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

by ryanman 148 replies
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.
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      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.
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      • Profile picture of the author dwfulton
        There is no shortage of great books to read. All of those mentioned here are worth their weight in gold. Just pick one and start reading. If it doesn't resonate with you, put it down and start on another. Begin reading one you can really get into, one you feel compelled to read. That will make reading easier and you are more likely to finish it. There are some books that just did not make much sense to me at times, then I would pull it off the shelf (sometimes years later), and it was what I needed at the time. Start where you are at and with what you have, or make a copy of what is listed here and go to your local library and check something out for free.
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    "The Secret"

    But then again, I haven't read very many books. ; )
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    • 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...
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  • The Holy Bible.
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    • 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.
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      • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • Profile picture of the author daniyal100
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      The Holy Bible.
      But which one? There are over 50 versions of bible in only english language alone. Which one is the true holy and which one is changed?
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      • Profile picture of the author iam8iam
        Dr. Wayne Dyer: Manifest Your Destiny
        Louise Hay: You Can Heal Your Life
        Catherine Ponder: Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
        Joseph Murphy: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    • 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.

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      • 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.
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        • 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......
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    • 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaleniie Devi
    Hmm can I say IMO, it's actually an audio/video: Earl Nighthingale's The Strangest Secret.
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  • 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
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    • 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".
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  • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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    The Success Principles by Jack Canfield... the only success book you'll EVER need
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  • 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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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    The Holy Bible all the way...
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  • 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.
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    Allen - As a man thinketh
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      success principles by jack canfield
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    Alan Zimmerman - Pivot: how one simple turn in attitude can lead to success
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  • Profile picture of the author beatlechan
    "Think & Grow Rich" got me started on wanting to have my own business. It opened up so many possibilities. I haven't achieved success yet but I haven't given up either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Transue
    "The Millionaire Fastlane" by MJ DeMarco

    Most of the books I read prior to this one were all pretty similar to the ideas presented in "Think and Grow Rich" - which I enjoyed. This book really challenges some of the stuff taught in books like "Think and Grow Rich" and the "Secret." It's an interesting read and a real wake up call. Highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author tierney211
    I've read most of the books mentioned, and "concur" with em all! (except for The Millionaire Fastlane, I'll have to look into this one eric)...since the heavy hitters are already taken, I'll throw a lesser known, but just as powerful classic on the table;

    "Your Greatest Power" by J Martin Koche written in 1953

    He was a distributor or publisher (I cannot remember which for sure) for Napoleon Hill's books when they first came out.

    According to Koche, our greatest power, is the.... "power to choose".

    Short but awesome book!

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  • Profile picture of the author tierney211
    also speaking of Og Mandino....

    I heard of that last book through his book, "University of Success".

    He goes over 50 classic self help/motivational books starting back in the early 1900's!
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  • Profile picture of the author 11charliehunter
    Secrets of a Millionaire mind - T Harv Eker
    Thick Face Black Heart - Chin Ning Chu
    Power of Now -Eckhart Tolle
    New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
    Excuse me Your Life is Waiting - Lynne Grabhorn

    All of these books are very helpful and understandable - Eckhart tolle is a bit harder to read then the others but good messages in all - yes many of the above books are reading the similar age old message but its all in the delivery really. These books have helped me considerably over the years and I have read all of the above mentioned as well. Big library at home
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  • Profile picture of the author William Bell
    Quite interesting to see so many common books and authors on the list. Here are some of my favorites. Since there are many repeated above, thought the list might offer some titles not already mentioned. After the first, they are not necessarily in prioritized order.

