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 Steven Carl Kelly
    The Holy Bible.
  • 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 ryanman
    Originally Posted by Ralf Skirr View Post

    Tony Robbins' 'Unlimited Power' had a huge impact for me.
    Lots of practical stuff that you can use to actually CHANGE right away.
    Agreed! Tony has helped a lot of lazy bums get out of bed and get to work.
  • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
    For me it would be the Bible but if we are talking about non religious books I will have to say How to win friends and influence people by dale carnegie. That was the first self help book I read and after reading that there was no going back......
  • 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 Shaleniie Devi
    Hmm can I say IMO, it's actually an audio/video: Earl Nighthingale's The Strangest Secret.
  • Profile picture of the author kiwichamp
    Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

    In fact! Most books have something or the other from the bible.
    "Agreed!" Even "The Secret" is no secret - Solomon was the first to verbalize this truth in Proverbs 23:7 -

    What all these other books do is to express these same truths in different ways, which helps us to grasp them.

    We all have different learning styles - so one book will lead to one person's "ah ha moment", while another may not get anything at all out of the same book.

    One of my favorite books is Jesse Du Plantis - The Everyday Visionary: Focus Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
  • 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 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

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