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8 Self-Help Books That Will Actually Inspire Change

Everyone needs a pick-me-up every now and then. These books are the perfect answer.

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With the start of a new year, you’ve likely got some pretty hefty goals to accomplish. But sometime in between middle of January to Valentine’s Day, those goals seem to trail off. When those moments hit, you need a motivational pick-me-up from the best books out there.

We’ve compiled some of the most inspiring self-help books available to give you motivation right when you need it.

1. “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom”

Don Miguel Ruiz

With over 5,700 reviews on Amazon, this top seller helps readers recognize and eliminate self-doubts.

One reader said, “I struggle with being myself at times because I know that the person who I'd like to be, would be looked down upon by some of the people I respect most. This book is kind of like a guide to accepting yourself and others just the way they are.” (Review: Amazon.com)

2. “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Dale Carnegie

If you’re looking to improve your social skills, deal with your coworkers or finally ask for that raise at work, this classic book has it all. As one of the first ever self-help books, it is considered by many to be one of the most influential books of the century. 

3. “Daring Greatly”

Brené Brown

One reader best summarized the power of Brené Brown’s book when she said, “Brene Brown's writing in Daring Greatly takes openness to another level. She reinforces what I've known all along but been afraid of admitting—that vulnerability leads to happiness. Or as Brown calls it, ‘wholeheartedness.’”

“We're living in a culture of `never enough.' I'm certainly feeling it. Are you? I never work hard enough, I don't help others enough, I'm not successful enough, I don't eat healthy enough... and on and on.”

“These thoughts of `never enough' turn into feelings of shame and fear. How do we combat shame and fear? By being vulnerable and expressing gratitude, according to Brené Brown. And now, according to me.”(Review: Amazon.com)

Related: 15 Fantastic Books of 2015

4. “The Slight Edge”

Jeff Olson

“Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else.”

“It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.” (Description: Amazon.com)

5. “Crucial Conversations”

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan

This book is an absolute must. It will improve your relationships, job, and quality of life by teaching you how to create what every defining moment in our life should include—quality dialogue.

6. “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Stephen R. Covey

“One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.” (Description: Amazon.com)

7. “The Law of Success”

Napoleon Hill

Simply put: “Here is the Holy Grail of success philosophy.” (Description: Amazon.com)

8. “The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership”

John Maxwell

“This is a book all leaders, born or made, should read. Maxwell's leadership laws are succinct and highly useful. He supports the laws with real business stories and leadership anecdotes, then he shows you how to apply these laws.” (Review: Amazon.com)

These eight books are packed with life-changing principles. We hope you find them as beneficial as we have

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