My Top 5 Self-Help Books

When looking for motivational reading or self-help information, we often turn to books for insight.  This is wise.  There is something inside of us that tells us that written work is the way to go when we want to find information that is meaningful.  Sure, we search blogs (like this one) and look for stuff online, but when it comes to really sitting down and gathering a body of information together in order to help ourselves gain clarity, it tends to come in the form of a book.  I am no exception to this rule.  A great number of books have helped me gather my thoughts, clarify my vision and organize my actions in order to produce the lifestyle I desire and I would like to share five of those books with you here and greatly encourage you to read them if you have never done so.

My Top 5 Self Help Books

1.  How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s gem of a book is a staple I come back to time and again.  This book is a very quick read and one that you can revisit and glean great information from each and every time you reread it.  Although it is rather short and the principles in it somewhat common, the way he leads the reader through the thought process of understanding and assimilating the information into actionable reality is the real value of this book for me.  There is not a single principle in this book that the reader cannot implement into their lives immediately with an immediate positive result.  It really is that simple, that honest and that effective.  Read this book and share it with your family, friends and especially your teenage and college-aged children.

2.  The Holy Bible – FREE app or book version

This book doesn’t turn up on a whole lot of “top book” lists, but having read it at least a dozen times front-to-back, I can honestly say that the aspects of it dealing with the law, judgement and prophesy are amazing!  Whatever your belief system, the Holy Bible has lessons that will benefit you.  Personally, I believe in Jesus Christ and his teachings are the basis of my religious lifestyle.  However, even if you have no religious leaning toward these teachings, the lessons and thought processes found throughout the Holy Bible are immense and absolutely actionable.  The clarity with which it instructs us to live, act and think is so profound that when applied to our daily lives, things begin to work for us almost instantly.  I sincerely hope you will take time to read this book or at very least research the most thought provoking passages and work to put them to use for yourself.

3.  The Science of Getting Rich

Get the audio version if possible. Wallace D. Waddles is a master thinker who fundamentally changed the way we understand how our thoughts affect our lives.  This book is primarily about developing a conscious mind that acquires wealth, but it is also valuable for anyone wanting simply to discover their passions, identify what they truly want, and then move forward with work, action and thought to harness the results they desire.  This book was pivotal in helping me understand that the perspective I allowed myself to have, frames everything in life and paves the road toward or away from my ambitions.  This book is a joy to read and is also very easy to find on CD (I highly recommend the CD version).  I actually prefer to listen to it when taking long road trips, it’s quite a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional tool for self-examination and understanding.

4.  Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

This book is all about getting outside of your comfort zone and getting to the life you want to live. Your brilliance is locked inside of you and you can control its ultimate release.  This book will help you discover that your goals, ambitions and deepest desires are all within reach, but can be found just outside of our comfort zone.  This books helps you understand these barriers we create for ourselves and helps you develop strategies to plow through them in order to live the life you truly aspire to live.  This book offers you something more each and every time you read it and it will absolutely help you organize your thoughts into actionable possibilities that are packed with purpose and the expectations of great outcomes.  This is a must-read book!

5. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Talk about a game-changer!  This book set my mind straight and helped me start my first business and quickly develop it into a successful enterprise all while having a blast and living within my passions.  Tony Robbins is a genius and he has figured out what makes people tick.  But, sometimes we see all the marketing, the hoopla and the rah-rah fluff stuff and think he’s just a smoke and mirrors type of person.  This book will not only change your mind, it could change your life.  All the stuff we see on commercials and ads is to draw people into the message.  The cool thing is that the message is really substantial and exceptionally well organized.  Without action nothing good can come to us and this book will help you organize your daily thoughts, goals and actions into a strategic game plan that is guaranteed to work for you.  It also has a lot of really awesome true stories to help frame the overall message.  This is a fun read.

So there you have it!  This certainly isn’t the only “top self-help books” list in the world, but it’s mine and it is of absolute quality.  All of these books can be had for less than $15 and most are only $7 or $8 and so worth the price.  I listen to a number of these on audio CD and still others I read in the traditional manner.  Whatever your form of intake, please do yourself a favor and locate these books and give them some of your time.  Talk to your friends, go to the library or just buy them from Amazon like I do.  Whatever you decide to do, never tire of gathering information that can help you improve your life and the lives of those you are in contact with.  I hope these books assist you on your journey the way they’ve helped me.

Best to you my friends!


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  1. Nice, I like your #2 choice particularly…the road map for my life.

  2. Last year I read Scott Adams’ (creator of Dilbert) “How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big.” I had my doubts because the glorification of failure was getting sort of worn out a few years ago. However, this is one of the best books I’ve read.

    • Very cool book Eric! Thanks for mentioning it. I was surprised at the utter length of the list of that man’s failures. If anyone has figured out how to make the most of failures, I’ll take Scott Adams’ advice as well. Great read! – TCD