5 personal development books that will help you achieve success

From invaluable life lessons to motivational stories, these books help you harness the power within.
By Satyaki Sarkar

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

1. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
One of the most famous personal development authors of all time, Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul series is incredibly popular among business leaders for its invaluable lessons and insights delivered through a series of short, inspirational stories and motivational essays. The Success Principles, on the other hand, is a phenomenal collection of the principles and lessons that he’s studied, taught, and abided by throughout his life. Using riveting and inspiring success stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and the like, the book helps improve your confidence, overcome daily challenges, find your passion and purpose, and achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

2. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason
Popular American author George S Clason used to own a successful mapmaking company before he started writing on how to save money and build your wealth. The Richest Man in Babylon started off as a set of pamphlets he wrote and distributed through banks and insurance companies. They were then compiled into an actual book. The book uses a conversation between Arkad, the protagonist, and two of his childhood friends, Bansir and Kobbi, to tell a rich and engrossing story that imparts insightful advice on financial wealth and how to be rich. The myriad characters who feature in the story make it instantly relatable and offer indispensable knowledge about the importance of determination, and how one can build on his/her personal wealth.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz

3. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
Known for his notable work in motivational writing and coaching, David J Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big has helped more than six million readers all over the world improve their lives through its powerful lessons. The book is considered to be one of the best motivational works of all time, and teaches that you need not possess  extraordinary intellect, genius level IQ, or incredible talent to succeed, but rather, be able to think and act big. Through its workable methods and planned way of living, the book helps you to sell better, manage better, earn more money and, beyond all, find greater happiness and peace of mind.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr Norman Vincent Peale

4. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr Norman Vincent Peale
Celebrated the world over for his work in reinforcing and popularising the concept of positive thinking and its benefits, Dr Peale was a renowned American minister and author, with several bestselling books. Through this popular bestseller, which has sold more than five million copies in print globally, Dr Peale provides invaluable practical lessons to help you re-energize yourself, build your confidence and determination, avoid stress and worry, and assume control of your life. All of these will help put you on the path to fulfilment and a happy life.

Developing the Leader Within You by John C Maxwell

5. Developing the Leader Within You by John C Maxwell
Having written countless books on leadership and success, John C Maxwell is an popular American author, speaker, and pastor. This book has sold over a million copies in print and delves into the biblical foundation for leadership and success that has helped Maxwell succeed as a pastor and business leader for more than 40 years. It teaches some of the most fundamental and important lessons in leadership, such as the power of influence, how leaders aren’t born but are built, the difference between management and leadership, and so on. The book is a powerful tool for those looking to build themselves into powerful leaders. 

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