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100 CLASSICS … IN A "NUTSHELL"
(Following are the Table of Contents from Tom Butler-Bowdon’s books: 50 Success Classics and 50 Self-Help Classics. In them he gives excellent summaries of the key points in those books that are literally classics in the area of personal development)
50 Success Classics
1. Ragged Dick, by Horatio Alger.
Whatever you do, you will be more successful if you do it with honesty, fairness, and to the best of your ability.
2. On Becoming A Leader, by Warren Bennis.
True leadership arises in the full expression of a person’s unique potential.
3. How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling.
Every successful person knows how to sell what they offer. Enthusiasm and organization are the basic elements in selling.
4. The One Minute Manager, by Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson.
Clarity about goals saves a huge amount of energy that can be deployed productively in other areas.
5. The Americanization of Edward Bok, by Edward Bok.
Work for your own success, but ensure that your achievements lift up the wider community.
6. The Magic of Believing, by Claude M. Bristol.
Every great thing starts with a thought/visualization and is powered into realization by a belief.
7. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Warren Buffett.
Genuinely successful investment requires both courage and character.
8. The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie.
Be voracious in your learning, and ensure that others benefit from your intellectual and monetary wealth.
9. Thick Face Black Heart, by Chin-ning Chu.
Reclaim the "killer instinct" as a natural part of who you are.
10. The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason.
The principles of wealth building are free to all, but only a minority use them to their advantage.
11. Secrets of the Ages, by Robert Collier.
If you have a single powerful purpose, you will have the courage to act on your ideas.
12. Good to Great, by Jim Collins.
Don’t be satisfied with being merely good or excellent. Discover what it takes to be great.
13. Acres of Diamonds, by Russel H. Conwell.
Whatever you desire is probably close at hand, if you are willing to open your eyes and your mind.
14. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.
The first step on the road to success is good character. The second is openness to new perspectives. The third is ensuring that daily action is shaped by higher aims, with the knowledge that you always reap what you sow.
15. Direct from Dell, by Michael Dell.
The simplest, most uncomplicated way is often the most successful.
16. My Life and Work, by Henry Ford.
Continually refine your thinking power. Imagine something the world would really need. Make it cheaply as possible and sell it at the lowest price.
17. The Way to Wealth, by Benjamin Franklin.
Diligence and frugality build character as they create wealth.
18. The Inner Game of Tennis, by W. Timothy Gallwey.
Your body is smarter than you think: trust it to achieve the goals you have set.
19. How To Be Rich, by John Paul Getty.
Live by your own values, be your own person.
20. How To Have Power and Confidence in Dealing With People, by Les Giblin.
Everyone hungers for appreciation and acceptance. If you can genuinely provide these you will have the key to human influence.
21. The Art of Worldly Wisdom, by Baltasar Gracian.
Make distinctions, look for subtlety and nuance. Success requires fine observation of human nature and refinement of the self.
22. How to Succeed in Business Without Being White, by Earl G. Graves.
Recognize and use your background in the service of attaining your goals, and remember to give something back.
23. Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
Wealth comes from increasing your power to think and developing your ability to access the universe’s intelligence.
24. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, by Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone.
Willingness to see the benefit in every disappointment may seem a cliché, but it is a mark of successful people.
25. The Official Guide to Success, by Tom Hopkins.
Create a noble aim for your life, then make use of every moment to achieve it.
26. Born to Win, by Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward.
Enlarge your understanding of success to include self-knowledge and greater connection to others. You have everything in you that you need to succeed.
27. Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson.
The ability not only to accept change but to create it is a mark of the dynamic individual.
28. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki.
Learn how money could work for you; unlearn the expectation that you must work for money.
29. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David Landes.
Genuine success is never an accident. The prosperous have a culture of progress that combines curiosity and persistent application.
30. Lincoln on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips.
Above all, leaders seek results. Many have wishes, but effective leaders act.
31. The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz.
Realize that you can’t manage time; instead, adopt better ways to use your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy.
32. Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela.
Success is most likely when it becomes a necessity.
33. Pushing to the Front, by Orison Swett Marden.
There are few things that cannot be achieved by sheer determination and effort.
34. The Spirit to Serve: Marriott's Way, by J. W. Marriott Jr.
Hard work, continuous self-improvement, and a sense of building for the future create identity. From identity comes focus, from focus, success.
35. The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, by Catherine Ponder.
God does not want you to be poor; appreciate the universe’s abundance and your right to prosperity.
36. Take Time for Your Life, by Cheryl Richardson.
Achievement is more meaningful when it springs from a base of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
37. Unlimited Power, by Anthony Robbins.
Success leaves clues, but they must be acted on.
38. Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way, by Robin Gerber.
One of the duties of the leader is to lift up those who are not able to advance themselves.
39. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz.
Much of the difference between failure and success lies in what you believe you are entitled to, so you may as well think big.
40. The Secret Door to Success, by Florence Scovell Shinn.
Dissolve the walls around your success through positive expectations. Trust ultimately in God for your prosperity.
41. Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer, by Ernest Shackleton.
The true leader brings out the best in people in even the toughest situations.
42. The Millionaire Mind, by Thomas J. Stanley.
People are not born with a millionaire mind. It is a set of attitudes and knowledge that anyone can adopt and acquire.
43. Maximum Achievement, by Brian Tracy.
Measuring your life daily against written goals is a fundamental of success.
44. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu.
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
45. Made in America, by Sam Walton.
Be the best at what you do and the world will beat a path to your door.
46. The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles.
It is natural and logical that you should become rich through the use of your creative powers.
