What Is The Best
Self Help Book Of 2018?
Everyone needs a little help sometimes.
Maybe it is your job weighing down on you, a rift in your family, a personal struggle, a battle within yourself; there is no shame in admitting that you simply don't have the tools and resources to solve the problem right now.
It doesn't mean that your mountain cannot be overcome, your challenge cannot be defeated, or your life cannot be improved.
Sometimes we just need an extra boost.
If you've ever seen a review on this site before, they usually look different than this one. Since everyone has different needs and are looking for different things, I have broken down self help books into categories and given a review of the top one in each category.
If you're eager to get going and just want to see the best book for each category, here's a little table of contents for you. Click on any of these titles and you'll go straight to the best book for that category.
Who Needs A Self Help Book?
As Hal Elrod taught me in his life-changing book The Miracle Morning, I owe it to myself, my family, my friends, my associates, and the world to be the best version of myself that I can be.
You owe it to them too because check this out: the world is a worse place if you are not your best version of you.
And you deserve happiness. You deserve success. You deserve to conquer the mountains standing before you.
You deserve to win at life, my friend.
And because you deserve to be the best version of you, your family, friends, associates, and the world need you to be.
The world needs you to be who you truly want to be.
And I have bad news: you aren't strong enough alone.
But with a mentor? With a guide? With someone who has made the mistakes, done the research, performed the tests, and found a better way?
Absolutely. If you can get that person, there is nothing holding you back.
And the least expensive, least time consuming way to have a mentor is to read a book.
The author has made the boo-boos and recovered. He or she has healed and holds scars. This person has seen the evidence and analyzed it for us.
Books hold lifetimes worth of information and expertise boiled down where we can consume them in only a few hours.
Who needs a self help book?
I do. You do. Your friends, family, associates, and the world do because we can not do this alone.
We must learn from the experiences of others because life is too short for us to learn everything we need through trial and error.
If you want to improve your life, heal your wounds, learn new skills, motivate yourself, or become the version of you that you have always dreamed of, you need a self help book.
It will be your guide.
What Self Help Books Do
Self help books are fantastic servants, yet they are somewhat limited.
A self help book can do anything from teach you a new skill to help you battle your depression. Literally any topic can be discussed, dissected, and analyzed.
In this way, self help books help you solve your problems by providing solutions or giving you tools to use.
As mentioned before, however, they are somewhat limited.
A self help book dealing with mental suffering will probably not teach you how to be a better leader.
A book explaining the ins and outs of options trading won't talk too much about dealing with your family.
Since self help books are at once so incredibly useful while also being limited in what exactly they are useful for, we need to discuss how to choose the best one for you.
How To Choose The Best Self Help Book For You
The best self help book for you will be the book that uniquely tailors to what you are trying to accomplish.
Some books are best for learning skills, becoming more efficient, and mastering the physical or mental arenas of life.
Some books are great for healing emotional wounds, teaching you how to connect with people, and helping you to mend emotional or spiritual aspects of life.
Of course, there is no reason to ever stop improving yourself. While it may be wise to only start with one of these books, you would in no way be out of place to read many or all of them.
Find the books that speak to your situation, master those books, and then continue improving yourself.
Our Picks For Best Self Help Books
I've chosen the most useful self help books to review based on the quality of the information within, how practical the information is, and the range of topics the books deal with (called "scope").
Let's see how they all stack up and hopefully you can find the one you would like to try out.
Best Book For Achieving Financial Independence
If you've ever looked at this site and wondered, "Gee, I wonder what made Brady want to write all this stuff," then you can sleep well tonight, because here it is: this book started it all.
From helping me to see the massive dangers of debt to realizing exactly how much of my life that my 45 minute daily commute was stealing, this book was, is, and forever will be a lifesaver for me.
The information within is of the absolute highest quality. It's not the regurgitated "don't buy a Starbucks latte or you'll never retire" junk that you see all over the financial independence niche, though it does have good pointers for keeping more money than you are right now. Your Money Or Your Life goes into excruciatingly painful details on exactly how your money and your time are related.
