The best self improvement books to read in 2023

The first time I started reading self-improvement books I was shocked. As I kept reading, I learnt that my life is not set in stone. I could make active changes to my life. Self-improvement books has helped me see the bigger picture and will help you as well.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

This is one of my favourite books of all time and I keep referring to this book time and time again. This book focuses on the mindset of money rather than the actual making of it. The book teaches you the rules of money that the rich play by. It is truly a mind opener and I recommend to anyone who is looking to get an overall understanding of money.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book is focussed on all aspects of your life from your finances to how to manage your mindset. The books cover aspects such as planning, persistence and decision making. This book is one of the most popular books of all time.  

It has actual scenarios of very successful people and how they have been through the good and bad times.

The richest man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

Another all-time best is the richest man in Babylon. This book is set and spoken in Babylonian times. It has different stories explaining the methods to create wealth, how to manage wealth and how to save wealth. This book contains all the practical guidelines to become wealthy.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Written in the form of a story about a shepherd boy who desires to travel in search of a great treasure. His journey will lead him to places he never knew existed and find riches far different from what he thought he could find. The lessons he learns along the way portrays the lessons we should learn in the real world.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This book is written on Coveys beliefs that the way we view the world is completely based on our own perceptions. We must change ourselves first before we can change the world around us, and in order to change ourselves we must change our perceptions.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

This book teaches you the methods to use to help you reach your maximum potential. The book has sold more than 30 million copies and has helped thousands of famous people reach their business and personal goals and now it can help you.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

This book is a simple yet provides in-depth explanation on the process of getting rich. From the book the secret, this book is a more direct approach to the science of getting rich. Wallace D explains the processes in his 17 chapters. A must read.

Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Failure is always around the corner, most of us have faced it now and again over the years. This book is a great read and teaches you how to deal with failure, the book teaches you about how you can learn from failure and what it all means.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

The 4-hour work week is a great book. This book teaches you how to get out of the rat race, teaching you new methods to get out of your comfort zone and how to start thinking differently about your career. 

Tim Ferris’s concepts are different from your average joe, the way he approaches the idea of work will be something completely new to someone who works a normal shift job. We recommend anyone who is looking for a better way to work.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Want to learn the truth about what we require to succeed at work, school and in love? This book touches on each aspect, dives in headfirst explaining the science behind our actions. 

The book teaches us how habits are formed and how we can break them. They go on to explain how just five small behaviour changes can dramatically transform your life.

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

A great read, the book describes four fictional characters who are all in the same maze and are on the search for cheese. The cheese is a metaphor and represents what we all want, like better jobs, more money and good health. 

This book will teach you how to adapt quickly, enjoy change and much more.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

This book teaches you how to build successful businesses. The book teaches you to not copy others, but to innovate and come up with new ideas. They describe how to add value to the world in your own unique way. A great book indeed.

Atomic habits by James Clear

If you are looking to improve your life and your habits this book is for you. Atomic habits provides a proven framework that can be used to create new good habits and break bad old ones.  

If you struggle with changing your habits, this book could be the answer.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The source of self-limiting beliefs is revealed in this book. Self-limiting believes create suffering and robs us of joy. This book is based on Toltec wisdom and contains powerful code of conduct that will help transform your life to a new level.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

With over 2 million copies sold, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a popular book for many reasons. This book gets straight to the point when explaining how things work in life. The approach in this book is unique and does not hold back with speaking the truth in its most original form.  

The book goes on to explain that there is only a certain number of things that one person can handle and then explains how to go about deciding which things really matter.

Final thoughts

Now that you have a list of the best self-improvement books. What should you do next? I guess work on reading them all. The next step would be to start something meaningful. Take up a hobby or start a side business.  

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