Hands up: How many of you dread being seen in the self-help aisle of a bookstore or secretly order them on Amazon? Self-help books – when you break the words apart, it just mean we help ourselves.
Self-help books are still very much in demand, with around 2,000 new titles coming out every year. Most of these promise to improve some aspect of your life – to help you to become more confident, successful, rich, stop smoking, find a mate, get rid of your mate, what have you. Whatever your problem, you can guarantee there is a book that swears to have the solution.
Here are some recommended reads – These are tried and tested books, as witnessed by their phenomenal sales the world over.
#1: How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
No explanation needed. Read it.
#2 Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This 70 million bestselling book is truly one of the all-time most influential financial and self-help books in the world, and has been expanded into a best-selling series. Before compiling the text, Hill researched the lives of over 40 millionaires to discover how they became so successful. This led to 13 principles for achieving goals such as increased wealth and career advancement.
#3 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
As the title suggests, Covey presents seven habits you must adopt so that you become more efficient and successful. Bill Clinton is a big fan.
#4 Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Based on a series of anecdotes about his “poor dad” (his educated biological father) and his “rich dad” (the high-school dropout, vastly wealthy father of his best friend), the book aims to encourage the reader to rethink his or her approach to making money. It encourages financial independence, entrepreneurial projects and investments, and you can Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and Will Smith among its many fans.
#5 Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
This 26-million best selling self-help and motivation book uses the story of two mice and two tiny people in a maze to establish the necessity of accepting and adapting to change in one’s work and life. The book has become a business bible the world over with managers regularly distributing copies to their staff.