11 Self-Help Books to Help You Navigate Life

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In life, there are good and bad parts; the good parts are a breeze. It is the hard ones that need some navigation. On those days when you feel lost and overwhelmed, you need a friend to tell you that you are going to be okay. On the days you feel unmotivated, uncertain or unworthy, you need a reminder that you’ve got this, and on those days when your lows are really low, and you feel like giving up, you could use some tough love that tells you to snap out of it and one that points you towards the right direction.

That’s where the following list of self-help books comes in. Not only do they reveal secrets on how to unlock and tap into the power of your subconscious mind, but they also contain advice and evidence from real life experiences of some of the world’s most successful people.

These 11 self-help books are guaranteed to help you keep your head above water and guide you towards living your best life;

  1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
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    Think and Grow Rich via Amazon

This book bears the secret to success, literally. Through a direct inspiration from Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill went out to research and prove that there is indeed a formula by which the world’s most successful people attain their accomplishments and riches. Using thirteen success principles, Hill reveals the step-by-step methodology to achieving riches and attaining success in life.

  1. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
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    Year of Yes via Amazon

Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and the newest addition to TGIT (Station 19) already tells you that Shonda Rhimes is kind of a badass at what she does. Need more convincing? In her memoir; the Year of Yes, she reveals how saying yes can be life-changing, with evidence from her own life. In this interestingly witty read, Shonda encourages her readers on the benefits of getting out of their comfort zone by saying no to fear and excuses.

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
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    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck via Amazon

The title kinda already lets you know that this author did not come to play. Through brutal and plain honesty, Mark Manson tells how we should live life as it is and shove the “always think positive” cliché. According to the author, the secret to improving our lives sorely lies on our ability to accept life and its flaws by learning to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Manson stresses the importance of facing our fears, faults and uncertainties. To find what we are seeking in life, we have to confront and own our truth, including the painful parts.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
    How to Win Friends and Influence People via Amazon

In his best-selling book, Dale Carnegie teaches you how to go after the life you want and climb the corporate ladder. This book reveals how to get people to play for your team through your way of thinking, ways to make people like you and a guide on how to take any situation and making it your own.

  1. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
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    The Power of Now via Amazon

Eckhart Tolle takes you through a spiritual journey of self-discovery through ‘The Power of Now’. The book’s stats speak for itself; with over 2 million copies sold worldwide and translations into over 30 languages, this book is guaranteed to inspire and help you grow in more ways than one. The author demonstrates how to live in the present moment in order to attain good health and happiness. The ultimate journey to living in the ‘Now’ begins when we leave our analytical mind and its false-created self, the ego behind.

  1. Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
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    Girl, Wash Your Face via Amazon

Blogger and founder of her own media company, Rachel Hollis inspires her readers through this book. Girl, Wash Your Face explores 20 lies and misconceptions that hold us back from utmost productivity and joy in life. Rachel takes us through the messiness of her own life to bring into realization and understanding the lies we often tell ourselves. If this book will teach you anything, it’s the fact that you can move from feeling unworthy and overwhelmed to kicking ass through passion and hard hustle.

  1. The secret – Rhonda Byrne
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In this gem among self-help books, Rhonda Byrne reveals the secret of the universe; the law of attraction, as explained in this incredible read will teach you how to use the secret in different aspects of your life to acquire your desires; money, health, happiness and relationships. The secret re-introduces you to yourself by revealing the great power you possess within your mind, and offers a detailed guide on how to tap into it and put it into good use.

  1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
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In this modern classic, Paulo Coelho tells a story of an Andalusian shepherd boy, named Santiago, whose wanderlust in search of a rare treasure leads him to unexpected discoveries. The story teaches on the importance of following your dreams and trusting your life journey through following your heart and paying attention to your experiences, as they bear signs and messages from the universe that can only be understood when you pay attention, and seek to learn from them.

  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
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Robert Kyosaki tells his childhood story through this novel. Rich Dad Poor Dad explores his experiences growing up under the influence of two dads; his own father and his best friend’s dad. The author takes his readers through how his thoughts about money and investing were shaped by these two dads. In this book you will learn financial literacy on how to handle money, starting and owning a business and the essentials to having your money work for you. Asides from the secrets on how the rich handle and maintain their money, Rich Dad Poor Dad also teaches you the importance of empathy and social responsibility.

  1. You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero
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In an entertaining read, Jen Sincero tells you how to be a badass the best way she knows. In the life-changing how-to guide, the success coach takes you through simple exercises that will help you self-analyze, and foster you towards living a life that you love and deserve.

