25 best books for personal development and financial education

These are some books that really helped me grow and win in tough times and i think every young person should read these to make the most of his/her time and take right decisions and actions early in life. these books basically teaches you the right attitude and how to think about things that matter to you. Money and good personality both are very important for success but the way we think of things around us ( people, situations, resources, power ) is sometimes very distorted or incorrect, our understanding of life and the world around us may not be aligned for growth and we may be struggling hard physically and emotionally to reach our goals without any win, in such situations these books immensely help correct our belief system, guide and rejuvenate us with the right mindset for success.

So here is my list, hope you enjoy reading the books and find great value.

Rich dad poor dad

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Written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter in 1997, Rich Dad Poor Dad is based mostly on Kiyosaki’s young days spent in Hawaii. Enriched by Kiyosaki’s personal experience and the teachings he received from his rich dad and poor dad, the book highlights different attitudes towards money, work and life.

Framed around six main teachings and lessons, the book is mostly a self-reflection. Apart from the financial benefits, the book also describes and highlights the teachings he got from his poor dad, i.e., empathy and responsibility towards society.

Described as a personal finance book, it has not only challenged, but has also changed the way people think about money. The book talks about Kiyosaki’s background, his business ventures and investments and variation between possessions and liabilities and what importance they both have in terms of starting and owning a business. It also sheds light on the teachings given by rich to their kids, which is usually missed by poor as well as the middle class parents and why it is important to have financial literacy over and above all.

 

The Millionaire Fast-lane

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THE MILLIONAIRE FASTLANE: NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER!

Is the financial plan of mediocrity — a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as “The Slowlane” your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes; it sounds a little something like this: “Go to school, get a good job, save 10% of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your life-savings to the stock market, and one day, when you are oh, say, 65 years old, you can retire rich.

The mainstream financial gurus have sold you blindly down the river to a great financial gamble: You’ve been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. This impotent financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair — sacrifice your adult life for a financial plan that reaps dividends in the twilight of life.

Accept the Slowlane as your blueprint for wealth and your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE: HOPE you can find a job and keep it, HOPE the stock market doesn’t tank, HOPE the economy rebounds, HOPE, HOPE, and HOPE. Do you really want HOPE to be the centerpiece for your family’s financial plan?

 

Think and grow rich

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Think And Grow Rich has earned itself the reputation of being considered a textbook for actionable techniques that can help one get better at doing anything, not just by rich and wealthy, but also by people doing wonderful work in their respective fields. There are hundreds and thousands of successful people in the world who can vouch for the contents of this book. At the time of author’s death, about 20 million copies had already been sold. Numerous revisions have been made in the book, from time to time, to make the book more readable and comprehensible to the readers.

The book details out the most fundamental questions that once bothered the author, Napoleon Hill. The author once set out on a personal quest to find out what really made some people so successful. Why is it that some people manage to remain healthy, happy and financially independent, all at the same time? Why, after all, do some end up being called as lucky? The answers, no wonder, had to be no less than revelations.

For more than a decade, the author interviewed some of the wealthiest and most successful people in the world. It was based on what author learnt in the process from all these people, when asked about how they achieved not just great riches but also personal wellbeing. The author formulated hundreds and thousands of answers, into concise principles which when acted upon, many claim, can help one achieve unprecedented success.

 

How to win friends and influence people

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This is the book that gave birth to a self-improvement industry that spans the Globe (according to the Daily Express Newspaper). First written in 1936, this is the 2016 edition specially typeset for easy readability and offering terrific value for money. The book has sold over 32 million copies worldwide and has been translated into every major language. Still as vibrant and helpful as the day it was written it offers a simple set of guidelines, lucidly explained, that will enable every reader gain insights into being Popular, Persuasive, Influential and Happy in all of his or her relationships.

 

How to stop worrying and start thinking

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The book is written to help readers by changing their habit of worrying. The author Dale Carnegie has shared his personal experiences, wherein he was mostly unsatisfied and worried about lot of life situations. But with time he changed his perspective of looking at things and opted positive thinking in his life. In his book, he has told the readers about different ways that can lead them to happier and stress-free life.

