The best-self help books for growth

Tony often says, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” Growth is one of our deepest human needs and can bring us fulfillment and happiness. He’s not alone in this belief: self-help books are one of the most popular types of literature. What is the appeal? Rather than turning to an external source of authority, the best self-help books suggest another route: turning to your own intuition for guidance.

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What are self-help books?

Self-help books provide guidance for individuals to solve their own problems. They span a wide range of topics, from relationships to business to mastering specific skills. Many of Tony Robbins’ books can be considered self-help books, and he’s written about everything from health and wellness to financial freedom. 

Whether you’re working to increase your self-confidence, foster effective workplace communication or overcome a challenge in your personal life, the best self-help books are focused on one thing: your personal growth.

Do self-help books work?

Yes, self-help books work. However, the success of self-help books depends on one variable: yourself. You can collect the top self-help books and read them all day long, but if you’re not laser-focused on improvement – and if you don’t take action to implement the strategies you learn – they won’t help you. 

If you’ve made the decision to improve yourself and your life, self-help books can be an excellent first step. When paired with other strategies, such as coaching or mentorship, they become even more powerful. Although the answer ultimately lies within you, it’s always good to have someone to hold you accountable.

The best fitness self-help books

Life Force by Tony Robbins

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How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love by Tony Robbins

Want to wake up each day with unstoppable energy and vitality? The result of interviews with more than 150 of the world’s top medical pioneers, Life Force will show you how. Tony experienced the life-changing power of regenerative technology for himself, and he wants to share it with the world. Whether you’re a peak performance athlete or an average person who wants to heal, increase your strength, have more energy or lose weight, this book provides the answers you need to change your life.

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Aerobics by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.


Aerobics Program for Total Well-Being: Exercise, Diet, and Emotional Balance provides a holistic wellness program centered on mindset, nutrition and exercise. Aerobics includes comprehensive information, including three weeks of menu plans, exercise techniques and even how to go about getting a comprehensive medical exam. You will gain practical strategies for improving your physical and emotional health. 

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The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion by Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittiness

The Egoscue Method

A favorite in the genre of self-help books on holistic health, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion is a resource for using movement to heal musculoskeletal pain. You will gain techniques for restoring the body’s natural alignment through stretching, strengthening and relaxation techniques. 

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In Fitness and in Health: Everyone Is an Athlete by Dr. Phillip Maffetone

In Fitness and in Health: Everyone Is an Athlete looks to Greek mythology for modern-day strategies for holistic contentment. In Greek thought, a sound mind was the product of a sound body, and the mind-body connection was a powerful tool for resolving psychological problems. You will gain strategies for training the body through exercise, nutrition, sleep and creating a calming environment. 

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The best finance and business self-help books

The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

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Tony’s most recent book on finance brings you decades of collective wisdom and hands-on experience to help you master your money once and for all. Along with expert financial advisor Peter Mallouk, Tony demystifies financial freedom, breaking it down into a step-by-step process that anyone can achieve. Because financial freedom isn’t just about money – it’s about your mindset. And the journey toward it demands the right tools and strategies.

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Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins

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What does it mean to be unshakeable? When you’re financially unshakeable, you can survive economic volatility, unprecedented change and uncertain conditions that leave most people shaking in fear. You can maintain true peace of mind, no matter what is going on in the outside world. And you can leverage those conditions to help you reach your financial goals more rapidly than you thought possible. Unshakeable is one of the top self-help books if you want to get your finances in order.

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Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

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Money: Master the Game is the original financial playbook from Tony Robbins, providing a seven-step blueprint for financial freedom. You’ll get real-life advice on practical matters, like setting up savings and investments, but also discover how to transform your mindset and take control of the financial decisions you make every day. With advice from legendary investors like Ray Dalio and Warren Buffett, this book proves that the financial game is winnable – and shows you how.

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The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzles by Jim Rohn

Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzles takes a close look at the meaning and phenomenon of success. Heralded as one of the top self-help books on self-acceptance, The Five Major Pieces investigates why some people achieve “success” while others don’t. In addition to greater self-acceptance, you will gain a greater appreciation for how your attitude, outlook, activity level, lifestyle and personal history impact your capacity for success. 

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The best self-help books for personal growth

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

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Originally written in 1992, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny is one of Tony’s foundational self-help books – and the advice remains as relevant today as it ever was. Learn how to unleash your power, ignite your passion and crush your limiting beliefs. Break out of the daily grind and live the life you were meant to live: one filled with joy, purpose and meaning. Unlock Tony’s most effective strategies and tactics for mastering your relationships, finances, emotions and life.

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Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

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Tony wrote this book when he was just 25 years old, and it’s still one of the most popular and best self-help books on the shelves. Discover everything you need to know about the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment, including how to find out what you really want, how to reprogram your mind in minutes and how to duplicate the success of others. Because yes, there is a formula to success, and Unlimited Power will reveal it.

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As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh

As A Man Thinketh is a literary essay dealing with the power of thought in creating happiness. It’s recognized as one of the leading self-help books on using your own inner resources to find fulfillment. You will gain practical methods for harnessing your thoughts to transform your outlook and circumstances. 

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Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being by Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbon and Suzi Smith


Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being is widely recognized among top self-help books for its innovative approach to limiting beliefs. Modeled after personal change workshops, its self-inquiry methods help you identify and remodel beliefs that are holding you back. You will learn skills including re-imprinting, visualization, criteria identification and conflict integration. 

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Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson

Composing a Life

Composing a Life follows the lives and personal stories of five inspiring women adapting to the complex demands of work, family and life. In observing the characters’ creativity in navigating their experiences, you will gain clarity on what it means to achieve success. With greater self-awareness, you’ll feel a renewed sense of ambition in facing challenges in your life.

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Dynamic Learning by Robert B. Dilts and Todd A. Epstein

Dynamic Learning

Dynamic Learning is a manual for overcoming learning difficulties. Recognized as one of the best self-help books for building confidence in the face of learning struggles, Dynamic Learning turns your brain into your ally. You will learn step-by-step experiential learning techniques for improving your memory, name recall, reading speed and language accuracy. 

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman, E.P., Ph.D.

Learned Optimism

Learned Optimism draws on 20 years of clinical research to show how optimism enhances our quality of life. Research demonstrates that optimism boosts mood, immune response and overall outlook. You will learn hands-on strategies for practicing optimism, including persistence and positive self-talk. 

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Thinking and Destiny by Harold W. Percival

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Thinking and Destiny shares a strategy for mastering your emotions and outlook. Rather than react to your circumstances, you can learn to respond out of self-awareness. You will gain skills for harnessing your own thought processes to better understand and respond to life’s challenges.

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