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Learn How to be a Better Version of Yourself With These 5 Self-Help Books


Reading books is perhaps one of the most popular pastimes of all time. Well, until social media took over everyone’s lunch break. That is not to say books are no longer popular. In fact, some book stats say paperback is still selling like pancakes. If you ever wanted to get back into reading a book again, this World Book Day should be the perfect day to do just that.

You can read fiction, non-fiction, or even an autobiography of a hero, artist, or a famous scientist. However, self-help books are currently on the rise and with good reason. These books not only provide entertainment, but they also actively engage with the reader that results in mental and emotional growth.

There are far too many self-help books out there, but we picked out the 5 best self-help books for you to try out.

1.   The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Perhaps one of the best self-help books ever authored, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ignores trends and pop culture and focuses on timeless concepts such as integrity, honesty, human dignity, and fairness.

The author narrows down success into 7 key habits: Being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, having a win-win form of thinking, seeking first to understand and then to be understood, synergy, and sharpening the saw.

2.   How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This timeless bestseller will teach you the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to convince people to your way of thinking, the nine ways to change people without making them resent you.

This book is perhaps the ultimate guide to networking which is one of the most important aspects of success in both business and in our personal lives.

3.   Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Far too many entrepreneurs and start-up leaders swear by this amazing book by Napoleon Hill, which is an outstanding accomplishment by itself given that it was originally published in 1937! Because of its age, many self-help authors refer to it as the pioneer of all forms of motivational books and literature.

Because of the year it was published, the book uses what we call “old-timey” successful people like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and the great Andrew Carnegie. Newly authored versions include Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, and Sir John Templeton.

4.   The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is relatively new in the motivational literature scene, but he has garnered quite a following especially in the fitness world, mostly due to his “efficient” workout plans. In The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim provides a step-by-step guide into escaping the rat race, working less for more money, and retiring early and wealthy.

5.   Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Last, but certainly not least is what many new investors consider as their gateway into the world of real estate and general investing Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. The book itself isn’t really technical or unique as much of what it tells you can be found in other general investing books.

What separates this book from the rest is how the story provides the clear difference between someone who works hard and someone who works smart. It also tackled the standards of what rich people are expected to be like and Robert explained how you can find financial freedom just by having the mindset of a billionaire regardless of how little you make.


Reading a self-help book this World Book Day can go a long way into your personal growth and development. If you ever have trouble picking one, you should go and read one book from our list. Regardless, each of these books are guaranteed to let you look at life from the eyes of some of the world’s most successful individuals.

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