These are the books which are most consistently requested over many years (i.e., not just the latest craze), which have received high praise from readers, and which and other authors count as influential in their own writings.
- How to Win Friends & Influence People. Dale Carnegie.
I have told my daughters that I will pay them one dollar for every time they read this book. There is nothing in here you don’t intuitively know–but you’ve never been told directly that you should do these things.
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Steven Covey.
If you can make these seven principles into true daily habits, there’s no stopping you!
- Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill.
I think people keep coming back to this one because it is the antithesis of the “get rich quick” books that pop up every year in a variety of flavors (real estate, stock market, entrepreneurship, variety of internet schemes, MLM marketing, etc.)
- A Message to Garcia. Elbert Hubbard.
A small book, originally published as an article, and often reprinted in some kind of gift binding. Hubbard was the ultimate entrepreneur who believed in making your own success. This book has been read, shared, and reread for over a century, and is probably the “original” motivational bestseller.
- Man’s Search for Meaning. Victor Frankl.
What the heck is a psychology book doing on this list? This book is the background to books like Seven Habits and the gazillion-copy bestseller Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren. A quick read that may very well change your outlook on life forever.