This is the list of the most influential personal development and self improvement books I have read so far.

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THE BASIC

marcus aurelius meditationsMeditations by Marcus Aurelius. (Link to amazon.com) “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed. – When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

 

 

your erroneous zones by wayne dyer

Your Erroneous Zones By Wayne Dyer. “You Make yourself unhappy because of the thoughts that you have about the people or things in your life. Becoming a free and healthy person involves learning to think differently.”

 

 

 

 

The-Four-Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz Saverio Valenti

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. “The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth.”

 

 

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Mastery by George Leonard The Keys To Success And Long-Term Fulfillment. “Mastery isn’t reserved for the super talented or even for those who are fortunate enough to have gotten an early start. It’s available to anyone who is willing to get on the path and stay on it- regardless of age, sex, or previous experience.”

 

 

 

Robin Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma. “Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement. Never put off the things that are important for your well-being and satisfaction to a later time. Today is the day to live fully, not when you win the lottery or when you retire. Never put off living!”

 

 

 

seven habits of highly effective people

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. “Proactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about. The nature of their energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing their Circle of Influence to increase. Reactive people, on the other hand, focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern. They focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control.”

 

 

How To Increase Self-Esteem - The Six Pillars Of Self Esteem

The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. “Self-acceptance is the willingness to say of any emotion or behavior, “This is an expression of me, not necessarily an expression I like or admire, but an expression of me nonetheless, at least at the time it occurred. It is the virtue of realism, that is, of respect for reality, applied to the self.”

 

 

 

Psycho-Cybernetics By Maxwell Maltz How To Improve Your Self-ImagePsycho-Cybernetics By Maxwell Maltz. “All your actions, feelings, behavior—even your abilities—are always consistent with this self-image. In short, you will “act like” the sort of person you conceive yourself to be. Not only this, but you literally cannot act otherwise, in spite of all your conscious efforts or will power. The man who conceives himself to be a “failure-type person” will find some way to fail, in spite of all his good intentions, or his will power, even if opportunity is literally dumped in his lap.”

 

 

the five love languages gary chapman

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman.  “Psychologists have concluded that the need to feel loved is a primary human emotional need. For love, we will climb mountains, cross seas, traverse desert sands, and endure untold hardships. Without love, mountains become unclimbable, seas uncrossable, deserts unbearable, and hardships our plight in life.”

 

 

 

How-to-Win-Friends-and-Influence-PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. “Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouse resentment.”

 

 

 

 

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The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene. “Life has a particular pace and rhythm, an endless stream of changes that can move slowly or quickly. When you try to stop this flow mentally or physically by holding on to things or people, you fall behind. Your actions become awkward because they are not in relation to present circumstances. It is like moving against a current as opposed to using it to propel you forward.”

 

 

 

antifragile nassim thaleb

Antifragile By Nassim Taleb. “If you want to become antifragile, put yourself in the situation ‘loves mistakes’- to the right of ‘hate mistakes’ ”

 

 

 

 

 

The Compound Effect By Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. “I want you to know in your bones that your only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time.”

 

 

 

 

mastery by robert greeneMastery by Robert Greene. (link to amazon.com) “Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”

 

FINANCIAL FREEDOM

 

how to make money felix dennis

How To Make Money By Felix Dennis. “If you have ever wondered why there are so few really, wealthy self-made men and women in the world, you now have the answer. It has little to do with chance and everything to do with your capacity to accept the risk of being humiliate in the attempt – not just once, but many times, perhaps.”

 

 

 

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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker. “Ask most people if they want to be rich and they’d look at you as if you were crazy. “of course I want to be rich, ” they’d say. The truth, however is that most people don’t really want to be rich.”

 

 

 

 

The Millionaire Fastlane

The Millionaire Fastlane by M.J. DeMarco. (link to amazon.com) “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!”

 

 

 

4 hour work week tim ferris

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. (Link to amazon.com)  “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”

 

rich dad poor dad Robert KiyosakiRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. (Link to amazon.com) “In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk. – You’re only poor if you give up. The most important thing is that you did something. Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You’ve done something.”

 

 

the science of getting rich wallace wattles The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. (Link to amazon.com) “The only service you can render God is to give expression to what he is trying to give the world, through you. The only service you can render God is to make the very most of yourself in order that God may live in you to the utmost of your possibilities.”

