Personal development is clearly one of the most important things that we should take note of. For a lot of people, this aspect in life is one tough job to master. Luckily, we have writers and motivational speakers that can provide us with inspiration, enthusiasm and will power to help keep us with improving our personality and our perspective in life. That is why we made you this top 20 list of best self-help books of all time to give you a guide about personal development and self-improvement.
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1. The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
Paolo Coelho is a 70 year old lyricist and novelist from Brazil. He was a song writer at first, writing songs for Rita Lee, Elis Regina and many more. He became an actor, journalist and a theater director before deciding that he should pursue writing. One of his most successful novel was The Alchemist which became an international best seller in 1994.
The Alchemist tells the magical story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. He wants to travel the world to search for an extravagant treasure. This book teaches us that it is essential to listen to our hearts and learning to read the signs we encounter along our journey and more importantly, to always follow our dreams.
This book was first published in 1988 and its originally written in Portuguese. Since its release, it has been an international best selling novel and has been translated and published into 70 different languages.2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Stephen Covey was an educator, author, a keynote speaker and a businessman. He was also a writer and his most popular book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In this book, he discussed a holistic, principle centered and integrated approach when it comes to solving your problems. He also presented an approach in attaining goals effectively by aligning yourself on principles that is based on a universal and timeless character ethic. This book has sold over more than 25 million copies and it is the first non-fiction audio book in the United States that has sold more than one million copies.3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This best selling book was written by Eckhart Tolle, a 70 year old German born writer and a spiritual teacher. The New York Times dubbed him as the most popular spiritual author in the United States because of his novel, The Power of Now.
This novel will take you on an inspiring journey in finding your true self to reach your ultimate personal growth. This book became so popular that it is even recommended by Oprah Winfrey. It has sold over three million copies in North America alone and has been translated into 33 different languages.4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki is a 71 year old American businessman and author in Hilo, Hawaii. He founded the Rich Dad Company, a private education company that provides personal finance and business education for people. Kiyosaki wrote Rich Dad, Poor Dad, a novel that tackles the importance of financial literacy and financial independence.
In this book, he teaches the differences between working for the money and letting the money work for you. He gives advice on how to invest in real estate, owning businesses and building your wealth through investing in other assets. Rich Dad, Poor Dad became a best-selling book with 32 million copies sold worldwide. This book was translated in 51 different languages in more than 109 countries. This book has been on the New York Times bestsellers for over six years.5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A writer and lecturer who develops courses on self-improvement, public speaking, interpersonal skills and salesmanship, Dale Carnegie knows all about personal development. That is why he is the author of one of the bestselling self help book of all time, How to Win Friends and Influence People.
This book teaches you that most success comes from the ability to communicated effectively. This book tackles these skills and shows you how to value the people around you and make them feel appreciated. Even if this book was published in 1936, it still made the Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential books. How to Win Friends and Influence People sold over 15 million copies world-wide.6. The Road Less Traveled by M Scott Peck
Scott Peck was an American psychiatrist who was born in New York City. He was the author of the bestselling book, The Road Less Traveled that was published in 1978. In this book, he discuss the difference between dependency from love and teach you how to become more sensitive as a parent and make you ultimately true to yourself. Six years after the book’s publication, it has made that bestseller list in 1984.
7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill is an 87 year old American self-help author who wrote the best-selling book Think and Grow Rich in 1937. He was one of the first self-help authors and his books are still relevant until today.
His book Think and Grow Rich tells you Hill’s laws of success and gives you thirteen principles of personal achievement. In this book, he tells you that you can achieve great success with desire, faith, perseverance and by eliminating all the negative thoughts and focus on the greater goals you have in hand. Since its release, this book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.8. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
Miguel Angel Ruiz Macias or also known as Don Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author that is known for his Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanism texts. He is also the author of the best- selling book, The Four Agreements that is rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom.
This book tackles the four agreements in life that is essential on achieving a personal freedom. Miguel Ruiz said in this book that your lives will become more filled with unconditional love, grace and peace with these four agreements. Since its release in 1997, the book has sold over 7.2 million copies in the U.S alone.9. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
James Allen was a British philosophical writer that was born on November 28, 1864. He was famous for his inspirational books and poetries. He is the author of the best-selling, classic, self-help book As a Man Thinketh.
