and knowledge and after those 20 years he came up with a book name THINK AND GROW RICH, this is one of the most influential books, and you must read it.

7.
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul

Top 10 Self Development Books-Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul
This book shares the story of humanity, this book shows that within each of us lies the ability to step up and care for those in need, this book share story of people who volunteer their life towards helping people who are in need, this book shares stories of humanity, how kindness is protecting this world, this book will bring love care and humanity back within you.

8.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Top 10 Self Development Books-How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Another amazing book by Dale carnaige, This book says that every individual face bad time and situations in their life, even I faced bad situations and I used to feel very miserable but fortunately I read this book and it helped me a lot to move out of that worrying life, this book helped me to handle bad situations with courage and strength, this book helped me to grow strong, if you are facing bad time then do read it, it will show you a way towards happy life, this book will give you courage and strength and move you towards happy peaceful life.

9.
The 5 Love Languages

Top 10 Self Development Books-The 5 Love Languages
We all know that love is the strongest emotion, it can make us or break us, we should never underestimate the love feeling it has the power to change any person, love can give strength and it can also make a person weak hence it is very important to understand this feeling and emotion properly and carefully, In this book Gary says that like other languages even love has its language there are 5 love languages and every individual has one or more than one language amongst 5, hence we need to understand all 5 languages properly only then we will be able to maintain and handle our relationships properly, Example you can’t talk in English to someone who understands telugu or other languages.
In order to explain them something you need to talk in their language, similarly you can’t express your love
by
your love
language you need to show your love to someone by their love language, this book explains each language properly and perfectly, if you want to keep your relationships and personal life happy and peaceful then do read this book.

10.
The 4-Hour Work Week

Top 10 Self Development Books-The 4-Hour Work Week
This is Number 1 New york Time bestseller, This is a very famous and an inspiring book, this book will help you to come out of your boring job life easily, this book shows how smart work helps you to earn a lot, this book will show how you can earn while travelling the world, how without tension and stress you can earn a lot, if you think that all these things can’t be possible, then after reading this book and understanding this book some useful and very valuable principles and techniques you will for sure believe that yes you can earn a lot by smart work, This book shares some useful principles which can help you to start your online business, this book can be a real gem for people who live in developed countries like the USA but it doesn’t mean we Asians can’t learn from it, this book is for every person who wants to achieve something huge in their life and wants to enjoy life at the same time.

These were Top 10 Self Development Books which will for sure help you to become a better person.
If you want to know more books than do read my Top 20 Must Read Books.
it will help you to become the best version of yourself.

Thank you.

Source: Top 10 Self Development Books That Make You A Better Person


1.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle :: An amazing introduction to the concept that you are NOT your thoughts – you are the observer of your thoughts.
This book will help you to calm your swirling thoughts and emotions and live in the present more!
2.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks :: Do you ever sabotage your happiness or success? Or you feel stuck at the same level in your finances, weight, relationships, or life in general? This book is an incredible explanation of how hidden limiting beliefs and fears can cause us to sabotage our goals and dreams – and what to do about it.

3.
Whatever Arises Love That by Matt Kahn :: Do you struggle with self love or having compassion for yourself? Do you find it hard to deal with your emotional rollercoasters and triggers? This book teaches you how to love what arises in you! It will open your heart up to yourself.

4.
Ask And It Is Given by Abraham Hicks :: One of the best beginner books on manifesting your desires, this book will teach you some of the basics you need to know to begin using the law of attraction to your advantage.
It also has tools for increasing your joy.

5.
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale :: This is a fantastic short book on how your mindset creates your life – think positively and you will get positive results.
It includes a 30 day challenge you can take to test this premise out for yourself.
Bonus tip: You can also listen to the recording for free on YouTube.
Just search for it.

6.
E-Cubed and E-Squared by Pam Grout :: Two super fun books with simple and practical manifesting experiments you can try out for yourself to test the power of the Universe.
I did one experiment and manifested running into a celebrity entrepreneur!
7.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer :: Still struggling with negative thoughts or being easily angered or upset by other people? This book is a humorous and beautiful explanation of the voice in your head and how to surrender or let things go.

8.
A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson :: A beautiful outline of the principles in the famous metaphysical text A Course In Miracles.
The book talks about how we are ruled by fear and the ego, and how to get back to love and living from the soul.

9.
Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber :: This is an amazing book based on Zen Buddhism.
The author walks you through how to meditate, live in the present, and let go of sabotaging patterns keeping you stuck.

10.
Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell :: Do you feel like you came to earth at this time to help wake up souls and create big positive change? This book is for you.
It is about light workers who have come here to create heaven on earth.

11.
Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth :: An amazing book blending wealth principles with spiritual principles.
Improving your finances is both a practical and a mindset game.
This book will help you with the latter – changing your mindset.

12.
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith :: Have you heard of or been interested in the chakras? They are energy centres running through our body that influence things like our personal power, creativity, grounded-ness and intuition.
This book is a super in-depth look at each chakra, including how to better use yours.

13.
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David Hawkins :: A beautiful book on the art of surrender – letting go of things that trigger you and attachment to outcomes.
If you have never understood what surrender means this book is for you!
14.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield :: This is for any creative-types (or wannabe creatives) who cannot seem to start that book, paint that painting, launch that business or stop procrastinating from fear or overwhelm.
The book explains the difference between amateurs and pros and teaches you how to do the work!
15.
Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner :: If you enjoyed my Beginner Guide to Soul Writing – you will love this book.
It tells the story of how soul writing changed the author’s life and provides detailed instructions and great writing prompts too.

16.
A Course In Miracles :: I love this book and it did change my life – but be warned, the language can be a bit heavy at first.
If you do feel called to it, you might find it helpful to start with the 365 daily exercises rather than the text.
The book details spiritual concepts like the ego, God, fear, love, Christ-mindedness miracles and happiness.

17.
Uncovering Happiness by Elisha Goldstein :: If you need help with happiness but are not into the woo-woo spiritual stuff, this is a more psychology-based approach to getting out of the unhappiness trap and better handling your thoughts.

18.
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu :: This is a famous Chinese text from 3000-odd years ago but the wisdom is still incredibly useful today.
Given the language is slightly cryptic you may wish to buy a book with a study guide or explanation.
The late author Wayne Dyer famously lived by this wisdom.

19.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra :: A simple and classic book outlining seven spiritual principles and how to use them in your life – the laws include giving, karma, desire and intention, least effort and dharma.

20.
Wake Up and Live! by Dorothea Brande :: This book helped me take inspired action and get more done in flow.
The author explains how to create a mindset and feeling of success before beginning a task so that you can accomplish your dreams with ease.
(You can usually listen to this book on YouTube).

21.
The Bhagavad Gita :: This is a famous ancient Hindu scripture.
It is written as a story about a famous battle and contains spiritual principles throughout.
Gandhi famously lived by these principles.
It has taught me invaluable wisdom like how to give full effort in my endeavours but be detached from results.


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I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book.
I was baffled.
At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone.
I could become my own drill master and coach.
The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome.
All I had to do was listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher.
Every time I committed to a new challenge I knew it was going to be outside my comfort zone, but after enough iterations, I also knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me.
I just turned 25, and while I acknowledge some inherent dangers in the concept of self-improvement, I still believe in the beauty of self-directing your life.

25 Best Books on Self-Improvement You Need to Read Before You Die!
Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations – Seth Godin
This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books, this one 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.
If you need a friend that understands, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behind and a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look no further; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in this magnificent book.
Make sure to get this one.
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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant role in my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.
We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have.
This book and my time at the tables gave me a perspective I unfortunately rarely encounter in others: 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.
This important message is central to many of my decisions I make in my life and this book by Taleb helps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in a world one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates.
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The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
I read this book in a time where I thought power was something I should attain.
Power for power’s sake.
And while I disagree with my former self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.
I still recommend this book; I believe it is important to know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power.
Besides the fact that all stories in this book gravitate around power, it contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes and, if read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.
From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human development.
If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhaps Greene’s latest book Mastery will suffice (I haven’t read that one myself).
Another great book in the same style, but this time around, covering a wider scope, and, perhaps, something that will make the world make a better place.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen.
R.
Covey

