“Literature also influenced me deeply. … These books have made my life.” – Raja Zeeman
1) Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success
In his third book Outliers, Gladwell analyzes the various factors that play a pivotal role in shaping up success stories. Gladwell breaks down popular success stories in Outliers and provides the motivation required to push you to the limits.
2) David D. Burns’ Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
This 1980 book surely ranks among the best self-help and motivational books of all time. It’s cognitive behavioural therapy makes patients of depression aware of their destructive traits and provides ways to overcome it.
3) Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch brought out the need of having a dream, as well as a good mentor to guide you in your journey to fulfill it through The Last Lecture. This book focuses on a good student-mentor bond for developing oneself.
4) Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
Covering topics like marriage, love, crime, law among others, The Prophet inspires and provides ways of developing yourself, blending poetry and self-help with élan.
5) Pema Chodron’s Getting Unstuck
Using ancient Tibetan philosophies, Getting Unstuck provides you ways to get rid of your mental blockades and inspires you to live in the present and be the real you.
6) Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now
The Power of Now points out that your ego is the source of all tensions, and provides you ways of eliminating it and making you enlightened and stress-free.
7) Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World
One of the best self-help and motivational books of all time, The Greatest Salesman in the World essentially helps you locate and eliminate the bad habits accumulated over a lifetime.
8) Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
This classic by Coelho takes you into a trance and makes you realise the importance of following your dreams and listening to what the heart says.
9) Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking
The book emphasizes on how positive thoughts can change your attitude, uplift your mood and make you stress-free to lead a satisfying life.
10) Zig Ziglar’s See You At The Top
Through this book, Zig emphasizes the value of honesty, faith, integrity, loyalty and a healthy character. It also provides ways to develop a strong self-image.
11) M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled
The book tells you to take up responsibility for even our most mundane actions and eliminate our ill-habits and beliefs which will result in the attainment of personal as well as spiritual development.
12) Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life
This 1984 classic surely ranks among the best self-help and motivational books, where Louise tells us that by healing our mind and the spirit, we can heal our diseases. It focuses on the fact that mental and spiritual cleanliness is in your own hands.
13) Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Divided over eight sections, this book emphasizes on the fact that worries are a hindrance to a satisfying life and provides ways to eliminate these worries and start living in the true sense of the word.
14) Cheri Huber’s There is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
The book is a masterpiece and through it, Huber makes us aware of the fact that self-hate stops us from fulfilling our dreams and refrains us from working to our true potential.
15) Joseph Murphy’s The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
With over 1 million copies worldwide and one of the best self-help and motivational books out there, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind teaches us that our subconscious is a powerful thing, and has the power to transform lives on the whole.
16) Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Your attitude defines your personality. Being an optimist can help unleash your true potential and this is what is exactly told by this 1990 classic along with ways to become one.
17) Napoleon Hill’s Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
Followed by celebrities and CEOs alike, this book aims at solving problems through a change in the thought process and believes that our frame of mind is the most critical factor deciding our success in every aspect of life.
18) Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
This classic by Chodron motivates you to stand up after you fall down and provides you ways to channelize your pain in the right direction, and live life in the best possible way.
19) Peter McWilliams, Melba Colgrove and Harold H. Bloomfield’sHow to Survive the Loss of a Love
One of the most popular self-help and motivational books, this classic helps you through the dark phase of grieving the loss of a life or a relationship.
20) Harold S. Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Spiritual to its core, this book refrains us from blaming God for every bad thing that happens to us and provides great strategies to overcome our sorrows.