This book inspired future self-help writers about the law of attraction. James Allen believed that your thoughts can determine reality and in this book he shows you that you can master your thoughts and you can create the life you want. James Allen describe this book as the “book that will help you help yourself”. As a Man Thinketh has been the source of inspiration for other self-help authors.10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Viktor Frankl was an Australian Holocaust survivor, psychiatrist and neurologist. He is also the author of the book entitled Man’s Search for Meaning which he describe his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the World War II. He related his experiences with lessons in spiritual survival.
Victor Frankl stated that humans cannon avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, learn from it and get through it with a new purpose. He also states that every human’s drive in life is not all about pleasure but the pursuit in finding meaning in our lives. This book has been one of the best-selling self-help books with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.
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11. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Louise Lynn Hay, born on October 8, 1926, was an American motivational writer of several New Thought self-help books. She was also the author of the 1984 best-selling self help book, You Can Heal Your Life.
This book states that illnesses are somehow caused by emotional and spiritual aspect of the mind because the mind and body are connected. This book also gives you strategies in finding emotional and even physical being by changing your thoughts and beliefs. You Can Heal Your Life has sold over 35 copies worldwide which gave Louise the success to build her own publishing company named Hat House Inc.12. The Power of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer
Wayne Walter Dyer, an American self-help author and a motivational speakers is one of the best selling authors of all time. He wrote the book The Power of Intention in which he said that intention is a force in universe that allows a creation to take place. He is the first author of a self-help book to look at intention as an energy to access and co-create things in your life.13. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbin
Anthony Robbins also known as Tony Robbins is an American author, philanthropist and life coach. He is a founder of several companies and was listed in Worth Magazine Power 100 list. He wrote the book Awaken the Giant Within which tackles different strategies for mastering your emotions, body, finances, and relationships. Robbins laid out a step-by-step program in this book that will enable you to discover your true purpose and take control of your life.14. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Susan Jeffers is a psychologist and a self-help author who graduated at Hunter College and Columbia University. She published her book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 1987.
This book talks about how you will move from being a victim to being the creator. Jeffers wrote a ten step process that will enable you to turn off all the negative thoughts in your head for you to be able to overcome your fears and create a more meaningful life. Her book sold millions of copies and was translated into 35 different languages.15. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
David Schwartz was a motivational speaker and a life coach. He was the chairman of consumer finance at Georgia University. He is popularly known for his best selling self help book The Magic of Thinking Big.
The book encourages you to lead more effectively, earn more money, and help you find happiness and peace of mind. Schwartz proved here in his book that a person doesn’t need an inborn talent to achieve success. Forbes named this book as one of the greatest self-help books. Over 6 million copies of this book has been sold worldwide.16. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a public speaker and an alternative medicine advocate. He has become one of the wealthiest people in the field of alternative medicine because of his videos and books.
One of his popular books was The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success where he laid out the seven simple principles that you can apply in all the aspect of your personal life to attain success. His basic premise is one have personal understanding and harmony to achieve fulfilling relationships.17. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
Wallace Wallates is a New Thought writer. His most popular book was the one he published in 1910 entitled The Science of Getting Rich. In this book he explain how to become wealthy. He takes the mystery on how to get rich and breaks it down into a scientific formula that will show you how to conquer mental barriers and teach you that creation, not competition, is the key to attract wealth.18. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Norman Vincent Peale, an American minister and author known for his works on positive thinking. His popular novel The Power of Positive Thinking shows that there are ten simple ways to obtain confidence, five techniques to overcome defeat and three secrets for vigor. Peale’s book tackles the principle that a positive attitude can change lives, bring success and overcome struggles. This book was on The New York Times bestselling list for 186 weeks and sold over five million copies worldwide.19. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Aside from being an author, James Redfield is also a lecturer, screenwriter and a film producer. But his most popular work was the novel The Celestine Prophecy which talks about the story of a journey to find a series of nine spiritual insights that was found in an ancient manuscript in Peru. The narrator in the story will embark on a journey that lets you understand that why are you going through in a certain part of your life and give you optimism for the future. This book quickly became popular and has sold over five million copies worldwide.20. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
Aside from being a salesman, Zig Ziglar was also an author and a motivational speaker. One of his popular book was See You at the Top where he shares the secret on how to climb the personal success ladder. In this book, he presents a program about self-development, all of this is based upon the foundation of attaining a winning self-image.
These are the top 20 best self-help books, we hope we helped you in finding the best book that you need to get those inspiration and motivation. Just remember, success and hard work go hand in hand.