Personal development is learning to know yourself better, to increase your self-esteem, to highlight your qualities and to improve your defects in order to be more fulfilled and happy.
There are several methods of personal development, inspired by psychological and scientific therapies, which are detailed in books that touch on several areas, such as physical and moral well-being, spirituality, communication or professional activities.
Why read self-help books?
Reading self-help books can change our lives! They can motivate us, inspire us and help us develop our potential to cope with fear, shyness, lack of self-confidence, self-esteem… etc.
Personal development books change our perception of things, change our habits, which allows us to adopt a serene lifestyle and a positive state of mind, to regain motivation, to undertake new things, to communicate better and simply to feel good morally and physically.
However, there are so many books in this vast field that the reader no longer knows what to choose and where to start. Which leads us to wonder:
What are the best self-help books?
We all have a book or several that have had a profound influence on the way we think, live, and approach things. That's why we have selected for you this top 8 of the best personal development books, which have marked us forever.
It is obvious that you should not stop at this list, there are so many others to read and discover, but these books in particular go beyond cultures and eras, they represent the best in life lessons and wisdom.
"There are really only two things that can change a human being: a great love, or reading a great book. " Paul Desalmand
Books on communication
- How to Make Friends, by Dale Carnegie
Published in 1936 by Dale Carnegie, this motivational book is a timeless and must-read classic for anyone who wants to improve their interactions with others.
Indeed, how to make friends, contains all the secrets of good communication, techniques and tips of persuasion and sympathy that will allow you to become a real influential leader.
It has inspired many entrepreneurs such as Warren Buffett who attributes his success to reading this book and applying the practical advice and applications it contains.
- Stephen R.'s 7 habits of those who achieve everything they do.Covey
Published in 1989, the book has sold more than 25 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Author Stephen R.Covey wanted to make it a real guide to the habits of effective and successful people. He places particular emphasis on changing our perception of the world and ourselves. The goal is not only to become efficient, but to live with fairness and integrity, to see the best in ourselves and others.
- The Awakening of Your Inner Power by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is one of the world's best-known speakers in the field of personal development.
In his book, you will find tips, techniques and strategies that will allow you to control and control your emotions, your body, the relationship you have with others and your finances, in such a way as to awaken your senses and your inner power so that you have enough confidence in yourself to create real changes in your life. to make your dreams come true and feel more fulfilled and happy than ever.
- The magic of thinking big by David J. Schwartz
This book contains practical tips and secrets for learning how to think differently, change bad habits with good habits, overcome fear, have self-confidence, and set high goals.
The author praises the merits of positive thinking to achieve its ends.
Among the fundamental concepts of this book: never underestimate yourself, always be enthusiastic and optimistic, invest in yourself and make each failure a new opportunity to better succeed.
- Think and Get Rich by Napoleon Hill
This bestseller was first published in 1937 and has sold over 20 million copies.
Concretely, it is a collection of testimonies, anecdotes and life lessons of the most prosperous and wealthy people of the time, including Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison, that Napoleon Hill spent 20 years interviewing, studying and analyzing to summarize the secret of their success and their influence on the world.
The wealth that the author demonstrates in this book is not only monetary, it is also personal and professional.
- Rich father, poor father of Robert Kiyosaki
Published in 1997, this book is a bestseller that has sold more than 26 million copies.
Robert Kiyosaki highlights the importance of developing financial intelligence and presents a set of effective princes to adopt to build a fortune and achieve financial independence.
In an autobiographical style, extracted from his own journey and part of his childhood, the author compares between two men who had a great impact on important decisions in his life. One is his own father whom he presents as the "poor father" and the other is the father of his friend, whom he presents as the "rich father". Both have conflicting attitudes towards money, the professional world and the education system, but both teach him valuable lessons in these areas.
Books on spirituality
- The Power of the Present Moment: A Guide to Spiritual Awakening by Eckhart Tolle
This book is a must in the field of spirituality. It is much more than a guide, it is a teaching of life that has inspired and conquered millions of people around the world.
The author uses simple language, but brings great depth to everyday situations of life, he gives great importance to the present moment which, according to him, allows the release of cumbersome thoughts and states of mind to access freedom and a more fulfilled life, without suffering, anxiety or neurosis.
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Published in 1950, this book is a classic that has inspired many authors in the field to take up certain parts.
Norman Vincent Peal offers simple and effective methods to fully succeed in life. His theory is simple, no one is destined to fail and everyone can succeed, provided they are optimistic, have self-confidence and take positive actions on a daily basis, which help maintain faith, nourish hope and enlarge ambitions, for a life filled with joy and satisfaction.
Have you ever read one of these books? If so, tell us which one and what did you think?