    1. The Bible - God
    2. Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude - W. Clement Stone
    3. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    4. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent - Esther & Jerry Hicks
    5. As A Man Thinketh - James Allen
    6. Psycho-Cybernetics - Dr. Maxwell Maltz
    7. Psycho-Cybernetics 2000 - Bobbe Sommer
    8. Talent Is Overrated - Geoff Colvin
    9. The PowerMind System - Michael Kiefer
    10. Mind Power John Kehoe
    11. Personal Power II - Audio Album - Tony Robbins
    12. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
    13. Mastery of Money - Audio Album - Brian Klemmer
    14. Successful Achievement - Sidney Bremer 4 Vol. set.
    15. Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clayson
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    • Profile picture of the author Kragsig
      Originally Posted by William Bell View Post

      Quite interesting to see so many common books and authors on the list. Here are some of my favorites. Since there are many repeated above, thought the list might offer some titles not already mentioned. After the first, they are not necessarily in prioritized order.

      1. The Bible - God
      2. Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude - W. Clement Stone
      3. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
      4. The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent - Esther & Jerry Hicks
      5. As A Man Thinketh - James Allen
      6. Psycho-Cybernetics - Dr. Maxwell Maltz
      7. Psycho-Cybernetics 2000 - Bobbe Sommer
      8. Talent Is Overrated - Geoff Colvin
      9. The PowerMind System - Michael Kiefer
      10. Mind Power John Kehoe
      11. Personal Power II - Audio Album - Tony Robbins
      12. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
      13. Mastery of Money - Audio Album - Brian Klemmer
      14. Successful Achievement - Sidney Bremer 4 Vol. set.
      15. Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clayson
      Wow thanks for sharing this list.

      Think and grow rich are great
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    • Profile picture of the author Shenpen
      Originally Posted by William Bell View Post

      Quite interesting to see so many common books and authors on the list. Here are some of my favorites....

      8. Talent Is Overrated - Geoff Colvin
      9. The Power...
      "Talent is Overrated" is overrated.
      At least the evidence against its central tenant is building up fast!
      Is it however very very interesting and anyone ought to read it, or at least one of the short versions - all titled " ...something 10.000 hours something..".

      The research behind all this is dealing with what the authors call "deliberate practise", which is what in their theory builds the talent. This is no doubt key to long term succes, but not the only key....
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    Art of War - Sun Tzu
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRohades
    The purpose driven life...it helps me a lot become a better person..
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    The Bible

    Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill

    - Sorry, haven't read too many books,
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    think and grow rich and 4 hour workweek.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill would have to be the book I've read and reread the most.

    This is the most foundational and specifically directed information package of all time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chulbul Pandey
    I feel the secret made a big difference in my life, after readin it i managed to get my own bike and a nice phone. so for me the secret definetly.
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    • Profile picture of the author HenryDicks
      I love Richard Wiseman's "59 Seconds", because it's trying to get rid of all the new-age mumbojumbo in the self-help industry and actually focuses on strategies that are tested. Can't believe how many unsuccessful people are buying into self-help ideas made up by people who never had any success outside the self-help industry.

      I don't usually like WSJ, but this quote is pretty great:
      "For all those who are tired of the usual self-help formula--homespun anecdotes, upbeat platitudes, over-the-top promises--Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds is just what the PhD ordered."
      — The Wall Street Journal

      Oh, and the Bible. All the genocide, slavery, misogyny, imposed servility and superstition in there never ceases to make me thankful that I'm living today and not two thousand years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author alphadesign
    I don't know if any of you have read it, but I finished reading "Fight Club" few days ago. It truly is self-motivational and really "deep-thinking" book!
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis McKinnon
    "The Jackrabbit Factor" a free book (at least eBook) about how you can profit from your losses and how even when your down you can always get back up.

    you can google it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua526
    Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker revolutionized my thinking about money and about myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author VirtualName
    The Secret"

    But then again, I haven't read very many books. ; )
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    • Profile picture of the author weekendmarketer
      I liked the book blind spot by james franklin
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      • Profile picture of the author Randy Engler
        For me the book that has had the greatest impact is "No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline" by Brian Tracy. I'm experiencing a lot of positive changes in my life because of this book.
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    • Profile picture of the author dtone
      I have an old cassette tape (yes a long time ago) called "Goals" by Zig Ziglar and it has some of the best storytelling you can get. He mixes emotion, humor and wisdom in a way that is incredibly motivational. That man can deliver a presentation like nobody else.
      It's available on CD and who knows, maybe download too now - I'd recommend it to anyone. His sequence on weight loss on that tape is outstanding.
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    • Profile picture of the author darnelrafaela
      "Millionaire Fastlane" Was a strike at home for me since the writer was also into internet marketing and wanted a lambourghini since he was a kid.