With a set of practical formulas, the book teaches you certain life lessons to make your present and future happier than ever. It is divided into few sections such as how to eliminate fifty-percent of business worries immediately, avoid fatigue and keep looking young, reduce financial worries, add one hour a day to your waking life and find and be one’s own self.

Following all these lessons, readers can learn to focus on themselves first and then think about others. Dealing with fundamental emotions and life-changing thoughts, the book highlights positive points of active life and discourages worry and anxiety. The major aim of the book is to make readers realize the important things in their life but without worrying.

The book also aims to help the readers reframe the different aspects of life in a constructive manner. Most important things to focus in life are joy and contentment. But to control one’s mind and keep it away from negativity, one needs to follow few lessons given in the book.

 

Man’s search of meaning

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Man’s Search for Meaning was first published in 1946. Victor Frankl was a leading psychologist in Vienna when he was arrested for being a Jew during the Nazi regime. He survived holocaust and used his experiences to write this book. He propounded the theory that it is Man’s constant search for meaning that allows him to survive even the most brutal, the most degrading situations in his life.

He said there are only two races in the world, the decent and indecent. They will maintain their innate beliefs, no matter which side they are on. The decent ones will try to help the fellow human beings and the indecent ones will be selfish and serve themselves at the cost to the others.

Frankl’s views were different from those of the leading psychologist of his times, Freud and Adler. His research was intensely personal and unique. His findings of human behaviour were based on the most extenuating circumstances that humans face. He suffered holocaust along with several other inmates and he observed their behaviour closely. He found that those with a capability to focus on love were the ones that survived. He based this observation on a long walk he was forced into by his captors. His companion spoke about his wife. This made Frankl think about his wife and the thought of her took his mind away from his current agony of being hit with rifle butts by his captors for dawdling.

The book has been listed as one of the 10 most influential books. It has a message of hope that has continued to inspire readers down the years.

The magic of thinking big

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Whatever we are in life is due to our thinking and believing that this is what we are. The primary focus of the book is that don’t sell yourself short as you are worth more than you believe about yourself. Open the hidden tap that was closed from so many days and years.

The book will help in unlocking the potential within and will drive one to grow big by thinking big. It contains procedure on how to think big, how to convert goals into action, how to think creatively and how to get the confidence by destroying the fear.

Success is truly in the hand of oneself, and it is a choice that we choose. So elect to think big and achieve greater things in life. Happy reading and hope this book will change your life forever.

 

Zero to one

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What Valuable Company is Nobody Building?

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.

How to talk to anyone

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Perfect your people skills with his fun, witty and informative guide, containing 92 little tricks to create big success in personal and business relationships. In How to Talk to Anyone, bestselling relationships author and internationally renowned life coach Leil Lowndes reveals the secrets and psychology behind successful communication. These extremely usable and intelligent techniques include how to:

  • Work a party like a politician works a room
  • Be an insider in any crowd
  • Use key words and phrases to guide the conversation
  • Use body language to connect

This is the key to having successful conversations with anyone, any time.

 

The power of habit

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It is an inspirational guide that presents information about human nature and its huge potential to transform. The book introduces the reader to several scientific discoveries, explaining neuroscience behind certain habits and how they can be changed. While it is easy for some people to change their habits according to new situations, there are other people as well as organizations that find it very difficult to change.

But with changing times and needs, one must change, be it a person or an organization. The book enlightens the reader about importance of right habits for better living. Besides bringing positive power into mind and soul, good habits are also the reason behind success of various famous personalities.

The book even provides an insight into some of the world’s top companies and renowned personalities. For instance, the book tells about keystone habits of various individuals like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Even success stories of different organizations, like Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms along with that of the nation’s largest hospitals are highlighted in the book.

