10 Best Self Improvement Books

What is Self Improvement?

Self Improvement books, articles, and other resources can help us learn how to improve our lives. Self Improvement covers many areas of our lives including, but not limited to, relationships, careers, parenting, and health. We can find Self Improvement advice for almost any area of life we want to change or improve.

Some Self Improvement concepts are very simple, such as learning to say “no” more often or developing a daily routine. Others are much more complex, such as learning how to deal with difficult emotions or changing our thought patterns. No matter what area of Self Improvement we focus on, making even small changes can have a big impact on our lives.

Why Self Improve?

Self Improvement can help us to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. When we make even small changes in our lives, we can see big results. Self Improvement can also help us to build better relationships, achieve our goals, and boost our self-confidence.

How to Self Improve?

There are many ways to Self Improve. One way is to read Self Improvement books or articles to learn new concepts and ideas. You can also attend Self Improvement workshops or classes, listen to Self Improvement podcasts, or talk to a therapist or counselor about areas you’d like to work on. Experimenting with different methods can help you find what works best for you.

Self Improvement Books

Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded

by Dan S. Kennedy, Maxwell Maltz

Cybernetics (loosely translated from the Greek): “a helmsman who steers his ship to port.” Psycho-Cybernetics is a term coined by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, which means, “steering your mind to a productive, useful goal so you can reach the greatest port in the world, peace of mind.”

Since its first publication in 1960, Maltz’s landmark bestseller has inspired and enhanced the lives of more than 30 million readers. In this updated edition, with a new introduction and editorial commentary by Matt Furey, president of the Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, the original text has been annotated and amplified to make Maltz’s message even more relevant for the contemporary reader.

“Before the mind can work efficiently, we must develop our perception of the outcomes we expect to reach. Maxwell Maltz calls this Psycho-Cybernetics; when the mind has a defined target it can focus and direct and refocus and redirect until it reaches its intended goal.” —Tony Robbins (from Unlimited Power)

Self-Improvement 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

by John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell, an expert in leadership development, uses his decades of experience to teach readers how to reach their full potential through a commitment to personal growth. In Self-Improvement 101, he provides the essential tips and tools to help any leader continue striving for excellence no matter what industry, business, or level of leadership. You’ll learn: the secret of becoming a lifelong learner, where to focus your time for maximum growth, what sacrifices are worth making to keep getting better, how to overcome obstacles to self-improvement, the key to turning experience into wisdom, and why leaders need to be learners, among many other essential lessons. People never reach their potential by accident. Often, those who achieve the greatest success have the greatest desire to learn and grow. Self-Improvement 101 guides readers on an essential journey to uncovering their own desire, commitment, and unyielding determination to improve their life–and to improve themselves.

Summary: 12 Rules for Life - An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

by ExecutiveGrowth Summaries

Existence on this earth is usually characterized by humans pursuing activities that makes us happy. Jordan Peterson is an excellent psychologist, who understands the basis underlying our behavior and actions; in this book he explains in detail rules that would help us combat the chaos in achieving a happy life.

This book is not just written for single people and young adults, it addresses everyday issues in families with children. The rules detailed in the book can be easily applied by everyone irrespective of age or social status.

What to take from this book

Every reader would get principles that guides human activities. These principles are focused on how we treat ourselves and how we should relate with other people around us. The rules in this book are rooted in historical stories derived from the Bible and other world historical events.

At the end of the day we are ultimately in charge of our lives; how we respond to events in our lives and how we relate to people. This book would provide insight on how to maintain relationships in our lives, either with people older than yourself or younger depending on the case.

Real Help: An

Real Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement

by Ayodeji Awosika

Real Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement details the in-depth self-improvement knowledge and wisdom from Ayodeji Awosika: a self-taught 3-time author, TEDx speaker, and top writer on medium.com with over 50,000 followers who helps millions of readers per year with wisdom and insights to change their life.

