Take a look at the top-selling personal development books of the past month, and you’ll see not all of them are new—that there are modern classics such as Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, and all-time classics such as Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. But others, such as Admiral William H. McRaven’s Make Your Bed, are brand-new and already making waves in the self-improvement world.
For your journey to your best self, we continue our monthly list of the best-selling personal development books with the top 10 for April 2017:
1. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World
By William McRaven (April 2017; Grand Central Publishing; $18)
On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him throughout his life. Told with great humility and optimism, Make Your Bed provides simple wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.
2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero (2013; Running Press; $16)
This refreshingly entertaining how-to guide serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice and easy exercises, helping you to create a life you will love. Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want—create a life you love and make some damn money already!
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
By Mark Manson (September 2016; HarperOne; $24.99)
For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. In his wildly popular blog, Mark Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is in a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach the lemons better. Once we embrace our fears, faults and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity and forgiveness we seek.
4. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
By Gary Chapman (2015; Northfield Publishing; $15.99)
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts and just plain boredom of everyday life? Whether your relationship is failing or flourishing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love is as practical as it is insightful. The 5 Love Languages includes a “his and hers” personal profile assessment. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, the new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant and actionable wisdom.
5. StrengthsFinder 2.0
By Tom Rath (2007; Gallup Press; $29.99)
Do you do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Although you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades. The redesigned StrengthsFinder 2.0 companion website features a strengths community, a library of downloadable discussion guides and activities, a strengths screensaver and a program for creating display cards of your top five strength themes.
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie (1998 edition, originally published in 1936; Pocket Books; $16)
Go after the job you want and get it! Take the job you have and improve it! Take any situation you’re in and make it work for you! Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. As relevant as ever, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
7. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
By Tony Robbins (February 2017; Simon & Schuster; $26)
Tony Robbins, who has coached more than 50 million people from 100 countries, is the world’s No. 1 life and business strategist. In Unshakeable, he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the No. 1 financial advisor in the U.S. for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable—someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility and unprecedented change, but also who can profit from the fear that immobilizes so many.
8. Wealth Can’t Wait: Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today!
By David Osborn and Paul Morris (April 2017; Greenleaf Book Group Press; $22.95)
David Osborn and Paul Morris, two of the most popular and celebrated wealth-building minds in the game today, have mastered the art and science of sustainable wealth creation through entrepreneurship, passion and a relentless focus on growth, success and fulfillment. Far from a get-rich-quick formula, Wealth Can’t Wait equips you with a comprehensive set of wealth-building skills that will serve you throughout your life. The book’s valuable tips, building blocks and lessons from the authors’ own experiences will inspire you to start achieving your financial ambitions today.
9. The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later
By Ric Edelman (March 2017; Simon & Schuster; $26)
Technology and science are evolving at a blistering, almost incomprehensible pace. The Human Genome Project took 11 years and $2.7 billion to complete. Today, it would take two days to finish and cost less than getting a pizza delivered. It’s estimated that 40 percent of the current Fortune 500 companies will no longer exist by 2025. In 2005, half a billion devices were connected to the internet. By 2030, that number will reach 1 trillion. The traditional paradigms of how we live, learn and invest are shifting under our feet. Ric Edelman has seen the future, and he explains how smart investors can adapt and thrive in today’s changing marketplace. The Truth about Your Future, featuring Edelman’s proven advice and trademark humor, is a timely, must-have guide for anyone serious about successfully adapting to the ever-evolving financial landscape.
10. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol S. Dweck (2006; Ballantine Books; $16)
After decades of research on achievement and success, the Stanford University psychologist has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea: the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talents that bring us success, but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She presents why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but might actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, parents can motivate their children to become achievers.
SUCCESS analyzes a combination of sales data acquired from NPD BookScan—which gathers point-of-sale data from more than 16,000 locations across the U.S.—and from a variety of independently verified sources within the personal development industry. This list represents sales from April 9 to April 30, 2017.