1. How To Win Friends and Influence People
How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie, is an absolute must read if you want to understand how to deal with people, as it contains many valuable lessons.
The book consists of six main sections:
- Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
- Six Ways To Make People Like You
- Twelve Ways to Win People To Your Way of Thinking
- Be Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment
- Letters That Produced Miraculous Results
- Seven Rules For Making Your Home Life Happier
By the end of the book, you will have learned many quality life lessons. Some things this book will do for you include:
- Get you out of a mental rut, form new thoughts, visions and ambitions.
- Enable you to create new relationships fast and with ease.
- Increase your popularity.
- Show you how to win people to your way of thinking.
- You will become a better speaker.
- Help you form enthusiasm throughout the people around you.
- Your ability to handle criticism and avoid arguments will highly increase.
If you want to gain these abilities or improve upon them, I really suggest picking this book up. Keep in mind too, there is much more you will gain from this book, that I have not listed.
2. The Richest Man in Babylon
With an engaging format, the richest man in Babylon; written by, George Samuel Clason, is a fantastic read and a classic.
The book gives financial advice through parables set in ancient Babylon.
Beginning, with two men realizing that, one of their childhood friends had become known as the wealthiest man in Babylon. Their friend had created a life of riches, despite growing up in similar circumstances.
Here are eight lessons from the book:
- Pay yourself first.
- Live below your means.
- Make your money work for you.
- Insurance protects your wealth.
- Your home is your largest expense.
- Build a retirement plan.
- Invest in yourself.
- Track your wealth.
Although this book was written in 1926, it’s lessons still hold strong to this day and the vast majority of people have not learned these lessons yet.
3. Think and Grow Rich
Filled to the brim with amazing content and inspiration this is my personal all time favorite book on success.
Think and Grow Rich was written by, Napoleon Hill whom was inspired by the great industrialist, Andrew Carnegie. Napoleon Hill pieced the book together by studying some of history’s most successful people including:
- Henry Ford
- Thomas A. Edison
- John D. Rockefeller
- Woodrow Wilson
- Andrew Carnegie
- James J. Hill
- Edwin C. Barnes
- General Rufus A. Ayers
This is only a short list of the people, Napoleon studied; there are countless others.
I believe this book should be read by absolutely everyone who want’s to improve their life or reach their idea of success.
4. The Law Of Success
The Law Of Success, also written by Napoleon Hill is another fascinating read. It is a bit of a longer read than the other books mentioned but it goes into great detail on success.
This book, contains the culmination of Napoleon Hill’s research in depth. As a matter of fact, Think and Grow Rich is the condensed version of Napoleon Hill’s research.
The Law Of Success, outlines Napoleon Hills fifteen principles on success. He goes into great detail on each and you gain an insight on Napoleon Hill himself when you research these principles.
Napoleon Hill came up with these principles by interviewing the greatest leaders of his time in business, politics, science and religion. Many of whom gave him suggestions for these principles.
The fifteen principles:
- A Definite Chief Aim
- The Habit of Saving
- Initiative And Leadership
- Habit of Doing More Than Paid For
- Pleasing Personality
- Accurate Thought
- The Golden Rule
If your the type of person that loves long books and detailed explanations this is the book for you. You will gain a wealth of knowledge on success and your life will most likely change for the better if you follow Napoleon Hill’s principles.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 habits of highly effective people expanded people’s interest in self-improvement and building a better life. This book has helped many people improve their life.
Stephen Covey, the author of the 7 habits of highly effective people, provides seven habits to live day to day by. The habits are easily understood, but may be hard to apply to your life. You may have to make significant changes in your life, which for many of us is a hard thing to do.
Anyone whom seeks to live a wonderful life should get accustomed to these habits. They are inspirational, life changing and highly applicable.
Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits:
- Be Proactive
- Begin With the End In Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood
- Sharpen The Saw
If you want to learn what these habits are and how you can apply them in your life. I would go get a copy of this book right away because habits can be hard to learn, just like they are to break.
I hope you gained some useful knowledge out of this. If you have any suggestions on great books about success, comment below, I’m sure many people would appreciate it!
Have a Good One!