After a moving introduction that puts 50 iconic self-help authors in historical perspective, the author uses summaries of their major writings to explain dimensions of personal growth that are not often articulated. Referencing almost all the major figures from the Buddha to Daniel Goleman, this is a transformational lecture on the importance of personal growth and of making intentional changes from a secure sense of self. The work and lives of the authors are explained with touching reverence, but always with balance and perspective.
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For the first time, fifty of the most important life-changing works in one volume!
Thousands of books have been written offering the 'secrets' to personal potential, fulfillment, and happiness: how to walk The Road Less Traveled, Win Friends and Influence People, or Awaken the Giant Within. But which are the all-time classics? Which ones really can change your life?
Tom Butler-Bowdon has cut through the bewildering array of choices to bring you the essential ideas, insights, and techniques from the 'literature of possibilities'. In works that span the world's religions, cultures, philosophies, and centuries, he summarizes each work's key ideas and finally makes clear how these legendary classics can educate, affirm, and motivate anyone searching for the inspiration to make a meaningful life change.
The 50 classics examined here - from the ancient teachings of Buddha and Lao-Tzu and the character-building works of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Smiles, to contemporary bestsellers such as Emotional Intelligence, Learned Optimism and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - represent the very best of what has become known only since the early 20th century as "self-help".
50 Self-Help Classics is the first and only 'bite-sized' introduction to the classic works of life transformation - a unique guide that acknowledges everyone's yearning for a more meaningful and successful life, yet appreciates that each of us is inspired by different philosophies and ideas.
About the Author
Tom Butler-Bowdon is widely recognized as an expert on the personal development literature. A passionate advocate of the positive power of self-help, what he calls "the literature of possibility," he is also the author of 50 SUCCESS CLASSICS (2004). Through his writing, his web site, and working with individuals, he actively promotes the belief that self-help is not about achieving a perfect life, but one of greater richness and freedom of mind. The author has spent over six years researching, reading, and compiling his list of the self-help and success classics.