 

Thinking, fast and slow

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‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ is an International Bestseller authored by the eminent economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The book takes the readers on a fascinating journey by dissecting the mind and goes onto explain two distinct systems that affects our way of thinking and making choices. Of these two systems, one is intuitive, emotional yet fast while the other one is more logical and deliberative.

In this book, Kahneman exposes certain extraordinary capabilities of fast thinking along with its flaws and biases and explains how it shapes a person’s behaviour and thoughts.

In simple yet engaging words, the book debates about the importance of taking risks, the proper ways to skill development, dangers of prediction, the cognitive biases and its effect, of people on how they view others and the real component of happiness.

The author also explains how the two systems should be understood properly so as to make proper and correct decisions concerning professional and personal growth that are mostly at conflict with each other.

About the author:

Daniel Kahneman is the Senior Scholar at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School Of Public and International Affairs. Daniel Kahneman is also an eminent new-age economist and on 2002 was bestowed with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Economics.

 

Mastery

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Robert Greene is more than just insightful. He goes a couple of steps further by giving examples of various successful masters who mastered their craft. Not just this, he also gives examples of people who had passion for their field but burned out. There are so many things one can learn from this book but the elementary structure of the book says there are three phases/level in mastery,

1. The Apprentice stage
2. Creative / Active stage
3. Mastery

Most people achieve the first stage but it comes with a set of its own prerequisites. One must find the purpose of their life in order to ensure catapulting themselves to the level of someone aiming for mastery. Nowhere does the author mention “hard work” because when you do something you want to do or be beyond great at there is no real energy required. The initial phases may perturb you or make you want to give up but you must fight the social dynamic surrounding you. Many may have tried a field and failed at it. We must not allow our social convictions to make us settle down. We must look beyond…

Before I sound more jumbled up let me tell you Mastery is not an easy book to read or sit through. It challenged nearly everything but in many ways it has told me the key to unhappiness and resentment. The reason we are unhappy or depressed is because our creative potential remains potential and never sees the flourish it wants to enjoy.

If you start something purely for the purpose of making money, your drive will be limited only for a few years. 
However, if something holds your interest and you wish to submerge yourself, initial failure or resounding success, should not matter

 

The art of thinking clearly

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“The Art of Thinking Clearly” is written in simple language. Its excellent story line helps in making important decisions of life. The book contains 99 short chapters that will help in judging the common mistakes made by the people and they learn how to avoid them.

Have you ever:

  • Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it?
  • Continued doing something you knew was bad for you?
  • Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances?

These are few examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. What’s important is to spot these errors and omit them to make better choices. The book will teach you what all common mistakes a person do in his daily routine and how to avoid those mistakes. Start judging your mistakes and life will go simple. Amazon India offers this book at reasonable rates.

 

Steve jobs

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The book provides unique insights into thoughts and life of Steve Jobs, a man who literally transformed the digital lifestyle that billions of people all over the world have made part of their lives today. Written by renowned author Walter Isaacson, the autobiography is based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs. It took nearly two years to conduct all these interviews; some interesting conversations from family, friends, competitors and colleagues are also included in the autobiography.

Being one of the most influential creators and entrepreneurs of the century, Jobs has very well managed to change the shape of digital era with his futuristic vision and passion for perfection. From approaching personal computers to revolutionizing the market with iPhone, iPod and iPad, the book represents every aspect of his life in detail.

 

The Google story

 

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Google has been like the lifeline of the internet since its existence. Most of the time, internet searches are conveniently named Google searches which implies that the company, is so embedded in the common man’s life. The Google Story is the story of how a company formed by two young adults, has completely changed the world of technology and how the world operates. Google has been the most successful innovation in the field of information technology, and more than sixty million people use Google services regularly.

 

Elon Musk

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The book captures the life and achievements of South African interpreter and innovator, Elon Musk, the brain behind series of successful enterprises such as PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solarcity. The real-life inspiration of the Iron Man Series, Musk wants to be the saviour of the planet, send people into space and set up a colony on Mars.

