Best Self-Help Books


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Received a few requests asking me to provide a list of the best self-help/inspirational books I’ve read. Here’s my list:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Psycho Cibernetics
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (Murphy)
  • Head Strong (Dave Asprey)
  • Superbodies (Wells)
  • The Millionaire Next Door
  • The Millionaire Mind
  • The Richest Man in Babylon
  • Release Your Brakes (Newman)
  • Success Principles (Canfield)
  • The Compound Effect
  • 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (John Maxwell)
  • The Art of Work (Goins)
  • The Science of Getting Rich (Wattles)
  • Grit (Duckworth)
  • The Power of Habit (Duhigg)
  • Genome (Ridley)
  • Super Brain (Chopra/Tanzi)
  • Super Genes (Chopra/Tanzi)
  • Million Dollar Habits (Ringer)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Willpower (Baumeister/Tierney)
  • Unstoppable (Kersey)
  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived (Scott)
  • Tools of Titans (Ferris)
  • 10% Human (Collen)
  • Getting There (Segal)
  • Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)
  • The Science of Happiness (Klein)
  • The Well-Tuned Brain
  • Focus (Coleman)
  • The Eureka Factor (Kounios/Beeman)
  • A Lifetime of Riches (Ritt/Landers)
  • Be My Guest (Conrad Hilton)
  • The Brain That Changes Itself (Doidge)
  • Making Habits Breaking Habits (Dean)
  • Mini Habits (Guise)
  • Finding Your Element (Robinson)
  • The Psychology of Achievement (Tracy)
  • Create Your Own Future (Tracy)
  • Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness (Rohn)
  • Train Your Brain Change Your Brain (Begley)
  • The Owner’s Manual for the Brain (Howard)
  • Brain Rules (Medina)
  • Rewire the Brain (Arden)
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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. I have just started reading. Hope to see changes in my habits.


    What? Where’s the 7 habits of highly effective people?
    Habit 1 Be proactive
    Habit 2 Begin with the end in mind
    Habit 3 Put first things first
    Habit 4 think win win
    Habit 5 seek to understand before being understood
    Habit 6 Synergize
    Habit 7 Sharpen the saw

    I highly recommend this Tom.

    • I’ve tried reading that book at least 3 times over the years and never liked it. I did not like the way it was written. It seemed to me it was written for corporate America. I even bought the audio book two years ago and tried listening to it. I couldn’t get through the audio book either. I want to like that book, but I just don’t.

  3. Lisa Schreiber says:

    Great list! You mention a bunch of books I haven’t even heard of! Thanks!

  4. Davene Meehan says:

    I am still digesting your Change Your Habits, Change Your Life–probably on the 10th or so go around. I love it. But looks like I need to take it, incorporate it and go on. Have you thought of making a workbook with the Rich Habits Test, (which I gave my students with a little editing), habit rating, future letter, obituary, dream-setting, goal-making, bucket list???

  5. How about the book Getting Things Done by David Allen

  6. I would add Getting Things Done by David Allen

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