The title of this book doesn’t capture it all.
Covey shares with us seven habits one should adopt to become truly effective in whatever you would like to achieve.
Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.
He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.
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.
And, as I mentioned, don’t let the title of the book fool you; it is about much more than just becoming more effective.
It is about becoming a whole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself but also in the people around her.
A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left to learn.
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The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys – James Fadiman
While finding a book on psychedelics in a list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysical distinction between tools such as books, meditation or molecules hold no ground and they should all be solely judged on their merits.
And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way, are perhaps bigger than any book in this list.
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and your surroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do when something goes wrong, so you can safely enhance your thinking, creativity, introspection and emotional balance.
This book contains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as a tool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific literature and personal wisdom.
A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonaut alike.
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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – Brian Tracy
We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels.
We have to do some big task, of which the thought alone triggers resistance, not sure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before we start; we get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only to suddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then find ourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where and how to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expresses itself in more craving for distraction.
Ad infinitum.
To break this spell of procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat That Frog, to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks into smaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start out with something else.
Tracy is truly a motivational writer, and while I wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it is still a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.
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Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition – Napoleon Hill
A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece.
Don’t bother with the edited versions since they all omit important and controversial information: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of the book, which is to think and grow rich.
The word rich might imply that this book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers that area, it is about much more than that.
Perhaps the first explicit mention of positive thinking, on how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head, this book has been able to withstand the destruction of time.
It covers all the basics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the more advanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and what we can learn from fear.
This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless guide to find out what actually matters.
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The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind – Alan Wallace
In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designed to grab hold of your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bring that attention back to where you want it to shine.
This book offers just that; 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.
Once you have achieved such a level of focus you can put it to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four Immeasurables or deepen the practice with this wonderful commentary by Dudjom Lingpa, both by Alan B.
Wallace.
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The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health – John Durant
In the last 10,000 years or so it seems we have been propelled into an ever faster paced world forged by our own hands and minds.
Only recently have we been able to reconstruct our journey and reflect back upon our humble origins.
This amazing book is such a reflection.
It goes back to the paleolithic searching for answers to health and longevity.
Between science and his personal experiments, Durant weaves a mind blowing story that will convey the importance of an evolutionary perspective on how to live well.
It covers everything from nutrition to exercise, from sleep to fasting, from ancient practices to modern biohacking and even has an outline for a vision of the future where depression and obesity have become obsolete.
If you only have room for a couple of books on this list, make sure this one is included.
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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Daniel J.
Siegel

As my Burmese meditation teacher often proclaimed, ‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ Siegel seems to have taken this to heart and made an unique synthesis between meditation, psychoanalysis and neuroscience which he calls ‘Mindsight‘, as he says himself, a potent combination between emotional and social intelligence.
All of us deal with some disorder or another, something that seems to disturb the very core of our being at ease, and while it might not always be the best strategy to want to get rid of it, it certainly helps to understand and have compassion for that little aspect that upsets that perfect image of ourselves.
Brimming with techniques, insights and epiphanies, this book contains everything you need to know to reprogram your brain and to optimally use its capacity of neuroplasticity.
A great book for spiritual seekers and scientists alike.
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How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This is the first self-improvement book I have ever read and it is also 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.
Being nice helps, a lot.
And while I might not fully defend the premise of this book, because it doesn’t distinguish between genuine interest and faking it to get what you want, it still contains a treasure chest full of timeless wisdom.
Everybody wants to feel appreciated, and rightfully so.
Learning to take a small effort to make someone’s day will make the world run smoother, no matter what your goal is.
I still spontaneously remember some of his guidance, and perhaps this quality is the reason why this book still draws millions of readers to this day.
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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D.
Burns

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective therapy used by psychologists today; it consists of identifying thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on your self-image and mood, and deconstructing these in order to break out of these destructive cycles.
If you want to know how this works, which moods are central in your life, what thought patterns are causing your depression, how to overcome self-judgment and guilt, how to defeat approval and love addiction and how your self-perfectionism is hindering you, then don’t look further; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped millions of people and it can help you, and this is the best book for the job.
Packed with scientific research, exercises and examples, this is the best improvement your going to get.
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Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life – Maxwell Maltz
What can a plastic surgeon tell us about happiness? By dealing with his patients, Dr.
Maxwell Maltz experienced firsthand that having your expectations come true doesn’t automatically result into a more positive life experience.
Their outward appearances did indeed change but their inner insecurity remained.
This caused him to find other means to help his patients, resulting in visualization techniques.
He found a person’s outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.
This book carries a very honest and humbling story, loaded with fundamental truths about our psychology and how our own philosophy affects us, all told by a very compassionate writer.
Of some books it can be said that it will be valuable for years to come, and I am absolutely positive that this is one of them.
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Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
This brilliant book by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman is a lucid account of all the amazing research he has done over the years.
He is the founder of behavioral economics – the way our psychology affects our decisions – and explains in simple prose how our thinking is divided in two systems: one fast and one slow.
The fast one is almost instant; it consists of the hardwired instincts that govern emotions, a remnant of an evolutionary past, an unconscious irrational machine.
The slow one is deliberate, self-reflexive and logical, but can easily be distracted and takes a lot of effort.
Both play a large role in our lives and Kahneman explores when the fast system fails and why the slow system is often not utilized.
Packed with mind-blowing examples and sharp analyzes, this book teaches you how to learn to make sound judgments, and use the best of both systems.
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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything – Chris Hadfield
A few extraordinary people journey to the edge of our world and come back with a unique story to tell.
Colonel Hadfield is such a person, and his story is perhaps the most important one in this list.
While the other books in this list teach you to be independent, visualize your future and dream big, this astronaut’s guide turns these all upside down.
A truly remarkable book, overflowing with mind-blowing stories that illustrate the life lessons he learned as one of the most accomplished astronauts that ever lived.
Full of compassion, warmth and genuine self-reflexive humor, he conveys to us to be prepared for the worst and never let yourself be swayed from enjoying every moment.
Part action story, part no-nonsense hard truth and part timeless spiritual wisdom, this book makes you feel like you stepped onto a rocket ship and experienced what he did while learning these most valuable lessons on the way.
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Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat – Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet
No self-improvement list is complete without a nutrition book and the Perfect Health Diet is arguably the best diet book on the market now.
If you are overweight or not, feel sick, or just looking for an extra boost in health (and keep it this way), then look no further.
From reading decades of studies the authors construct the optimal way to eat, destroying popular food fads in the process.
They explain in sufficient detail the optimal macro-ratios, which starches are safe, which vitamins and supplements to take and what foods, or what they call toxins, to avoid.
This book is a great supplement to the Paleo Manifesto as it shares its basic evolutionary perspective; we were evolved to eat non-toxic, high fat, moderate protein and carbohydrates.
And, sometimes, going around with no food at all, can be a very healthy thing.
If your body is not in optimal health, then it is almost no use to read the other books.
Make this your priority number one.
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Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success – John C.
Maxwell

At one time or another, we will all fail.
What matters most is how you deal with it once you do.
Will you give up? Or will you use it as a stepping stone for success? I recently read an article about new start-ups in silicon valley.
Its hypothesis was the more you had failed in the past, the more likely you were going to get funding.
Why? Because failing teaches you invaluable lessons, and if you decide to continue after you hit the pavement, the more you have it in you to deliver.
Now, this is not in anyway our instinctual reaction to failing.
Most of us dread it, avoid it or refuse to fail at all costs.
All three are by far sub-optimal.
It is far better to accept failure where it arises, to accept responsibility and use it as a way to learn about yourself and your weaknesses.
Only when you are absolute honest with yourself with respect to failure can you hope to grow.
This wonderful book will teach you how to do exactly this.
A honest book for everyone searching for a clean mirror.
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The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now hardly needs any introduction.
It is perhaps the book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years.
It inspired millions of people all over the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life, all through the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.
It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion- and only recently has come to the west, which remained weary and skeptical until science had validated a wide array of its claims.
The brain can be trained.
The Power of Now teaches you how to release your attachment to certain thoughts and states of mind, thereby clearing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.
If you already have read this book and are looking for deeper understanding, read Wherever You Go, There You Are.
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The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
At some point or another, almost all of us has come across The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
(If you haven’t, watch this powerful message here.
) What would you say when you only have a few months left to live? This was probably Pausch’s question he posed to himself when he had to deliver his lecture a week later.
But being confined to an academic setting and short time frame he felt he had more to share, thus marking the birth of this book.
Filled with stories about his childhood, it is a very down to earth exploration of what it means to chase your dreams, to be a good person and live a life that gives value to others.
A beautiful mixture of humor and optimism, his tender voice will be a source of inspiration for everyone who will take the time to listen, something he tried to impart on his readers.
A very lovely read.
And don’t forget, ‘It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.
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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
I love Brené Brown’s books.
She writes about an insight that I have found to be scary but true at the same time.
Vulnerability, unlike we have been taught, is not a weakness, but a power to be tapped.
Growing up with the idea that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves, to look strong and persevere at all costs always seemed a facade to me.
And now she has the research to back that up.
From that place of vulnerability comes a sense of worthiness, which for most of us, needs to be cultivated every day.
Only if we get in touch with that tender spot of our hearts can we connect with others and develop genuine compassion, which are prerequisites, Brown tells us, for living a ‘wholehearted life.
’ The reality, however, is that we often close down, feel neglected and misunderstood, and rather want the vulnerability and perhaps even ourselves to disappear.
This book is an amazing antidote for that common instinct.
Want to be truly convinced? Check out her amazing ted talk here.
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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Carl Sagan
We all find UFO’s fascinating.
We all really want to believe in magic or visiting aliens (surely the crop circles are conclusive proof!) and some of us believe the government is poisoning us with chemtrails.
At the same time we are fascinated by the progress made by science, by all the new technology and medicines and the fascinating discoveries being made on a daily basis.
Clearly, for the average person, it is quite hard to make a distinction between one claim or another – most of us are scientifically illiterate.
Carl Sagan fought his whole life against such unreason and claimed that missing this ability to distinguish valid claims from hogwash could plunge us back into the dark ages.
This book is perhaps his best on this subject, filled with examples and his eloquent mesmerizing voice, The Demon-Haunted World is a How To guide to arm you against manipulation masked as information.
A must read for anyone who still feels the temptation to click sensationalist sophistry.
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Philosophy for Life – Jules Evans
As philosopher Sloterdijk puts it; ‘philosophy is a beautiful child of an ugly mother.
Philosophy first arose when the old Greek polis states were at the brink of destruction.
Philosophy, according to Sloterdijk, was not just a way to make sense of the world, to come to knowledge or truth, but to serve as a psychological immune system.
This book is an amazing expression of this perspective.
From the stoics to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jules Evans writes about some of the amazing philosophical techniques we can use to train and improve our cognitive immune systems.
He weaves ancient stories with modern applications, from heroism to cosmic contemplation, Philosophy for Life a beautifully written book that makes it easy to understand the practical nature of philosophy.
Perhaps the book would have been better if he would have gone deeper into the subject matter, but nonetheless he captures the essence of what philosophy can mean for the modern person.
A must read.
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Man’s Search For Meaning – Victor.
E.
Frankl