      And Ofcourse "Think And Grow Rich"
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        One more: Vadim Zeland - Reality Transurfing
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  • Profile picture of the author imenterprise
    Here's a different one for everybody to check out... "From Foster Care to Millionaire" by Rhonda Sciortino. Having been through foster care myself it was very easy for me to relate to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianne_
    Gotta go with the good book: The Bible
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    • Profile picture of the author bank1010
      Originally Posted by Adrianne_ View Post

      Gotta go with the good book: The Bible
      good choice ... very inspirational
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    The richest Man in Babylon

    One of the greatest book i have ever got my hands on

    It is an effortless read and delicious story with amazing nuggets of wisdom

    It is funny and MOST IMPORTANTLY IT CHANGED MY LIFE

    So , here's why I read the Richest Man In Babylon as the greatest self-help book
    out side of the biggest seller of all time "The Bible "
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveDempsey
    For me this one is easy!

    Effortless Success by Michael Neill. This is a 6 Hour + Audio book, but in the style of a conversation with you. I have had this for over 2 years and must have listened to it 100+ times.

    I now listen to his weekly radio show and subscribed to his tip of the day which are always very inspirational. In fact it is even a goal of mine to attend one of his coaching retreats.
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  • Profile picture of the author KAYEKINNEY
    I think it comes down to what writers you respond to. I am a huge fan of Larry Winget and can't imagine anyone on the planet I would rather have lunch with. As for which book... I would have to go with It's called work for a reason... they don't call him the pitbull of motivational speaking for nothing!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author eslima55
    Here's my list: Think and Grow Rich, As A Man Thinketh, Rich dad poor dad.

    You can find a free copy of As A Man Thinketh at my signature. I think its where "The Secret" is based from.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSeely
    My Top 3, in order are:

    1) Earl Nightingale - The Strangest Secret
    2) The Secret
    3) Who Moved My Cheese - Spencer Johnson
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  • Profile picture of the author Vector
    My dad gave me How to win friends and influence people" by Carnegie and that was great at 15 yrs old!
    Then I discovered the Bible and that completely changed my life. Then Think and Grow Rich, then Unlimited Power. In that order chronologically bust as of impact I say Bible and the Think and Grow Rich!
    Jay
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    • Profile picture of the author bank1010
      Originally Posted by Vector View Post

      My dad gave me How to win friends and influence people" by Carnegie and that was great at 15 yrs old!
      Then I discovered the Bible and that completely changed my life. Then Think and Grow Rich, then Unlimited Power. In that order chronologically bust as of impact I say Bible and the Think and Grow Rich!
      Jay
      I agree with your selection ... all great books ...I have read them all
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Skinner
    "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
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  • Profile picture of the author SeekingNothing
    My favorites are:

    -The Law of Success in 16 lessons by Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich was basically a condensed version of it. I found the detail well worth the time it takes to read.
    -The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino.
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  • Profile picture of the author Renaissance Man
    As far as personal success/ wealth creation: Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill (without a doubt!)

    As for all the other categories, I think I'll have to create a whole new post!
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  • Profile picture of the author bushidosurfer
    For me, "Who Moved My Cheese" started my journey into personal growth and I never looked back . Read it in one sitting - very easy read.

