Here Are 7 of the Best Self-Improvement Books of All Time
7 books that will change your life in 2019
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn
I am a self-professed self-improvement junkie who has read hundreds of self-improvement books over the last 20 years. Some of them have given me incredible insights while others have been not so good.
All of them have helped develop me into who I am today.
So, narrowing my list of self-improvement books to a list of my top 11 has not been easy. Each of the books on this list has had a huge impact on me, and I am sure that they will have a huge impact on you too.
With the new year right around the corner, I encourage you to pick one or all of these to read in 2019. I’ve linked each book title to Amazon so you can go straight to the page and buy a copy and maybe even give a copy as a Christmas gift!
So here is my list of the 11 best self-development books of all time.
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People was written by Dale Carnegie, and published in 1936. Since then over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, making this one of the best-selling books of all time.
In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books proving that this book is as effective now as it was in 1936.
It will teach you how to improve your social and communication skills in ways that will not only make you more likable, and more successful. It really is the only book that you need to be more successful.
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” ― Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, and it was promoted as a personal and self-improvement book.
Since then it has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and it remains a top-selling book
BusinessWeek Magazine’s Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was published, and it is currently listed on John C. Maxwell’s A Lifetime “Must Read” Books List.
Don’t let this book’s title fool you, while a lot of the text is related to becoming rich, it can help you succeed in any line of work, and become anything you can imagine.
Think And Grow Rich is one of the most influential self-improvement books ever written and it has changed the lives of millions of people, and it will change yours too.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning was written by Viktor Frankl in 1946, it has sold over 10 million copies, and has been translated into 24 languages.
According to a survey conducted by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress, Man’s Search for Meaning belongs to a list of “the ten most influential books in the United States.”
This book chronicles Frankl’s experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II and describes the psychotherapeutic method he used to survive his imprisonment while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished.
Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how we respond to it, and we can use our experience to move forward with renewed purpose. I highly recommend that everyone read this book.
“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do,” he observed. “They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” ― Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Stephen Covey 1989, and since then it has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
The audio version became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies.
In this book, Covey argues against what he calls “the personality ethic”, found in many self-improvement books, and he promotes what he calls “the character ethic”: aligning one’s values with universal and timeless principles. Your values govern your behavior, while your principles determine the consequences.
Covey presents his teachings in a series of 7 habits, progressing from dependence through independence on to interdependence. You will be forever changed by the powerful lessons contained in this book.
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” ― Anthony Robbins
Awaken the Giant Within was written by Tony Robbins in 1991 and has sold over It 2 million copies since then.
In this book, Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Robbin’s argues that it’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
If you are looking for a blueprint that you can follow to start taking control of your life and improving your relationships, work, and finances — this book is for you.
“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” ― James Allen
As A Man Thinketh was written by James Allen, published in 1903, and it has been a very popular self-improvement book ever since.
In this classic book on positive thinking, the author describes how each of us shapes the events around us, and creates our own lives of abundance.
Allen argues that the key to mastering your life is harnessing the power of your thoughts which will help you to develop into a positive and successful person.
As a Man Thinketh is full of wisdom and will be an incredible source of inspiration to you.
“The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” ― Norman Vincent Peale
The Power of Positive Thinking was written by Norman Vincent Peale in 1952 and is an international bestseller with over 5 million copies in print.
It has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through the Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.
This book describes how to achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude through unending positive conscious thought, usually through affirmations or visualizations.
Throughout The Power Of Positive Thinking, the author makes use of positive case histories and practical instructions to implement his method of positive thinking, and to show you that the roots of your success lie in your mind.
This book will teach you how to believe in yourself, break the habit of worrying, and take control of your life by changing your attitude.
Bringing It All Together
Now that you’ve got a list of the best self-improvement books of all time, what are you going to do next?
Of course, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to read them all, but I suggest that you start with one and go from there.
Pick one now and read another one each month of 2019.