If I had to pick one book from this list for mandatory reading I would choose this one.
For three years Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
He tells us about his experience and that of his fellow prisoners.
Both chilling and uplifting, confronted with the idea that they would be trapped there for the rest of their lives, he gives us an account of those who found meaning and those who succumbed to nihilism.
A blend between a memoir, a psychological investigation and a self-help book, Frankl delivers a powerful message: finding meaning lies at the core of being human.
From his own experience as a psychiatrist combined with anecdotes from his time in the concentration camps, he tells us how important it is to find meaning in our own lives and what we can become if we don’t.
Suffering, he conveys to us, is inevitable.
But as to how we cope with it is dependent on ourselves.
If we can find meaning, even in the worst acts our species has ever inflicted upon his fellow man, we will be able to move forward with renewed purpose.
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Simplify – 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.
Well, this is ending.
Slowly we are outgrowing an era where the unquestioned mantra ‘more is always better’ dictates our behavior.
Rather, we now find ourselves, our lives and our homes cluttered with too much information, too much stuff and just too much shit we don’t need.
This simple book helps you become aware of the freedom gained from living with less.
It is a small book, easily read under an hour, but it carries a persuasive punch to start living live in a very different way.

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – Kamal Ravikant
The fundamental ground upon which all true self-improvement is build is called self-love.
Because in the end, no matter which way you turn, if you don’t love yourself, you will sabotage yourself at one point.
You will think that, for some reason or another, you are not worthy.
And if you think that, why would you truly want to achieve anything? And this is not just about achievement.
This is about how you approach yourself every day; this is what you see when you look in the mirror.
We make so many snap judgments about ourselves- often without being conscious of them- that are filled with negativity, haltering us before we can even begin to heal.
This powerful book shows you the antidote.
Self-love.
Not to be confused with creating some narcissistic image of ourselves that some previous books in this list implicitly endorse, but self-love, that inner gratefulness that no external condition can take away.
Self-love, that infinite source you can share with others.
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Over the last eight months or so, I have had taken the wonderful opportunity to share my favourite books in myriad posts on Quora, covering a relatively broad spectrum of topics, mainly in the personal as well as professional genre:
What I have done here is to put all of them together for quick and easy reference, under the following specific headings, as my consolidated response to your question:
CREATING WEALTH:
I am no multi-millionaire in cash terms, but here's my reading list:
1) Money: Master the Game, by Anthony Robbins;
2) Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, by Thomas Corley;
3) Secrets of Millionaire Mind: Master the Inner Game, by T Harv Eker;
4) Rich Rad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki;
5) The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley;
6) Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to.
.
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Financial Independence (*), by Vicki Robin/Joe Dominguez;
7) The Law of Success (*), by Napoelon Hill;
(*) my most favourites!
DEVELOPING CHANGE-READINESS
My recommendations, not in any particular order, but you can start with the one marked with (*) first:
1) Future Edge, by Joel Arthur Barker;
2) Peak Learning: A Master Course in Learning How to Learn, by Ron Gross;
3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R Covey;
4) You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way, by Laya Saul (*);
5) Dinosaur Strain, by Mark Brown;
6) Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko;
7) Before You Think Another Thought, by Bruce Doyle;
8) 7 Levels of Change, by Rolf Smith;
9) Leaders Make the Future, by Bob Johansen;
10) Strategy of the Dolphin, by Dudley Lynch;
In my view, these books will get you change-ready and future-savvy.

DEVELOPING PARADIGM PLIANCY:
Here are my personal recommendations:
1) Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning & Life, by Richard Paul & Linda Elder;
2) Future Edge, by Joel Arthur Barker;
3) The Dinosaur Strain: Survivor's Guide to Personal & Business Success: by Mark Brown;
4) Before You Think Another Thought, by Bruce Doyle;
5) Choosing the Future: The Power of Strategic Thinking, by Stuart Wells;
6) Conceptual Blockbusting; A Guide to Better Ideas, by James Adams;
7) Mindfulness, by Ellen J Langer;
DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING:
My take, drawn from my personal library, not in any particular order:
1) Asking the Right Question, by Neil Brown;
2) Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, by Richard Paul & Linda Elder;
3) Being Logical, by Dennis McInerny;
4) The Art of Thinking, by Rolf Dobelli;
5) The Five Elements of Effective Thinking, by Edward Bunger;
6) Don't Believe Everything You Think, by Thomas Kida;
7) Thinking Fast & Slow, by Daniel Kahneman;
8) A Rulebook for Arguments, by Anthony Weston;
9) A More Beautiful Question, by Warren Berger;
10) The Organised Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, by Daniel Levithin;
DEVELOPING CREATIVITY:
A quick one, from my personal library amassed over the years since the late 80's – many of the selections are actually classics, and my evolving creative horsepower stands on all the giants who wrote them!:
1.
Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko;
2.
Lateral Thinking, by Edward de Bono;
3.
101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques, by James Higgins;
4.
Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox, by Rchard Fobes;
5.
The Innovative Leader, by Paul Sloane;
6.
Creative Problem Solving, by Arthur van Gundy;
7.
Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity, by William J J Gordon;
8.
The Practice of Creativity, by George Prince;
9.
Creativity, Innovation & Quality, by Paul Plsek;
10.
The Creative Edge, by William Miller;
11.
Flash of Brilliance, by William Miller;
12.
The Thinker's Toolkit, by Morgan Jones;
13.
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, Roger von Oech;
14.
A Whack on the side of the Head, by Roger von Oech;
15.
The Creative Whack Pack, by Roger von Oech;
16.
Creative Approaches to Problem Solving, by Scott Isaksen;
17.
21 Days to a Big Idea, by Bryan Mattimore;
18.
Innovate or Evaporate, by James Higgins;
19.
The Innovator's Handbook, by Vincent Nolan;
20.
The Universal Traveller: A Guide to Creativity, by Don Koberg;
21.
Jump Start Your Brain, by Doug Hall;
22.
Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity, by Keith Sawyer;
23.
The Myths of Creativity, by David Burkus;
24.
The Idea Generator, by Ken Hudson;
25.
Ideaspotting, by Sam Harrison;
26.
Zing! 5 Steps and 101 Tips for Creativity on Command, by Sam Harrison;
27.
Imagineering, by Michael le Boeuf;
28.
Applied Imagination, by Alex Osborn;
29.
Why Fly? A Philosophy of Creativity, by E Paul Torrance;
30.
Innovation Inc.
, by Edward Grossman;
31.
Innovate or Die, by Jack Matson;
32.
A Technique for Producing Ideas, by James Young;
33.
Brain Boosters for Business Advantage, by Arthur van Gundy;
34.
Thinkpak, by Michael Michalko;
35.
Brainstorming, by Charles Clark;
DEVELOPING STRATEGY & SCENARIOS
In my view, one of the most requisite skills for a strategy consultant is the ability to think strategically, systematically and systemically.

