7 Most Influential Self-Help Books Of All Time


Every year, publishers flood the bookshelves with new self-help books which promise to enlighten the reader in ways to be better. To be better organizers, better workers, better spouses, better parents, better everything. This could be enough to make anyone’s head spin. However, there are times when some self-help books emerge to the top and present themselves more as a cultural spectacle. These top books often generate a spawn of lookalikes and wannabes. However, the originals hold something that is special. Following are seven self-help books that were, more than groundbreakers, when they were released. They also stood the test of time.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus

This book was written by John Gray, Ph.D. (1992). It is probably the ideal book on relationships. The author begins the book on the foundation that men and women are fundamentally not the same. Plus, if the code of conduct is learned for the opposite sex, everyone will be happier and develop better relationships. Although it might appear obvious to most people that women and men are quite dissimilar, the author was definitely heading in the right direction. This book sold more than fifty million copies and was declared the highest-ranked non-fiction book of the 1990s. Additionally, the title spawned even more seminars, books, workout videos, fragrances, and even themed vacations.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Written by Robert T. Kiyosaki (2000). It is a book about managing personal finances, via teachings on parables based on two fathers and two sons. The book was said to gain its inspiration from the author’s personal upbringing in Hawaii. The book was featured on the Oprah Winfrey television show. Sales boomed to the fortune of twenty-six million copies.

I’m OK, You’re OK

This book was written by Thomas Anthony Harris (1969). It is considered an icon of pop psychology. It focuses on the transactions between individuals, plus it places it into very simple terms, which everyone can understand and appreciate. I’m OK, You’re OK was on the bestseller list for two years and there were more than fifteen million copies sold. For those who watch the sitcom Seinfeld, the book also made it into one of the episodes.

The Seven Habits Of Highly Successful People

A book was written by Stephen R. Covey (1989). The website credits the book for achieving top seller status due to the fact that it disregards pop psychology and trends. As it relates to confirmed principles of human dignity, honesty, integrity, and fairness. The book sold in excess of twenty-five million copies and generated a progeny of Seven Habits offshoots.

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Written by Dale Carnegie (1939). This is probably the granddaddy of all the books. It is a self-helper that offers accessible, practical advice on everything from becoming a leader to how to make and keep friends. It also focuses on how to have a successful home life and the list goes on. It was revised in 2011 and had a ranking of #19 on the most influential books of all times, according to Time magazine.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

This book is by Richard Nelson Bolles (1972). It provides a plethora of advice on job hunting and career choices. The book has been updated numerous times as the year’s pass. With additional information being added each time, regarding the digital age. However, the fundamental principles continue to hold firm and true. The book has sold more than ten million copies.

Who Moved My Cheese?

A book was written by Spencer Johnson, MD (1998). This is a motivational business metaphor highlighting cheese, mazes, and mice. It spent approximately five years on the best sellers list and sold more than twenty-six million copies. The main characters, Scurry and Sniff, which are the mice, and Haw and Hem, the humans, are able to transfer a lot of wisdom to the reader.

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