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E-books from ManageTrainLearn Life-Changers The Top 100 Self-help Books that Changed Our Lives Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives Introduction This book arose out of a question posed by Stella Collins on the Training Journal forum in October 2009. Stella asked: “I recently saw millionaire investor Warren Buffet on TV saying that the one book he read that changed his life was Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People”. It got me wondering: what book has changed your life?” We, at ManageTrainLearn, were so taken by the idea that we put the same question to our friends in the online learning, coaching and self-help world. Within 3 weeks, we’d received over 300 replies and sparked interest, discussion and debate across the Internet. Rather than see the contributions disappear into the thin air of cyberspace, we decided to compile the replies and make them available to a wider audience in a free e-book. And this book is the result. In compiling the list we did 2 things. First, we limited the list to 100, based on the frequency of nominations (and maybe some personal editing on our part.) Secondly, we eliminated the following on the grounds that they were not strictly-speaking self-improvement books: religious texts; works of pure fiction; classic works of literature; culture-specific works; and technical manuals. What we were left with were the most favourite self-help books amongst the self-help community. We present them here in alphabetical order accompanied by reviews from amazon and thumbnail book covers also from amazon. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 3 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives Like us, you will probably discover some of your own favourites and some that you’ve never come across before. We hope that this will spark your curiosity and kick-start your further self- development. Our thanks go to Stella Collins for the idea, all the contributors for their suggestions, and, of course, to those writers who have changed, and are still changing, all our lives. Eric Garner ManageTrainLearn http://www.managetrainlearn.com ericmanagetrainlearn.com Note: Stella Collins provides technical and management training to business using brain friendly techniques through her company Stellar Learning. Find her at www.stellarlearning.co.uk www.managetrainlearn.com Page 4 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives Table of Contents "Conversations with God" by Neale Donald “Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss 10 Walsch 20 "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen 11 "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson 21 "Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard 12 Carlson and Kristine Carlson 22 "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand 13 "Embracing Change" by Tony Buzan 23 "Awaken the Giant Within" by Anthony Robbins "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 24 14 "Execution: the Discipline of Getting Things "Beyond Survival" by Gerald Coffee 15 Done" by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan 25 "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell 16 "Facilitation" by Trevor Bentley 26 "Building the Bridge As You Walk On It" by "Finding Your Strength In Difficult Times" by Robert E Quinn 17 David Viscott 27 "Built to Last" by James C Collins and Jerry I "First Break All the Rules" by Curt Coffman and Porras 18 Marcus Buckingham 28 "Clear Leadership" by Gervase Bushe 19 "First Things First" by Stephen Covey 29 "Follow Your Heart" by Andrew Matthews 30 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 5 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler 31 "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute 43 "Getting Things Done" by David Allen 32 "Lessons from the Monkey King" by Arthur F "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fischer and William Carmazzi 44 Ury 33 "Love Is the Killer App" by Tim Sanders 45 “Good to Great" by Jim Collins 34 "Love Leadership" by John Bryant 46 "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie 35 "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath 47 "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" by "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl 48 Dale Carnegie 36 "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss 49 "Illusions" by Richard Bach 37 "Now Discover Your Strengths" by Marcus "I'm OK, You're OK" by Thomas Harris 38 Buckingham and Donald O Clifton 50 "In Search of Excellence" by Tom Peters and "Our Iceberg is Melting" by John Kotter and Robert Waterman 39 Holger Rathgeber 51 "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell 52 40 "Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz 53 "Killing Sacred Cows" by Garrett Gunderson 41 "Purple Cow" by Seth Godin 54 "Lateral Thinking" by Edward de Bono 42 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 6 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki and "The Art of Joyful Living" by Swami Rama 66 Sharon Lechter 55 “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron 67 "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball" by Kevin Carroll "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield 68 56 "The Education of Little Tree" by Forrest Carter "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert 57 69 "Talent Is Overrated" by Geoff Colvin 58 "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand 70 "Thanks: the Science of Gratitude" by Robert "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz 71 Emmons 59 “The Goal” by Eliyahu M Goldratt 72 "The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success" by Brian Tracy 60 "The Greatest Miracle in the World" by Og Mandino 73 "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John Maxwell 61 "The Greatness Guide" by Robin Sharma 74 "The 360 Degree Leader" by John Maxwell 62 "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch 75 "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by "The Law of Attraction" by Michael Losier 76 Stephen R Covey 63 "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David