Anyone have any good self-improvement books that every man should read?

Just curious. Anything about controlling your thoughts, making decisions, relationships, income, or just general life advice?

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For personal finance -- Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover is simple and effective.  I haven't read Ramsey's EntreLeadership (a book on running a small business), but I will in the near future.

Henry Cloud's "Boundaries" is a solid personal relationship book -- on setting and maintaining effective boundaries in relationships.

For general personal growth and career -- "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (Steven Covey), "Integrity" (Henry Cloud), and "Quitter: Closing the gap between your dream job and your day job" (Jon Acuff).  I've read parts of those, but not all of them.  They're good, and recommended by several sources I trust.

JB

Money:  something by Motley Fool on investing.

"To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth", is a great book on general skills and Character a man should have, as well as a great story on driving the Abrams Tank.  Its by Jeff Cooper and can be purchased from Amazon.

One of the best books for advice in the work world that translates to life is "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie. It is a great book that has advice that covers a multitude of things.

Thomas a Kempis's The Imitation of Christ is a must-read for all Christians.

I'm not sure it qualifies as a must read (certainly not for "every man" as the OP asks), if it only does so for a specific religious group. 

Here's a second endorsement for How to Win Friends and Influence People.  Great for work and personal friendships.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.  He is kind of a 'get rich" guru and I find alot of his books are fluff that only benefit him, but this, his first book, has some good, common sense ideas about money that really changed my way of thinking and put me on the right track. 

It's one of those books that needs no introduction. It's the GPS of the Spiritual life and the second most widely read Christian text (second to the Bible) for 5 centuries. I not saying its the be all and end all, of course, but it sure is a great book a that any and all Christians should read, reflect, meditate and pray on because of how much it could benefit them.

Albert Ellis and Robert Harper, "A New Guide to Rational Living"

Robert Persig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

Some might think I am losing it, but Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy.

 

Sometimes we just need to learn to realize the absurd in the every day and learn to do the absurd right back....or Don't Panic

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I can recommend three books that I've read on one topic that has been of importance to me.  I'm very introverted, which brings on a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings by others, and has been a great source of shame in my teen and college years.  If you're introverted, these books will help you to understand yourself and to identify the strengths that you naturally possess.  If you're extraverted, these books will help you to understand the quiet ones in your life and recognize how much they have to offer when allowed to operate as they are.  Both types will be challenged to stretch themselves.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh

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