What it finds should be horrifying to us.
Your Money Or Your Life will help you to think in new ways about your money, your debt, your income, and (most crucial to it all) your time.
This book covers all you'll ever need to know about personal finance, financial independence, money management, debt elimination, and increasing your income.
It's filled with the highest quality information, covers a ton of topics, and boy oh boy is this book practical.
Your Money Or Your Life gives step by step instructions on how to track your exact income, every single expense in your life, your hours worked, and exactly how much your purchases are costing you (it's more than just money).
This is the greatest personal finance and financial independence book of all time.
And best of all?
It helps us to remember (or realize) that no matter who you are, what your past is, or what you want to do with your life, that you can and deserve to be free from financial slavery.
Give it a read.
Best Book For Creating Happiness And Conquering Depression
Wow. Talk about a life changing book.
The Happiness Advantage intends to be just that: life changing.
Shawn Achor sets out using his own worldwide experience and time with world class achievers to prove that success does not increase happiness.
It's the other way around.
Happiness increases success.
Once Shawn has proven this incredible nugget with story after story and study after study, he gives a deep dive to show how we can develop happiness in our daily lives.
His practical tips are, once again, proven by experience and lab work.
This means that he isn't pulling stuff out of the air and selling it to you in a book promising to make you happy. This book is not fluff. It is scientific, intelligent, and gives step by step instructions on how to improve your happiness levels.
This book is powerful, credible, practical, and covers the full spectrum of the emotion we call happiness.
My one gripe is how often the author reminds us about his time at Harvard. He talks about himself a good bit, but don't let one minor flaw ruin this incredible read.
Some may not even consider the author talking of his accomplishments a flaw, as it does contribute to the overall narrative of the book.
Practicing the steps within are guaranteed to change your life permanently for the better.
This book is a read that's worth it.
Best Book For Encouragement And Motivation
I can't tell you how many people I've heard say negative things about Tony Robbins and his audience only to be converted later.
I place myself in this category as well.
"He's just a mumbo jumbo fluffy self-help guy who calls himself a guru," I would think to myself, skipping over his book suggestions in Amazon.
Man was I wrong or what.
I've become a huge fan of Tony in the past few years and no work of his is as impressive in my mind as Awaken The Giant Within.
This book has top tier, extremely high quality information in it. It talks about succeeding and accomplishing physical, emotional, mental, and financial goals with such grace that few other books match it.
Even though this book has such high quality information and covers so many topics, it is still extremely practical. Tony gives step by step instructions on how to set goals, figure out what you really want, and hit the target you're aiming for.
Some say that this book is a bit fluffy, but others appreciate the vast amount of details, guides, and help within.
Above all, this book always reminds us: we are not a product of our past. We can change, adapt, and we are always capable of improving.
Well worth a read.
Best Book For Entrepreneurs
If you're asking me, MJ DeMarco's Unscripted is without a doubt the greatest entrepreneurial book of all time.
And I'm not just saying that; my wallet can reflect how much I adore this book. I first purchased the book on Audible (which I love). After listening to it twice, I went and bought the Kindle version so I could take notes and highlight.
I'm a big fan.
Here's why I'm such a huge fan.
This book starts off by speaking to a situation that many entrepreneurs find themselves in at one point or another: a situation filled with discontent.
Discontent with your job. Discontent with your income. Discontent with your life.
Always wanting more. Always feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
Once Unscripted shows us that this is a life that society has written for us, not one that we have created ourselves, it offers us the chance to escape.
Escape the script, escape the preordained life of mediocrity.
This book will show you how to be the person you know you can be through the creation of a business that serves the needs of those around you.
Unscripted goes into details on how to start this business. It covers how to pick a business to pursue, some practical start up tips, and some key pieces of information that entrepreneurs wish they knew sooner.
