Our quest to constantly improve ourselves and learn something new to add more value to ourselves is incomplete without reading a good book based on personal development. It becomes an utterly tedious process to pick a good self-help book for some are too cheesy, some are too woo-woo and some are too tough love. Eventually, you can’t help but wonder if self-help books will ever really be just right. Here, we have enlisted for you the some best books of this genre which are bound to change you and your outlook towards life.
1.How To Win Friends And Influence People
Since its publication in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold about 15 million copies. The first book of Dale Carnegie’s is a timeless bestseller, that holds some rock-solid advice that has helped and immensely benefitted thousands of now-famous people to reach great heights of success in their business as well as private lives. It will teach you how to improve your social and communication skills in ways that will not only make you more likable but will also make your approach towards life positive. The style in which the book is written is very appealing, it is as if Carnegie is talking to the readers instead of narrating his ideas. The book is packed with numerous examples which are both convincing and inspiring. This book is very different from the usual self-help books which are often monotonous and leads the readers to boredom. This book truly helps you climb the ladder of success in the aptest way.
2. Rich Dad Poor Dad
As many well-known personalities have preached, money is the most important part of every person’s life. How we deal with it and how we think of it, very strongly defines our personalities. Kiyosaki and Lechter’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s experience of growing up with two dads, his real father and the father of his best friend, his ‘rich dad’. The ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investment are discussed in the book. The book busts the myth that one needs to receive a high income in order to be rich and further explains the crucial difference between working for the purpose of earning money and having your money work in your favor. It definitely will change your idea of a financial future. By using anecdotes and simplified explanations, the author drives home the point of how becoming rich is a choice and how money can work for you. This is one of the must-read self-help books for people who are open to personal development.
3. The Alchemist
If you love to learn life lessons and universal truths through stories rather than being exposed to them in simple factual format, this is a classic personal-development novel that you are love to love. Paulo Coelho’s breakout novel follows the story of a young shepherd, Santiago, who embarks on a heroic journey to find a treasure he’s been dreaming about. Santiago’s spiritual journey and quest, the people he encounters on this journey, the omens he witnesses, the dreams that occupy his mind, and the conversation he has with nature, are all the things that we can absolutely relate to. This book takes the readers on a tour of things that our minds have either forgotten or merely dismissed as simple childhood fantasies. The book speaks about finding your Personal Legend and chasing your dream regardless of any barriers that come your way, and about being spiritually connected to the universe. This book connects with its audience on a spiritual level as readers walk through this book with Santiago on his adventurous journey. It’s a simple analogy, but the tale will resonate with another who gives it the time of day.
4. The Definitive Book of Body Language
Our non-verbal communication is just as important as our speaking skills when it comes to making an everlasting impression. This is one of those self-help books that will help you to master the art of using your body language to exude confidence and communicate your thoughts and emotions without actually using words. Allan Pease and Barbara Pease apply their expertise in medicine, biology, and psychology to portray the functioning of the brain and how it influences our overall body language. The book communicates to its readers how one can use their knowledge of the brain’s functions to comprehend people’s emotions and behaviours. This book will be of great service to one and all as it helps in character-building and improving your expression.
5. Girl Stop Apologizing
Rachel Hollis takes the ‘I-am-your-BFF style’ of writing to another level by her book ‘Girl Stop Apologizing’. She’s candid and straight forward at the same time. She is your biggest fan and her ‘kick-your-butt’ attitude will help you let go of your inhibitions and will make you go for what you want. One by one, Hollis busts all the excuses which you’ve been feeding yourself and which have kept you from achieving big things. She gives you a solid plan for what you have to do to help you realize your goals and ambitions. If you feel like you are unable to say no, are having a hard time finding your talents and you’re drowning in people-pleasing, this book is your go-to guide.
All of these self-help books though belonging to same timeless genre, are very unlike each other since they target different domains of our lives. Depending on your choice and requirement, you may choose to read all of them or a combination of these books. Each one of these books will leave you happier and more equipped to be successful in this competitive world.