    After that Jim Rohn's audio CDs taught me the most like "The Art of Exceptional Living". I've listened to it hundreds of times And it never fails to inspire me.
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  • Profile picture of the author accendo
    From a business or entrepreneur point of view, I would say Rich Dad, Poor Dad (who cares if it's not actually true).

    From a motivational point of view, I have taken a liking to Nightingale's The Strangest Secret.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMoptimizer
    I’ve read more motivational literature than I'd care to remember for the past 7 years. I think I've reached 100+ titles. I've been simply fascinated with this genre, and these books have really changed my life when I started to apply the principles in them. Plus, they kept me motivated and forging ahead.

    I've read Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Susan Jeffers, Tim Ferriss, Maxwell Maltz, Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Wayne Dyer, the list goes on and on and on...

    But out of all these books there is ONE that stands out which I cannot possibly compare it to any other book that was ever written on the subject.

    And that is...
    (drum rolls please...)

    NAPOLEON HILL - THE LAW OF SUCCESS

    Okay, it's over a thousand pages, structured in 16 Lessons, BUT I promise you it's worth your time investment. It has everything a book about success needs to have, and more. It will alter the way in which you think about success. It will motivate you, inspire you, uplift and energize you, while at the same time giving you the practical steps to achieve success, no matter what that means for you.

    IMHO, all other books are but a pale shadow compared to this one.

    Maybe I'm subjective and I might be exaggerating - but do a little bit of research and see what people say about it. Check out the reviews on Amazon, on Gutenberg (where you can also grab a free PDF copy of the book) and read a chapter or two just to get an idea of what it can deliver.

    If you're a Napoleon Hill fan, you've probably already read Think and Grow Rich, which is a condensed version of Hill's philosophy of success.

    Grab the audiobook version and listen to it in your car or wherever you feel comfortable, and experience the difference.

    UPDATE: I've even found a copy uploaded by someone on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/umsatzcl...5359DB4425A6CA

    Check it out
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  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    The first one that did it for me (other than the Bible) was The Artist's Way: a Spiritual Guide to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. http://amzn.to/vghvRo It really helped me take a good look at myself when I didn't really like how things were going in my life and helped me change things from the inside out. (Of course, change from within is the only real kind of change one can make, but life is a process and it takes a while to figure things out.

    many of the books mentioned in this thead I love, too. Nice list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    I'm not going to pretend, I read tons of books. I was raised that way!


    I've not read any work that comes close to THE GRAIL MESSAGE by Abd-ru-shin.

    Lofty, holistic, paradigm-shifting...comprehensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    The best motivational "self-help" book ever written is that which motivates YOU the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgmufasa
    "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
    "The Genie Within" - Harry Carpenter
    "The Master Key System" - Charles Hannel (?)
    "The Wisdom of Florence Sovel Shinn" - I love this one
    Probverbs and Psalms in the Bible (Joel Osteen sticks with these)
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  • Profile picture of the author stranger11
    Read the essay, "wear sunscreen" you can easily find it online.
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  • Profile picture of the author weebeastie
    I read the novel of Myamoto Mushashi first and loved it. But the "Book of Five Rings" is my most motivational book. Ford Motor company knew the Japanese had a book they formulated their business strategies - it took years to get the name of the book. It also took years to find someone to translate the work because it was viewed as an national treasure.
    Ford Motor Company got someone to translate the book so they could study what influenced their Japanese counter parts. The Book of Five Rings by Myamoto Musashi.

    Yes, I too am a fan of Napoleon Hill.
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  • Profile picture of the author Inside Edge
    I really like all of these suggestions, but the one that has helped me more than once get to the next level is called "drawing on the powers of heaven" its great
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I'd have to say REWORK helped me the most.

    REWORK: The new business book from 37signals.

    The book helped me open my mind and rethink how I do things. I already had many of the views inside, but I never heard anyone else out there say many of the things that Jason Fried and David express.
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  • Profile picture of the author KyleGolemMedia
    Rework is a fantastic book. 37signals is one of the most forward-thinking and successful companies in the software world. I highly recommend this book as well.