Schwartz "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho 64 77 "The Art of Effortless Living" by Ingrid Bacci 65 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 7 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson 89 Sharma 78 "The Speed of Trust" by Stephen M R Covey 90 "The One Minute Manager" by Kenneth "The Starfish and the Spider" by Ori Brafman Blanchard 79 and Rod A. Beckstrom 91 "The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield 92 and Tony Schwartz 80 "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff 93 "The Power of Intention" by Wayne Dyer 81 "The Universal Traveler" by Don Koberg and "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle 82 Jim Bagnall 94 "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by "The Voice of Knowledge" by Don Miguel Ruiz Joseph Murphy and Ian McMahan 83 95 "The Road Less Travelled" by M Scott Peck 84 "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace Millman 96 Wattles 85 "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill 97 "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav 86 "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom 98 "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne 87 "Unlimited Power" by Anthony Robbins 99 "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by "Use Both Sides of Your Brain" by Tony Buzan Deepak Chopra 88 100 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 8 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "What Did You Say?" by Charles N Seashore, "Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?" by Rob Edith Whitfield Seashore, and Gerald M Goffee and Gareth Jones 105 Weinberg 101 "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay 106 "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by "You Can Negotiate Anything" by Herb Cohen Marshall Goldsmith 102 107 "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson "You Can Win" by Shiv Khera 108 103 "Your Erroneous Zones" by Wayne Dyer 109 "Who's Got Your Back?" by Keith Ferrazzi 104 www.managetrainlearn.com Page 9 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives “Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss Encoded within your body, teaches Dr. Myss, is an energy system linking you directly to the world's great spiritual traditions. Through it you have direct access to the divine energy that seamlessly connects all life. In Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Myss offers a stunning picture of the human body's hidden energetic structures, while revealing its precise spiritual code and relationship to the sacred energy of creation. Our most revered wisdom traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, hold in common essential teachings about seven specific levels of spiritual development, the stages of power in life. These seven great truths also grace the human body as an energetic system, a spiritual compass pointing the way to the divine. By honoring this inborn code, you can learn to see the symbolic blocks within your energy centers and their correlations with your health, relationships, and spiritual development. Richly interwoven with research, examples, and self-diagnostic guidelines, Anatomy of the Spirit will take you to the heart of the spiritual life and beyond. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 10 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen This little book, filled with much wisdom, can be summed up in this one sentence: "All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts". Overall, this book is about taking responsibility for your lot in life - the good and the bad - as it can all be traced to the thoughts you entertain day in and day out. It also shows how our thoughts directly impact our character - we are what we think - How true I would recommend this book to everyone interested in changing some aspect of their life. It is less than 70 pages & can be read in less than an hour, but its effects could last a lifetime. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 11 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks I'll be honest I don't know what to think of the claim that Esther Hicks is channelling non-physical entities. I initially resisted buying this book because I am cautious around such claims of supernatural inspiration. But I respect Wayne Dyer and other great thinkers who praised this book, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad that I did. This is one of the most powerful books on manifesting your dreams that I've ever read. Every paragraph contains deep truths that just feel intuitively right. This book is especially effective in showing how our emotions are the key to understanding whether we are on the road to success or failure in manifesting our desires. The exercises are both fun and deeply practical. I particularly like the exercises involving the "Magical Creation Box" and "The Prosperity Game." They make you feel young again your imagination is activated and everything suddenly feels possible. I don't know whether the origin of this book is supernatural, nor do I care. The message is true and the exercises work. Try it for yourself. It will change your life. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 12 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy...to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction...to the philosopher who becomes a pirate...to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 13 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Awaken the Giant Within" by Anthony Robbins I first saw Tony Robbins on the Joan Rivers show back in 1993. I was very impressed by his charisma and energy, but like many others, felt that Tony Robbins was just a salesman trying to dupe the naive into buying his books and then all of the other products, seminars etc. At work, I ran into a friend who was radiant (unusual for her) and unusually bubbly she told me some of the changes in her life that were taking place and she had begun to read this book: "Awaken the Giant". What really impressed me were the changes that started taking place in the days and weeks that followed. She started to lose weight, was participating more in meetings at work, and then got promoted. I was impressed. So I decided that this must work. I went out and bought Awaken the Giant and began to use the techniques such as "the swish pattern" and "scrambling technique". Awaken the Giant is a huge book, but I read it in one week. My job performance improved immediately as did my tennis game. I got immediate and dramatic results. This is not just a "feel good book" the techniques really work. