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Top Self-Improvement Resources recently took a survey (January 2010) to determine the Top 10 List of self improvement books and people.

If you're intersted in continued growth–personally or professionally, these are the places to start. Some are older and some are newer. Some are practical and some are "esoteric."

What are top books ever written on Self Improvement?

1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

4. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

5. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

6. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay

7. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

8. The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace Wattles

9. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale

10. The Bible

Who are the most important leaders in the Self Improvement Industry?

1. Anthony Robbins

2. Wayne Dyer

3. Deepak Chopra

4. Jack Canfield

5. Bob Proctor

6. Brian Tracy

7. Louise Hay

8. Napoleon Hill

9. Jim Rohn

10. Stephen Covey

You can access some of these resources and other favorites of mine on my More Help page.

I'm glad to see a couple of women made the lists, but not as many as I would like.

We women transformationalists need to do something about that! (Debbie Ford, Arielle Ford, and Marianne Williamson are a few who are on the mens' heels.)

I would love to have my subscribers comment with THEIR top WOMEN resources for self-improvement. Just comment below and we'll share the yang energy!


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Your partner in success,

Lisa Smith
Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting Coach


  1. Ryan Williams says:

    I think personal improvement starts with the resources listed above but to really be life changing we have to implement new things into our lives and not just read about them.  This was always a problem for me.  I would read great wisdom but somehow I couldn't make it stick.  Knowledge is nothing if it is not applied.  I designed a process to help make personal growth a daily routine and thus easier to implement.  The process incorporates many of the lessons taught by these great people list above.  It's located at the web address below.  Thanks for posting this list.  I see some names on here I have not read in a while.  
    With respect,
    Ryan Williams

    • Lisa Smith says:

      Hi Ryan.
      Thanks for your comment and sharing your experience.
      I completely agree with you. Getting new information is just the start. One of my popular sayings is, “Knowledge is not power; knowledge APPLIED is power.” This is what I always say to my audiences at the end of my talks, and task them with immediately and consistently applying at least one thing that they learned from my information.
      Your website sounds interesting. I will take a look at it and refer if it would be helpful to my readers.
      I hope you keep enjoying mys posts and commenting with useful insight and information. If there’s something you have a question about or would like me to write about, let me know.

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