This is the list of the most influential personal development and self improvement books I have read so far.
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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. “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 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.”
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.”
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: 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. “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.”
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.”
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.”
How 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.”
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 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 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. “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.”
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.
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!”
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.”
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