The 3 Top Self Help Books That Helped Shape My Life

Since about the age of 17 years, I have been passionate about discovering what makes me tick, and what allows people to become wildly successful, while others fail miserably. So over time I have turned to the top self help books to find some answers… I wanted to educate myself and learn everything I could about turning my life around for the better.

Over the years I have read many self help books that didn’t really help me at all. Some were fairly ordinary, while other books were just a rehash of information that I already knew. But there were also quite a few self help books that were outstanding, and really clicked with me. I’ll talk about the ones that I consider the very best.

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz was the very first book that I read on personal development and psychology. It was an old book that belonged to my father that I found lying around, but once I read the table of contents I was intrigued and couldn’t put the book down. It also laid the foundation for my desire to read more books on the subject.

Maxwell Maltz was actually a plastic surgeon who became curious about the mental and emotional changes that often took place in his patients after they had cosmetic procedures performed. He then went on a journey of discovery to find out what determined the self-image and self esteem of different people. His book is definitely an old classic that shaped the way I act and think now… highly recommended.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is an all-time best of the best, top self help books, that probably most of you would have read by now… if not, I recommend you go out and get a copy for yourself. I was about 20 years old when I read this book and it really added to my knowledge on top of what I took away from Psycho-Cybernetics.

I have read this book 3 times over the past 20 or so years and I find that I still get a lot out of it each time. Even though this book was written many years ago, a lot of what is taught is still highly relevant today in 2012.

Real Magic by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is a book that I read much later in life and again, it built on things that I learned from previous books. I have to give credit to Real Magic for introducing me to the concept of meditating on a daily basis. Meditation was something that I had never tried before, so reading about how to do it, finally encouraged me to give it a go… and I’m glad I did because it’s now such a huge part of my life.

Real Magic also goes into spirituality (no I’m not religious) which I hadn’t given much thought to, previous to reading the book. It talks about spirituality being an important part of having a successful life and also successful relationships.

What About Other Self Help Books?

As I mentioned above, there are many books available that are really good and will help you enormously… I just gave you my top three favourites, but Simona Rich has another 20 great self help books in her article  20 Best Self Growth Books That Will Change Your Life.

“Read these self growth books to improve your life and gain better understanding of wealth, success principles and health.” More reading at… 20 Best Self Growth Books That Will Change Your Life.

But perhaps what is even a better idea is to download your favourite books in audio format… that way you can listen no matter what you are doing. Whether you are walking, riding or driving your car, even mowing the lawn… if you tend to be busy most of the time, with audio books you can still absorb all the information during your daily routine.

Steven Aitchison in his article 17 of the best self help audio books had this to say…

“I have read hundreds of self help books over the years however I don’t have time to read a lot nowadays. I have increasingly been buying and downloading audio and playing it in the car as I drive about 5 – 7 hours per week. This means I can listen to approximately 1 book per week.” More reading at… 17 of the best self help audio books.

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You probably have your own list of top self help books that you have referred to over the years. The important thing is to not only read what’s inside the pages, but to implement what you learn and to practice on a daily basis. Read as many books on the subject as you possibly can to increase your awareness and then go out into the real world to experience. Do as much as you can to advance your personal development, even if that means undergoing self help courses as the opportunity arises.

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