The Top 10 Self Development Books for Entrepreneurs

By | 2011/10/10

The list of top 10 self-development book for entrepreneurs. Books based on self-improvement help you focus on what is really important for you in life. Entrepreneurship does not necessarily mean only building on your business skills, this is a list of effective self-development books that people around the world have used to improve their quality of life. This is a list of the most popular self-development books that you can read.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

This book was first published in 1989 and it still sells like hot cakes! (2011) You probably don’t need me to mention this book. Stephen R. Covey’s madly popular book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective is a must read for anyone looking to become a better leader and individual.

The book features seven simple habits focusing on integrity, human dignity etc. to become more effective in all spheres of life.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

If Stephen Covey published his best-seller in 1989, Dale Carnegie created this top selling self-help book called How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1937. The title of the book is quite self-explanatory. But the information in the book is still as relevant as it was back when it was published. This book focuses on how to improve your human relations via empathy and true attention to others. Thereby helping you become a better parent, better boss or become influential anywhere you interact with others.

And the book is not just plain talking, it is backed up with working life examples.

Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Awake The Giant Within is perhaps among the most sought after book in any self-help section, Anthony Robbins has done a great job to help you implement almost instant changes in life. The book mainly focuses on emotional intelligence technique (one, created by Tony Robbins himself) to improve your health, finance or relationships.

Don’t get put off by the 600 odd pages of this heavy book, it is completely worth your time.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

A classic does not become a classic overnight, it is a pretty heavy word. There are thousands of books on positive thinking so it is very important you pick the best one. And the best book on optimism and living a satisfied life is The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Peale. First published in 1952, in the book he offers a system to enrich your life a lead a happy and fulfilling life.

In fact, most modern day self-help books are heavily inspired from self-development classics written by the likes of Peale.

I’m OK, You’re OK by Thomas A. Harris (M.D.)

I’m Ok, You’re OKwas first published in 1967 and it has stayed in the New York Times best seller list for almost two years. Thomas A. Harris was a psychiatrist who praises then new method of Transactional Analysis in psychiatry and how the same TA can be used by ordinary people to deal with issues in their lives. The books title is associated to the content because it talks about the four “life positions” that each individual may take:

  1. I’m Not OK, You’re OK
  2. I’m Not OK, You’re Not OK
  3. I’m OK, You’re Not OK
  4. I’m OK, You’re OK
The life position that you have will affect the way you converse, react and perceive with others/situations. It is a educating book that will help you understand yourself much better than you did before you read this book.

Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Another book on the human mind, this is an amazing book that reveals deep insights and secrets of the human psyche. The author Maxwell Maltz, is a person who had been a plastic surgeon for 20 years and he observed the effect of plastic surgery on his patients. It is a book that will give you loads to ponder about. He talks about fear and the stark though contrast between successful and unsuccessful people. A must read for anyone who is looking for greater understanding of himself and ways of his mind.

Feel the fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Fear is the single most obstacle that stops people from jumping off the bandwagon and do what they really feel like. Much like books on positive thinking, there are many books on tackling fear as well. This is why it is important you read the best book on it and Susan Jeffers has done a great job with Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.

It deals with doing exactly what you fear to get rid of a particular fear and how important it is to avoid the comfort zone to become successful. And the negative effective that fear has one’s life. Jeffers steers this book using examples from her own life to drive the point home.

The Power of Purpose by Les Brown

Les Brown is a very popular motivational speaker. The book is perhaps one of the best ways a person can use it if he feels bogs down by the rat race and the incessant competition that today’s world offers. You will learn how to find the right job and how to adjust your life to really live your purpose. A must read for those who want to re-focus their life to their true purpose and make things happen.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This book is a must have on your book shelves, it is seriously awesome as it discusses the impetus of many serious diseases. And how channeled your emotions are to the diseases that you might suffer. For example, if you hold resentment or you cannot forgive someone, that could manifest as a cancer or some other illness. It is an intense and deep read. Louise Hay has done an exemplary job with it.

Who Will Cry When You Die? by Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is best known for his book – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. In this book he mentions  101 simple solutions to life’s most complex problems. This book will help you get back your purpose and passion in life and kill the empty feeling. A highly recommended self-help book to entrepreneurs.

Have you read any of these works and how has it influenced your life? Leave a comment below!

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