Here are my recommended readings (a number of titles are true classics):
1) Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, by Rich Horwath;
2) Profiting from Uncertainty, by Paul Schoemaker;
3) Business Strategy Formulation, by Anthony Ulwick;
4) Strategic Supremacy, by Michel Roberts;
5) Changing Strategic Direction, by Peter Skat-Rordam;
6) Peripheral Vision Detecting the Weak Signals, by Paul Schoemaker;
7) Leaders Make the Future, by Bob Johansen;
8) The Fox Trilogy, by Chatell Ilbury & Clem Sunter;
9) Early Warning, by Benjamin Gilad;
10) Business Wargames, by Benjamin Gilad;
11) Strategies for Better Thinking, by Kathy Nielsen;
12) Invent Business Opportunities No One Else Can Imagine, by Art Turock;
13) Opportunities: A Handbook for Business Opportunity Search.
, by Edward de Bono;
14) Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future, by Nick Marsh;
15) Creating Better Futures, by James Ogilvy;
16) Creating Futures, by Michel Godet;
17) The Art of the Long View, by Peter Schwartz;
18) Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation, by Kees van der Heijden;
19) 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World, by Hugh Courtney;
20) Winning the Innovation Game, by Robert Tucker;
DEVELOPING STRATEGIC THINKING
I can recommend you a good book to read in this instance:
'Strategy and You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want'
by Rich Horvath
He has written several good books:
- 'Storm Rider: Becoming a Strategic Thinker';
- 'Sculpting Air: The Executive's Guide to Shaping Strategy';
- 'Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources & Taking Smart Action';
- 'Elevate:The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking',
among others, which I have perused] on strategic thinking for businesses, and what he has done here is a downward migration of those valuable principles to the personal setting.

Here's a link to his corporate website:http://www.
strategyskills
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com/in.
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ACCELERATED LEARNING
A quick one:
My recommendations:
1.
Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century, by Colin Rose;
2.
Accelerated Learning: How You Learn Determines What You Learn, by Roger Swartz;
3.
Quantum Learning, by Bobbi DePorter;
4.
The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden & Jeannette Vos;
5.
SuperTeaching, by Eric Jensen;
6.
Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
7.
The Accelerated Learning Handbook, by Dave Meier;
DEVELOPING AUTODIDACT-ISM
As an autodidact ever since the early 90's, these are some of the books on learning theories and learning strategies, which I have had the wonderful opportunity to tap as part of my own curriculum design:(Not in any particular order)
1) Self-University, by Charles Hayes;
2) Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
3) Managing Your Own Learning, by James Davis;
4) More Learning in Less Time, by Norma Cahn;
5) Learning How to Learn, by Joseph Novak;
6) Learning How to Learn: The Sufi Way, by Idries Shah;
7) Learning How to Learn: Study Skills, by Herman Ohmae;
8) Learning to Learn: Strengthening Study Skills, by Gloria Fender;
9) Quantum Learning, by Bobbi DePorter;
10) Learning to Learn: Maximise Your Performance Potential, by Trinidad Hunt;
11) Learning How to Learn, by Jerry Lucas;
12) How the Brain Learns, by David Sousa;
13) Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain, by Geoffrey Caine;
14) Mindshifts: A Brain Compatible Process for Professional Development & the Renewal of Education, by Geoffrey Caine;
15) Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford;
16) Learning Unlimited, by Dawna Markova;
17) School Success: The Inside Story, by Peter Kline;
18) The Everyday Genius, by Peter Kline;
19) The Seven Secrets of Learning Revealed, by Lawrence Martel;
20) Super Teaching, by Eric Jensen;
21) Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter Brown;
22) How We Learn, by Benedict Carey;
23) Learning: Exact Blueprint How to Learn Faster and Remember Anything, by Angel Greene;
24) NLP for Lazy Learning, by Diana Beaver;
25) Unicorns are Real, by Barbara Vitale;
26) Accelerated Learning: How You Learn Determines What You Learn, by Roger Swartz;
27) Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century, by Colin Rose;
28) Learning with the Body in Mind, Eric Jensen;
29) Beyond Teaching and Learning, by Win Wenger;
30) The Power of Mindful Learning, by Ellen Langer;
DEVELOPING TEEN SUCCESS:
My strong recommendations:
The first 4 will get you change-ready and future-savvy, whereas the remaining 3 will equip you with smart learning techniques to help you navigate – and accelerate – your academic journey with ease and ace!:
1) The Power of Focus for College Students, by Les Hewitt & Andrew Hewitt;
2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey;
3) You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way, by Laya Saul;
4) Cool Stuff They Should Teach in School, by Kent Healy
5) What Smart Students Know, by Adam Robinson;
6) Peak Learning, by Ronald Gross;
7) More Learning in Less Time, by Norma Kahn;
DEVELOPING POWER OF PURPOSE
I like to recommend three books:
1) Man's Search for Meaning, by Dr Viktor Frankl;
Alternatively, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles of Discovering Meaning in Life & Work, by Alex Pattakos;
2) The Power of Purpose, by Richard Leider;
3) Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins;
If you have the time, I strongly recommend reading career reinvention strategist Richard Leider's 'The Power of Purpose', and maybe mid-life transition explorer Frederic Hudson's 'The Adult Years', for further insights.

DEVELOPING NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING:
For a quick start, you may want to explore the published writings of Robert Dilts, whom I reckon to be a masterful practitioner as well as a deep-probe researcher, in addition to be a prolific writer, in NLP:
1) Modeling with NLP;
2) NLP Volume I: The Study of the Structure of Subjective Experience;
3) NLP II: The Next Generation;
4) Changing Belief Systems with NLP
5) Beliefs: Pathways to Health & Well-being;
6) Applications of NLP;
7) Application of NLP to Business Communication;
8) Roots of NLP;
9) Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP & NLP New Coding;
10) Journey to Genius Adventure;
He has written a long list of other interesting and insightful books, mostly for business applications, like 'Visionary Leadership Skills', 'Success Factor Modeling', 'Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders', 'Tools for Dreamers', just to name a few.

You can check out the Amazon online resources.

GENIUS BY DESIGN:
As far as I have learned, geniuses are usually self-taught.

They are autodidacts.

They craft their own learning agendas.

You should do too!
Any commercial websites out there proclaiming to make geniuses out of you, I can only say this: Caveat emptor!
By the way, If you are keen to read, I like to recommend the following great works:
1) Strategies of Genius, Vol I;
2) Strategies of Genius, Vol II;
3) Strategies of Genius, Vol III;
with all works written by neuro-linguistics programming guru, Robert Dilts.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to peruse them back in the 90's.

ENJOY YOUR READING AND ASSIMILATION!



Thinking about the future? Looking for a new mindset? Want to adopt a new approach? Want to solve problems better?
Here are 10 of my recommended self-improvement reads:
Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life | Robert Fritz
"Discover the steps of creating; the importance of creating what you truly love, how to focus on the creative process to move from where you are to where you want to be, and much more.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies | Otto Scharmer
"We have entered an age of disruption.
Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs.
Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? "
Get the book.
.
.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World | Peter H.
Diamandis

"A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts.
Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before.
.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust | Viktor E Frankl
"A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience.
He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest – and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances.
"
Get the book.
.
.

I Seem To Be a Verb | R.
Buckminster Fuller

"For the first time, man has the chance to be a complete success in his environment.
" This startling thesis is supported in I SeemTo Be A Verb, by the out-of-the-ordinary authors: R.
Buckminster Fuller: Comprehensive designer, inventor, engineer, mathematician, architect, cartographer, philosopher, poet, cosmogonist, choreographer, visionary — celebrated for developing geodesic houses that fly and for dysmaxion ways of living.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff .
.
.
and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life | Richard Carlson

"This groundbreaking inspirational guide–a classic in the self-help genre–shows you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals.
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"
Get the book.
.
.

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

"One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years.
It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War | Byron Reese
"For years we’ve been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future.
But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as dangerous, and shows instead how technology will soon create a dramatically better world for every person on earth, beyond anything we have dared to imagine.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder | Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.
"
Get the book.
.
.

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future | Peter M.
Senge / C.
Otto Scharmer / Joseph Jaworski / Betty Sue Flowers

"Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning.
In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C.
Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change—how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance.
"
Get the book.
.
.


This is a very subjective list, with my subjective opinions.
The books I’ll mention literally changed my life.
There is not an ounce of exaggeration here.

They were the best – for me.

The Slight Edge
source: Amazon
I read this book on the 10th of August 2012.
I’ve read several thousand books in my life, but this is the only date in my life I ever remembered reading a specific book.

I can pinpoint a few moments in my life story that were game-changers.
The conversion and joining the church community.
Getting married.
Getting my first real job after graduation.
Reading The Slight Edge.
Here is how it changed my life:
Before I read The Slight Edge I was aimless.
I lived a life of quiet desperation, like so many of us.
And I had no idea how to change it.
Jeff Olson told me how: practice small daily disciplines.

The rest is history.
I discovered a writing vocation.
I got a few professional certificates and got a job with a nice 30% salary raise.
I published 16 books.
I liberated my wife from her day job.
We bought our first house.

