I had lots of fun digging into my book collection to find this selection of books that can change your life as they have done mine.
I’ve got hundreds of books, and it took me a while to decide the best ones to a share with you.
Initially, it was only going to be my top ten, but I couldn’t help but keep adding more as I went through my collection.
Over the years I’ve read these books and I can honestly say I’ve grown in all aspects of my life because of self-development through books and audio books.
Most people when they leave school will never read another book.
I’m so glad I carried on with my own development in the books that I read.
There are two sayings when it comes to books which I feel holds true.
The first is…
“Learners are earners.”
“Leaders are readers.”
I’m sure you’ll agree there’s truth to those statements.
Anyway, let’s get stuck into my top 21 books that will change your life.
Please Note: If you go to Amazon to buy any of these books, you can sometimes get them for a dollar or two if you get a used copy. Nearly all the books I buy are used copies, and they are still usually in excellent condition.
Also if you think you would prefer to listen to a book (good for listening in the car or gym), then you can get an audio version of most books on Audible.com
I’ll leave a link to both under each book if you want to check them out.
So with that said let’s get into it.
21 Self Help Books That Will Change Your Life
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
I love the metaphysical personal development books. This book is a fantastic book that some find will find a bit “out there” but if you implement what’s in it, then I’m sure you’ll realize why you’ve struggled to manifest your desires and what to do about it.
Think and Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill
The classic of all classics! If you haven’t heard of this book, then you must have been living under a rock. I couldn’t compile this list without adding this book. The title says it all really. To put it short, your mind plays a dominant role in what you experience in life. Think And Grow Rich is such a fascinating book with such great insights from the greatest minds of that era.
Beyond Positive Thinking: A No-Nonsense Formula for Getting the Results You Want
Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon
The author Joe Dispenza has got to be one of my all time favorites and this book is one of the best in the game. Joe demystifies the mystical by using science to unlock the mysteries surrounding the metaphysical. Honestly, if there’s one book on this list I recommend, this is it.
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
This book is another excellent book by Joe Dispenza. You will learn how to rewire your subconscious mind to become a more improved version of your self. So many people live their lives out of habit (which usually aren’t good habits), and this book shows you how to re-invent yourself and be the person you genuinely want to be. This book is another self-help treasure that you’ll love.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Another classic with timeless wisdom. It’s quite a big book, so it might be worth listening to the audio if you’re not keen on reading long books. The 7 principles will no doubt have a profound impact on your life if you put them into action.
The Power of Intention
Wayne Dyer’s books are amazing; it’s a shame that he’s now crossed over to the other side. His work is timeless though and will be enjoyed by me and many millions more. This book has some incredibly inspiring tales of the power of intention from his personal experience that you will love. This book is one of my favorites of his, but all his books are good if you want to check them out.
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM)
Whoever said getting up in the morning need be miserable and glum. This book has got me rocking my mornings. I found that my first few hours in the morning before the rest of the world gets up can be the most productive hours of my day. I guarantee if you give this ago you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll love the mornings.
Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles in Opportunities
Believe it or not, but I had an idea to make a book similar to this in my mid-twenties before this book come out. I suppose it was the divine trying to get someone to write it and I’m glad it was these guys. This book details the struggles that real successful people went through to get to where they are today. The stories are inspiring and will show you that no road to success is as smooth as it seems from the outside looking in.
Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success
This book is from the same author of Think And Grow Rich, and it will blow your mind at some of the things he mentions. This book was well ahead of its time but didn’t get released till Napoleon Hill died. I think Hill was worried about the potential backlash because of some of the statements and ideas laid out in this book. Some of the things he talks about will probably leave you wondering how he could even know what he knew in his day and age.
You Were Born Rich: The Keys To Maximising The Awesome Potential You Were Born With
For some reason, this is a super hard book to get hold of, and that might be why it’s one of the most expensive books on this list. Bob Proctor is up there with Joe Dispenzer as one of my favorite authors. He usually does seminars, but his books are great too. Bob Proctor is someone who lives and breaths the principles in Think And Grow Rich, and his own success will show you that. This book is a classic that the average self-help reader may not have heard of. Definitely worth checking out (if you can get a copy for a reasonable price).
Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice
Don’t think you have something of value to offer the world? Think again! Expert secrets proves that everyone has some kind of knowledge that can be packaged and sold to people who want it. If Russell Brunson can make money selling a DVD on how to make a spud gun then anyone can sell their knowledge.
How to Win Friends & Influence People
Just one of the lessons I learned in this book has made such a positive impact in my life and no doubt more people respect me for it. It was such a simple lesson as well which we’re ALL guilty of not following in our lives when we meet people. Give this a read if you want to be liked and respected by others.
How The Secret Changed My Life: Real People. Real Stories.
I’m sure you’ve heard of The Secret, who couldn’t? It swept across the world like wildfire when it was released. Oprah Winfrey and countless other successful people swear by it and for good reason. This stuff works. Some people may think of The Law Of Attraction as some hokey pokey nonsense, but it’s not, as many people will verify. That’s what this book is about; it’s inspiring stories that will BLOW YOU MIND from people who’ve successfully used the ideas from The Secret. Beware quite a few stories from this book brought a tear to my eye and they might for you as well.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Such a unique book. If you want to get advice on how to become rich are you going to take advice from someone who is poor or someone who is rich? Obviously the later and this is what this book is about, a kid who grows up gets advice from his poor dad and advice from his rich friend’s dad. You might notice similarities from what you’ve been taught growing up. This book is for anyone looking to take control of their financial future.
Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life
This book is relatively short, but I found it to be jam-packed which some great wisdom. Deepak gives you a lesson from every letter of the alphabet from A right through to z. It’s a personal development book on the more spiritual side of things.
Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential
I’ve just gone through this book for the third time as of writing this. He was featured in the Secret, and that’s where I first heard of him. This book is about finding your “Inner Vision” of your life purpose. You’ll be able to get in tune with what you truly want to do with your life rather than what you think you should be doing. I find the words carry such a peaceful and profound teaching that I still enjoy and learn more from each time I read it. Highly recommended for the people who want more than just material success.
Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
I’ve always been a firm believer in the benefits of meditation. I also used to think it was something only spiritual Yogi hippies did which made me a little embarrassed to admit I meditated. However, Russell Simmons (the founder of Def Jam Records) made meditation seem cool and explained it in a way that most people will then understand the benefits of meditation. He was like me, a bit of a wild one and after meditating he has peace and happiness in his life. I recommend meditation to anyone as a way to bring peace and harmony to your mind and your life. If you don’t meditate then read this book and you might see why it’s worth doing.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
This book goes well with the other I mentioned “Three Feet From Gold”. Seth shows why so many people could have been successful if they had just kept going past “The Dip.” Most new ventures start of going well then at some point they inevitably hit a rough patch called “The Dip.” This is the point most people give up and this is why you must keep going stronger than ever. You may be very close to getting over that dip. If you give up te easily then this book may be for you.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Unlock The Master Key To Your Success
Neally all our actions and behaviors are derived from our subconscious mind. Joseph Murphy shows us how to unlock the potential that our subconscious has to offer. This book offers plenty of techniques to take control of your subconscious and get it working for you, not against you. Packed with plenty of case studies you’ll be inspired to take action on what you discover in this excellent book.
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
How could I not mention this book by the king of personal development Tony Robbins? This is a modern-day self-help classic that was one of the first I read. Tony Robbins is a peak performance coach to the stars and he knows how to get the most out of people. If you’re new to self-help books, then Awaken The Giant Within is a must to get your feet wet. I recommend the audiobook for this one as Tony himself reads it, and he’s so much fun to listen to.
There You Go!
My 21 favorite personal development books that changed my life and can do the same for you.
If you feel there’s a book I should put in this list then let me know in the comments.
Also if there are any hidden gems that you think I might not have read yet then let me know as I’m always looking for good books to read 🤓
There are so many more books I could have added to this list that have helped shape who I am today but I’d be writing this list all day.
These 21 books will give you plenty to choose from.
Good luck and chat soon!