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 14 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Beyond Survival" by Gerald Coffee Retired U.S. Navy captain Coffee was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from 1966 to 1973, most of the time in Hanoi and in a cell by himself. How he endured and what he learned from the experience are the subjects of this inspiring book. By calling on his inner resources, such as his faith in God, his conviction that the United States was right to be in Vietnam, his love for his wife and children, and his respect for his fellow prisoners, he was able to overcome loneliness and the pain of occasional torture. Each chapter is headed by a paragraph of invincible principles that Coffee discovered for himself during his ordeal: "The only real security we have is the certainty that we're equipped to handle whatever happens to us"; "Humor is integral to our peace of mind and ability to go beyond survival." www.managetrainlearn.com Page 15 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell Blink is about the first two seconds of lookingthe decisive glance that knows in an instant. Gladwell, the best-selling author of The Tipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind reading with a gift for translating research into splendid storytelling. Building his case with scenes from a marriage, heart attack triage, speed dating, choking on the golf course, selling cars, and military maneuvers, he persuades readers to think small and focus on the meaning of "thin slices" of behavior. The key is to rely on our "adaptive unconscious"a 24/7 mental valetthat provides us with instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, read a stranger, or react to a new idea. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 16 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Building the Bridge As You Walk On It" by Robert E Quinn Building the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership—“the fundamental state of leadership.” The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever–increasing integrity—reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 17 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Built to Last" by James C Collins and Jerry I Porras Built To Last was an extremely thought provoking and eye opening read. Built To Last studies some of the most successful (called the leading companies) and the following companies (non-leaders in an industry). The research for this book produced surprising results for the authors (and the reader). The authors found the there were at least twelve commonly held businesses beliefs that their research refuted. In essence these dearly held business beliefs were myths. These myths included: 1. It takes a great idea to start a company Few visionary companies started with a great idea. Many companies started without any specific ideas (HP and Sony) and others were outright failures (3M). In fact a great idea may lead to road of not being able to adapt. 2. Visionary companies require great and charismatic visionary leaders A charismatic leader in not required and, in fact, can be detrimental to a company's long-term prospects. I would recommend this book to anyone engaged in developing and running a business at any level. If you want to design, build and run a lasting enterprise this book has some ideas and insights worth exploring. (Martin Shray) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 18 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Clear Leadership" by Gervase Bushe Expanding on the fresh concepts that made the first edition of "Clear Leadership" such a success a decade ago, Bushe brings up-to-date the tools and techniques needed to build sustaining partnerships and make today's collaborative organizations work. This fully revised edition now includes 23 skill-building exercises, dozens of personal stories and examples, and completely new chapters that add a sharper focus on ways that the original model of the four selves - the Aware, Curious, Appreciative, and Descriptive Self - can help anyone cut through the miscommunication, misunderstanding, and toxic mush dominating the workplace to achieve clarity, full engagement, and sustained collaboration. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 19 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Conversations with God" by Neale Donald Walsch Blasphemy Heresy Who does this man think he is, claiming to speak directly to God? Jesus did it, Muhammad did it, the Jewish prophets did it, but none of their Gods had the sardonic wit or raw verve of Prophet Walsch's God. Neale Donald Walsch isn't claiming to be the Messiah of a new religion, just a frustrated man who sat down one day with pen in his hand and some tough questions in his heart. As he wrote his questions to God, he realized that God was answering them... directly... through Walsch's pen. The result, far from the apocalyptic predictions or cultic eccentricities you might expect, turns out to be matter-fact, in-your-face wisdom on how to get by in life while remaining true to yourself and your spirituality. www.managetrainlearn.com Page 20 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be” Life-Changers: The Top 100 Self-Help Books that Changed Our Lives "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co- writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life- changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those who are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering. (Rolf Dobelli) www.managetrainlearn.com Page 21 of 110“ Learning Like You Always Dreamed It Could Be”

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