I beat over 200 personal fitness records.
I created a few income streams from scratch.
I doubled my income.
I met new friends.

Everything because I dedicated my life to cultivating small daily disciplines.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
source: Amazon
I read this book for the first time when I was 18.
I didn’t implement much.
When I was ruminating about this almost two decades later, I noticed that the concept of the circle of influence stuck with me.
I never worried much about things I had no influence on.

I re-read 7 Habits… again in 2013 when I restarted my personal development program.
This time, I was influenced by this book to create my personal mission statement.

It made a lot of difference in my life.
People often asked me how I persisted with my dream of becoming a writer when I had no experience, my wife was against me and my successes were really sparse.

My personal mission statement kept me going.
I referred to it every day.
One of the first sentences from my mission statements that materialized was: “I’m becoming a writer.

To give you a clue how unlikely it was to happen, let me just say that it took me almost two months to discover that writers write 😀
I had no idea how to be a writer! Yet, I became one in less than two years.

The first book I published was “A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness.
The process of hammering out my mission statement was relatively fresh in my mind.
I poured this experience onto paper.

My first ever written and published book has already sold over 6,500 copies and earned almost $5,000.
Not a bad result for reading one book.

Your Money or Your Life
source : Amazon
I consider this book an ultimate guide to financial independence.
The first version was written in the dark ages, well before the Internet era.
Yet, it was as actual back then as it is now.

This is a very down to earth textbook on how to become financially independent.
An ultimate manual for the average person on how to build wealth.
It has zero fluffiness of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad,’ ‘Secrets of Millionaire Minds’ and the like.
It’s pure meat.

When I read that book 6.
5 years ago I had about $3,000 in savings, an old car and a small flat (and 35-year mortgage).
I was spending everything I earned.
I had one source of income — my day job.

Today, I have over $20,000 in savings.
My income doubled.
I own a business.
I downsized my day job to 10 hours a week.

We live in a house.
The mortgage for our home is three times bigger than was the mortgage for the flat, but we’ve already paid off 8.
7% of it.
We have two cars and plenty minor possessions we didn’t have seven years ago (like four bicycles or four computers).

I have four main streams of income (book royalties, coaching, book advertising business and my day job) and a few smaller and erratic ones.

I don’t trade my time for money as heavily as in the past.
Book royalties and book advertising business are semi-passive.
I can take two weeks off and my income won’t drop by a dollar.

For me, Your Money or Your Life is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

The Big Potential by Shawn Achor
source: Amazon
For five years I was working crazy hours to get ahead in life.
The stress was unbelievable.
It took a toll on my family life.
Then I read The Big Potential and discovered I was playing the small game all along.

This book shattered everything I thought I knew about personal development and success.
I wasn’t able to implement much of its teaching, but only because of the lifelong indoctrination of the Small Potential.

The premise of the book is: collaboration makes the real success.
I could’ve been focusing on my personal development for the next five decades and not reached the heights I could’ve reached if I cooperated with others.

I’m an introvert.
I don’t like being with people very much.
I take energy from solitude.
It doesn’t change the fact that I need others to grow as fast and big as I dream about.

I said I didn’t implement much, but I implemented some.
I’m more intentional about my relationships.
I reach out to people from time to time.
I reply to them, when they reach out to me.

And I’m working on upping my game.
I want big things in my life.
I need The Big Potential.
Thus, this book made it to my ultra-short list of my daily lectures.
Every morning I read fragments of four books that shaped my philosophy (two of them are spiritual).
The Big Potential is one of them.

There are plenty of other great books.

It’s enough to get one golden nugget out of a book to improve your life significantly.
I read Start Over, Finish Rich by David Bach and implemented a single advice: to pay myself first.
It greatly contributed to the financial I described above.

I read The Compound Effect and started a gratitude diary.
Wow, it made a difference in my life.
Many of the above accomplishments were possible only because I rewired my brain into positivity.

In the last several years I read many true gems.
The Power of Habit and The Talent Code were great to popularize some common sense concepts and put them on the map of general public.
The Daniel Plan is an excellent resource for Christians who wants to get healthy.

Better Than Before is a great book for learning specific techniques to develop habits and it’s doubly valuable if you are a coach.

Work the System is amazing book about transforming small businesses where an owner is slaved to his venture into a real business that works for him.
And the author gives away his book for free, including the audio version.

The Mindful Entrepreneur has a similar theme, but in my opinion it’s even better.

Implementation
The greatest self-improvement books are not the ones that share profound ideas.
They are the ones that you put into action and make a difference in your life.
The ones that improve you.

Sometimes it’s just not the right time for you to leverage a book into greatness.
When I read “7 Habits…” at the age of 18 I didn’t take much action.
It was different 15 years later.

Sometimes you don’t even need to read a book :D
I remember that only after reading only reviews and synopsis of Writing Habit Mastery I started my writing log.

I don’t recall ever reading the book itself.
My writing log made a huge difference in how I approached my writing and converted my feeble writing habit into a world-class habit.
I have been writing every single day ever since I started the log on 23rd of September 2013.

Starting my writing log provided the ironclad consistency for my writing habit, I gathered plenty of fascinating data about my writing (for example that I type as fast in English as in Polish), was invaluable for revisiting the past to write some introspecting pieces (like income reports that reached one year in the past or reviewing my yearly goals).

It even gave me some bragging rights – I registered over 1,950,000 words in my log!
I transformed and improved my life thanks to the books I’ve read.
Especially for the books in that genre it’s important to consider them learning not an entertainment.

Don’t look for profound ideas or beautiful parables in self-improvement books.
Apply what they teach.
Become the implementer and they will verily improve your life.


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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank,
5.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou,
6.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway,
7.
Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain,
8.
I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne,
9.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler,
10.
Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama,
11.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson,
12.
RAMANUJAN : The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
13.
Abraham Lincoln
14.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
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Daily Life: What are the best self-improvement books?
No self-improvement list of books can be complete without knowing and reading the full wisdom of ‘Bhagavad Gita.
’ This knowledge is unique and gives the direction to lead a meaningful and a purposeful life.

Bhagavad Gita is a ‘masterpiece book’ but only with the right selection of the book among hundreds of books on the subject.

The title of a book on ‘Bhagavad Gita’ does not normally catch one’s attention, as it is perceived as a difficult and dull subject to read and understand.

If the contents of the same topic are presented in an easy-to read and interesting manner, then the book becomes a delightful reading experience with the advantage of invaluable knowledge.

The online ‘Look inside’ feature of books on websites like ‘Amazon,’ enables us to read free sample pages and to know the quality and contents of a book.
This is an added boon in the modern era of internet to select the right book from among hundreds of books on a particular topic.

Selecting the right book to read with meaningful contents can make a huge difference.

Book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita”
With the spread of internet technology in our day to day life, ‘Amazon’ has now made it easy to purchase a paperback or e-book by just click of a button, thus eliminating the need to go to a bookstore.

Internet has also made it easier to connect and follow people whom one has not met personally, and exchange new ideas and knowledge.

Human life is difficult in a competitive world and it involves intrinsic suffering for survival, with short periods of peace and rest in between.

With the knowledge of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ the journey of life can be made much easier and enjoyable, as this wisdom is given directly by the God-incarnate Sri Krishna for the benefit of vast humanity.

Sample page from the book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’ Chapter 18 verse 24
There are three types of actions are enumerated in the book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’:
(Only one type of action is described below to keep the answer short)
God-incarnate Sri Krishna says to Arjuna:
An action which is undertaken due to ‘egoism’ with a longing to satisfy desires; and with great stress and strain, is known as ‘Rajasika’ type of action.

( Book: Word of God Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 verse 24)
Skill in ‘yoga path’ is to tackle problems, and perform work efficiently without undue stress and strain.
One should know when to let go, and when to undertake the required work earnestly in all sincerity.

Read this story.
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A
psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.
As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they will be asked if the glass was “half empty or half full” question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked another question, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Somebody said 100 grams, and another said 80 grams of weight.

She replied, “The absolute weight of the glass does not matter.
It all depends on how long you hold it in your hand.
If you hold it for a minute, it is not a problem.
If you hold it for an hour, you will have an ache in the arm.
If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass does not change, but the longer you hold it, heavier it becomes.

The lady psychologist continued, “The stress and worries in life are similar to the example of holding this glass of water.
If you think of a problem in your mind for a while, nothing happens.

If we keep on brooding and thinking of the same problem again and again, for a bit longer, and stress begins to build up.
And if we think and brood on the same problem and start worrying about the problem day and night; then we will feel tired and paralyzed, and will be incapable of doing anything else.

It is important to let go of your stress, when you return back home from work.
In the night before sleeping you should release the burden of your problems from your mind, and undertake the unfinished work on the next day.
Do not carry your problems through the late evening into the night.

