Wednesday, December 3, 2014

22 Self-Help Books That Will Change the Way You Think Forever, Part 1

I am a self-help book junkie, I have been all my life. I’ve amassed quite a library of self-Help books.

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog post. Below you’ll find 10 of my all-time favorite self-help books that I’ve read, that have changed my way of thinking forever (in a good way).

Some people may argue that all these titles don’t fall under the self-help genre, but according to my train of thought… if the book helps you, it’s self-help.

Some of these books are now considered ancient, others timeless classics. You may have heard of the more popular titles, and there are a few titles that you may have never heard of before.

The one thing they all have in common for me was that they changed the way I thought after reading them…I hope one or more of these books do the same for you.

1. The Power of the Subconcious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Back when I first discovered this book in the early eighties, there weren’t a lot of books on the power of the subconscious mind in the bookstore. This is still available in mass market paperback for under $10. Today there are hundreds of titles available on the power of your subconscious mind.

This was the first one I discovered, that made me realize that we only use a fraction of our brain power, that our conscious mind is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are already familiar with the power of your subconscious mind, you can skip this one, but for beginners who want to start with a classic, start with this book.

2. Born to Succeed by Colin Turner

I actually got this book at a used bookstore for $5 when I found it years ago. It’s still available though it may be hard to find, but if you do find it, it’s worth every word.

Colin Turner is an English Businessman, self-made millionaire who lives in Monaco today. I doubt you’ve ever heard of him, I would be surprised if you’ve heard of him. He’s not famous, but this is one of my favorite books. My paperback has bent and torn corners, is highlighted and filled with notes.

This is more than you’re average self-help book. It’s hard to describe what makes this book so motivating. I found this book right around the time I discovered Tony Robbins. Colin is like the british version of Tony Robbins.

3. Looking out for #1 By Robert J. Ringer

This book is exactly what the title says, it’s about how people’s self-interest comes first. Robert Ringer is not a scientist, or a therapist, or a doctor. He is a business man turned philoshopher.

There is one interesting theory in this book about how people always end up doing what they want, even when it seems like it’s for somebody else, and also how people are always looking out for themselves even though they may seem like they are trying to look out for you.

I read this book over 15 years ago, so I won’t garble his theories here, but they are interesting…by now this book may be very hard to find. I have the mass market paperback.

If you like this book, you may want to check out his other titles, Winning through Intimidation, and Million Dollar habits

4. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

I recommend this book to every woman out there. This book can save your life! This book is about using your gut instinct, and intuition to keep you from being hurt by predators.

This is not a light-hearted, motivational, or inspirational book. But it’s important! I think that all women (and men too) should read it.

This book can help prevent you from being a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and extortion.

Gavin DeBecker is a security expert, who runs his own private security consulting firm, he’s been on Oprah, and he consults for very high profile people.

For your own personal safety, please pick up this book.

5. No Rules: 21 Giant Lies about Success and How to Make it Happen Now by Dan S. Kennedy

This book is not for the timid. This book motivates you to be bold, to do the opposite of what everybody else is doing, and to have big cohones, on your road to success.

Dan Kennedy is a legend in the off-line direct marketing and copywriting world. He is known as the millionaire-maker. He tells it like it is…and coming off as a nice guy isn’t his strong suit. But he’s not in business to be nice, he’s in business to make money, and he doesn’t care what you think of him. I can see how some people would be turned off by his attitude. You either love him, or hate him. I love him, and his no BS style.

Dan has authored a whole set of no BS books, but if you need someone to light a fire under your arse, this is the book to read.

Dan Kennedy’s writing style will remind you of a bootcamp army sargeant yelling at you from the pages of a book.

This is another book I bought used years ago. It’s no longer in print, but you should be able to find it.

6. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Before Donald Trump wrote Think Big, and Kick Ass, There was David J. Schwartz. If you’re stuck thinking small this book will change your mindset.

I remember reading this book on the bus in my early twenties, and another man on the same bus spotted me reading it, and came over to shake my hand, and rave about the book. He said it changed his life. I remember I was near the end of the book when I met this stranger.

It’s one of those books that makes you feel like you can do anything, and then to have a stranger come up to me, who this book had the same effect on was something I will never forget. I hope it has the same effect on you.

7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

I won’t say too much about this book here, because I already wrote a blog post about it. But I had to include it.

I put off reading this book for such a long time, because for some reason I had this idea that it would be hokey, but I was wrong. It is one of my favorite self-help books of all time. Find out why in this blog post.

8. Mind Power Into The 21st Century By John Kehoe

Before ‘The Secret’ , we had John Kehoe. John Kehoe actually become a recluse in the woods for a whole year to write this book. If you liked ‘The Secret’ you will like this book. Back when this book was written nobody was writing books like this, there were only a handful of titles on the shelf with similar content.

It’s a fast read, and simple to understand. Another classic.

9. Secrets of Mind Power by Harry Lorayne

When I first saw this book I thought it was a kids book because of the cartoon on the front cover. I didn’t take it seriously until I started reading it. The funny thing is that Harry Lorayne is a memory expert, but this is a self-help book.

10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

After you finish reading this book, you will change the way you view money.

I picked up a used copy of this book years ago, way before Robert Kiyosaki had built his multi-million dollar franchise around the title.

Robert Kiyosaki is a real-estate millionaire who acquired enough money by in his mid 40’s to retire rich, but decided to share his knowledge of building wealth with the world instead. He’s been building his empire ever since.

This book is not about real-estate, it’s a primer on how money works written in layman’s terms. He’s published many other books under the ‘Rich Dad’ brand, but this is the original book that started it all.

I’ve met a lot of people who have had thier financial mindset changed by reading this book, for those of you who haven’t, pick it up and let me know what you think.

Those are the first 10 books, next week I will add 12 more in the second part to this post.

Let me know if you agree, or disagree with any of my picks.

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