3 Self-Development Books that Work

I’m a huge fan of non-fiction writings. Today, I would like to share some thoughts and recommendations about self-teaching and personal development books that actually worked for me. This set of three guides is deeply personal and subjective. Every book you will find below influenced my life in this or that way. While reading them, I preferred to ask professionals to do my homework and spend more time getting new useful knowledge.
A remark should be here: the list contains only practical self-development and personal growth books.
The word “practical” means there are no purely motivational books able to inspire and motivate people yet not providing them with actual solutions and tips. “Personal growth” means that the set of books does not include guides on sports and correct dieting.
Of course, those should belong to “developing” literature categories. But, in my opinion, guides on healthy eating and workout programs are worth another, separate post.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie


It was my first personal development book I read while being a first-year university student. And it changed my thoughts about the life of adults totally. Before reading it, I was a nervous teenager afraid of everything. Afterwards, I became definitely calmer, cold-blooded and contemplated.
All my basic life principles came from this book by Carnegie, such as:
- Don’t worry about what you can’t change;
- Think of tomorrow’s problems tomorrow, not today;
- Regardless of what you are worried, things never happen as you plan;
- And others.

Body Language – Allan Pease


I used to be a modest and uncommunicative person for quite a while. While I was in middle school, I was even too afraid to go outside if there was a company of my teenagers. I was frightened about them starting to joke with me and my inability to find words to respond properly.
“Body Language” became the book to help me understand others and communicate without fear. It’s an especially useful skill in the modern world.

The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason


Clason tells of the right financial management through the concept of an ancient fable. For me, the problem of money has been remaining critical all the time. Until I started applying tips from this book, my funds seemed to just flow into some bottomless hole. “The Richest Man in Babylon” stopped that stream, and I became richer in some ways due to that. Well, speaking more precisely, I stopped becoming poorer.
Since then, there were multiple books about personal accounting and finance management I read, but most of their recommendations were the same I found in this writing by Clason previously.
Now, I can’t say that I am a finance control guru. Still, after reading that Clason’s book, I began monitoring my private budget, recording all expenses, making savings and analyzing my incomes and payments attentively.

To Conclude


I chose three books above not by accident. Each of these personal development guides touches a certain important aspect of a modern person’s life. Carnegie gives you basic principles of perceiving and solving problems in general. Pease teaches how to communicate without fear. Clason shows how to manage the financial side of your life.
These are basic bricks required for you to start building that new, better version of yourself. My final recommendation will be simple: don’t wait for a suitable moment.
It won’t come.
Begin today.
Now.