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The 20 Greatest Self Development Books Ever Written

After my previous post on the 10 best self development books of 2010 I’ve had a few people ask me what my my top self development books of all time are, so today I thought I’d take a stab at answering that.

The following books are the ones that have stand the test of time for me, and me alone.

What I mean by that is that I am fully aware that books like The 7 Habits, Flow and Think And Grow Rich were/are classics, and indeed, I enjoyed all of them.

However, I happen to think that there are now better, more accessible books out there, and as such none of the above make my list.

Although, it has to be said, they would have done if I was writing a list of the 20 most influential self development books ever written. As would, almost certainly, The Power Of Now, How To Make Friends and Influence People, As A Man Thinketh and Get Things Done.

I’m also including books that you may not necessarily find in the self development isle of your local book store.

I believe books on social and behavioral psychology that help us understand how, and why, we make decisions, can be just as useful for Life Coaching and self development purposes as more traditional ‘how to’ kind of publications.

All the titles link through to Amazon (except Nick Hall) and as per the last post they are affiliate links. I have also copy and pasted some previous reviews rather than written everything from scratch and spend a day and a half compiling this post. I hope you understand.

I pimped How To Be Rich and Happy with the last post enough, so modesty has forced me to leave it out of this list, but not enough to stop me telling you Friday the 17th is the last day we can guarantee getting you a copy in time for Christmas, so grab a copy now!

Anyway without further ado, drum roll maestro please, because here are my top 20 self development books of all time.

Make no mistake though, The Element is not a rant, although Robinson could have been forgiven for allowing it to become one.

It is however, a fascinating insight into creativity and there are some great stroies of people through sheer determination, refusing to allow their dreams and creative edge to be buried. If you are in any doubt at the whether this book is for you, go and watch what I think was the greatest ever Ted talk.

I love Thom Rutledge because he is a real person. He’s a brilliant therapist that admits he had a huge alcohol problem and that his life isn’t perfect or even close to being perfect. He’s funny, intelligent and very, very good at what he does.



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Which are the top ten books?

Here are the Top 10 All-time Best-sellers


  1. The Holy Bible (more than 6 billion copies sold)

  2. Quotations from Chairman Mao (more than 900,000,000
    copies)

  3. The American Spelling Book by Noah Webster (up to 100,000,000
    copies)

  4. The Guinness Book of World Records (over 90,000,000
    copies)

  5. The World Almanac (over 73,000,000 copies)

  6. The McGuffey Reader (60,000,000 copies)

  7. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin
    Spock (more than 50,000,000 copies)

  8. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard (more than 40,000,000
    copies)

  9. In His Steps, What Would Jesus Do? by Charles M. Sheldon (more



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