Bullied in school and scolded tremendously by his father, Musk was actually a brilliant student and his life story is nothing less than a drama packed film. Ashlee Vance’s brilliant description of Musk’s character, simple language and neat choice of words indeed makes this book a great read.

Considered by some as the innovation, entrepreneurial Steve Jobs of the present and future, Elon Musk became a billionaire early in life with his successful online ventures. One of the successful companies that he co-founded was the online payment gateway PayPal that was later acquired by e-Bay in 2002.

Getting sacked as the CEO, Musk did not cease to amaze friend and foes alike with his out of the box ideas, like investing in rockets! Needless to say, this deconstructed obsession with technology had his marital life go haywire.

The book ‘Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and TESLA is Shaping Our Future’ is a brilliant and intelligent account of this genius young ‘iron man’ told in a gripping manner.

 

Einstein

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It reveals Einstein as the man behind the science. From early years of life to thoughts, experiments to his later life, the book has it all. It also reveals his role in the development of the atomic bomb and how he contributed to the civil rights groups in the United States.

The book revolves around letters written by Einstein. The biography offers glimpses into then society and people and other unknown facts about the great physics prodigy that resided in dark for so many decades. His failure to be a good husband, father, and a teacher, the book explores how an ordinary man becomes the extraordinary who decoded the mysteries of the universe with the theory of relativity.

Einstein’s scientific approach for conventional things and his faith in formulas enabled him to think about astronomical bodies and subatomic particles so deeply that the present day scientists are still trying their best to get close to where he left.

 

Wings of fire

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Every common man who by his sheer grit and hard work achieves success should share his story with the rest for they may find inspiration and strength to go on, in his story. The ‘Wings of Fire’ is one such autobiography by visionary scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who from very humble beginnings rose to be the President of India. The book is full of insights, personal moments and life experiences of Dr. Kalam. It gives us an understanding on his journey of success.

Dr. Kalam by narrating his life journey evokes the reader to identify with one’s inner fire and potential, for he was of the firm belief that each one of us was born with the strength and potential to make a tangible change in the world. How he inspired himself to achieve dreams and how he went about accomplishing so much is what the book captures nicely.

The book recollects many anecdotes and stories from childhood, his time at school and college. The time spent at the Langley Research Center, NASA and Wallops Flight Facility gets a lot of attention.

Personal tragedies have not been left out. The time when he lost his father and how he felt when conferred with many awards like the Padma Bhushan have been written in much detail.

The second half of the book deals with Dr Kalam, the scientist who made a significant contribution in developing the countries guided missile program, a pioneering effort for the security of the nation. It’s not with reason that he was nicknamed as the ‘Missile Man of India’. The book also contains 24 photographs at various stages of his life.

Authored by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Mr. Arun Tiwari, the 180 page book ‘The Wings of Fire’ was first published in the year 2000. Mr Tiwari is a well-known missile scientist who has worked with Dr. Kalam. Having become a bestseller, the book has even been translated into thirteen languages, which includes Chinese and French.

About the Author

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam from 2002 to 2007 served as the 11th President of India. Greatly admired all over India, he was a scientist by profession, who played a leading role in developing the country’s missile program. From humble roots in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Dr Kalam in an inspirational autobiography ‘The Wings of Fire’ traces the rise and the mark he made in life.

Mr. Arun Tiwari, a scientist, was a colleague of Dr Kalam.

 

The everything store

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This is the story of one of the most successful companies of the world, Amazon.com and of its ambitious and bright founder Jeff Bezos.

Amazon at first started with the delivering of books through the mail but the founder Jeff Bezos was never satisfied in being just a book seller. He wanted Amazon to become ‘The everything store’. He wanted Amazon to offer limitless selections of things at reasonably low prices. In this book, we have a detailed account of Amazon and how it came into being.

The book also talks about the founder of Amazon and his unique quality of mind and the resolution. The book talks about his ability to overlook short term profits for the long term goal. Today Amazon is a giant, a technology driven company that can kill almost all competition.

