So, you’re a self-help geek? And you’re always on the lookout for new, amazing self-help books?
You devour self-development books because you want max-out your given potential. Why? To find your unique way to progress, clarity, and freedom.
You know, there’re vast, untapped resources slumbering deep within you, waiting to be awakened. You’ve got this indelible pull towards an ideal vision of yourself, and as long as your actual life does not align with that vision, you won’t be able to leave this place in peace.
Does Your Hunger for Self-Discovery Seem Odd to Other People?
When you tell your friends about books you read, ambitions you nurture, and your ceaseless battle for purpose, they look at you as if you were from a different planet.
And that, my friend, is the reason why I appreciate you. Because I’m also a self-help geek. I’m also crazy about self-examination, and I thirst for greater clarity. I feel, the more I get to know myself, the more I can provide for my loved ones and harmonize with my fellow human beings.
Let the others be content with who they are and what they know. That’s fine. For us…
Let’s Keep Soul Searching. Let’s Stay Curious. Let’s Stay Hungry for More.
Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Because you’re a self-help book geek, you’ve probably read most of the mainstream books already. In this article, I’d like to introduce you to a handful of uncommon self-development books that I’ve found invaluable.
Each one of the books below contains a treasure trove of ideas and insights that may bring you closer to your goals and shed light on your path into the unknown.
Here’s the book-list:
7 Amazing Self-Help Books You (Probably) Didn’t Read Yet
#01 – The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino
Og Mandino tells the story of a salesman who turned his life around by adhering to the principles of these 10 scrolls. At the end of his story, he bestows his magic scrolls on you, the reader. If you, like that salesman, want to turn your life around, he says, read the first scroll twice a day for a month, then proceed to the next one. Repeat until you’ve gone through all 10 scrolls.
It’s probably the most motivating book you’ll ever read. Each scroll energizes, motivates, and lifts your spirit in its unique way.
I think the title of the book should have been something like: “10 secret scrolls that will make you be a better human being.” Here’s your link to Amazon to check out what others are saying about this life-changing self-help book.
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
#02 – Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
Okay, honestly, this is not a self-help book, per se. And, it’s not even that rare. But this book lies close to my heart, and I have to share it with you. I can’t remember any other book that has kindled my soul so dramatically as Siddhartha. It’s the only book I read again and again, and each time, it rips me like a riptide.
Whenever I feel blue, and I read a couple of pages of this book, a wave of cheerful goosebumps wash over me, and it charges my core with a mirthfulness that’ll last for weeks.
Hermann Hesse got an uncanny skill to touch your soul, and with this hypnotizing story, he’ll incite you to do some deep soul searching.
So, with the aforementioned in mind, this is somehow a self-help book.
This book is for you if you need a book that churls your soul, rattles your cage and charges your spirit. Read Siddhartha. You won’t regret it.
Siddhartha is one of those rare books, you’ll want to gift to your loved ones for its incomparable invigorating effect.
I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment, and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
#03 – University of Success – Og Mandino
You’d get “University of Success,” because that’s precisely what Og Mandino accomplished. On top of that, Mr. Mandino introduces each lesson with valuable words of wisdom and motivation.
If you’ve read anything of Og Mandino before, you’ll know he’s putting his heart into his writings. He’s one of the few authors authentic self-help book authors who doesn’t just preach his lessons but also lives them. (He raised himself from the gutter to greatness. From suicidal drunkard to best-selling author.) You can check out his book here.
A good many of our higher-bracket businessmen might have been just as rich, just as powerful, but more respected and infinitely happier, if they had taken the slower and longer road of absolute ethical integrity and moral decency.
Og Mandino, University of Success
#04 – The Silva Mind Control Method – Jose Silva
You know, as a reader of my blog, I’m into visualization and its power to alter one’s self-image.
When I first came across “The Silva Method,” I was reading everything on visualization I could get my hands on. And, at that time, this book hit a sweet spot because it introduced to me a number of remarkable self-help techniques.
Mr. Jose Silva equips you with a unique set of techniques that work with deep relaxation and the theater of your mind. One skill, in particular, you’ll learn, is Silva’s method of reaching a deep state of relaxation in a snap, without going through a long-winded body-scan routine. That technique alone is worth reading this book.
Moreover, you’ll discover his set of visualization techniques to meditate, recover, change and break habits, and alter your self-image.
Overall, you’ll find, this little book is packed with value. The only downside is: I wished Mr. Silva would elaborate on some details in some of his teachings. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic read for all self-help nerds.
The more you meditate, the deeper you go within yourself, the firmer the grasp you will have of a kind of inner peace so strong that nothing in life will be able to shatter it.
Jose Silva, The Silva Mind Control Method
#05 – The Power of Visualization – Lee Pulos
In hindsight, I should’ve mentioned this book in my earlier articles already. Why?
Lee Pulo’s Power of Visualization is not the typical self-help book that’ll leave you with a bunch of boring goal setting drills. Not at all.
Listen to his guided visualization exercises to enter your safe haven, your personal sanctuary. Led by Lee Pulos, you’ll find your ideal mental retreat to recover, heal, find peace.
On top of that, you’ll learn his special 30 seconds visualizaion techniques. Like, for instance, the Collage, where you create an imagined montage of snapshots of your goals or anything else you like to achieve.
This audio-book is accompanied by a little booklet, summarizing all techniques, basically covering everything you’ll learn from the audio so that you’ll have an easy-to-grasp reference guide at hand.
Those who don’t expect to win, don’t win. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
#06 – The Master Mind: The Key to Mental Power, Development and Efficiency – William Walker Atkinson
Either we’re the slaves of our environment, or we are masters, creating our own circumstances. To evolve from victim to master of one’s life, we need to reign over our emotions, feelings, desires, and most of all, our will.
In everything we attempt, trivial or life-altering, it all hinges on our mental fortitude. Our goals, virtues, and principles, subject to a whimsical mind, can’t be realized.
If you need a groundbreaking book that’ll teach you how to control your mind, sharpen your perception, develop your visualization skill, and nurture your brain, this book is right up your alley.
When I first read this book, it instantly struck a chord with me. Mr. Walker won’t bother you with the usual self-help drivel. He goes right to the core of what makes us win or lose in life. And, you won’t find his marvelous exercise in any other book. At least not that I know of.
Go for Master Mind, if you can deal with a book written in 1913. Your highlighter will be working overtime.
Man must be either the anvil or the hammer. Let each make his choice, and then complain not.
William Walker Atkinson
#07 – Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court – John Wooden
Dear reader, allow me to introduce you to Mr. John Wooden.
Known to be the greatest sports coach in history, John Wooden was an incredibly humble and inspiring man. He led his basketball team (UCLA) to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, including an 88-game winning streak.
This gentleman put all his life lessons in a single book. And, I can tell you, his philosophy will encouragingly tickle your soul to raise your spirit and get your life in order.
You won’t find any exercises in this book. Although, when I first read this book, I kept thinking, “that’s how a man (or woman) should live; to be in peace with himself and his fellow human beings. That’s how you’d leave this place without regret, knowing you’ve done your best, given all you could give.”
You’ll find, this is one of those books you’ll reread every couple of months. Here, pop over to Amazon and check out: “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court.”
Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.
Isn’t it Amazing? How Books Can Alter Your Life?
We can choose among thousands of wise people and pick their brains. It’s all there. Vast, untapped resources, waiting for inquisitive readers (you) to be discovered.
Choose your book, choose your future. Which one is it going to be?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re reading right now. What’s on your list of amazing self-help books?
Let’s wrap it up with a quote from Marcus Aurelius:
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations