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15 Top Self-Help Books of all Time for Motivational Reading

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

Looking for the next read? Today I want to share fifteen self-help books of all time for a motivational reading.

I personally love to read self-help books, even though that wasn't always the case. I always stayed away form the self-help section at the book store. I think I had a totally mixed-up impression and understanding of what I could find on those stands. And then back in 2004 I came across the book that completely changed my life, both personally as well as professionally: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was this book that changed everything. Even since self-help books are one of my favorite categories to read. I am always looking for the next book to read, and always open to new recommendations. If you have any, please drop them on the comments below. In the meantime, let me share some that I personally have enjoyed over the years.

Make Your Bed, published in 2017, is based on Admiral William H. McRaven's commencement speech; that he gave to the graduating class at the University of Texas in Austin. In which he mentioned the ten principles that he learned from his Navy Seal training which helped him throughout his life. This book further teaches you how to use them to your advantage and how little things like making your bed in the morning can change your life for good. It is a very inspiring and engaging book for people of all ages. In fact, it's the best option if you're looking for self-motivation books to gift someone.

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Since its initial publication in 1937, Think and Grow Rich has been an all-time best seller (for over 80 years now). It is a personal development and business book for entrepreneurs. In this book, the author discusses 13 lessons and principles to grow rich while sharing some amazing inspirational stories of people of his generation. Overall, it's a truly motivational read that will inspire you to turn your dreams into reality.

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Do you constantly find yourself making excuses and being your own roadblock to success? This is the book for you! In this book, the author directly speaks to you like a friend (without the filters). It will inspire you to let go of the excuses, stop allowing people to control your life, and become your best version in order to achieve your goals like a boss.

4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

A fun self-help book that teaches you how to create a fulfilling life written by Jen Sincero, an American writer, speaker, and success coach. What makes this book so unique? It basically tells you the same thing, but in a more humorous way. This book is more of a sassy how-to guide for unleashing your inner badass. When reading, though, you must keep an open mind. Regardless, it's an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy read.

Yes, it's a non-fiction book named Big Magic! And is an inspiring book for creative living. A realistic depiction of the creative process is discussed by the author, making this book a joyful and lighthearted read (especially for creative professionals). Grab a copy

In a society where introverts are expected to blend in, here's a book that argues that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert. The author provides inspiring stories of successful introverts from various fields. Instead of trying to fit in, this book encourages you to accept your introverted traits and make the most of them. Grab a copy

The Power of Positive Thinking was published in 1952 and continues to help people even today. As your negative beliefs cause you pain and suffering, the best way to eliminate suffering is to get rid of those beliefs - that is where this book comes in. It will show you how to improve your circumstances by thinking positively. For some, this book may seem partly spiritual, but if you're going through a difficult time in your life, this book will help you restore your lost faith. Grab a copy

The Four Agreements is that book you wish you had read sooner! If you enjoy reading spiritual self-help books, you will definitely like this one. The book is loaded with ancient Toltec wisdom. It further discusses these four agreements - be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Grab a copy

An influential self-help classic that has been guiding people since its first publication in 1989. If you are into business and finance books and haven't read this one yet, it's time to add it to your library. In this book, Dr. Covey discusses the seven habits that you must have to live a fulfilling life and achieve greatness. Grab a copy

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is quite a refreshing real-talk for millenials. In this book, the author explains the bitter realities of life in a more humorous way. He emphasizes that sometimes, life sucks, but you have to deal with it whether you like it or not. Because there are so many things around you to bother about, you must decide which ones are more important. Grab a copy

11. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

The ONE Thing is a business management book for direct results through immediate action. If you are a victim of this multi-tasking generation; and find it hard to complete even one task correctly, tune into this #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller. It will inspire you to focus on one thing at a time and master it before moving forward. Grab a copy

This classic is more than five decades old, but it is still relevant today. This book discusses the potential that your subconscious mind holds and how to make the most of it, along with some excellent techniques that will definitely help you change your life. Grab a copy

13. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh is a self-help classic that was published long back in 1903. It's quite a small book, and unlike others, this one has a different writing style (obviously). So understanding the writing could be a hassle. However, it's powerful, knowledgeable, and loaded with quotable words of wisdom from the author that will inspire you. Grab a copy

14. Coffee Self-Talk: 5 Minutes a Day to Start Living Your Magical Life by Kristen Helmstetter

Coffee Self-Talk is a cute book that will help you boost your self-esteem and live a happier life. It is an easy and fun read that will inspire you to take action in your day-to-day life. So, start by making this book a part of your morning routine and regain control of your life. Grab a copy

Feeling uninspired and f*cked up in life? Tune into this no-nonsense self-empowerment book to give yourself a solid boost. It mainly focuses on taking action instead of spending more time in your head thinking and evaluating your thoughts. Grab a copy

This concludes the list of top self-help books of all time for motivational reading. I hope you have found the right fit for yourself from amongst these 15 self-motivation books mentioned in this post.

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my running list of favorite reads here.

Stay inspired and happy reading!

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