The self-improvement book industry has definitely taken over this past couple of years. More and more people rely on such books to help them develop, both personally and professionally. And as a consequence, a lot of self-improvement books have hit the stands, covering every possible topic you might have in mind. However, there are books that have had a greater impact than most. They definitely got people talking and recommending them to others. Today, we are going to take a quick look at 5 such books that became world famous almost overnight.
Famous Self-Improvement Books
1. The Secret
Rhonda Byrne’s book became an instant success when it came out in 2006. The Secret is based on the premise that if you think about something you want to achieve hard enough, you will eventually draw it your way. And if this sounds highly improbable, you wouldn’t be the first to think this. The book definitely had its critics. But this hasn’t stopped it from selling over 20 million copies worldwide and becoming famous in no time.
2. Who Moved My Cheese?
This book by Spencer Johnson was published in 1998. It starts with a story about two people and two mice stuck in a maze. You might wonder how reading about that will help you with self-improvement. Well, the message the story is trying to send is that it is important to know how to adapt and embrace change. And this applies both to your personal and professional life. Who Moved My Cheese? was widely read and it became a New York Times bestseller.
3. You Can Heal Your Life
In terms of self-improvement books, this one written by Louise L. Hay puts forth the idea that the mind and the body are closely linked. Which means that physical diseases have a strong connection with negativity and negative thinking. The author writes about how positive thinking and loving yourself can prove extremely effective in curing disease. Even though the book was also criticized for encouraging people to look for a mental cure to every physical disease, it still managed to sell 35 million copies.
4. Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
Most people who have ever looked for self-improvement books to also help them in their relationships have probably heard of the one written by John Gray. The basic idea is that men and women are so vastly different that we can say they come from different planets. Consequently, a failure to understand each other is what leads to most relationship issues. Another book that has had its critics, this time for putting forth gender stereotypes, this one has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
5. Chicken Soup for the Soul
This compilation of stories and motivational essays written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen sold 130 million copies and became an instant success. Readers loved the inspirational tales so much that after the initial publishing, the same series came up with many other titles, covering a variety of other topics.
While these are only a few of the most famous self-improvement books that you can read, they are definitely some of the most successful ones, proving that even if they have their share of critics, they still appeal to the audience.
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