Which is the best motivational "self-help" book ever written?

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Which book do you feel outranks every other book out there and has had the greatest impact on your life?
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  • Profile picture of the author eBizSuccessCoach
    There is so many books out there that I can't just name one. But if I had to name an easy read and a book that someone could finish in a couple of hours i would say Og Mandino's "Greatest Salesman in the World." This is a wonderful book and it has life lessons that we all can learn from.
    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by eBizSuccessCoach View Post

      There is so many books out there that I can't just name one.
      This is the reason why I asked everyone to name just one. I have so many books lying around that I just can't make up my mind which one to read first.
  • Profile picture of the author doylesoft
    "The Secret"

    But then again, I haven't read very many books. ; )
    • Profile picture of the author JimRohades
      Originally Posted by doylesoft View Post

      "The Secret"

      But then again, I haven't read very many books. ; )
      same here ...that book helps me become more positive...have read a couple more self help books but this book is still the best for me...
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    The Holy Bible.
    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      The Holy Bible.
      In fact! Most books have something or the other from the bible.
    • Profile picture of the author gscottwong
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      The Holy Bible.
      If you want more focus, you can read the Psalms and Proverbs. The Psalms show man relating to God. The Proverbs teach about man relating to man.
    • Profile picture of the author bank1010
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      The Holy Bible.
      I agree the Bible is an amazing book of hope aspiration and motivation
  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Probably "Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar - which describes
    and instructs the reader in the practice of the ancient system
    of self-development commonly known today as hatha yoga.

    The impact it had on my life was more a function of the time
    in which I read the book first, in my early 20s.

    Is it the book I would recommend if you want to win friends,
    develop charisma, get rich?

    No. Not really. I'd say read things like Dale Carnegie
    and Napoleon Hill for those sorts of goals.

    If you want to get fit and internally balanced as a way to
    prepare yourself for success and happiness in life
    I definitely would recommend checking it out.
  • Profile picture of the author RichPirate
    I think the answer to this question depends a lot on your state of mind when reading self help books. There are some times when a books says exactly what you need to hear at the right time.

    For me that was two books:

    Way Of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
    and Journey to IXtlan by Carlos Castaneda

    both classics in their own right.
    • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
      Tony Robbins' 'Unlimited Power' had a huge impact for me.
      Lots of practical stuff that you can use to actually CHANGE right away.

      It introduced me to NLP and I became an NLP trainer in the end (although not doing certification trainings).

      I love Catherine Ponders books, especially 'Pray and grow rich'. One of the first books to teach releasing. see ch 4.

      Ralf
    • Profile picture of the author mikecsy
      Totally agree with Rich Pirate on "The way of the peaceful warrior" and another great book is " The Magician's Way" by William Whitecloud. They are similar in that the tell you to trust your instincts and you will never go wrong. Also, when you are in the flow of life everything comes to you without struggle, notice I didn't say without effort.
      To your success,
      Mike
  • Profile picture of the author Shaleniie Devi
    Hmm can I say IMO, it's actually an audio/video: Earl Nighthingale's The Strangest Secret.
  • Profile picture of the author Asher
    Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill
    The Law of Success - Napolean Hill

    The Law of Success, hands down, beats any other
    book I've come across. This series was distilled down
    to "Think and Grow Rich". So, if you liked TAGR, you'll
    be absolutely bowled over by Law of Success.

    Asher
    • Profile picture of the author gscottwong
      Originally Posted by Asher View Post

      Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill
      The Law of Success - Napolean Hill

      The Law of Success, hands down, beats any other
      book I've come across. This series was distilled down
      to "Think and Grow Rich". So, if you liked TAGR, you'll
      be absolutely bowled over by Law of Success.

      Asher
      Agree 100%. I said in another post that "The Law of Success" is Napoleon Hill's major opus. He really goes in-depth into every subject that gets only a chapter in "Think and Grow Rich".
  • Profile picture of the author TrinitydelaCruz
    I would totally agree with Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. I see it as pretty much the basis for all self help books since then.
    • Profile picture of the author Lady_T
      If I had to start with just one it would be
      "Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

      After that I'd read "What Does God Want" by
      Neale Donald Walsch

      Then I'd tackle "Your lnfinite Power To Be Rich"
      by Joseph Murphy

      These three have deeply impacted my life, the
      way I do business, the way I respond to problems,
      and how I interact with my children.
  • Profile picture of the author Billis
    Where do I start....
    To choose just one can be such a challenge.
    As per Shaleniie, Earl Nightingale's "The Strangest Secret" is one of the best Audio's available.

    Book wise I would like to submit:

    "Maximum Achievement" - Brian Tracy
    "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
    "The Ultimate Gift" - Jim Stovall

    Of course there are many more, including what has already been suggested.

    Everything listed so far by everyone would make a great place to start your library.
  • Profile picture of the author mark z
    Although not being classic motivational book, this one had strong impact on my perception of whole business philosophy:
    "Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built" by Richard S.Tedlow
    Really impressive book. Highly recommended.
  • Profile picture of the author arthurbarida
    The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill is literally a "Roadmap to Success" Although written 80 years ago, it's still the best!
  • Profile picture of the author co-creator
    The Success Principles by Jack Canfield... the only success book you'll EVER need
  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    For me , it would be the Richest man in Bablylon by George Clason

    It is one book that i absolutely love

    It is like a story and yet insightful

    The book that changed my life and my thinking about money
    • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
      Originally Posted by magnates View Post

      For me , it would be the Richest man in Bablylon by George Clason

      It is one book that i absolutely love

      It is like a story and yet insightful

      The book that changed my life and my thinking about money
      Same for me. I like how the rich man considered his investments to be his "children", and how they would go on to produce more "children" or investments. Very simple language to get the point across.
    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by magnates View Post

      For me , it would be the Richest man in Bablylon by George Clason
      I've just finished this book.

      Think and Grow Rich is up there as one of my best.

      Susan Jeffers - Feel the Fear & Do it Anyway is also very motiviational.
  • Profile picture of the author Sam Rob
    Anyone Have Read You Can Win by Shiv Khera??
    It's an Amazing Book.
    It's Very Popular here in India.
  • Profile picture of the author Christopher Abraham
    For me it is Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. I've read plenty of self help books by other celebrated authors and I've always found majority of the writers are inspired by Think and Grow Rich.
  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    The Holy Bible all the way...
  • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
    'The Law of Success' all the way. I've been re-reading it for years. Stick with only original manuscripts and not one of the edited books of today with the publisher's opinions added to it.
  • Profile picture of the author John Galt
    Allen - As a man thinketh
  • Profile picture of the author joefalk
    Alan Zimmerman - Pivot: how one simple turn in attitude can lead to success
  • Profile picture of the author globalinformationnetwork
    Your Wish Is Your Command

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