Self Development

There are countless books out there doling out advice to you. However, there are just a few of them that are really effective enough that they can seriously make an impact on your life.

Have you ever felt that self help books are not doing much service to you?

If you like most people, you go through these books like any other book- you’re probably finishing them flat in a few days’ time. That, however, could be one reason why no matter how many self help books you have been reading, there is very little progress you can see in your life.

The key to really making use of the wisdom of these books is to go through them slowly. I often recommend reading these books over a period of 4-6 weeks. This give you enough time not only to apply the various tactics, strategies and other bits of advice but also to test the efficacy of such information. I often finish 3-4 fictional works and narratives in the time I am done with a single self help book. Quite often even, I have found myself reading 2 self help books that are completely unrelated in the same time period.

I’ve applied and tested the above method and I’m glad to say that it is super effective!

Here is a list of some of the most essential self help books out there that need to be read by the modern human:

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  3. Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  4. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  5. Procrastination on Purpose by Rory Vaden
  6. The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay
  7. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  8. Letters From a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  11. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  12. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch


The list above was based on the essential criteria of being different from other items in the list as well as being extremely practical- these books are packed with instant takeaways that you can apply in your life within the first 10 minutes of reading any of them. We’ll be adding more books continuously and review those that are not very well known but seriously underrated.

We’re open to suggestions and recommendations from our readers for certain books they feel ought to be in the list above.