Self Help Books: The 101 Best Personal Development

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“Pay attention to him and his material, you will be glad you did.”

~ Bob Proctor, best-selling author and star of The Secret.


It’s vitally important that you read books. As Mark Twain wrote, “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”

And many would agree that “personal development” books are the ones to focus on if you’re trying to improve yourself, your position in life and your quality of life.

But which ones should you read? There are tens of thousands to choose from.

Vic Johnson, a veteran personal development author, speaker and trainer, answers that question for us in “Self Help Books: The 101 Best Personal Development Classics."

From an 1,100 page “encyclopedia of success” to a 28-page speech that became a classic more than a hundred years ago, Vic identifies the publication dates of the classics, the major theme(s) of the book and then some solid reasons to add them to your reading list.

Along the way he also shares valuable anecdotes on his personal lessons learned from these authors (some of whom have mentored him).

This is quick and easy reading that takes the guesswork out of choosing the books to add to your library as well as helping you prioritize your reading.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Laurenzana Press (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193791836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937918361
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Success Leaves Clues

34 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2012
By Caroline Donnelly
It has been said that success leaves clues and a huge clue to a person’s success is the books he or she reads. In the introduction of Self Help Books: The 101 Best Personal Development Classics, author Vic Johnson states it is these books that created his wealth and success.

Positive Classics

12 people found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2012
By billprevails
No matter how successful you think you are … there’s always room for improvement … Vic Johnson has put together a list of classic volumes, some I’m familiar with and some … I’m happy to say … I’ll have to look for … perhaps at Amazon … my Kindle can always use more good news.

A helpful book of book reviews

One person found this helpful.
 on February 23, 2012
By Mercy Lane
Vic Johnson has compiled a list of the books that have been the most influential in his life. Among his 101 reviewed volumes are books with several different themes; the power of the mind, time management, personal relationships, reducing worry, how to make a sale, how to use your mistakes for success, and get the most out of your reading material, classic compilations of inspirational stories and more. These are all more recent classics written from 1854 to 2002. You will probably be familiar with some of them, like Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and Who Moved My Cheese — already on my favorites list. Other inviting titles in this list appear to be much less well known. You certainly can’t get them from Google with a snap.

A Good List of Self-Help Books

 on February 23, 2012
By Dittohd
If you’re looking to improve yourself and attain, so far, unattainable desires, this is a great list to start from. It not only gives the title of each book but a short synopsis of the content of each.

The top 100, Plus one!

One person found this helpful.
 on February 23, 2012
By Donald H. Doebler
This is a great resource. As you know, leaders are readers and readers are leaders. I love how Johnnson lays out the plan. “Choose one of my top five classics and read the first two chapters. If it’s not resonating with you, put it down and pick up another. And that’s a wonderful thing about most personal development classics. You can pick one up, read a chapter and put it down for months. When you pick it up again it’s not difficult to resume reading…” Of course you’ll find books you expect to be there … Covey, Maxwell, and How to win friends and influence people, As a Man thinketh, Think and Grow Rich, and See you at the top… but there are several books from the 19th century as well. I’ve already found some new ones for my hit list. It can only help you to get more ideas, no matter what level of leadership you already possess.

Excellent Guide to the Best Success & Self-Help Classics of All Time!

 on February 22, 2012
By Paul
Vic Johnson’s book Self Help Books: The 101 Best Personal Development Classics is a bargain at $.99 that is packed full of information on the best success books of all time that will change your life forever.

101 Best Personal Development Classics

 on February 22, 2012
By Kevin J. Greene
101 Best Personal Development Classics is a handy list of great works that have influenced millions of people over the years to have a better life, attain their dreams and find happiness. There is a short synopsis of each book. This should be handy in helping you pick out self-help books for years to come. What I like about this list is that many of the books were published over 40 years ago, some over 80 years ago and a few from over 100 years ago. There are certain things about the human experience that don’t change. A quick Google search will not bring up many of these titles, so do yourself a favor, get this ebook and then work your way through this list filled with the best books on personal development throughout history.

Good Overview

 on February 22, 2012
By Kindle Customer
This is a great book for those who are just starting out in the personal development space. I think the benefit of this book is that you can get a general idea about what makes the book good, and then decide for yourself if you want to purchase (or download) the book mentioned. It’s also very interesting because many books mentioned here may have slipped past the beginner. I enjoyed learning about Feel the fear and do it anyway, and failing forward. I wouldn’t have thought to check out those books unless it was made available here.

Wonderful starting place _ and time saver

 on February 23, 2012
By Amazon Customer
Vic Johnson knows how to reach his audience. This book came from several requests that his customers made and he LISTENED. He took the time to compile a list of many books that he has already read and believes could change an individuals life (if they are ready for it). So, if you’ve been trying to make a change in your life and just wanted someone to point you in the right direction without buying every book you could find, try buying this book first. A wonderful list of books with a short description of what each book is geared to. You can find what you’re looking for, then go buy your book, then make that long awaited change. What a way to save time!

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