Created on: January 29, 2013
Self-help books have regularly made an appearance in the best selling lists of non-fiction. Some of the top selling self-help books of all time have become classics and continue to inspire many of those who read them.
The following five titles are top selling self-help books by authors who are regarded as being highly influential. Their books have helped to motivate millions of readers, by providing self-help guidelines for life.
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
This book was first published in 1936 and has sold over 15 million copies. It was one of the earliest self-help books to become a best-seller and it established the reputation of Dale Carnegie as a self-help expert. His ideas continue to be relevant for people seeking guidance in their personal or professional life.
In his book, Carnegie discusses some real life examples of influential and popular people. He also sets out a number of principles to follow. These principles cover techniques for handling people, making people like you, winning people around to your way of thinking, and becoming a leader.
“Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
Since its publication in 1990 this book has also sold over 15 million copies. The seven habits identified by Stephen Covey are still relevant today, and continue to help people with solving their personal and professional problems by developing good habits that are physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Stephen Covey identifies the benefits of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Covey explains how the ability to listen allows people to learn things they could not discover for themselves. Effective people are proactive and they have the ability to envisage what they cannot see with their own eyes. Life management is defined as being a co-operative strategy, never a competitive one.
"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
This book first appeared late in 2006 and has now sold over twenty million copies. The book has also been translated in thirty different languages.
Rhonda Byrne is an exponent of the law of attraction and the belief that whatever is desired can be attained using energy released by thoughts and feelings. She explains how it is possible to be a magnet for the creation of personal wealth, how relationships can be completely transformed and how to attract good health
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