The Most Unexpected List of Self Help Books

This Is NOT Your Typical List of Self Help Books

If you’re an avid reader of self help books, the titles in this list of books might be rather unexpected. 

But a book doesn’t have to be labeled as self help, personal development, self improvement or anything else along this line to deliver the best advice on how to tackle the challenges in your life, right?

As self help is such a wide subject, when selecting the books in this list we focused on a very narrow subject.

TIME. How we use it, abuse it, and what happens when we feel we don’t have enough of it, and how our reasoning is impacted by this perception (hint: Daniel Kahneman says it’s negatively impacted beyond your wildest imagination. And he proves it. He must be right. He’s not a Nobel Prize for nothing.)

Our self development is largely impacted by how we perceive time.

The books in this list will show you WHY you need to slow down, WHAT you need to do, and some practical advice on HOW to do it.

And the last book in our list of self help books, the +1, has been selected for you to get a taste of how it feels when you slow down, take your time and enjoy the moment.

Even if not labeled as such, these might be some of the best personality development books you have come across.


A List of Self Help Books to Help You Grow


Personal development books - Alain de Botton - The Busy Lifestyle

How Proust Can Change Your Life

by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres–literary biography and self help–in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life. Look Inside >>>


A Brief History of Human Kind

by Yuval Noah Harari

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human”. Look Inside >>>


Personal development books - Daniel Kahneman - The Busy Lifestyle

Thinking Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics takes us on a tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think: System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. You wouldn’t expect this to be a personal development book (not in the sense of a self-help book, for sure), but the insights this book gives you on the way you think you think will make you stop and reflect a little more next time when you are faced with an important decision Look Inside >>>

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The Organized Mind

by Daniel J. Levitin

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. Look Inside >>>

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The Power of Full Engagement

by Jim LoehrTony Schwartz

We live in a digital era. Our pace is rushed, rapid-fire, and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible into every day. We’re wired up, but we’re melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. Look Inside >>>


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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . . Look Inside >>>


They might not be the best personal development books ever written (and for the majority of them, that’s ok, as it wasn’t the initial intention), but they will surely make you stop an think. And if you start questioning your assumptions, it means we reached our objective.

What would you add to the list? What was the one book that left a lasting mark on you, on the way you see the world? A book that helped you without being in the most famous self help books list.


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