It is an extremely well written understanding of an exceptional entrepreneur’s energy and fascinating journey to create something for a consumer that is truly lasting and possibly the grandest in scale. The author has done a remarkable job in describing Amazon’s journey from a start-up to the global marketplace that it has now come to represent.

 

As a man Thinketh

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James Allen’s books being absolutely practical, have their source in the teachings of religious across the world, especially the New Testament, the Old Testament and Buddhism and the thoughts of World’s great philosophers.
As a Man Thinketh, the widely acclaimed book is second in the list of inspirational books written by Allen. Echoing the Buddhist teaching that all that we are is the result of our thoughts, Allen tries to establish in this book that, as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.
Allen drives home the two essential truths of life through this book. One is that, we are what our thoughts have made us because, thought leads us to action. The other truth is that we are the architects of our future. If we believe in this, we can transform our dreams into realities.

 

Meditations

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Considered one of the most important pieces of literature. Originally written in Greek, the book has survived centuries because its wisdom is as relevant today as it was when it was written. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and the values of leadership. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: A series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.

 

Give and Take

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Why givers – not takers or matchers – win big. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed QUIET or THINKING FAST AND SLOW.

The motivations behind today’s most successful leaders and entrepreneurs come to a simple yet decisive explanation: there are people who give, people who take, people who match, and people who fake. Our world is filled with these givers, takers, matchers and fakers. Amazingly, those who succeed (not only personally but for their clients and companies) don’t take or match. They give. (Although they’re not necessarily philanthropic.)

GIVE AND TAKE presents the fascinating secrets to givers’ success. The results are unequivocal: givers gain big. Jack Welch, Richard Branson, Jon Huntsman Sr. – all of them are givers. In a world in which so many takers such as Bernard Madoff and Raj Rajaratnam have ruined lives and reputations, this book will reassure readers that the real power lies in becoming a giver. Since the vast majority of people aren’t born givers, Grant not only presents the case for why givers win, he also offers their hidden strategies for winning.

 

Free

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What happens when advances in technology allow many things to be produced for more or less nothing? And what happens when those things are then made available to the consumer for free?

In his groundbreaking new book, The Long Tail author Chris Anderson considers a brave new world where the old economic certainties are being undermined by a growing flood of free goods – newspapers, DVDs, T-shirts, phones, even holiday flights. He explains why this has become possible – why new technologies, particularly the Internet, have caused production and distribution costs in many sectors to plummet to an extent unthinkable even a decade ago. He shows how the flexibility provided by the online world allows producers to trade ever more creatively, offering items for free to make real or perceived gains elsewhere. He pinpoints the winners and the losers in the Free universe. And he demonstrates the ways in which, as an increasing number of things become available for free, our decisions to make use of them will be determined by two resources far more valuable than money: the popular reputation of what is on offer and the time we have available for it. In the future, he argues, when we talk of the ‘money economy’ we will talk of the ‘reputation economy’ and the ‘time economy’ in the same breath, and our world will never be the same again.

 

Believe in yourself

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In Believe in Yourself, Dr. Murphy stresses about having faith in ones abilities, believing in the inner self and in having the courage to chase your dream, come what may. The book was first published in 1955 but remains as popular as it was then.

Being a preacher, with decades of experience behind him, Dr Murphy delves into lives of people to demonstrate the all encompassing power of self. By citing interesting episodes from the lives of artists, writers, entrepreneurs and ordinary people, who achieved acclaim and success, the author goes on to emphasize that one thread that runs through was a strong belief in oneself.

The book has proved highly motivational and has enabled many readers to overcome low self esteem and achieve their objectives in life. The author points out various ways by which one can overcome defeat, hardships and keep on the righteous track to succeed by using only fair means.

People who are low in confidence, need a direction in life or a guiding light to keep them motivated makes this subjective compulsion a key to success for any individual says the author.

 

How to read a book

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With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material.

Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text.

Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works.

Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

 

Happy Reading 🙂

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  1. sir, can you suggest book for funiture and interior design and textile design

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