You can’t succeed alone. And you can’t afford to try things and experiment with everything by yourself. Let’s face it, life is short. And if you want to achieve outstanding results in life, you need help. And the easiest way to get help is from reading success books.

I know reading great materials and constantly learning and upgrading your knowledge help because it has changed my life.

The first book that I picked up was Rich Dad Poor Dad, recommended by my brother when I was 18. I have never read any book except textbooks for exams purposes.

After reading that book, it completely changed my life. It opened my world and showed me what’s possible.

Just like what Oprah Winfrey has experienced, she said that books are her pass to personal freedom:

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

Oprah Winfrey

Take a minute and think about all the extraordinary people who have accomplished amazing success in life.

You will notice that these extraordinary people are extremely productive, and they think differently than most ordinary people.

And that’s how they got to where they are today. For instance, think about people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, etc.

These people are successful because they are constantly learning and improving.

According to this article from Huffington Post:

  • Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to 1 per week
  • Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day
  • Elon Musk is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said, “I read books.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every 2 weeks throughout 2015
  • Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month for her Book Club members to read and discuss

This is why reading is important.

In short, the more you read, the more you will know. And the more you learn, the more places you can go.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 success books that have transformed my life. And I strongly recommend you get these books and read them.

Don’t mind about the ranking. The number is just for listing purposes. It doesn’t mean much. All the books listed below are a must-read…

10. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

This book was written by Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley, the largest online personal growth platform in the world. And just like me, Vishen was born in Malaysia. This goes on to show that where you’re coming from and your past doesn’t determine your success.

I must warn you that this book is different from most of the personal development books you have read. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a vault full of unconventional wisdom and hacks to help you create a breakthrough in life.

And the book discloses 10 unconventional laws to redefine your life and help you succeed on your terms.

If you want to learn more about Vishen Lakhiani, search YouTube and you can watch some of his teachings there.

9. Awaken the Giant Within

I believe I don’t have to introduce Tony Robbins, he’s the household name in the personal development industry.

Robbins started when he was 17 and he published Awaken the Giant Within in 1993. Yes, it is an old book, but a classic nonetheless.

Even today, if you were to ask me what are the books that have changed my life or books that I recommend, this book almost always come up on top. And this is how Awaken the Giant Within found its way to this list here.

I have read this book a few times, from cover to cover. And every time I reread it, I still discover insights and wisdom within. It is a thick book, but I do enjoy the tips and strategies Tony Robbins has included in this book.

If you haven’t read this book yet, please do so. And after going through the book, tell me how it has changed your life.

8. Grit

Grit is a famous book and a bestseller written by Angela Duckworth, a popular psychologist, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

In the book, Duckworth will take you through her research for finding the key to success. And she discovered that it was grit that determines someone’s success.

Grit is a characteristic that combines passion and perseverance. If you are passionate about what you do and have high perseverance for the task/goal/project, you are said to be ‘grittier’.

I love this book because Duckworth doesn’t just tell you that you need to have passion and perseverance to achieve success, but she shows it through research and data. It is an entertaining and informative read.

7. The Magic of Thinking Big

This is another classic success book from David Schwartz, a motivational speaker, writer, and coach. The book was first published in 1959, I know, it was a long time ago. However, the information in the book is as real and still applicable in today’s world.

This book can be a quick read. And I have read the book a few times. And it has never failed to inspire and motivate me. The principles written in the book are simple, yet profound and can be life-changing.

The most important lesson I learned from The Magic of Thinking Big is that success starts with your thinking. And you must think big and believe that you can achieve your dreams.

A good example illustrated by Schwartz in the book was when he asked his students to think of ways to end the prison system in the country. At first, all his students bashed his idea and said that the prison system was necessary, and the country would be in chaos with criminals let loose.

But after Schwartz asked his students to believe that it was possible to get rid of prison, ideas started to flow and come up.

There are tons of great ideas and insights in this book. Just get it, read it, and acquire all this life-changing information from the book.

6. High Performance Habits

Brendon Burchard is known as the world’s leading high-performance coach. And his book, High Performance Habits, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and Amazon named it as one of the top 3 best business and leadership books of 2017.

In my opinion, this is a huge book. And Brendon reveals the most effective and powerful habits of achieving peak performance. This is because Brendon has a huge database of followers and has worked with numerous clients, given him unique access to the insight of the world’s top performers.

Unlike other books about habits, this book is dense and practical. We all know that our habits determine our results. Hence, if you want to achieve great success, learn to develop the right habits that will get you there.

And in High Performance Habits, you get to learn the 6 powerful habits of a high performer. Make it your project to develop these 6 habits. Brendon Burchard will guide you and show you how to do it.

5. The Success Principles

This is a best-selling book that was written by the author who created a publishing phenomenon through his Chicken Soup book series. The Success Principle is a famous book by Jack Canfield, a name that I don’t have to introduce anymore.

This book is easy to read, entertaining, and life-changing at the same time. The principles shared in the book are not rocket science, they are simple principles that anyone can follow.

