Best Self-Help Books


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Received a few requests asking me to provide a list of the best self-help/inspirational books I’ve read. Here’s my list:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Psycho Cibernetics
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (Murphy)
  • Head Strong (Dave Asprey)
  • Superbodies (Wells)
  • The Millionaire Next Door
  • The Millionaire Mind
  • The Richest Man in Babylon
  • Release Your Brakes (Newman)
  • Success Principles (Canfield)
  • The Compound Effect
  • 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (John Maxwell)
  • The Art of Work (Goins)
  • The Science of Getting Rich (Wattles)
  • Grit (Duckworth)
  • The Power of Habit (Duhigg)
  • Genome (Ridley)
  • Super Brain (Chopra/Tanzi)
  • Super Genes (Chopra/Tanzi)
  • Million Dollar Habits (Ringer)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Willpower (Baumeister/Tierney)
  • Unstoppable (Kersey)
  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived (Scott)
  • Tools of Titans (Ferris)
  • 10% Human (Collen)
  • Getting There (Segal)
  • Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)
  • The Science of Happiness (Klein)
  • The Well-Tuned Brain
  • Focus (Coleman)
  • The Eureka Factor (Kounios/Beeman)
  • A Lifetime of Riches (Ritt/Landers)
  • Be My Guest (Conrad Hilton)
  • The Brain That Changes Itself (Doidge)
  • Making Habits Breaking Habits (Dean)
  • Mini Habits (Guise)
  • Finding Your Element (Robinson)
  • The Psychology of Achievement (Tracy)
  • Create Your Own Future (Tracy)
  • Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness (Rohn)
  • Train Your Brain Change Your Brain (Begley)
  • The Owner’s Manual for the Brain (Howard)
  • Brain Rules (Medina)
  • Rewire the Brain (Arden)
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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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  1. I have just started reading. Hope to see changes in my habits.


    What? Where’s the 7 habits of highly effective people?
    Habit 1 Be proactive
    Habit 2 Begin with the end in mind
    Habit 3 Put first things first
    Habit 4 think win win
    Habit 5 seek to understand before being understood
    Habit 6 Synergize
    Habit 7 Sharpen the saw

    I highly recommend this Tom.

    • I’ve tried reading that book at least 3 times over the years and never liked it. I did not like the way it was written. It seemed to me it was written for corporate America. I even bought the audio book two years ago and tried listening to it. I couldn’t get through the audio book either. I want to like that book, but I just don’t.

  3. Lisa Schreiber says:

    Great list! You mention a bunch of books I haven’t even heard of! Thanks!

  4. Davene Meehan says:

    I am still digesting your Change Your Habits, Change Your Life–probably on the 10th or so go around. I love it. But looks like I need to take it, incorporate it and go on. Have you thought of making a workbook with the Rich Habits Test, (which I gave my students with a little editing), habit rating, future letter, obituary, dream-setting, goal-making, bucket list???

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