The SUCCESS Best-Seller List: January 2016
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, like Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, and all-time classics, like Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. But others, like Daymond John’s The Power of Broke, are brand new and already making waves in the self-improvement world.
For your journey to your best self, we continue the monthly list of the best-selling personal development books, dubbed the SUCCESS Best-Seller List. Here are the top 10 for January 2016:
1. 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.
2. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
By Gary Chapman (2015 edition; 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.
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie (1998 edition, originally published 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.
4. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
By Amy Cuddy (December 2015; Little, Brown and Company; $28)
Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves. To harness the power of presence, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment by tweaking our body language, behavior and mindset. Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Readers will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence.
5. 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 talent 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.
6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey (2013 edition, originally published 1990; Simon & Schuster; $17)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for more than 25 years. It has transformed the lives of millions of people of all ages and occupations, from presidents to CEOs, educators and parents. Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the No. 1 most influential business book of the 20th Century.
7. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
By Brené Brown, Ph.D. (April 2015; Avery Publishing Group; $17)
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable. Based on 12 years of research, thought leader Dr. Brené Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement and meaningful connection. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. When we step back and examine our lives, we find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous or hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in—wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena.
8. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
By Daymond John (January 2016; Crown Business; $26)
FUBU founder and star of ABC’s Shark Tank writes that, rather than being a liability, broke can actually be “your greatest competitive advantage” as an entrepreneur. It forces you to use your resources more efficiently. It forces you to connect with your customers more authentically and market your ideas more imaginatively. It forces you to be true to yourself and come up with the innovative solutions required to make your mark. John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn T-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, John had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his product. He hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched FUBU into a $6-billion global brand.
9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
By Charles Duhigg (2014; Random House; $16)
Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg takes us from Procter & Gamble boardrooms to NFL sidelines to the frontlines of The Civil Rights Movement, all while presenting a whole new understanding of human nature and human potential. The Power of Habit argues that the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive and achieving success is about understanding how habits work.
10. The Gifts of Imperfection
By Brené Brown, Ph.D. (2010; Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services; $14.95)
Every day we face a barrage of images and messages telling us who, what and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself? In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, PhD, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
SUCCESS analyzes a combination of sales data acquired from Nielsen 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 Jan. 4 to Jan. 31, 2016.