5 Must Read Self Help Books

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So, the last summers, I did nothing but read tens of books. In my hit list, were one of the most popular self-help books even written. Bought, borrowed and downloaded, somehow I was able to finish the hit-list by the end of the summers. Therefore, here I’m with the top 5 of the world’s most helping self-help books! I’d rather love to start from the number 1:

  1. The Alchemist.

Written by Paulo Coelho, the book is the epitome of inspiration. The simple plot of the story keeps you spellbound as you begin to see yourself in Santiago who wants to achieve his dream. He was a Shepherd who wanted to see and explore the whole world. One night he dreams that if he’d go to the Egyptian pyramids across the seas and the deserts, he’ll find a treasure there. He meets a mysterious person Melchizedek who further inspires him to pursue his dream.


He decided to achieve his dream. He sold all his sheep for some money to travel, he was robbed, he had to work at a shop for more than a year to earn some money, he even fell in love with a woman – but above all, he didn’t give up upon his dream. Leaving all behind, he kept moving on.

When you want something, all of the Universe conspires you to achieve it.”

He was trapped into the desert, he was about to get killed by the barbarians of the desert, but he didn’t give up upon his belief, upon his dream!

There’s only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Santiago achieved his dream because he worked for it, he believed in it and he never gave up! Well, you’ll have to read the whole book to find out how he does that.

  1. The Secret.

First published in 2006 and then made world records in selling the number of copies. You simply can’t miss this awesome book. The book tells about the law of attraction, rather guides the reader well about how to use it. The rule is quite simple, you can get astonishing results in your life just by changing the way you think. The book says that thoughts have frequencies and whatever you think, you transmit similar frequencies into the universe, which attract back similar events in your lives.


The law of attraction is presented in a 3 step process in the book. First – ask the Universe and visualize it. Second – believe it, that you will get what you asked for, and third – receive.

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

The book literally guides through how to manifest the desires. According to it, being grateful for what we have and visualizing what we need for in real time helps in believing it, and thus attaining it. After this rough idea, the later chapters of the book teaches how to use this concept upon different areas like relationships, health, wealth etc. Slowly the book moves on to more spiritual aspects of the law of attraction.

  1. Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Well, in rough words, according to the author Malcolm Gladwell, the spontaneous or instant perception and its futuristic deductions are as good as the the deductions after proper long-time observation. Sometimes, these deductions may even be better than the planned ones. Gladwell calls this concept “thin-slicing”. The book is all about the moments when we know something somehow without knowing how we actually know it. Trust your instincts and you won’t go for critical thinking all the times.


In the method of thin-slicing, we only come across a very limited piece of information. And in most of the times, the conclusions based on this small piece is often better and reliable. Gladwell pointed out various different examples to support his claim coming from various different fields including blind dating, gambling, malpractising cases and in predicting the success rate of a marriage.

  1. The Magic of Thinking BIG.

Well, this book was published more than 50 years ago, and is still maintaining a good sale. This book is also in a way related to the law of attraction, however, it didn’t receive that much of controversies. The author, David J. Schwartz, says that you can achieve whatever you want if you think big. Most people limit themselves in narrower thoughts and they never make it big.

Well, if it is that simple, then why is everyone not successful? The reason is simple – not everyone believes in himself, not everyone thinks big!

the magic of thinking big

Starting with a few good examples, David slowly moves on to teach how to think big and more creatively. He further teaches upon building a right attitude towards everything. The most important thing that the book focus upon is the execution of the plans. Most people think big, make big plans, but never execute it and that’s exactly where they’re left behind.

This book is really a very fascinating and motivating read!

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie wrote it about a century ago and it has sold more than 15 million copies by then.

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”


The writer did a lot of research upon human psychology and connections. Influencing people is an art and at no point over the time the people should feel that you’re manipulating them. The book presents a rather more materialistic approach to it, but anyway, winning is winning!

Carnegie presents a point by point approach and his method really works! Tried and tested ;)


Enjoy the read people!

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