‘The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude’ -Oprah Winfrey
Self-help books have been a popular genre for decades, offering readers the opportunity to improve their lives and achieve success. Although life coaches and therapy are effective for creating change, those methods can be pricey. Picking up one of these books is a low-cost way to help you consider making life changes.
With less than 6 weeks left in 2023, why not start planning to start the upcoming new year by focusing on improving your personal or professional life? If you are ready, start here and check out the guidance in the top ten best-selling self-help books since 1980.
Top Ten Best-Selling Self-Help Books Since 1980
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
Published in 1989, this book has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It offers practical advice on becoming a more effective and successful person through seven habits: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Simon & Schuster
“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson
This short but impactful book was published in 1998 and has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. It uses a parable to illustrate how people deal with change and offers strategies for adapting to change in both personal and professional settings. Who Moved My Cheese?: Penguin Random House
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
First published in 1936, this timeless classic has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It offers advice on how to improve social interactions and relationships, both personal and professional, through techniques such as becoming genuinely interested in others, smiling, using a person’s name, and giving sincere appreciation. How to Win Friends and Influence People: Simon & Schuster
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
Published in 1999, this book has sold over 6 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 33 languages. It teaches readers how to live in the present moment and let go of negative thoughts and emotions that can hold them back from true happiness and fulfillment. The Power of Now: New World Library
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
Originally published in 1988, this book has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 80 languages. It tells the story of a shepherd boy who sets out on a journey to fulfill his personal legend and teaches readers about the power of following one’s dreams. The Alchemist: HarperCollins
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Published in 1937, this book has sold over 70 million copies worldwide and is considered a classic in the self-help genre. It offers practical advice on how to achieve financial success and prosperity through mindset and determination. Think and Grow Rich: Ralston Publishing Co.
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
Published in 2006, this book has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages. It introduces the concept of the law of attraction and teaches readers how to use their thoughts to manifest their desires and attract success and abundance into their lives. The Secret: Atria Books/Beyond Words Publishing
“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale
Initially published in 1952, this book has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It teaches readers how to cultivate a positive mindset and use the power of faith to achieve success and happiness. The Power of Positive Thinking: Simon & Schuster
“Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins
Originally published in 1991, this book has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 10 languages. It offers practical strategies for personal growth and self-mastery, including techniques for overcoming fears and limiting beliefs. Awaken the Giant Within: Free Press
“The 4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss
Published in 2007, this book has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 35 languages. It offers unconventional advice on how to escape the traditional 9-5 workweek and live a life of freedom, abundance, and adventure. The 4-Hour Work Week: Crown Publishing Group
It’s Never Too Late To Make Changes
These top-rated self-help books have sold millions of copies and helped millions of people make lasting life changes. These books will help you focus on improving your life, being successful, and finding happiness. Whether you want practical tips or need a boost of inspiration, these books have got you covered! They are the world’s best-selling resources for helpful ideas and guidance to help you grow as a person.
Remember, changing your life is challenging, but if you are determined to grow and develop as a person, consider using books as a low-cost source of encouragement and information. If you find yourself struggling with making important life changes, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for extra support.
Melane Ann is a writer, blogger, and life coach. In 2020, she turned her experience in midlife divorce and creating a new life for herself into midlifeismagical. With a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy, Melane focuses on helping women over 50 navigate their relationships and commit to healthy aging. She and her new husband share 7 children between them. Melane jokes that she has a black belt in blended families! In addition to her writing, Melane works virtually with her coaching clients from her home office.