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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by KyleGolemMedia View Post

      Rework is a fantastic book. 37signals is one of the most forward-thinking and successful companies in the software world. I highly recommend this book as well.

      Kyle
      You're a smart man Kyle

      I've been following 37Signals for a while now and use all of their products.

      I can't wait to see where they go in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajshekhart
    1) The Secret Door To Success
    2) The Game Of Life And How To Play It
    3) The Word Is your Wand.
    All three from Florence Scovel Shinn
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    For motivational self-help.. at first I think to myself Gee, there are so many good ones! So I ask the question, well which one would I choose if I could only choose one to keep with me the rest of my life? Then the answer is clear.

    Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
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  • John Kehoe's books really helped me turn my life around!
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  • Profile picture of the author biffula
    Everything written, by any self-help guru since, is just a tweak or a rehash of what Dale Carnegie of Napoleon Hill wrote decades ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    "How to make one hell of a profit and still get to heaven" by John de Martini
    "Unlimited power" Anthony Robbins
    "Time for a Change" Richard Bandler
    "Mind Power" John Kehoe
    "The 4 Hour Work Week" Tim Ferriss

    But if I had to pick one it would be "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma (on which T Herv Ecker based his Secrets of the Millionaire Mind book and workshop.)
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  • Profile picture of the author iceman365
    For me Think And Grow Rich has by far set me on a path for success...
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  • Profile picture of the author blackbelt
    This question was asked before just a different way in another post. My answer is the same. The Bible hands down. Why because every self help or motivational book refers to the Bible.
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  • the bible.
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    • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
      i guess the Bible wins yes....But I heard charlies tremendous Jones put it this way -


      'the bible is not a book but it is the word of God and no book is in that category'

      i agree with him...it is leaps and bounds above all others.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    The Science of Getting Rich- Wallace Wattle

    Much of the Secret was based on this book, which is much better and more thorough than the Secret, inmho.

    Also The Master Key System by Charles Haanel
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  • Profile picture of the author rbdfr
    "Think and Grow Rich" is an opener for everyone espescially to the concept of "organized knowledge", etc.

    it's almost like a warrior Bible

    ps be sure to always check out the source of all these texts like mentioned numerously, the Bible seems to always poke up some interesting points at every angle of analysis.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seven3
      Currently reading "The 7 habits of highly effective people"

      Surprised nobody mentioned that one (seems to feature on most lists of "must read" success books that I have seen on the net.

      Curious why it didn't get a mention? if people have constructive criticism of the book I would be interested in hearing it.

      Or maybe just nobody got around to mentioning it, having not finished it yet I am not in a position to say whether it is any good or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Same here, "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrnes. Of all the self help books that I've read, it made a big impact in my life. It taught me to be more positive about life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    For me it would be "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell.

    Although not intended as a motivational book, he outlines the argument (very convincingly) that despite natural talent, if you practice enough you will be world class.

    Changed my whole thought processes regarding practice.

    -Simon
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    A Course In Miracles is, in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author weebeastie
    I've got to add "The Richest Man in Babylon" a classic.
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    Letters from a Stoic
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      This is a thread from 2009 bumped every couple of years - but maybe good books just go on and on.

      Every time I see this thread bumped - one book comes to mind. Not a "get rich" or "marketing" or even a "self help" book....just a book that somehow makes me want to look deeper and fly higher.....Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

      kay
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      The one that you get a refund for before it is too late!

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  • Profile picture of the author richim1
    - The Secret
    - Awaken The Giant Within
    - The Science of Getting Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenchow
    These are some of the self-help books I have read so far:
    1) Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
    2) Think Big by Bill Zanker & Trump
    3) Secrets of Building Multi-Million Dollar Businesses by Adam Khoo
    4) Master Your Mind Design Your Destiny by Adam Khoo
    5) The secrets of A Young Millionaire by Ray Ling
    6) Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

    None of these books above come close to "The Secrets" and "The Power", which I've just finished reading recently. These 2 books have the greatest impact in my life simply because it changes my life! If you have read "The secrets" you will certainly know how powerful The Law of Attraction is and how it can change your life.