You Are a Badass will help you shatter limiting beliefs, get out of your comfort zone, achieve self-love, gain acceptance, master smart goal-setting and above all, the oh so desired; learn how to make that mulla!

  1. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
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    Big Magic via Amazon

Elizabeth Gilbert inspires her readers through a book that encourages creativity and acceptance. Big Magic explores different ways you can chase what you love, face your fears, let go and achieve your highest creativity levels. Gilbert talks career (in a diverse, broad and unique perspective), passion, mindfulness and provides a key to unlocking your full potential, which she terms “hidden treasures”

If you haven’t already, grab your copy of any of these self-help books, and read your struggles away. Feel free to let me know your favorite on the list, or other good self-help books you would recommend, in the comment section down below.

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50 Responses

  1. Jo

    The Alchemist is SO good! I always recommend that book- apparently it’s also one of Will Smith’s favorite books!
    I’m a huge fan of Shonda, I’d love to read her book. I’m always looking for good book recommendations so thank you for this list!

    Jo | http://www.alittlebitofjo.com

    • Marion

      My pleasure ☺… Well, what do you know… The Alchemist is also Tia Mowry’s favorite book. It’s quite an enchanting read.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    I watched Shonda Rhimes’ TED Talk about her year of yes and was so moved by it, it resonated so much and I just love The Alchemist which I must read again.

    Thanks for sharing — this is a great compilation of some interesting books!

    • Marion

      Great stuff! This list of books is one that I don’t mind reading and re-reading over and over again… I find having a list of books that resonate with you works better than reading a million books…
      Thank you as well for clicking through

    • Marion

      Awesome 😊… Glad to hear you added a few from this list… Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Charlotte Coles

    These books sound brilliant, especially Girl Wash Your Face! I just need to get through the massive pile of books I have at the moment before buying any more hahaha.

    – Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

    • Marion

      Thank you… Rich dad poor dad was among the first books that contributed to my switch from fiction

  4. Jenn

    I’ve only read Girl Wash Your Face and You are a Badass. I need to read the year of yes though. Gotta do it!

  5. Karli M

    This is a great list. I’m adding some of these to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marion

      I’m glad you found great recommendations in these… Thank you as well for clicking through 😊

  6. Allyson

    This is a great post, I’ve been wanting to read Girl Wash your face for a while now so I can’t wait to order it and see if I like it.

  7. Helen

    Oh my, Girl Go Wash Your Face is on my top ten best books list. I loved it! And I do feel Mark Manson has some excellent points too!

    Great list, thank you so much for sharing!

    H x

    • Marion

      Thank you as well for clicking through … I found Girl wash your face so amazing and inspiring as well.

  8. Byll

    Interesting Posts, thanks for the reccomendation. My favorite is “Rich Dad Poor Dad” from Robert Kiyosaki, it’s the best…

    • Marion

      I have a soft spot for that one as well. It is truly a helpful read. Thank you as well for taking your time to go through this list.

  9. Hannah

    Great selection! I’ve read a few of these, and Rich Dad Poor Dad is a really interesting read. Really want to read no. 3! One of my favourite self-help books is Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, which had a lasting effect on my ability to move out of my comfort zone and embrace change.

    • Marion

      Nice… I haven’t read that one.. I will also get out the comfort zone of these 11 books and read more. Thank you for the engagement and recommendation.

  10. Finlay

    Some great suggestions here, thank you! The power of now and the road less travelled are my two top fave books that I read time and time again!

    • Marion

      Great…I have seen recommendations for the road less traveled, but I haven’t given it a read yet. I’ll also give it a read. Thank you for the read and recommendation.

    • Marion

      Great. I feel like I need to re-read that one though…thank you for stopping by.

  11. Beth Gray

    What a great list!
    I reread “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne every year – it’s 28 days of Gratitude, but I have never read her book the Secret.
    Currently about to start “Think & Grow Rich” again for the 3rd time. It’s a keeper!
    Some on your list I haven’t yet read, so this is wonderful!

    • Marion

      Thank you for the read 😊
      Did you mean “The Secret”?
      I also make a point of rereading that one as well… And the process really works. Great book!

    • Marion

      I’m glad you liked the list. Rachel Hollis is such a talented writer. Thank you for clicking through 😊

  12. Lindsey

    Big Magic has the most beautiful cover! There are so many here that stuck out for me, I think this list has just become my new TBR of ones to try. I’ve only read a couple of self-help ones before but they did leave me feeling inspired. I’m definitely going to have to hunt down a few of these – thanks for the recommendations!

    • Marion

      You’re welcome😊
      Thank you as well for clicking through. You will not regret reading these books… Most of them contributed to my genre shift.

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