Self-improvement books are a dime a dozen. It’s easy to get lost in the self-help section of your local bookstore, but it’s not as easy to find the best self-improvement books.
In this article, we will discuss seven self improvement books that have been known for their effectiveness and simplicity. These self improvement books should be on every person’s reading list because they can help you make significant changes in your life.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a self-improvement book written by Stephen Covey. The book has sold more than 25 million copies and has been translated into 38 languages.
The 7 habits are: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand first, synergize, and sharpen the saw.
Stephen Covey argues that self-efficacy, self-respect, and other internal factors have more influence on personal success than the personality traits emphasized by classical behavioral approaches.
2. Think and Grow Rich
The self-improvement book Think and Grow Rich is one of the best selling self-help books of all time. It has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its release in 1937, making it one of the top ten best selling self help books ever published. Written by Napoleon Hill, it chronicles his study of wealth and success through interviews with successful businessmen in the early 20th century – including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Charles M. Schwab, Elbert H. Gary to name a few – as well as analysis from other notable self-made men throughout history like Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Carnegie. The main premise is that if you want to be happy you should set out on an individual quest for self-improvement.
3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business
As we all know, habits rule our lives and businesses. A habit is a self-reinforcing pattern of behavior that can be triggered automatically by an external stimulus. Once the self-reinforcing loop has been established, it operates outside conscious awareness and control. The key to understanding how habits work is found in learning about the three components: cue, routine, and reward. We have created these self-sabotaging patterns ourselves through repetition of specific behaviors until they became ingrained as automatic responses to certain cues or triggers. By first identifying your bad habit or self-defeating pattern, you can then create a new response with a better reward for yourself so your brain will learn this new pathway instead of the old one. This book will teach you how to change self-defeating habits by understanding how they work.
4. Self-made Billionaire Howard Schultz Autobiography
Howard Schultz self-made billionaire and CEO of Starbucks, shares his success story.
Schultz was born in Brooklyn, New York to a father who had been abandoned by his parents and raised by relatives; he attended public schools. The self-made billionaire started working at the age of 13 as a boy for United Parcel Service (UPS). He then went on to attend Northern Michigan University and graduated with a degree in communications. After graduating from college, Schultz went to work for Xerox Corporation where he was quickly promoted until becoming an area vice president for sales and marketing. Schultz left Xerox at the age of 31 to join Hammarplast USA as its president and chief operating officer. In 1983 Schulz became president of Starbucks Coffee Company and purchased the company from its original owners in 1987.
5. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
In this self-help book, Adam Grant tells the story of how he and his team conducted a study on people who asked for help. They found that those who were more receptive to help were more successful in their careers and also showed higher levels of self-esteem and well-being.
Grant’s research shows that we all – no matter what our profession is – need to be better at asking for help from others if they are qualified to provide it. This self-improvement habit will make you happier, healthier, and more productive at work!
6. The Compound Effect
The Compound Effect is self-improvement book by Darren Hardy. Its main premise is the idea of compounding energy and effort over time. The author tries to inspire people with his story of how he went from being a broke, overweight smoker to becoming a millionaire in less than two decades.
The book teaches that momentum fuels success and that small changes done each day can yield big results over time.
It believes that self-mastery occurs when self improves on self every day. It also suggests that self must think positive and improve self-esteem.
7. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
The Untethered Soul is self improvement book that has two main premises:
1) We are souls, not bodies; and 2) The time we spend in our bodies is preparation for what happens after. It’s like a school where the lessons you learn there prepare you for the next stage of your life. This self-help book was written by Michael A. Singer, who had an NDE (near death experience). He argues that whatever religion or philosophy one subscribes to – be it Christianity, Buddhism or Judaism – all have this same idea at their heart: “You are on earth to learn.” That means that on some level everyone knows this truth about us but just hasn’t fully grasped its implications yet. There is so much self-improvement content in this self help book that it will leave you thinking about life and its meaning all the time.
8. Who Moved My Cheese?
This self-help book is a classic, and for good reason. It’s full of wisdom about self-discovery, change and self-acceptance. The story revolves around four characters: two mice named Sniff and Scurry, along with Hem who represents humans in general, and Haw who is an elephant. These animals live in a maze where they find cheese to eat every day…until one day the cheese vanishes! After some futile searching, the little mice figure out that what you look for will always be found at your own pace. Their search leads them to the Cheese Station (a place that was once thought of as just a myth) where there are all sorts of new cheeses to try. This book shows us how we should accept change in our lives, and that the only thing we can control is how we react to change.