    I know that "Law of Attraction" kind of thing might sound vague for some of you. It's normal because it is something that we can't see and touch in our lives. But that does not mean it does not exist. After reading the book, my attitude towards my life have changed so much, and all sorts of good things comes into my life: my social life improved, my fan page is growing much faster than ever, my list FINALLY started to grow from ZERO, my online income shot up higher than before, great ideas keep coming to me and totally drew my attention to test it out, and I started to see some success in MMO market and in the process of creating my first ever wso, and much much more.

    It gave me all the confidence to do everything I want in my life. I highly recommend you guys to read it too. =))
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  • Profile picture of the author Jomuli3
    'The secret,' both book and video are highly inspirational.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiepadgal
    I am a huge book nerd...I read Covey's 7 Habits in middle school, and it changed my life. Many books after that have meant a lot to me, but finding your life's mission and living with it hit me hard then and still does now. If you haven't read it, I recommend you do. Even though I am big GTD fan, I still can't get enough of reading 7 Habits.
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  • Profile picture of the author marc14
    Some book list are given below:

    1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    by Steven Covey

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

    3) The Dip
    by Seth Godin

    you can collect these. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author dinner
    Achieve Anything In Just One Year by Jason Harvey

    I definitely changed my own life for the better with this book.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrentDotCom
    I thought The Secret sucked. Great title, though. Fixating on stuff will just drive you crazy. The opposite approach of The Sedona Method is far more effective.

    Also awesome that I read when I was a stockbroker: Rhinoceros Success
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    • Profile picture of the author Dutto
      Originally Posted by BrentDotCom View Post

      I thought The Secret sucked. Great title, though. Fixating on stuff will just drive you crazy. The opposite approach of The Sedona Method is far more effective.

      Also awesome that I read when I was a stockbroker: Rhinoceros Success
      sedona method works!
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      • Profile picture of the author Shenpen
        There are really two kinds of self-help books. Those that make you feel motivated are ready to go. And those that makes you do things in better way and get results, that makes you feel motivated. I tend to favor the later type.

        Actually they tested the self-esteem theory and found it somewhat lacking: Good results in 9th grade predicted hight self-esteem in 10th grade, but high self-esteem in 9th grade did not predict good results in 10th grade.

        So selfcontrol seems to be a better target for your reading.
        Willpower (Baumeister) and the Willpower instinct (havent read it) are both easy reading and guides to the new willpower/ selfcontrol science.

        "Awaken the Giant...." was a great book 20 years ago, but it is quite outdated now.
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      • Profile picture of the author nuhouse
        Would certainly agree with Psycho Cybernetics by Dr Maxwell Maltz. Excellent book and one of the originals of the self help movement!
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  • Profile picture of the author BrentDotCom
    I don't know how "inspirational" it really is, but Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" was probably the most illustrative of how life really works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angellos
    The Science of getting rich by wallace d wattles
    The power of your subconscious mind by joseph campbell
    The master key system by charles haanel
    As a man thinketh by james allen
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  • Profile picture of the author Kostas Papadakis
    I would add the book Emotional Discipline ( The Power To Choose How You feel ) by Charles C. Manz
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      The Holy Bible.
      Originally Posted by slingingshot15 View Post

      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......
      Originally Posted by jushuaburnham View Post

      The Holy Bible all the way...
      Originally Posted by Eric Transue View Post

      "The Millionaire Fastlane" by MJ DeMarco

      Most of the books I read prior to this one were all pretty similar to the ideas presented in "Think and Grow Rich" - which I enjoyed. This book really challenges some of the stuff taught in books like "Think and Grow Rich" and the "Secret." It's an interesting read and a real wake up call. Highly recommended.
      Originally Posted by gscottwong View Post

