The 9 Books to Help Avoid Self Exploitation

The collection of 9 personality development books if you’re passionate about improving your personality.

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I am 25 and have adopted the reading habit recently. That’s not bad at all because I believe in “better be late than never.” It’s okay if you haven’t adopted the habit yet if you promise to read at least one page every day from now on. Gradually increase the page numbers.

Reading was not my thing before because I couldn’t find any interesting topics in the books I possessed. I thought our course books were enough to help me become a successful person.

Those books don’t even provide value, not even lessons, which I realized until joining a law school. During my law school, the books I read taught me valuable lessons on how different things work in practical life. I always learn a new aspect after re-reading my law books again and again.

Yeah, legal books contain the legal side of knowledge, but they cover laws related to every field that exists. Like, laws of medical institutes, pharmaceutical industries, major businesses, I.T., and so on. Law is not limited to rules for regulating a society but everything in it smoothly.

Almost every successful person keeps learning and feeding the brain with specialized knowledge by reading books that provide valuable knowledge of a certain niche.

If we adopt this very positive attitude, we’ll be able to move on further in life to the point of triumph, leading to our personality development. You might also know some nations that have been in huge crises for decades whose nationals don’t read books at all, which I don’t want to mention here.

Okay, tell me, why do you idealize some famous personalities? Because they speak sense during their interviews. Right? They read books regularly, which is why they make sense every time you hear them.

1. As a Man Thinketh, Written by James Allen

James Allen was a British writer mainly known for writing exhilarating philosophical books and poems about self-help. As a Man Thinketh is his well-known work which massively sold out since its publication.

It was 1903 when the book ‘As a Man Thinketh’ was first published, in which Allen has mainly focused on how a person’s thoughts and imaginations bring alterations to the person’s life. James states:

“The strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting-point for future power and triumph.”

According to James, if we develop pessimistic thinking, we create our lives full of negativity. And for favorable circumstances in our lives, we should flourish constructive thinking, asserts James Allen in his books.

He also mentions that accommodating a particular thought raises an individual in the exact order of his thoughts. The environment in which we exist is the consequence of our accommodated thoughts, and the behavior brought about by such thoughts.

In this book, you’ll find and understand a guide on how we can shape our existence in the most fulfilling way by controlling and directing our thoughts to the most effective behavior.

The author claims that after reading this book, our thoughts will captivate reality, no matter whatever thinking we generate.

2. Think & Grow Rich, Composed by Napoleon Hill

Hill took inspiration from Andrew Carnegie’s (then the American richest man) principles for becoming rich to write this book. It has also likely been the most famous book first published in 1937. Over 15 million copies of Think & Grow Rich had sold out.

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Initially, Andrew became one of America’s most powerful and successful men after using the principles he admired to write Think & Grow Rich.

“Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.” — Napolean Hill.

This book of Hill has a fundamental proposition that changing the state of mind is the first step taken by a rich person. We should bring some changes to our thinking patterns to become money conscious if we want to become well off. In essence, we should think of ourselves as being rich already.

The terms ‘rich’ and ‘well-off’ do not only mean having a lot of cash in hand or money in banks, but you could also include happiness, success, and healthy life and relationships sort of wealth in the definition.

If you read this book, you’ll discover the How-Tos of the concept of thinking yourself rich. You would understand how to control your thoughts, think of yourself as being rich, and become rich.

3. The Power of Positive Thinking, Created by Norman Vincent

The author’s full name is Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Vincent’s The Power of Positive Thinking was published in 1952 and is still a widely read book.

He states that he aims to help his readers attain a life full of happiness, satisfaction, and worth. He writes:

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

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Dr. Vincent has expressed the power of faith in action in this remarkable book. He has outlined the practical techniques through which the readers can energize their lives and give themselves the required initiatives for carrying out their determinations and faiths.

Believing in oneself, personal and professional relationship development, and enhancing power for achieving one’s goals are a few notions you will find being covered in this book.

4. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Penned by Dr. Joseph Murphy

This book was first distributed in 1963 and has been one of the best-selling books of all time. You will find it amazingly written that once you read it, you’ll be able to heal yourself, feel happier, disperse almost all your fears, and cheer every moment.

Dr., in his work, has asserted that our conscious and subconscious minds result in discrete life events.

He has also put forward some practical approaches for altering one’s fate, which one can do by directing the phenomenal spirit.

“Think good and good follows. Think evil and evil follows. You are what you think all day long.” — Dr. Joseph Murphy.

Dr. Murphy spent years studying religion, which convinced him that some supreme power lay behind and found in every existing spirit.

He states in his book that suggestions made by our conscious minds rule our subconscious minds. The subconscious mind does not argue with us, but it accepts whatever the conscious mind decrees.

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Like, if we say that we cannot afford a particular thing, our subconscious mind will operate to make our statement right.

Thus, we should decree optimism and positivity. For instance, in connection with the above example, we must think that we can afford a particular thing.

