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 Gabriel Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back, 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 September 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. 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 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum
By Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler (September 2016; Rodale Books; $26.99)
Taking charge of your life lies in making manageable tweaks and placing small bets on pursuits that propel you from who you are today to the person you’re destined to become. Hustle will teach you how to look at work and life through a new lens—one based on discovering projects you enjoy and the people and opportunities that support your talents, growth, income and happiness.
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey (2013 edition, originally published in 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 was 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.
8. Emotional Intelligence 2.0
By Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves (2009; TalentSmart; $24.99)
The book’s smooth narrative style turns rigorous research into memorable stories and practical strategies that anyone can use to his or her advantage. With 90 percent of top performers high in EQ, and EQ twice as important as IQ in getting where you want to go in life, who can afford to ignore it? Discover a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence through four core skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential.
9. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (September 2016; Knopf Publishing Group; $24.95)
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone in your hand or the chair you’re sitting in—everything in our lives was designed by someone. In Designing Your Life, Burnett and Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, no matter where we are in life and what our past experiences have been.
10. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
By Gabrielle Bernstein (September 20106; Hay House; $24.99)
New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. Making the shift from fear to faith will give you a sense of power in a world that all too often makes people feel utterly powerless.
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 9/4/16 – 10/2/16.