      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.
      Originally Posted by Adrianne_ View Post

      Gotta go with the good book: The Bible
      Originally Posted by bank1010 View Post

      I agree the Bible is an amazing book of hope aspiration and motivation
      Originally Posted by bank1010 View Post

      good choice ... very inspirational
      Originally Posted by Hardcoremarketing View Post

      the bible.
      Originally Posted by slingingshot15 View Post

      i guess the Bible wins yes....But I heard charlies tremendous Jones put it this way -


      'the bible is not a book but it is the word of God and no book is in that category'

      i agree with him...it is leaps and bounds above all others.....
      Personally speaking I'm not into science fiction. I did read a bit of if when I was a school kid but I could never really call it motivational.

      For me the one that truly changed my life and was like being pushed off a 100 foot cliff was "The Magic Of Thinking BIG!"
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkSalmon
        I've read many of the books listed above but there is one that, from a business perspective, I found to be superb:

        The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

        Gerber manages to explain why most small businesses are not successful and the importance of building a replicable system as your business.

        He is truly one of the greatest thought leaders in business alive today and a must-read for anyone wanting to build a genuine business.
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  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker
    To this day I still use the 'jar system' and enjoy passive income!
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  • Profile picture of the author TallGuyArman
    One of them has to be Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Vincent
      Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki had one of the biggest impacts on me...that is after Think and Grow Rich which has already been mentioned a bunch of times
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  • Profile picture of the author rnvc
    +1 for Outwitting The Devil - Napoleon Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author ellisd
    "Program your mind for success in record time!" by Internet Marketing Profits inc.

    This has been the most comprehensive book on motivation. Includes visualization, meditation, brainwave entrainment, and affirmations.

    Everything in one book to build a solid self image.
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  • Profile picture of the author emelef
    Magnetic Sponsoring AND Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAtias1
    Think and Grow Rich
    Rich Dad Poor Dad
    The Secret

    Those books are awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mbuanza
      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
      Originally Posted by TrinitydelaCruz View Post

      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.
      Originally Posted by Christopher Abraham View Post

      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.
      Originally Posted by beatlechan View Post

      "Think & Grow Rich" got me started on wanting to have my own business. It opened up so many possibilities. I haven't achieved success yet but I haven't given up either.
      Originally Posted by gscottwong View Post

      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".
      Originally Posted by pronoun View Post

      The Bible

      Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill

      - Sorry, haven't read too many books,
      Originally Posted by vishalduggal View Post

      think and grow rich and 4 hour workweek.
      Originally Posted by Peter Gehr View Post

      "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill would have to be the book I've read and reread the most.

      This is the most foundational and specifically directed information package of all time.
      Originally Posted by Renaissance Man View Post

      As far as personal success/ wealth creation: Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill (without a doubt!)

      As for all the other categories, I think I'll have to create a whole new post!
      Originally Posted by iceman365 View Post

      For me Think And Grow Rich has by far set me on a path for success...
      Originally Posted by rbdfr View Post

      "Think and Grow Rich" is an opener for everyone espescially to the concept of "organized knowledge", etc.

      it's almost like a warrior Bible

      ps be sure to always check out the source of all these texts like mentioned numerously, the Bible seems to always poke up some interesting points at every angle of analysis.
      Originally Posted by TallGuyArman View Post

      One of them has to be Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill
      Originally Posted by acsekhar View Post

      Think and Grow Rich----Napoleon Hill is one of the best books. I have read other mind power books which too are helpful.
      Not counting the cheaters that posted more than one book (minus pronoun), that's a lot of endorsement for 'Think and Grow Rich'.

      If you haven't read it yet, make it your next book.

