1. “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino
After serving in the Second World War, Og Mandino suffered from severe alcoholism as well as commercial trafficking. When his wife and children left, he had committed suicide, but he saw some self-help books before deciding to end his life. It was he who said, what he read then changed his life completely, and it also helped him get rid of alcoholism. He later became a great author and he also produced the masterpiece “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (self-help book) in 1968.
“The Greatest Salesman in the World” is a long journey of Hafid, a poor camel boy, in ancient Jerusalem. The young man learned some secrets from a wealthy businessman and succeeded to become a great salesman.
So far, “The Greatest Salesman in the World” has been translated into 25 languages and has sold over 50 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in the world.
2. The Road less traveled
M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist, known for his 1978 “The Road less traveled “. In this book, Peck talked about how to improve one’s life, giving a lot of thought to love and relationships. Peck says that the common misconception of people is that they always see love relationships as the means to “achieve” rather than trying to understand them to “give”. The love that he wants to convey is to nurture and understand others. Peck also emphasizes the importance of self-discipline and in order to achieve success in life, we need to solve our own problems as well as seek to overcome the challenges ourselves. He wrote in his book, “Only through problems can we mature intellectually and mentally.”
3. “I dare you” by William H. Danforth
William H. Danforth founded Nestle Purina (before merging with Nestle in 2001 Purina mills) in 1894. He thought that life was just like a game. Danforth emphasized that four important elements (or “squares”) are: intellectual, physical, social and religious; Always be balanced to be successful in life. All his thoughts and ideas are summarized in “I dare you” published more than 70 years ago. He encourages all readers, at any age, to seize the opportunity and trust in their own potential.
4. “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill
This classic self-help book was first published in 1937 – the peak of the recession – and has so far been one of the best-selling books of all time. To write this book, Napoleon Hill studied the life and work of 40 millionaires to discover the secret of their success. From there, he learned about their decades of accumulated experience to introduce to the readers.