January 14, 2010

Top Self Help Books - Most Influential Books and Audiobook List



Top Self Help Books

Most Influential Books and Audiobook List



Inspirational. Motivational. Life-changing. Mind Expanding.

This is a list of the books that have shaped and changed the person I am ever since I have started my personal development plan not even two years ago. I am certain they can do the same for you or anyone else who gives them an honest, sincere effort to read them and let them effect them.

Here is a list of my most influential books in no particular order:


Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor Frankl was a Nazi holocaust survivor. In short, the book is about his experiences in the death camps and how it affected his thought processes. Obviously, anyone who experienced such a tragedy could understand exactly how living through this could damage a person. But in "Man's Search for Meaning" you see how Frankl, incredible as it sounds, grew as a human being. His ultimate wise advice is to stop asking "What am I here for" and instead ask yourself, "What purpose can I make for my life?"

I sincerely believe this will is a book for the ages. Furthermore, this was actually listed by Amazon as one of the most influential books ever written.

More here: Man's Search for Meaning

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig


The brief synopsis of this book is that it is an autobiographical story of a man traveling across midwest America with his son on a motorcycle. The book has some profound insights into life that you can, and must, really take time to think about.

It should be cautioned that "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" can be a little difficult to read in the middle, but it comes together very nicely.

To put it bluntly, this book can expand your mind and force you to think about things in this life that really matter. Surprisingly, it is much less about actual motorcycle maintenance!

More here: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Secrets of Success by Og Mandino


I believe that every person in this world can relate to this audio book on some level. Mandino's oratory performance is masterful and full of emotion. It combines humor, insight, and tragedy all jam-packed into a powerful 1 hour live presentation.

More at Secrets of Success by Og Mandino


This book list is necessarily an on-going project...

If you are sincere about wishing to change your life, and you have not read the books listed then do yourself a favor and just pick one. This really is my must read book list if you are seeking new direction in life. You have my sincere best wishes!


What self help book should I read?

When it comes to deciding what book to read, my best advice is to simply choose a good one and start reading it right away. The fact of the matter is that there are a ton of great books out there. Chances are we will all only read a small fraction of what's available. The good news, however, is that if you read just one good self help book you're already on the path to a higher life. That's something you can be proud of.

You probably already have a couple books in the back of your mind that have been recommended to you. Why not start there? Otherwise, why not start with a book listed on this blog?

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