This book won’t guarantee any of the following:

You’ll make millions of dollars
You’ll build a life-changing business that helps you quit your job overnight
You’ll find perfect, peace, happiness, and contentment

Summary: Principles – Life and Work by Ray Dalio

by ExecutiveGrowth Summaries

Ray Dalio was raised in a middle-class family in Long Island, NY and later became one of the 100 wealthiest people in the world (according to Forbes). He found Bridgewater Associates out of his two-bedroom apartment and grew it to become the world’s most successful hedge fund managing over $160 billion in assets.

Bridgewater is renown for their policies of radical transparency and open-mindedness. If you work there, you’re always expected to say what you think and be brutally honest, no matter your seniority. It’s a unique company culture, and it runs on the Principles discussed in this book.

These simple but profound Principles took 40 years to perfect. They were refined and evolved over that time. Each time Dalio and his partners encountered a new problem or challenge, they tried to find the underlying principle at work and tried to learn from their pain and struggle.

I Had It All the Time: When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstasy

by Alan Cohen

If you are among the millions of people who have devoted years of time, bundles of money, and buckets of effort to finding the teacher, training, or technique that will fix what’s not working in your life, you will find welcome relief in this dynamic, heartful, and humorous array of illuminating insights.

Whether you are a newcomer or veteran on the path of self-improvement, I Had It All the Time will awaken you to a life so magnificent that you will laugh at the notion of improving what love made whole.

Finding Inner Courage

by Mark Nepo

Stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, writers, and spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions showing how we too can stand by the courage of our convictions in challenging times.

In this book, Mark invites readers to live their own inner core of being. The book is divided into three sections: Finding Our Inner Core, Standing by Our Inner Core, and Sustaining the Practice of Living from That Place. Each of the nearly 60 brief essays elucidates and inspires. Nepo’s broad range of stories and people, of traditions and insights, offers myriad ways for readers to relate to their own search for courage.

The 3t Path: Self-Improvement and Self-Realization in Yoga

Giridhari Das

For the first time, find in a single book the principal means of changing your consciousness and reshaping your brain, for an increasingly better life experience. Discover the power of your mind.

In The 3T Path you’ll find hundreds of time-tested and scientifically proven suggestions, facts and techniques for your growth and self-improvement. The 3T Path is a comprehensive system that works in multiple fronts at the same time, bringing your noticeable results in a short time.

The 3T Path will bring about enormous personal transformation to help you resolve and transcend the challenges of life, maximizing your potential. The strength of The 3T Path lies in its use of ancient and powerful tools from the yoga tradition:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Dharma
  3. Inner peace
  4. Knowledge
  5. Devotion

The Therapist's Workbook: Self-Assessment, Self-Care, and Self-Improvement Exercises for Mental Health Professionals

by Jeffrey A. Kottler

Mental health professionals spend their days helping others, but who is there to help them when stress and burnout threaten their own well-being? Filled with self-assessments, journaling exercises, and activities designed to facilitate renewal, growth, and change, this timely book helps clinicians help themselves with coverage of career threatening issues, such as fear of failure, loss of confidence, and the financial stress and loss of autonomy that many clinician’s experience as a result of managed care and its constraints.

Death: The End of Self-Improvement

by Joan Tollifson

This book celebrates the great stripping process of aging, dying and spiritual awakening. Beautiful, poignant, at times humorous, transcendent, messy, down to earth, refreshingly honest—the book explores death, and more importantly, being alive, through a rich mix of personal stories and spiritual reflections.

Joan writes about her mother’s final years and about being with friends and teachers at the end of their lives. She shares her own journey with aging, anal cancer, and other life challenges. She explores what it means to be alive in what may be the collapse of civilization and the possible extinction of life on earth due to climate change.

Pointing beyond deficiency stories, future fantasies, and oppressive self-improvement projects, Joan invites an awakening to the immediacy of this moment and the wonder of ordinary life. She demonstrates a pathless path of genuine transformation, seeing all of life as sacred and worthy of devotion, and finding joy in the full range of our human experience.