Top 5 Self-Help Books You Must Read

Written by on July 2, 2019

If you’re lost in a sea of unhappiness, sometimes it’s worth reaching your hand out to anything that floats.  

If you’re going to reach out into the self-help realm, here are the top 5 books you should find quickly, grab tightly, absorb over and over.  They just might save your life.

Each of these books has the key elements you should have in a self-help book (link to article #2). Moreover, the message is so powerful that it applies across all aspects of life.  This is why I recommend these if you don’t know where to start or if you need that extra boost to get to the next level.


177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold

Too many people have the mental toughness of a wet napkin.

Steve Siebold was a tennis pro and was the go-to person for testing the mental toughness of Navy Seals.  He takes his decades of personal experience along with a host of other winners he’s interviewed and distilled it into the mindset of a champion.

Wimps don’t win in business or life.  Suck it up and let’s go.


What To Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

We have to stop listening to ourselves and start talking to ourselves.

Shad Helmstetter opens the mind and shares how our beliefs and mindset create our world.  What’s more, he shows us how to fill our heads with those things that help us grow while removing those that tear us down.

Talk to myself?  Hey, it’s either weird and rich or broke and cool.  Up to you.


Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill

I need a young priest and an old priest.

Known for his other book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill’s latest release (80 years after it was written) is just as controversial today as it would have been during his time.  Napoleon commands the Devil to reveal his secrets of how he helps people lose in life.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The most life-changing book I’ve ever read.

In his landmark book, Stephen Covey takes us step by step through the most important habits that all successful people have mastered.  He explains it in a simple and to-the-point manner that anyone can understand.

Let’s get back in the habit of winning.


The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Compounding applies to more than just interest.

Darren Hardy shows us the effects of taking immediate and massive action.  The former gets the ball rolling and the latter keeps it rolling. That is, as long as we’re taking the right actions.

Just being “busy” is not an option.


Bonus pamphlet. Skill with people by Les Giblin

Every business is a relationship business

Maybe you were expecting a Dale Carnegie book.  Well, Les is able to take the nuggets of human relations and put it into a quick 33-page book.  If you want to be likeable and trustworthy, this is your bible.

You’re never fully successful without a smile.



Are these the only books you should read?  Of course not. These are the books that you must read if you haven’t, and that you should read if you’re just getting started down the self-help road.  They won’t fix your life outright, but they will instill the belief and the tools to get to work.


  • Do you agree with us about the importance of reading these books?
  • Have any of them impacted your life?
  • Do you have a story you’d like to share about an experience you or a friend have had with a self-help book?  


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