Remember to put down the glass of stress before you sleep, and relax.

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Ajay Gupta
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the way you ended the book is like something beyond the normal imagination and par excellence.

Swami Vivekananda followed Bhagavad Gita in totality.
—- It is said that ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘The Imitation of Christ’ were his favorite books.
….
When Swami Vivekananda was travelling all over India as a wandering monk, he kept only these two books with him.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B.
Peterson – 4.
23 – 15 083 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2018
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown – 4.
23 – 158 665 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2012
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown – 4.
17 – 159 468 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2010
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle – 4.
11 – 239 984 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1997
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown – 3.
99 – 72 358 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2014
Grit by Angela Duckworth – 4.
04 – 38 011 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2016
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – 4.
10 – 105 293 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1990
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath – 4.
01 – 91 478 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2010
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – 4.
03 – 444 236 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2011
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande – 4.
00 – 61 271 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2009
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman – 4.
00 – 118 602 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1995
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield – 4.
02 – 90 898 Ratings(goodreads) – Published 2002
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday – 4.
09 – 47 770 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2014
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson – 4.
00 – 241 059 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2016
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B.
Cialdini – 4.
18 – 148 598 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1984
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – 4.
14 – 640 434 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1936
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H.
Pink – 3.
94 – 175 626 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2008
Mastery by Robert Greene – 4.
28 – 52 128 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2012
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō – 3.
77 – 268 155 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2011
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen – 3.
98 – 180 108 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2001
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss – 3.
84 – 174 047 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2007
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown – 4.
23 – 158 665 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 2012
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E.
Frankl – 4.
34 – 428 077 Ratings (goodreads) – Published 1946


The word Self improvement is not just a word, a goal or destiny.
In fact its a journey to self mastery.

As we grow in life since our childhood our life is planned or say programmed.
Play school, primary school, high school, and then university and nothing in this course is self driven.

Once we walk out of university and experience life in its true nature.
Two things happen one we settle for a job, family then have kids and die at 30 only to be buried at 75.
I am saying this because we get into a repetitive routine.

Second thing is self realization and an urge to know the purpose of oneself and improve on it to gain self mastery in all the areas of life to experience in best possible manner.
Which is actually living life.

So yes books are an important ingredient in this journey.
To start with you can read the below mentioned books.

Once you start investing in above books you will be introduced to a world of infinite knowledge and you will be exposed to the precious library of books.

To add to this I have read say a 100 books on self help and autobiographies.
And they all say pretty much the same stuff but each one of this is applicable at different stages of your life.
And what they do is they unleash the hidden treasure inside us, we all know what is right what is wrong and what is to be done.
these books make us realize that.
Hence always keep a book by your side and steal every moment to have a glance in it.

Also i have watched almost 1000 motivational videos in you tube.
After reading and listening to so many, thinkers, speakers and leaders, I realized that there must be one common source of self mastery.
And eventually out of nowhere i started reading the Bhagwad Geeta.

The Bhagwad Geeta is a life manual.
And the best time to start Bhagwad Geeta is when you start the real journey of your life between 25 -30 years of age.
though there is no best time to start any thing.
But its best to have this life manual by your side when you begin the journey of self mastery in life.

I hope this helps.
:)


There are hundreds and thousands of self-improvement books here are a few recommendations:
Self Improvement:
Productivity:
Leadership:
Smart Thinking:


I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book.
I was baffled.
At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone.
I could become my own drill master and coach.
The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome.
All I had to do was listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher.
Every time I committed to a new challenge I knew it was going to be outside my comfort zone, but after enough iterations, I also knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me.
By the time I was 25 I’d read over a hundred self improvement books.

Not all self-improvement books are made equal.
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 ones that I recommend to read before you’re 25.

Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations
by Seth Godin
This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books, this one 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.
If you need a friend that understands, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behind and a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look no further; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in this magnificent book.
Make sure to get this one.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant role in my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.
We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have.
This book and my time at the tables gave me a perspective I unfortunately rarely encounter in others: 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.
This important message is central to many of my decisions I make in my life and this book by Taleb helps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in a world one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates.
Stop being fooled by randomness!
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene
I read this book in a time where I thought power was something I should attain.
Power for power’s sake.
And while I disagree with my former self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.
I still recommend this book; I believe it is important to know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power.
Besides the fact that all stories in this book gravitate around power, it contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes and, if read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.
From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human development.
If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhaps Greene’s latest book Mastery will suffice (I haven’t read that one myself).
Another great book in the same style, but this time around, covering a wider scope, and, perhaps, something that will make the world make a better place.

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.
Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.
He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.
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.
And, as I mentioned, don’t let the title of the book fool you; it is about much more than just becoming more effective.
It is about becoming a whole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself, but also in the people around her.
A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left to learn.

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
by James Fadiman
While finding a book on psychedelics in a list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysical distinction between tools such as books, meditation or molecules hold no ground and they should all be solely judged on their merits.
And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way, are perhaps bigger than any book in this list.
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and your surroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do when something goes wrong, so you can safely enhance your thinking, creativity, introspection and emotional balance.
This book contains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as a tool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific literature and personal wisdom.
A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonaut alike.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
by Brian Tracy
We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels.
We have to do some big task, of which the thought alone triggers resistance, not sure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before we start; we get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only to suddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then find ourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where and how to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expresses itself in more craving for distraction.
Ad infinitum.
To break this spell of procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat That Frog, to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks into smaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start out with something else.
Tracy is truly a motivational writer, and while I wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it is still a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.

Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition
by Napoleon Hill
A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece.
Don’t bother with the edited versions since they all omit important and controversial information: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of the book, which is to think and grow rich.
The word rich might imply that this book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers that area, it is about much more than that.
Perhaps the first explicit mention of positive thinking, on how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head, this book has been able to withstand the destruction of time.
It covers all the basics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the more advanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and what we can learn from fear.
This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless guide to find out what actually matters.
As it says clearly in the beginning ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’
The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind
by Alan Wallace
In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designed to grab hold of your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bring that attention back to where you want it to shine.
This book offers just that; 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.
Once you have achieved such a level of focus you can put it to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four Immeasurables or deepen the practice with this wonderful commentary by Dudjom Lingpa, both by Alan B.
Wallace.

The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
by John Durant
In the last 10,000 years or so it seems we have been propelled into an ever faster paced world forged by our own hands and minds.
Only recently have we been able to reconstruct our journey and reflect back upon our humble origins.
This amazing book is such a reflection.
It goes back to the paleolithic searching for answers to health and longevity.
Between science and his personal experiments, Durant weaves a mind blowing story that will convey the importance of an evolutionary perspective on how to live well.
It covers everything from nutrition to exercise, from sleep to fasting, from ancient practices to modern biohacking and even has an outline for a vision of the future where depression and obesity have become obsolete.
If you only have room for a couple of books on this list, make sure this one is included.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
by Daniel J.
Siegel

As my Burmese meditation teacher often proclaimed, ‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ Siegel seems to have taken this to heart and made an unique synthesis between meditation, psychoanalysis and neuroscience which he calls ‘Mindsight‘, as he says himself, a potent combination between emotional and social intelligence.
All of us deal with some disorder or another, something that seems to disturb the very core of our being at ease, and while it might not always be the best strategy to want to get rid of it, it certainly helps to understand and have compassion for that little aspect that upsets that perfect image of ourselves.
Brimming with techniques, insights and epiphanies, this book contains everything you need to know to reprogram your brain and to optimally use its capacity of neuroplasticity.
A great book for spiritual seekers and scientists alike.

How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
This is the first self-improvement book I have ever read and it is also 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.
Being nice helps, a lot.
And while I might not fully defend the premise of this book, because it doesn’t distinguish between genuine interest and faking it to get what you want, it still contains a treasure chest full of timeless wisdom.
Everybody wants to feel appreciated, and rightfully so.
Learning to take a small effort to make someone’s day will make the world run smoother, no matter what your goal is.
I still spontaneously remember some of his guidance, and perhaps this quality is the reason why this book still draws millions of readers to this day.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David D.
Burns

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective therapy used by psychologists today; it consists of identifying thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on your self-image and mood, and deconstructing these in order to break out of these destructive cycles.
If you want to know how this works, which moods are central in your life, what thought patterns are causing your depression, how to overcome self-judgment and guilt, how to defeat approval and love addiction and how your self-perfectionism is hindering you, then don’t look further; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped millions of people and it can help you, and this is the best book for the job.
Packed with scientific research, exercises and examples, this is the best improvement your self is going to get.