 

 

 

think and grow rich napoleon hill Think And Grow Rich Napoleon Hill. (Link to amazon.com) “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”

 

 

tony robbins money master the gameMoney Master The Game by Tony Robbins. (Link to amazon.com) “Remember: we all get what we tolerate. So stop tolerating excuses within yourself, limiting beliefs of the past, or half-assed or fearful states. Use your body as a tool to snap yourself into a place of sheer will, determination, and commitment. Face your challenges head on with the core belief that problems are just speed bumps on the road to your dreams. And from that place, when you take massive action—with an effective and proven strategy—you will rewrite your history.”

 

the millionaire next door thomas stanleyThe Millionaire Next Door Thomas Stanley. (Link to amazon.com) “I am not impressed with what people own. But I’m impressed with what they achieve. I’m proud to be a physician. Always strive to be the best in your field…. Don’t chase money. If you are the best in your field, money will find you.- Whatever your income, always live below your means.”

 

 

 

the richest man in babylon by george samuel clasonThe Richest Man In Babylon by George Samuel Clason. (Link to amazon.com) “Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade”

 

 

 

how to get rich donald trumpHow To Get Rich by Donald Trump. (Link to amazon.com) “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

a long walk to freedom nelson mandela

Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela.  “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

 

losing my virginity richard branson Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. (Link to amazon.com) “I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”

 

 

 

arnold schwarzenegger total recall Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Link to amazon.com) “it’s not what you get out of life that counts. Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. you’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating”

 

 

Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. (Link to amazon.com) “He points out that one of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask,” Musk said. “Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy. I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask.” The teenage Musk then arrived at his ultralogical mission statement. “The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment,”

 

brad stone the everything store jeff bezos and the age of amazonThe Everything store  by Brad Stone. (Link to amazon.com) “I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out. Read more at – A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

 

 

 

sam walton made in americaMade In America by Sam Walton. (Link to amazon.com) “could a Wal-Mart-type story still occur in this day and age? My answer is of course it could happen again. Somewhere out there right now there’s someone—probably hundreds of thousands of someones—with good enough ideas to go all the way. It will be done again, over and over, providing that someone wants it badly enough to do what it takes to get there. It’s all a matter of attitude and the capacity to constantly study and question the management of the business.”

 

 

steve jobs biography walter isaacsonSteve Jobs By Walter Isaacson. (Link to amazon.com) “Some people say, “Give the customers what they want.” But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, “If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘A faster horse!'” People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

 

 

 

benjamin franklin walter isaacsonBenjamin Franklin An American Life by Walter Isaacson. (Link to amazon.com) “While gambling at checkers with some shipmates, he formulated an “infallible rule,” which was that “if two persons equal in judgment play for a considerable sum, he that loves money most shall lose; his anxiety for the success of the game confounds him.” The rule, he decided, applied to other battles; a person who is too fearful will end up performing defensively and thus fail to seize offensive advantages.”

 

 

my bondage and my freedom frederick douglassMy Bondage And My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. “The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it’s privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it’s humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?”

 

 

Muhammad Ali His Life And Times by Thomas Hauser quotesMuhammad Ali His Life And Times by Thomas Hauser. “Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.”

 

 

 

SPIRITUALITY

 

 

 Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. "Just as a man shudders with horror when he steps upon a serpent, but laughs when he looks down and sees that it is only a rope, so I discovered one day that what I was calling "I" cannot be found, and all fear and anxiety vanished with my mistake."Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. “Just as a man shudders with horror when he steps upon a serpent, but laughs when he looks down and sees that it is only a rope, so I discovered one day that what I was calling “I” cannot be found, and all fear and anxiety vanished with my mistake.”

 

 

 

The Power Of Now A Guide To Spiritual EnlightenmentThe Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart Tolle. “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it.”

 

a new earth eckhart tolleA New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

 

 

 

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The Seven Spiritual laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. “The first thing is to accept people, situations, and events as they are, not as you wish they were, in this moment. This moment is as it should be, because it took the entire universe to make this moment. When you struggle against this moment, you struggle against the entire universe. You can intend for things to be different in the future, but in this moment, accept things as they are.”

 

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