I found this book to be very motivational. Ever time after I read it, I felt driven and wanted to achieve more.

Jack Canfield covers almost every aspect of success in this book. From taking 100% responsibility of your life to practicing The Rule of 5 (my favorite rule for success).

You will discover this book is like an encyclopedia of success. Canfield divided the book into 6 sections as below:

  1. The Fundamentals of Success
  2. Transform Yourself for Success
  3. Build Your Success Team
  4. Create Successful Relationships
  5. Success and Money
  6. Success in The Digital Age

Read this book is you are serious about achieving greater success in your life.

4. The Compound Effect

Written by Darren Hardy, the publisher of SUCCESS Magazine. This big idea in this book is powerful – how to achieve extraordinary success through small and consistent efforts.

I bet you have heard of the famous tortoise vs the hare story, right? This book shows you how you can win at life, even if you are a tortoise.

Through the power of compounding, Darren explains how you don’t have to go through big changes to achieve big goals in life. You can start small, through nurturing the right daily habits, and leverage on the compound effect to kick in.

I like this book and have reread it over and over again. The tips in this book are easy to implement and are very practical. Darren explains everything is simple terms that all of us can easily relate to.

I still remember a powerful example of being consistent given by Darren in the book:

If you and I flew planes from Low Angeles to Manhattan, but you took off and landed in every state in between, while I flew straight through, even if you went 500 hundred miles per hour in the air and I only traveled at a rate of 200 miles per hour, I’d still beat you by a big margin.

The time and energy it takes for you to repeatedly stop and start and get back to momentum to make your trip at least 10 times as long.

In fact, most likely you wouldn’t even make it – you’d run out of fuel (energy, motivation, belief, will) at some point. It’s far easier and requires a lot less energy to take off once and maintain a regular speed (even if slower than most everyone else) all along the way.

Quote from The Compound Effect

Success is not a sprit, but a marathon. Can you endure? Read The Compound Effect and learn how to be consistent and stick to your goals until you succeed.

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad

This is the book that embarked me on the personal development journey. It was the first self-help book that I read, and after that, things were never the same again.

It changed my thinking, and hence, my life. This book opened my mind and showed me a whole new world of what I can achieve. And so, I was inspired to read more books. And I have never stopped since then.

You may or may not like Robert Kiyosaki, but I believe Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book that resonates with many.

Yes, the information shared by Kiyosaki in the book is down-to-earth and many people can relate it to their own lives. And because of this, the book became quickly became a bestseller.

Regardless of whether both Rich Dad and Poor Dad mentioned by Kiyosaki exist in reality, it doesn’t matter. The book inspires. And it can change your life like it did mine.

It is a great book that helps you understand how money and finance work in life. This book has inspired many to start their journal to financial freedom.

2. The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing gives you a very simple approach to living a productive and successful life based on asking the focusing question and through getting rid of distractions.

When I first set foot in the real estate industries years ago, I discovered a book called Millionaire Real Estate investor, written by Gary Keller. And that was the first time I got to know about Keller.

Years later, when The ONE Thing published, I quickly grabbed the book and read it. This book is short, and you can read it in one sitting, but I recommend you not to.

Instead, read, pause, ponder, and take as many notes as possible. The ideas shared by Keller in the book are profound.

One of the most insightful ideas shared by Keller is that big doesn’t necessarily need to be something difficult or complicated.

When we think and talk about achieving big success, many will associate big with difficult, complicated, tremendous effort, and something impossible to achieve.

This is a wrong idea. Big doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. And Keller went on to explain how anyone can achieve big success through starting small, like the domino effect.

Another key lesson I learned from The ONE Thing is the strategy to time-block. This technique greatly increases my productivity and helps me get things done without procrastination.

Take my recommendation, read this book.

1. Atomic Habits

I love this book and I have been a reader for James Clear’s blog even before he publishes the book. I like the way how Clear structures the book in a way to help you construct your success habits.

This book is in-depth because Clear shows examples from research and also includes tons of studies. But don’t worry, it is a fun read and trust me, you will love the ideas presented by Clear in this book.

According to James Clear, habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. And the effect of your habits multiplies as you repeat them day-in and day-out. Just like if you want to build 6-pack ab, you can’t hit the gym once and then hope you will develop it the next day.

It happens over time, not overnight. And the same principle applies to every area of life. No matter what you want to achieve, you can get it if you develop the right habits and behavior, which you are going to learn from the book.

Atomic Habits is a great book that you don’t want to miss out on. All the concepts, principles, and tips mentioned in the book are backed with science and studies.

And if you check on Amazon, you will notice that this book has over 5,000 reviews, and the amazing thing is that as much as 88% of all the reviews are 5 stars.

This book is that good. It is a book I strongly recommend anyone who wants to achieve success to read.

Start by developing small habits. With gradual improvement, even if it is at 1%, over time, the effect will compound and overflow. Get this book.

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