Five must-read self-improvement books

Want to get ahead? Read these motivational self-development books

Five must-read self-improvement books

Looking to make the most of your time at home? Whether you fancy setting up your own business, want to improve your communication skills or want to plan out some goals, here are five top self-improvement books to read.

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

Since its release in 1936, Carnegie’s book has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best known self-help books ever. The book covers seven main talking points including fundamental techniques in handling people, six ways to make people like you, seven rules for making your home life happier, and how to change people without giving offence or arousing resentment. It’s a best-seller for a reason.

Measure What Matters, John Doerr

How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation rock the world with objectives and key results is the motto here. American investor and venture capitalist John Doerr discloses how the goal-setting system of objectives and key results has helped mega tech giants from achieve massive growth – and how it can help any company or organisation thrive. Measure What Matters includes narrators such as Bono and Bill Gates and shares a range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies.

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, Alan G. Lafley and Roger Martin

In it to win it? Playing to Win summarises the strategies that Lafley, in partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, used to help double Procter & Gamble’s (multinational consumer goods company – think brands such as Olay, Fairy, Pampers…), quadruple its profits, and increase its market value by more than $100 billion when Lafley was first CEO. The book is essentially a playbook for winning and beating out your competition.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey

First published in August 1989, business and self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People presents a holistic and integrated perspective to being effective in attaining goals and solving problems – whether they be professional or personal. The seven habits are categorised into three sections: independence, interdependence and continual improvement. We won’t give too much away as it’s well-worth the read. And what better time to pick up some good habits?

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, Grant Cardone

Best-selling author and international speaker Grant Cardone has been transforming lives since 2011 after the success of this highly successful business book, The 10X Rule. The book divulges the principle of “massive action”, which teaches future entrepreneurs how to forget business clichés and risk aversion, while teaching them which steps to take to reach their business dreams. It’s time to remove luck and chance from your business strategy, and lock in stupendous success.

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