10 Best Self Help Books to Help You Become a Better Person [2021]

Read on as we show you the top 10 best self-help books for your journey to self-growth and personal development.

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10 Best Self Help Books [2021]
Source: Psychology Today

From the Romans’ early codex to the Americas’ pre-Columbian codices to the Chinese’s jiandu, the origin of books goes as far back as the clay tablets used in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC.

Books are considered to be one of the most valuable sources of information that people seek to build up their knowledge of specific areas of study.

Many benefits come with reading books. For example, not only does it help with building your knowledge, but it also helps in stress reduction, memory improvement, strengthening analytical thinking skills and improved focus and concentration, etc.

This article compiles a list of the 10 Best Self Help Books you should read to help you on your learning journey to self-growth.

1. How To Win Friends & Influence People 

Source: Goodreads
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– No. 19 on Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 most influential books (2011)
– Sold more than 30 million copies worldwide
– Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
– Ways to Make People Like You
– Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
– Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment
Online Ratings54,964 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
18,077 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.21/ 5.0 stars)

Having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is still one of the world’s bestsellers till today.

Packed with many credible pieces of advice that are still relevant today, this book has helped many leaders including well-known figures like Warren Buffet, the world’s fourth-wealthiest person and one of the most successful investors in the world, flourish in their personal lives and careers.

2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Source: CamEd Business Library Blog
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– Compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence
– Presents a number of compelling arguments
– Very useful ideas that can be applied in the real world
– Author Cal Newport runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success
Online Ratings1157 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)
3009 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.07 / 5.0 stars)

In So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, Cal Newport challenges the conventional idea of following one’s passion over one’s skills and talent when pursuing a successful career.

While he mentions that matching one’s career to one’s passion is a trivial matter, Cal also holds his grounds that it is how you do for a living than what you do that matters more.

One who believes that passion comes after putting in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, Cal will teach you how to achieve career success through contemporary and scientific-based case studies.

3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Source: Great Performers Academy
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– Has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication
– Audio version became the 1st non-fiction audiobook in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies
Online Ratings8227 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
11,817 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.13 / 5.0 stars)

A business and self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1989.

In this book, Covey educates readers on how they can live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being successful in life by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles.

A highly popular read that took the US book industry by a storm, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will help you navigate your life correctly through changing small habits surrounding independence, interdependence and continual improvement.

4. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Source: Goodreads
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features–  More than 2 million copies sold
– The #1 New York Times bestseller
– Based on twelve years of pioneering research
Online Ratings9832 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars)
10,294 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.24 / 5.0 stars)

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is a book written by researcher and thought leader Dr Brené Brown, based on twelve years of pioneering research.

In this book, Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity.

Dispelling the cultural myth that vulnerability is a weakness, but in truth, our most accurate measure of courage, Daring Greatly, will help readers see beyond winning and losing in today’s highly competitive world.

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Source: Amazon
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– Focus of Time magazine’s February 2012 cover article 
– Translated into over forty languages
– New York Times Bestseller
Online Ratings15,631 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)
102 Google reviews (Average rating: 4.2 / 5.0 stars)

A 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking shows how our modern society misunderstands and dramatically undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people as well as the loss incurred in doing so.

In a world where communication, socialising and networking is very critical in our personal relationships and career progression, this book will help many of you understand the thoughts and behaviours of introverts, thereby improving your personal and work relationships with them.

6. The Gifts of Imperfection

Source: Bethel Store
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– Written by New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown
– Sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages 
– Named by Forbes as one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life”
Online Ratings23,617 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
8264 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.2 / 5.0 stars)

Another book written by New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection, shows readers how they can embrace their imperfections and recognise that they are enough.

A highly recommended read by the same author of Daring Greatly, this is an inspirational book that will teach you to accept yourself for who you really are instead of portraying a fake self to impress others.

7. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Source: Rakuten Kobo
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– #1 New York Times bestseller 
– With over 13 Million Copies Sold
– Inspired by real-life stories
Online Ratings56,040 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars)
13,749 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.24 / 5.0 stars)

A 1992 book written by Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts explores the five different ways romantic partners can express and experience love, in other words, “love languages”.

With the advancement of technology in today’s fast-paced modern society, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to forge stronger and more meaningful relationships.

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Dr Gary Chapman will help you discover the proven secret that has changed millions of relationships worldwide.

8. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Source: Goodreads
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– A blend of formal research, stories and personal accounts about the challenges and rewards of deep work
– Very easy to read 
– Interesting stories of successful people like Bill Gates
Online Ratings10,015 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.6 / 5.0 stars)
8374 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.18 / 5.0 stars)

With so many distractions such as social media in our highly complex world today, it can be very frustrating and difficult to stay focus, especially when you know you need to get things done.

In this book titled Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport, an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and author of this book, will take you on a journey to seek focused success in a distracted world through memorable stories.

9. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

Source: Saddleback Parents
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– New York Times Bestseller
– Over 2 million copies sold 
Online Ratings17,373 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.7 / 5.0 stars)
3695 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.18 / 5.0 stars)

Are you someone who finds it difficult to reject others or say no? If so, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life is the book for you.

Written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, this book will show you how to set healthy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual boundaries with your parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even yourselves.

10. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Source: James Clear
Type of InformationDetails
Highlight Features– Recommended by many authors and entrepreneurs such as Taylor Pearson (author) and Noah Kargan (Founder/ Sumo)
– Learn how to make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
– overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
– Show you how to design your environment to make success easier
– Help you get back on track when you fall off course 
Online Ratings52,916 Amazon reviews (Average rating: 4.8 / 5.0 stars)
20,044 Goodreads reviews (Average rating: 4.36 / 5.0 stars)

Written by James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones opens your eyes to practical strategies to teach you how to form good habits while breaking the bad ones.

Known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviours that can be easily applied to daily life and work, Clear draws on the most scientifically proven ideas to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.

Conclusion

Living in a vastly complex and fast-paced modern world is no easy feat. It takes a lot of self-reflection, constant learning, and an understanding of ourselves and others to set the correct direction we want in our lives.

Hence, we hope that the above recommended 10 Best Self Help Books will help you find the answers to your doubts as you progress in your journey to self-growth and personal improvement.

In addition, SBO also welcome any feedback and reviews regarding your experience with the listed books.

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