Top 15 Self-Improvement Books That Will Make You a Better Person
By William Grigsby
Having doubtful moments is beneficial. It means we realized something goes wrong, and we’re taking action to change it. In the end, no one is perfect – everybody needs to change something about themselves. It does not really matter what it is that we want to change, but how we are going to make it happen.
Change takes time and willingness to give up small pleasures for life-changing results. Reading during our personal time is a good way to start. That is why I'm recommending the following list of 15 self-improvement books. Check it out!
- The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck
Selling over seven million copies throughout the United States and Canada, Scott Peck examines the root of caring relationships and shows us a new perspective over life. The journey we are about to enter is based on how we perceive success, and what we are willing to do to achieve it. Amazon.com.
- Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman
With globalization present in our world, IQ is no longer everything that matters. Being emotionally intelligent is equal to, or even more important than being intelligent. Daniel Goleman shows us how these two elements are shaping our lives and how their connection is vital. Amazon.com.
- The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, by B. Alan Wallace
Practicing under the guidance of Dalai Lama, Alan Wallace has years of experience with meditation. Meditation helps us concentrate and discover the “unseen world” inside of us, exposing both negative and positive emotions. Amazon.com.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Cynthia Hanks, CEO at Assignment Masters, believes that “All great people have smart habits that got them where they are. Learning from their success is a good way to evolve!” In his book, S. Covey teaches us how to be simple without being simplistic. Amazon.com.
- The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron
Elaine Aron makes us understand how past experiences shape our characters. Our sensitivities are connected to our pasts, and our self-esteem is associated with the experiences we’ve been through. Amazon.com.
- This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't, by Augusten Burroughs
If you feel like your life has turned into a nightmare, A. Burroughs will wake you up and turn the nightmare into a beautiful reality! This is how. Amazon.com.
- The Art of Happiness, by Dalai Lama
Inner peace is what saves us from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. If we are comfortable with ourselves, we feel comfortable with the world around us. Dalai Lama, together with Dr. Cutler, will take you into the beautiful journey of self-exploration. This includes insecurity, rage, anxiety, and pessimism. Amazon.com.
- The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore
If you like making plans and keeping organized, The Now Habit is your book. Through setting up interesting strategies and dealing with guiltiness, Dr. Fiore is going to free you from the stress box you find yourself in. Amazon.com.
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
Taking more than twenty years to publish, Think and Grow Rich will help you master success by following thirteen simple steps. The book is based on interviews and real life stories – for Hill, theory has to be combined with practice and courage, and thinking with money and success. Amazon.com.
- The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Stressing too much is never productive, but not stressing at all is even worse. In his bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Peale proves why building power and determination, reaching important goals, and being loving with ourselves will make us achieve a good life balance. Amazon.com.
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss
Working less and earning more seems impossible, but it’s doable. Learn from Tim how you can go from $40,000 per year to $40,000 per month, and stop worrying about “finding the right job.” Do whatever you want – escape the “nine to five curse.” Amazon.com.
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie
Finding yourself is hard when all you do is work, work, and…did I mention work? By reducing financial stress and getting rid of tiredness, you will be able to concentrate better on your daily tasks. Thus, you will start living and becoming your true self! Amazon.com.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
Mark Manson curses a lot – so if you are not a fan, skip it. If you can get past that, his book is more than it seems to be. Manson teaches us how to not give a flying f*ck on people’s opinions of us, and how to live confident on our decisions. Amazon.com.
- Nothing to Lose, by Daniel Munro
Giving up his job in the Criminal Department, Dan Munro is the perfect example of his book – by using curiosity to destroy hesitation and limiting beliefs, he starts living by his values shamelessly. This life-changing book teaches us that honesty is the best weapon we could use in any situation. Amazon.com.
- A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle
Living in the present is all that we can do – right now is not yesterday, tomorrow, or five minutes ago. Now is now, and that’s it. By using the power of the present, Tolle strikes again with another amazing book! Amazon.com.
While staying in our comfort zone is safe, exposing ourselves to new situations is essential in order to truly experience life. As Oscar Wilde would say, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Start living today! Good luck!
William Grigsby is a talented HR professional. He’s fascinated about how each person’s unique traits and skills are their most efficient tools for reaching success. For three years already, through his writing, through his writing, William’s helping people understand and leverage their full potential. Follow William Grigsby on Twitter @willgrgsb