You must give ‘The Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ a read if you are really in search of a world full of success, prosperity, peace, and happiness.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Produced by Dale Carnegie

It is a self-help book that came out in 1936, and more than thirty million copies of it have been sold globally. This book secured 19th rank on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential books in 2011.

You can seek guidance from ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ for improving your perceptions about the world. It is about how you can shape your behavior to change how the world sees and treats you.

Dale has laid down three fundamental rules for handling people. But, before heading to those three rules, I want you to read his suggestion from the book that also applies to dealing with people:

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

The three rules are:

I) Stop criticizing, complaining, and condemning- human nature does not want to be attacked by any criticism.

We barely respond to complaints, or sometimes we try covering up the critics by presenting illegitimate arguments.

Once we discontinue the condemning, we’ll ultimately achieve our desired behavior from others.

II) Start giving sincere gratitude- this is amongst the most striking and effective mechanisms in the world that change people’s nature.

When we face unfavorable opinions from others, we tend not to work at our full pace and potential.

When people appreciate us on petty things, our motivation level boosts up. If this applies to you, this must apply to others as well. The appreciation should be honest, not flattery.

III) Get in other person’s shoes to think from their perspective- to achieve your desired objectives by arousing someone to work with you, it is necessary to forget your mindset and start thinking according to their prospect.

You will develop an eagerness in another person to work with you, and you’ll be able to achieve the desired results together.

So, do not miss out on reading this book in 2021.

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Inscribed by Stephen R. Covey

The first publication took place in 1989, which is related to business and self-help. The author, Stephen, has introduced a strategy to his readers to achieve the desired objectives.

You can achieve anything by becoming productive and efficient through aligning yourself to the, as he refers, “True North” (right direction) principles. The True North essentially means virtuousness, which he has mentioned as universal and timeless.

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The writer describes effectiveness as the balance of attaining an aspiring outcome with caring for that, constructing the desired result, which he illustrates by mentioning a moral tale, “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.” He asserts in his book:

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

A further assertion he made was that the PPC ratio could also express the term effectiveness. P and P.C. could denote obtaining desirable objectives and caring for that result, respectively.

If you are eager to become a striking personality, my suggestion for you would be to read out The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

7. You Can Win, Compiled by Shiv Khera

Shiv Khera has composed and published sixteen books that include the worldwide bestseller, You Can Sell. The Round Table Foundation, Rotary Intl, and Lions Intl have also acknowledged and rewarded Shiv’s hard work.

“Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”― Shiv Khera.

In his book (You Can Win), Shiv presented a guide for the readers to take themselves from primitive wisdom to modern-day thinking. The author suggests that it is the attitude of an individual, which contributes to their success. Harvard University’s research supports this assertion, in which it found that the companies hire eighty-five percent of people because of their attitude.

In comparison, only 15 percent of people secure job positions because of their smartness and attitude.

If you read this book, it’ll enable you to do the following easily:

  • Develop your self-confidence by understanding and applying the seven steps leading to positive thinking.
  • Become triumphant by turning your weaknesses into your strengths.
  • Get recognized for doing good things for legitimate reasons.
  • Accomplish a lot of new desires by eliminating bars to efficacy and more.

8. The Magic of Thinking Big, written by David Schwartz

The book was published in 1959, which David wrote for those who seek self-help. In The Magic of Thinking Big, the author presents his readers with several useful tips to get most of their lives. Whether it’s a family, marriage, work, or personal life, these methods are practical and not empty promises.

David manifests that there is no requirement for being highly intellectual or having an innate talent for becoming successful and satisfied. Instead, we must understand and learn the importance of habitual thinking and behaving to triumph and gratification. He says:

“Belief in success is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient in successful people.”

Once you believe you can get the victory, you will ultimately acquire skills you want to achieve, your attitude will become your allies, and you will learn to think positively.

Hence, you should grab this book and give it a read before 2021 ends and apply all these strategies to change your life.

9. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Penned Down by Carol S. Dwek

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Carol wrote and published her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, in 2006. In her book, she and her colleagues have developed implicit theories of intelligence as one’s belief.

The belief is regarding whether one’s intelligence can be altered or not. And this term relates to her vital role in social psychology.

The power of mindset was a groundbreaking idea of the author’s dedicated decades of research in psychology.

In this book, she reveals how our thinking about our talents and abilities can dramatically influence the success of almost every area of human aspirations, including school, sports, and work, etc.

Carol states that people who have a fixed mindset (believing that they gain only a fixed set of capabilities) have fewer chances of flourishing than those with a growth mindset (assuming that they can enhance their abilities).

The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome. — Carol S. Dwek.

An individual’s mindset reveals the capability of influential teachers, parents, and so can put forward the author’s idea, just discussed above, to stimulate the magnificent accomplishment.

You must give a read to this book to help your mind grow.

The attitude of not reading books is not advisable. Instead, you’ll find every mature and successful person claiming and suggesting to read as much as possible. Reading helps in gaining knowledge.

It would be best if you did not disregard the importance of reading things. Gather inspiration to use it to grow yourself. You can use the knowledge to skyrocket your hustles.

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