Goal 1 - Read self help books . . .  
to inspire you to live your best life!

Reason for this Goal to read self help books:  Key to your personal development goals is recognizing that the self help field is made up of hundreds of successful people in all areas of life, who have written books and recorded audio, providing information and tips on why and how to achieve all the possible goals you wish to achieve in your life.  

This is the information that in a perfect world, would be taught to you within the school system. 

Reading is a fundamental strategy to continue to learn throughout your life; and why not read about strategies on how to live a better life?

To maximize your achievement in life, read as many self-help books as possible before you turn 30!  This will set you on a path to goal achievement like no other path.

Reading self-help books will alter the course of your life . . . 

Most people never read another non-fiction book after they graduate from school.    Don’t let that be you.    It is said that there are really only two things that change people . . . the books that you read and the people that you meet. 

Reading self help books by people who understand what it takes to be successful, and who have already led amazing lives, are invaluable on your success journey.   What books should you read?   Below is a list of suggested self help book topics, and some book titles, which I’ve personally read:

  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  • Younger Next Year
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • The One Minute Millionaire
  • Double Your Income Doing What You Love by Raymond Aaron
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The Blue Zones, a book about longevity
  • The Happiness Equation
  • The Millionaire Next Door 
  • Body for Life

By reading a great book by an influential person, you can actually get into the mind of that great person and learn all about what they were thinking, and their advice for you.   Some powerful advice that Robin Sharma’s dad (the father of one of the great, living, self-help gurus) told him was, “Cut back on your rent, or cut back on what you spend on food, but never worry about investing money in a good book.”  It just takes one idea discovered in a single book to completely change your life.  

Try and devote at least 20 minutes a day to reading.  An hour is even better.  If you truly want to be a leader and live a goal inspired life, you need to make time to read self help.  Some of the busiest and most successful people in the world take time to read 1 hour a day, including Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and even Barrack Obama, while he was serving as President of the USA.

Make it your mission to find the authors and speakers who will help accelerate your goal attainment and improve your life.   Go to any library or book store, and you should find a self help books section. 

This is one one my personal favourite self help books. Make this one of your top personal development goals to read.

Legends in the self help books in the personal development field

A list of some of the legends in the Personal Development field, as rated by www.success.com, including their most recognized work, include:

·       Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) – How to Win Friends and Influence People

·       George Clason (1874–1957) – The Richest Man in Babylon

·       Stephen Covey (1932–2012) – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

·       Viktor Frankl (1905–1997) – Man’s Search for Meaning

·       Napoleon Hill (1883–1970) – Think and Grow Rich

·       Charlie “Tremendous” Jones (1927–2008) – Life is Tremendous

·       Og Mandino (1923–1996) – The Greatest Salesman in the World

·       Orison Swett Marden (1850–1924) – Founder of Success magazine

·       Earl Nightingale (1921–1989) – The Strangest Secret, and Lead the Field

·       Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993) – The Power of Positive Thinking

·       Jim Rohn (1930–2009) – The Art of Exceptional Living

·       W. Clement Stone (1902–2002) – Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

·       Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) – See You at the Top

The above legends have all passed, but they have inspired many of the current leaders in the field of self help books and personal development.  The following includes a list of people as rated by Success magazine, based on the number of people their work positively influenced in 2014, listed in alphabetical order:

·       Martha Beck – Finding Your Own North Star

·       Ken Blanchard – The One Minute Manager, and Refire! Don’t Retire

·       Les Brown – It’s Not Over Until You Win

·       Brendon Burchard – The Motivation Manifesto

·       Jack Canfield – Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and The Power of Focus

·       Deepak Chopra – The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

·       Henry Cloud – Boundaries series

·       Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones, and The Power of Intention

·       Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour Workweek

·       Seth Godin – Linchpin; Tribes; and The Dip

·       Steve Harvey – Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

·       Arianna Huffington – On Becoming Fearless . . . in Love, Work, Life

·       T.D. Jakes – Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

·       Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad series

·       John Maxwell – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

·       Suze Orman – The Suze Orman Show (financial education)

·       Joel Osteen – Your Best Life Now, and Become a Better You

·       Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz) – YOU: The Owner’s Manual (Health Expert)

·       Dave Ramsey – The Total Money Makeover

·       Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within, and Unlimited Power

·       Robin Roberts – From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By

·       Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

·       Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

·       Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog! and The Psychology of Achievement

·       Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Winfrey Show


In addition to this, there are hundreds of autobiographies of famous, living (and deceased) people who have written their life stories, from which you can learn immensely.  These can be even more inspiring. 

I have read many of these self help books but not all of them.  It is my conviction that for those of us that want for a better life, there is no better way to get inspired than by reading and listening to programs by these types of authors and speakers, and to the thousands of people that they have inspired to lead better lives as a result.  In my opinion reading self-help books is so important, it is the number one goal in this list of 10 personal development goals. 

You can literally find books and programs to help target every one of these 100 life goals, should you want or need help in what to do next. 

Did you know that more than 80% of people have not bought a book in the past year, or that more than 70% have not in the past 5 years? More than 40% of college graduates never read another book in their lifetime.   The percentages are even higher for non-fiction books.  With these kinds of statistics, you can see how easy it would be to set yourself apart from the average person just by reading books, especially of the self-help type.

If you really don’t like reading books, listening to pod casts are an excellent way to learn the same information.

Suggested Target Goal:  Read 10 self help books.

Outrageous Goal:  Read 100+ self help books and non-fiction books (Never stop reading.).


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Last updated: October 17, 2019