      With that said, 'The Law of Success' is now going into my 'to read', and I'm picking it up ASAP.
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  • Profile picture of the author KnightOnboard
    First, you will need this book: "Your erroneous zone" from Wayne Dyer in order to take the garbage out. Then you are ready to raise to the top with "Think and grow Rich" and all wonderful books mentioned above.
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman Safdar
    1. Mindset - The New Psychology of Success, by Dr Carol Dweck

    2. Succeed, by Heidi Grant Halvorson
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  • Profile picture of the author nan77
    The Bible. Even if you are not a Christian, you will be truly amazed. There is NOT ONE positive, constructive, or motivational self-help book ever written for any topic that is NOT based on what is already in the Bible.

    If you would like to disprove this ... please let me know!
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    • Profile picture of the author redfiredsoul
      My own book, Find your strength in love, because it contains the insights that made me a very happy man.

      It's all inside you. Nothing is stronger than love. It all depends on you and your self image. Loving yourself will enable you to have a healthy and successful self image.
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  • Profile picture of the author nickgregz
    "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. It's a complete lifestyle turnaround and implementing even bits of it gets you long way.
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    • Profile picture of the author aapma
      Psycho-Cybernetics - Dr. Maxwell Maltz Does it for me.....
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  • Profile picture of the author tobyjensen
    Crucial Conversations is still at the top of my list. Certainly there are tons of incredible books but this has to be, by far, the best book on communication I have seen. It details out in well written form how to have those difficult, emotionally charged conversations that could make or break you. Politics, sex, money, and religion seem to be the big four emotionally charged subjects.

    If someone can find a better book than this please let me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author leilapearse
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      Originally Posted by leilapearse View Post

      The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

      I'm reading the Art of Happiness right now

      Some of the best books that come to mind to me are:

      1) The Law of Success - Napolean Hill

      2) The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene

      3) Steve Jobs - Walter Issacson (it's a bio, but it has enough content to significantly help your life, motivate a reader, and demonstrate qualities and skills which matter)

      4) EntreLeadership - Dave Ramsey

      5) As Man Thinketh also has to go on the list
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  • Thus Spake Zarathustra.

    It's one of the best self-help books you'll ever come across.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulsmith6745
    There are really so many books available in the market for self development, but most of the user don’t know about the author before. After purchase they find nothing special in the book to read and something that let them gain self confidence to stand up in society. I was also looking for some interesting stuff over the internet and found one beautiful life case book that can inspire anybody. It’s all about a story where A migrant courageous young man from Moldova walks for six months to reach a destination he knows nothing about in a new country. The author shares his real-life story, as it happened when he walked barefoot across Europe. Book is available on Amazon store, you can search “No One's Business: A Migrant's Barefoot Journey to Millions” and buy it with one click.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    I think that each book a person reads would add to their life. For me, there isn't one book I would say is the best book written. There are just too many good books.

    I read lots of self-help books, and all of them teach me something new. So I would say that it is a combination of what you need to the particular point in your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    In my opinion it is "Think and Grow Rich."

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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Think and Grow Rich is up there as many books have practically copied this one.

    However, Rhythm of Life from Matthew Kelly, a few Og Mandino Books, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari, The Alchemist and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

    I could probably list a few other popular ones, too.

    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.
    Seriously, just line them up, throw a dart and whichever one you hit, start there. Just be prepared to read it more than once and study it. When you don't study these books, they go in one ear and out the other with maybe one or two things sticking for a short period of time.

    Study these books, don't just read them and you'll get what you're really looking for.
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    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. All books written since including the secret and most self development books are mere revamps of the all time classic original. God bless Napeoleon Hill.
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    Out of many books, everyday I listen to "Strangest Secret" of Nightangle. It motivates me and let me focus on my goals everyday.

    The most classic book for me will be "Think & Grow Rich"
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    Hands down, if you need a 'tune up' or to 'calibrate' your brain to where you need to be at to perform at your highest level...

    THE 10X RULE by Grant Cardone

    Get the Audible version and listen on your phone. Grant narrates so it is not boring at all.
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