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
by Maxwell Maltz
What can a plastic surgeon tell us about happiness? By dealing with his patients, Dr.
Maxwell Maltz experienced firsthand that having your expectations come true doesn’t automatically result into a more positive life experience.
Their outward appearances did indeed change but their inner insecurity remained.
This caused him to find other means to help his patients, resulting in visualization techniques.
He found a person’s outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.
This book carries a very honest and humbling story, loaded with fundamental truths about our psychology and how our own philosophy affects us, all told by a very compassionate writer.
Of some books it can be said that it will be valuable for years to come, and I am absolutely positive that this is one of them.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
This brilliant book by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman is a lucid account of all the amazing research he has done over the years.
He is the founder of behavioral economics – the way our psychology affects our decisions – and explains in simple prose how our thinking is divided in two systems: one fast and one slow.
The fast one is almost instant; it consists of the hardwired instincts that govern emotions, a remnant of an evolutionary past, an unconscious irrational machine.
The slow one is deliberate, self-reflexive and logical, but can easily be distracted and takes a lot of effort.
Both play a large role in our lives and Kahneman explores when the fast system fails and why the slow system is often not utilized.
Packed with mind blowing examples and sharp analyses, this book teaches you how to learn to make sound judgments, and use the best of both systems.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
by Chris Hadfield
A few extraordinary people journey to the edge of our world and come back with a unique story to tell.
Colonel Hadfield is such a person, and his story is perhaps the most important one in this list.
While the other books in this list teach you to be independent, visualize your future and dream big, this astronaut’s guide turns these all upside down.
A truly remarkable book, overflowing with mind-blowing stories that illustrate the life lessons he learned as one of the most accomplished astronauts that ever lived.
Full of compassion, warmth and genuine self-reflexive humor, he conveys to us to be prepared for the worst and never let yourself be swayed from enjoying every moment.
Part action story, part no-nonsense hard truth and part timeless spiritual wisdom, this book makes you feel like you stepped onto a rocket ship and experienced what he did while learning these most valuable lessons on the way.

Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
by Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet
No self-improvement list is complete without a nutrition book and the Perfect Health Diet is arguably the best diet book on the market now.
If you are overweight or not, feel sick, or just looking for an extra boost in health (and keep it this way), then look no further.
From reading decades of studies the authors construct the optimal way to eat, destroying popular food fads in the process.
They explain in sufficient detail the optimal macro-ratios, which starches are safe, which vitamins and supplements to take and what foods, or what they call toxins, to avoid.
This book is a great supplement to the Paleo Manifesto as it shares its basic evolutionary perspective; we were evolved to eat non-toxic, high fat, moderate protein and carbohydrates.
And, sometimes, going around with no food at all, can be a very healthy thing.
If your body is not in optimal health, then it is almost no use to read the other books.
Make this your priority number one.

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
by John C.
Maxwell

At one time or another, we will all fail.
What matters most is how you deal with it once you do.
Will you give up? Or will you use it as a stepping stone for success? I recently read an article about new start-ups in silicon valley.
Its hypothesis was the more you had failed in the past, the more likely you were going to get funding.
Why? Because failing teaches you invaluable lessons, and if you decide to continue after you hit the pavement, the more you have it in you to deliver.
Now, this is not in anyway our instinctual reaction to failing.
Most of us dread it, avoid it or refuse to fail at all costs.
All three are by far sub-optimal.
It is far better to accept failure where it arises, to accept responsibility and use it as a way to learn about yourself and your weaknesses.
Only when you are absolute honest with yourself with respect to failure can you hope to grow.
This wonderful book will teach you how to do exactly this.
A honest book for everyone searching for a clean mirror.

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now hardly needs any introduction.
It is perhaps the book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years.
It inspired millions of people all over the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life, all through the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.
It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion- and only recently has come to the west, which remained weary and skeptical until science had validated a wide array of its claims.
The brain can be trained.
The Power of Now teaches you how to release your attachment to certain thoughts and states of mind, thereby clearing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.
If you already have read this book and are looking for deeper understanding, readWherever You Go, There You Are.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch
At some point or another, almost all of us has come across The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
(If you haven’t, watch this powerful message here.
) What would you say when you only have a few months left to live? This was probably Pausch’s question he posed to himself when he had to deliver his lecture a week later.
But being confined to an academic setting and short time frame he felt he had more to share, thus marking the birth of this book.
Filled with stories about his childhood, it is a very down to earth exploration of what it means to chase your dreams, to be a good person and live a life that gives value to others.
A beautiful mixture of humor and optimism, his tender voice will be a source of inspiration for everyone who will take the time to listen, something he tried to impart on his readers.
A very lovely read.
And don’t forget, ‘It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown
I love Brené Brown’s books.
She writes about an insight that I have found to be scary but true at the same time.
Vulnerability, unlike we have been taught, is not a weakness, but a power to be tapped.
Growing up with the idea that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves, to look strong and persevere at all costs always seemed a facade to me.
And now she has the research to back that up.
From that place of vulnerability comes a sense of worthiness, which for most of us, needs to be cultivated every day.
Only if we get in touch with that tender spot of our hearts can we connect with others and develop genuine compassion, which are prerequisites, Brown tells us, for living a ‘wholehearted life.
’ The reality, however, is that we often close down, feel neglected and misunderstood, and rather want the vulnerability and perhaps even ourselves to disappear.
This book is an amazing antidote for that common instinct.
Want to be truly convinced? Check out her amazing ted talk here.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
We all find UFO’s fascinating.
We all really want to believe in magic or visiting aliens (surely the crop circles are conclusive proof!) and some of us believe the government is poisoning us with chemtrails.
At the same time we are fascinated by the progress made by science, by all the new technology and medicines and the fascinating discoveries being
Philosophy for Life
by Jules Evans
As philosopher Sloterdijk puts it; ‘philosophy is a beautiful child of an ugly mother.
’ Philosophy first arose when the old Greek polis states were at the brink of destruction.
Philosophy, according to Sloterdijk, was not just a way to make sense of the world, to come to knowledge or truth, but to serve as a psychological immune system.
This book is an amazing expression of this perspective.
From the stoics to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jules Evans writes about some of the amazing philosophical techniques we can use to train and improve our cognitive immune systems.
He weaves ancient stories with modern applications, from heroism to cosmic contemplation, Philosophy for Life a beautifully written book that makes it easy to understand the practical nature of philosophy.
Perhaps the book would have been better if he would have gone deeper into the subject matter, but nonetheless he captures the essence of what philosophy can mean for the modern person.
A must read.

Man’s Search For Meaning
by Victor.
E.
Frankl

If I had to pick one book from this list for mandatory reading I would choose this one.
For three years Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
He tells us about his experience and that of his fellow prisoners.
Both chilling and uplifting, confronted with the idea that they would be trapped there for the rest of their lives, he gives us an account of those who found meaning and those who succumbed to nihilism.
A blend between a memoir, a psychological investigation and a self-help book, Frankl delivers a powerful message: finding meaning lies at the core of being human.
From his own experience as a psychiatrist combined with anecdotes from his time in the concentration camps, he tells us how important it is to find meaning in our own lives and what we can become if we don’t.
Suffering, he conveys to us, is inevitable.
But as to how we cope with it is dependent on ourselves.
If we can find meaning, even in the worst acts our species has ever inflicted upon his fellow man, we will be able to move forward with renewed purpose.

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.
” Well, this is ending.
Slowly we are outgrowing an era where the unquestioned mantra ‘more is always better’ dictates our behavior.
Rather, we now find ourselves, our lives and our homes cluttered with too much information, too much stuff and just too much shit we don’t need.
This simple book helps you become aware of the freedom gained from living with less.
It is a small book, easily read under an hour, but it carries a persuasive punch to start living live in a very different way.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
by Kamal Ravikant
The fundamental ground upon which all true self improvement is build is called self-love.
Because in the end, no matter which way you turn, if you don’t love yourself, you will sabotage yourself at one point.
You will think that, for some reason or another, you are not worthy.
And if you think that, why would you truly want to achieve anything? And this is not just about achievement.
This is about how you approach yourself every day; this is what you see when you look in the mirror.
We make so many snap-judgments about ourselves- often without being conscious of them- that are filled with negativity, haltering us before we can even begin to heal.
This powerful book shows you the antidote.
Self love.
Not to be confused with creating some narcissistic image of ourselves that some previous books in this list implicitly endorse, but self love, that inner gratefulness that no external condition can take away.
Self love, that infinite source you can share with others.

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If you don’t want to be hypnotized, you can’t be hypnotized.
Similarly if you don’t want to improve, no self-improvement book can improve you.
In another words, if you aren’t improving, then you don’t really want to improve.

Books can only show you the path, you are the one that has to walk on it.
Reading is easy, difficult part comes after that.
Difficult part is making the required change.

Change is never easy.
If is was, everyone would be fit & successful.
But unfortunately it isn’t.
But I think change is difficult only because we don’t want to change.
We want the world to change and things to work out automatically without us changing.
If you really didn’t need to change anything, then you would already be very successful.
But if you are not, then there must be something you can improve.
So suck it up and accept that you need to change.
:)

Books are great agents of change.
They are not judging you, so you don’t need to be defensive, you can embrace the change.
Follow kaizen approach for doing self improvement.
1% improvement everyday, consistently.