47. Jack: Straight From the Gut, by Jack Welch.
Never underestimate how far you can go by merely being yourself.
48. Coaching For Performance, by John Whitmore.
Consider changing your way of learning and relating to others, and reap the performance benefits.
49. The Luck Factor, by Richard Wiseman.
Successful people are lucky people, but luck is less related to chance than you may think.
50. See You at the Top, by Zig Ziglar.
Strong values of hard work, spiritual faith, and service will take you a long way.
50 Self-Help Classics
1. As a Man Thinketh (James Allen)
We don’t attract what we want, but what we are. Only by changing your thoughts will you change your life.
2. NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, by Steve Andreas & Charles Faulkner
"People work perfectly.” Program in new thoughts, actions, and feelings and you get a new life.
3. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
Don’t get caught up in trivia or pettiness; appreciate your life within a larger context.
4. Finding Your Own North Star: How to Claim the Life You Were Meant to Live, by Martha Beck
The book for you if you feel as though your life has taken a wrong turn.
Seek peace inside yourself, do the work that is yours, and wonder at the mysteries of the universe.
6. the Bible
Love, faith, hope, the glory of God, the perfectibility of man.
7. Iron John, by Robert Bly
Through old stories we can resurrect the ancient and deep power of the masculine.
8. The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
No matter what happens to you, you always have freedom of mind.
9. How Proust Can Change Your Life, by Alain de Botton
Appreciate the rich experience of life, despite circumstances. Low expectations make for pleasant surprises.
10. Transitins: Making Sense of Life's Changes, by William Bridges
All life transitions have a pattern, which if acknowledged will make tough times more comprehensible.
11. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns
Feelings are not facts. Always question whether your emotions accurately reflect reality.
12. The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
Always do what you love and appreciate your life as a wonderful journey.
13. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... And It's All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson
Put your little struggles into perspective; by doing this you can gain more enjoyment of other people and life generally.
14. How to win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Really try to see the world as another sees it. The appreciation he or she feels means that whatever you have to say will be truly heard.
15. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra
There is an easier way to get what you want from life, involving attunement with nature and the universe.
16. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
We too easily give up on our dreams, yet the universe is always ready to help us fulfill them.
17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
Real effectiveness comes from clarity (about your principles, values, and vision). Change is only real if it has become habitual.
18. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Rather than being idle, doing what you love is a pathway to greater meaning, happiness, and a self of higher complexity.
19. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, by The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler
Achieving happiness does not have to depend on events. Through mental practice we can form the ability to be happy most of the time.
20. The Dhammapada (Buddha's teachings)
Refine and improve the quality of your thoughts and you will have little to fear from the world.
21. Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life, by Wayne Dyer
When you are aligned with your higher self and your life purpose, miraculous things happen.
22. Self-Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whatever the pressures, be your own person.
23. Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Reconnecting with your wild nature is not a mad indulgence but vital to mental and physical health.
24. Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
The meaning of life is the meaning that you decide to give it.
25. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Constant self-improvement and a love of learning form your ticket to unusual success.
26. Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain
Life tends to live up to the thoughts and images you have about it, good or bad. Why not imagine your future the way you want it?
27. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ, by Daniel Goleman
The truly successful person will always have achieved emotional self-mastery.
28. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, by John Gray
Before we can treat each other as individuals, we must take into account the behavior differences of the sexes.
29. You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay
You will only begin to change your life when you learn how to love yourself properly.
30. The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling, by James Hillman
Not only celebrities and nuns have “callings.” All of us have in our heart the image of the person we can be and the life we can live.
31. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers
The presence of fear is an indicator that you are growing and accepting life’s challenges.
32. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch
By identifying what you’re good at, then doing more of it, success will come easily.
33. Mindfulness, by Ellen J. Langer
Mental habits dull our lives. By regaining control of your thinking you can experience life anew.
34. Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu
Make your life easier and more effective by attunement with the natural “flow” of the universe.
35. Psycho-Cybernetics, by Walter Maltz
Our body/brain is a brilliant self-contained system for achieving goals. Use it.
36. Motivation and Personality, by Abraham Maslow
Full mental health is not the absence of neurosis but the fulfillment of our potential.
37. Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters, by Phil c. McGraw
Get realistic about yourself and smart about the world. No one can do this for you.
38. Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, by Thomas Moore
Fill your emptiness by living soulfully. Let your individuality out by accepting your idiosyncrasies and dark side.
39. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy
By understanding how the subconscious mind works, you can learn how dreams become reality.
40. The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale
You can achieve anything if you have faith.
41. The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By, by Carol S. Pearson
Each of us tends to think and act according to patterns or “archetypes.” Become aware of their power and us them to your advantage.
42. The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck
Once you admit that “life is difficult,” the fact is no longer of great consequence. Once you accept responsibility, you can make better choices.
43. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Forge your own destiny, create something of value, enable a higher form of humankind by daring to think.
44. Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins
It is time to seize the day and live the life you’ve imagined. This is your starter kit.
45. The Game of Life and How to Play It, by Florence Scovell Shinn
If life is thought of as a game, we are motivated to learn and apply the rules for our own happiness.
46. Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman
Cultivation of an optimistic mindset significantly increases your chances of health, wealth, and happiness.
47. Self-Help, by Samuel Smiles
History is full of people who achieved amazing things by sheer will and persistence.
48. The Phenomenon of Man, by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
By appreciating and expressing your uniqueness, you literally enable the evolution of the world.
49. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
Make sure that you have time in your life just to think.
50. A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
Miracles start to happen when we resolve to depend fully on God and decide to love ourselves.