5 Must-Read Books for Success

By Staff Writer Published on April 5, 2017

Have you ever felt like no matter what you do or how hard you work, you’re still not accomplishing goals or finding the success you want? You’re not alone.

Some of history’s most famously influential minds encountered failure repeatedly before finally finding success. Iconic figures like Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen King, Elvis Presley, and dozens of others had to battle adversity, overcome obstacles, and persevere through setbacks to reach the success they knew they were capable of.

While you’re undoubtedly capable of reaching the highest levels of success, the path to get there might often seem impassable. Fortunately, unlimited resources are available to help you when you feel stuck, doubtful, or lost. Perhaps one of the most helpful resources is books. The following five influential books offer a wealth of expert advice, information, and tips for finding personal success, no matter what your goals may be.

1.  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This best-selling book is an absolute must-read if you want to build constructive, lifelong relationships. By applying this beneficial advice on how to nurture business relationships within your network and expand your personal and professional circles, you could gain the skills and traits needed to find success while making valuable connections with others.


2.  Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, PhD

One of the biggest hindrances to success is stress. In this motivational book by Dr. Richard Carlson, you’ll learn how to manage toxic stress by clearing your mind of the negativity and self-deprecating thoughts that weigh you down and hold you back. By determining what is truly important and deserving of attention and what is simply cluttering your brain, you’ll find that navigating the path to success is much less stressful that you might think.


3.  Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning is not your typical self-help success book; it’s a memoir of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s life in Nazi death camps and what he learned about spiritual survival. With lessons from his own experiences and the experiences of others, Frankl shows readers how to cope with and find meaning in suffering and how to move forward with restored purpose.



4.  The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

This science-based book provides simple, achievable concepts to help readers understand how optimism and positive thinking fuels success. With advice that can be put directly into action, The Power of Positive Thinking can be applied in virtually any scenario where success is the ultimate goal.


5.  The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

From college students to seasoned professionals, procrastination can negatively affect everyone. The Magic of Thinking Big is a must-read on the road to success. With practical, actionable advice and relatable information, Schwartz gives readers the tools they need to avoid procrastination and fuel the motivation needed to dream big and find a successful, rewarding career.



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