Following is list of the best self-improvement books.
You should read them in that particular order.
Each book is teaching something, which is built by further books.

1.
Who Moved My Cheese:
Develops willingness to change
For such a short book, it packs quite a punch.
It is a very good book to read again and again until you think change isn’t scary.
This book helps you embrace the change, it helps you enjoy the change.

2.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success:
Develops growth mindset
There are two types of mindset.

I cultivated growth mindset and it changed my entire approach to life.
Every person is a learning experience.
Every situation teaches you something.
You don’t get stressed by setbacks.
Developing growth mindset is extremely important.
You can change only after you are willing to change and this books develops that willingness.

3.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise:
Tells you how to use growth mindset
The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement.
Nothing else.

No matter what the field, the most effective approaches to improving performance all follow a single set of general principles.
We named this universal approach “deliberate practice.

From, “Peak, Secrets from the New Science of Expertise”
This book explains what is “Deliberate Practice” and how we can apply it regularly to improve.

4.
Obstacle is the Way: Developing fighting mindset
Our actions may be impeded .
.
.
but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions.
Because we can accommodate and adapt.
The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.

The impediment to action advances action.
What stands in the way becomes the way.

From, “Obstacle is the Way”
This is the opening paragraph of this book which sets the entire tone.
It teaches us to fight instead of crumbling under pressure.

5.
Grit Power of passion and Perseverance: Developing resilience
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
We need to get used to getting punched in the face and still keep moving forward.

Everybody fails, but not everybody recovers.
That is why developing grit & resilience is very important life skill and this book is a great companion for that.

Grit & Resilience is one of the rarest qualities.
People with grit and resilience succeed over other smarter people, because they don’t give up in face of failures.

6.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: Develops character
One of the greatest books which helps you develop principle based life.
Principles which are universal and timeless.
We all know these habits/principles but we don't follow them in every aspect of our life.
Sometimes we are selective about when to follow the principles.
Or sometimes we spend time on wrong priorities, or sometimes we make mistake of blaming others or sometimes we talk without listening to other person first.
This book will help you build great habits.

7.
How to Win Friends and Influence People: Develops personality
After you have developed good habits, you are now ready to develop techniques to make people like you more.
This book is about techniques.
But Techniques without foundation is deceiving people.
If you don’t have character but you just master techniques from this book, eventually you will be found out as a fake.
That is why this book is 7th on the list.

8.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Art of persuasion is a field of science itself.
You should be friendly but not too friendly, you be a bit aloof but approachable, you should show your desperation even if you are.
To have a better life, you need to have persuasion and negotiation skills.
That is why this is a must read book.

9.
Decoding Love
We are the victims of hundreds of years of stories and novels and plays and poems and movies and television shows about a certain version of love.
These stories have hammered into us a collective wisdom about what it means to be in love and how to go about finding that love—or what I call the romantic story line.

We all carry around many mistaken beliefs about love and it has become a source of misery to many single people and quite a few couples as well.

From Decoding Love
An eye opener book makes us understand how we are getting carried away by romantic notion of love and let it ruin our life.

10.
Flow 11.
Deep Work and 12.
Mastery
Flow is a state of deep concentration which leads to highly efficient and productive work and high satisfaction.
People who experience flow are happier, healthier and more successful.

I can tell you from my personal experience, flow state is a magical state of intense concentration in which you are 10 times more productive than normal.
In flow state time slows down, you are lost in the work.
I am studying these books to create flow state in my everyday life.

For self-improvement there is another great source of incredible insights, podcasts.
These 2 podcasts are incredibly helpful and are constant source of learning.

1.
Bulletproof Radio

2.
The Tim Ferriss Show

Now, it’s your move.


I’m using quotes inside meme’s just to make writing this on my iPad easier.

Let me start with what should be a self evident quote.

Now on to some books that will help open the mind to modes of thought that reduce the infectious propaganda pumped into us daily since birth.
I am only going to choose 4, together they offer a strong foundation of self realization and improvement inside the sick social structure we find ourselves in.

This is an amazing self improvement book that helps the reader understand the underlying issues in human thought and mental organization.
A very important section points out the psychological studies that subconscious exposure to money makes people more independent and selfish and unwilling to help in even minor tasks.
Other issues are discussed as well, about various biases and trends in human thought that lead us to create largely baseless narratives in our minds to describe the world, usually following the propaganda we have been exposed to from our government, education system, and peers.
It helps to understand how the mind works and how to indetify our patterns of thought so we can adjust them.

A fantastic book that compares human behavioral patterns to those of the animal kingdom, showing just how basic our drives are and how easily we are manipulated into following one dogmatic ideal or another, what the author calls memes.
This deals with issues such as dominance games, pecking order activity in society, the depression People feel when they are not fulfilling something meaningful.
This is a great examination of macroscopic human behavioral patterns and how the individual is crushed into compliance by the central ideologies of the superorganism (social structure) they fund themselves in.

An interesting look at masculine identity, with some information that is good for women as well.
It focuses on an adaptation and extension of Jungian Archetypes of boy and adult psychology.
It's an explicit examination of why patriarchal societies and the social structures they create destroy the ability for the masculine to evolve from a boy into a strong compassionate psychologically healthy man,
A great book on understanding our inner turmoil and how to understand the issues we encounter in others.
It focuses on inner communication techniques and outer communication techniques to allow us the greatest stability in our relationships with the world.

I think these books are a god start.
The first three deal with learning to understand our minds in the context of societal pressures and that nothing is what it seems.
We are very much a product of our environment and the social pressures and propaganda that seek to control the way we live.
As Timothy Leary stated:
Or


“Self help” is a weird phrase.
I don’t like most of the self help industry and here’s why: it’s 1000s of books written by people who have experienced mild failure and little success but they want to make million crowding that section of the bookstore.
So who are they helping? Also, when you look at recent self-help books (a lot of the authors mentioned in “The Secret”) they seem to be doused in scandal.
Who needs it?
Also, what are they helping you do? Many self-help books are about making money.
I’m convinced before you can truly make money (and keep it, and be happy with it) you have to first make sure all the energy is properly flowing inside of yourself.
This is the entire basis of my post on “The Daily Practice”http://bit.
ly/fuiRS9
.

So instead of recommending anything that is on the bookshelf I’m going to recommend a few public domain titles:
A) “The yoga sutras of Patanjali” are not just for people interested in yoga.
The text is from 300 BC and contains 195 lines.
I think what was happening is that Buddhism was stealing so many adherents of Hinduism that it provoked in a very marketing-like fashion, a response.
So this guy, Patanjali, basically repeated what Buddha said but added a few more things (“sitting straight”, which led to yoga) and more on breathing (which led to the study of pranayama).

My post, “How to Deal with Crappy People” http://bit.
ly/jyJFzP
was based on Chapter 1, line 33 of the Yoga Sutras.

B) I recommend the Lojong Slogans written in the 12th Century AD.
It was a set of 59 lines used to transmit Indian Buddhism to Tibet.
And basically discussed how to work through the things that plague your soul (similar to many self-help books today).
PemaChodron (a popular self-help writer today from the Buddhist tradition) bases much of her work on these slogans.

C) More contemporary.
Wallace Wattles book, The Science of Getting Rich (written in 1900 so is public domain) is the basis for most self-help books afterwards (even Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” from 1937 is based on Wattles’ earlier works and “The Secret” is almost 100% based on it).
Wattles approach is very serious: money is good, never think about poverty, only think about getting rich.
Never worry about your past, never talk about it, never associate with anyone who can bring you down.
Only think about being rich and how good that will make the world.

If I had to recommend one contemporary guy I’d pick Eckhart Tolle.
While he mentions Jesus frequently in his book his work is very much based on a sect of Hinduism called Advaita Vedanta and mostly based on the work of a guy named RamanaMaharshi.

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The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen covey
And
The greatest salesman in the world by O.
G.
mandino

These were my first two novels when i were a newbie at reading (beginner) and the most exhilarating and lasting impact it had on my mind at that time.
In the former one everything is explained with such simplicity and clarity that any person would comprehend as is expected by the author.
The first half is about how to read the other half , how to understand, how to analyze, how to gain most out of it and most importantly how to read.
Altogether it is a really inspiring book that everyone should read at least once.

The latter book is quite a small one but the content is mesmerizing.
There are 10 chapters which manifolds the entire story in a thrilling and prodigious manner.
I finished this book in one day.
Once you hold it in your hand and start reading, it binds you to read further.
At once i thiught it was a suspense thriller.
Verbally a great read.
No it isnt only about salesmanship but a great deal of emotions are beautifully intricated in order to give an awesome feel of reading!
A must read indeed.
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enjoy!!


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