After detailing how to start the business, it explains good practices for keeping the business growing, cashing out, and investing your money wisely.
While the information is the highest quality on the planet and the scope is massive, this book is a fuzz low on practicalities. It doesn't offer many step by step guides since each entrepreneur's situation is so unique.
This book changed my business and changed my life. It has my highest recommendation.
Best Book For Finding And Creating Better Relationships
On a personal note, this book has absolutely and radically changed my life.
It has added spice to conversations, improved relationships with friends, family, and romantic interests, and made me a better public speaker to boot.
Robert Greene, the author, mentioned that he will read about 300 books to write one of his.
His time, effort, and dedication to his cause really shine through.
The Art of Seduction features examples from history in every chapter. It has poems, conversations, and beautiful stories of love, lust, friendship, and betrayal heavily sprinkled throughout the pages.
It helps identify what kind of seducer the reader is and shows how to use your unique strengths and personality traits to be the best seducer that you can be.
This book will also show you how to identify the personality type of the person you will be trying to seduce. After this, it has a step by step guide to the seductive process: 24 strategies that all build up into a masterful seduction.
The book's archetypes and processes can be applied to romantic seduction, friendships, leadership, and any other imaginable social situation.
This book gets into the details so it can best instruct you on how to be an excellent seducer. It covers almost every imaginable situation and leaves nearly nothing to chance in your game of seduction.
If the tactics within are applied, it is guaranteed to make you someone whom other people effortlessly fall in love with.
This book is worth any price.
Best Book For Time Management And Increasing Productivity
For years now, this book has been a personal favorite of mine.
In fact, this book has been such a home run for me that I read a small section of it every single morning after waking up.
Yep. Every single morning.
In his life-changingly good book, Hal Elrod shows how anyone (even someone with half a brain and in crippling debt) can make powerful, effective changes to his or her life to bring out the person that you want and deserve to be.
The Miracle Morning has information within that is absolutely top notch. I went from Surely this doesn't work to Alright, maybe I can figure this out to Oh my goodness how in the world is this happening.
And don't get the idea that this book is all theoretical; The Miracle Morning takes the reader through step-by-step problem solving methods to give you more time in the day for self-improvement, exercise, leisure, and pursuing better relationships with yourself and others.
If you need more time in the day, this is the book for you.
The Miracle Morning is stunningly powerful, so practical that it's like having a life coach right there in your living room, and this book covers the full range of productivity advice.
For those wanting to increase your ability to get stuff done and help yourself to have as many hours in the day as you need, you will not go wrong with The Miracle Morning.
It is one of my all time favorites because it has had one of the all time greatest impacts on my life, my time, and my productivity.
Best Book For Unlocking Your True Potential
The level of information this book contains is simply unprecedented.
Want to know the scientific formula for happiness?
Want to learn the math behind when you should stop dating and get married?
If lessons in grit from Navy SEALS, lessons about cooperation from pirates, and the ultimate answer to the "work hard or work smart" question, this book is for you.
This book is so good that I read it 3 times.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree takes the science of success in every facet of life and brings it down to a level where you, I, or any numbskull on the street can understand it.
The author covers an incredibly large range of topics. He uses research to show whether or not nice guys (and gals) really do finish last. He analyzes the data and speaks with trauma survivors to explain how humans can turn any grueling task into something bearable.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree explains how to be successful at every level. If you are looking to upgrade your life and become maximally efficient, this is the book for you.
This book will unleash your true potential.
Based on the quality of information, the sheer practicality, and the massive scope of the book, I recommend all of these books as the greatest self-help books of all time.
The best book for you will depend on your situation, what you're looking for, and what you're hoping to learn.
Each of these books have had an enormous impact on my life and I have read most of them more than once. That's how good they are!
Let me know in the comments below: What book has had the greatest impact on your life? What are you looking for in a self help book?
Thanks for reading!
Stay awesome. Have a great day.
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