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38 Best Nonfiction Books Recommended by 16 Experts

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We asked 16 experts: “What are the Best Nonfiction Books?

The most recommended book is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey“.

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Ted Rubin

Ted Rubin

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

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01/16/2021 04:34 am GMT

An absolute MUST read… by far the best relationship book ever written, and in my opinion, the best social media/marketing book ever written. More relevant today than when it was initially written in 1936.

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? – Seth Godin

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01/16/2021 08:31 am GMT

Seth is a MUST read for any aspiring entrepreneur and marketer. All of his books should be in this list but if you are only going to choose one, this is it.

Mindset – Carol Dweck

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01/16/2021 01:32 pm GMT

I like to say that how we function every day is all about Attitude, Perspective… Mindset. Carol Dweck teaches the importance of what we think about, how we are positioned by ourselves and others. A MUST read especially if you have children.

Kelli Richards

Kelli Richards

Thrive! Stop Wishing Your Life Away – Alan Weiss

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01/16/2021 04:30 pm GMT

This book is both inspiring and highly pragmatic with insights on how to live your best life.

Topics include things like doing away with perceived obstacles and people & things you’ve been tolerating that are getting in your way, practical steps for working smarter vs harder (things you can take on today), optimizing both time and money management, and replacing bad habits that aren’t working for you with new ones that will propel you forward. It’s a sort of missing life manual that will benefit readers of all ages & walks of life.

Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment – Alan Cohen

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01/16/2021 08:30 am GMT

A great reminder that when we embrace what works in our life, we realize that we do have plenty. 

Alan is a master of sharing perspective with good humor and plain language that makes you feel like he’s sitting right next to you sharing wise counsel. He has a gift for sharing stories and insights to illustrate his points. Alan offers a refreshing approach that reminds us of how good our life is, and how much better it can be when we remember that we are enough, do enough, and have enough from a stance of sufficiency & grace.

He connects the dots and takes us on a journey back to ourselves in a warmhearted way that lightens the heart and offers fulfillment.

The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams & A World That Works for All – Marc Allen

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01/16/2021 10:27 am GMT

For those who want to live a happier and more fulfilled life, this book is chockful of helpful tools, techniques and empowering exercises that are practical to work with that when put to use all but guarantee a more peaceful and successful existence day-to-day.

It’s filled with powerful reminders of who we really are, how powerful we are as spiritual beings living a human existence, and how the steps we take and our presence have a ripple effect on those around us.

Grace Marshall

Grace Marshall

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown

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01/16/2021 01:31 pm GMT

How do you have the courage to show up authentically every day, to take bold risks, to live and work wholeheartedly?

The answer is not invulnerability – in fact, it’s the opposite. Brene Brown’s research on shame and vulnerability is encouraging, uplifting, and challenging. I’m a fan of all her work, but if you’re new to it, this is where I would start.

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family – Patrick Lencioni

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01/16/2021 10:27 am GMT

Family life can get so busy that all the joy gets squeezed out, as we frantically try to keep up with it all. It’s super easy to read, funny, with plenty of lightbulb moments – I read this when my kids were little and it made a difference to us then and still does today.

How to be Really Productive – Grace Marshall

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01/16/2021 10:27 am GMT

Winner of ‘The Commuter’s Read’ category for the 2017 Management Book of the Year award, this book has been described as “the productivity book for real humans” – full of positive, practical thinking and ideas on how to get more done with ease when the rest of the world seems to conspire against it.

Oliver JR Cooper

Oliver JR Cooper

The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness – R.D. Laing

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

Although this is a book that came out in 1965, I found that it was still full of powerful insights. The book looks into what can happen when someone is disconnected from their body and why this usually takes place, to begin with.

It’s a great book for someone who feels out of touch with themselves and wants this to change, or for someone who wants to understand what it is like to experience life in this way.

The Power Of Others – Michael Bond

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

It is so common nowadays for people to talk about how ‘independent’ they are, and these books go into how this is simply an illusion. One of the things it illustrates is that our sense of ourselves and how well we do in life is defined by the people we spend our time with.

So, if someone wants to get a deeper understanding of how reliant they are on other people and how important it is for them to be discerning when it comes to who they spend their time with, they may find this book useful.

When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds That Sabotage Our Relationships – David Richo

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

It is easy to believe that what happened in the past is in the past and that’s the end of it, but, this is rarely the case. This book looks into how the emotional wounds of our past can end up having a negative effect on our present relationships. I would say that if someone currently has relationship problems, this book may be exactly what they need to transform this area of their life.

Holly Worton

Holly Worton

Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Superpowers, and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period.

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

For the longest time, I thought something was wrong with me: some weeks, I was incredibly productive and got work done in record time. Other times, I struggled with focus. After reading this book, I learned why this happened and, more importantly, how to plan my calendar to take advantage of my easy-focus weeks. This book was life-changing for me, and I recommend it all the time.

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

Asking for help is not a strong point of mine, however, it’s something that Amanda Palmer is an expert in. In this book, she opens up and tells stories of times when asking has been easy for her, and other times when it’s been incredibly challenging. For me, it was a lesson in asking for help when needed and a reminder that it’s perfectly appropriate to do so.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

I love Nature, and I love gardening. I grew up with parents who grew their own fruits and vegetables, and a part of me has always wanted to find my way back to homegrown food. This book is a beautiful tale of one family’s adventure in doing just that: eating homegrown and locally produced food and sharing the experience of their first year.

Corinne Rodrigues

Everyday Gyaan

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen Covey

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01/16/2021 10:31 am GMT

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People came to me (oh yes, I do believe that books are ‘sent’) at a very crucial stage in my life.

It helped me to make a life-changing decision concerning my career. The book set me on the way to doing what I am today – writing.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a group study of this book. We studied one habit at a time, then went back and put it into practice for a month. We came back together to study another. The study included a lot of exercises, some created for us, and some that we created – a lot of processing took place. It was a time of learning, fun, and good fellowship that I will never forget.

Unconditional Success: Loving the Work We Were Born to Do – Nick Williams

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

Nick’s idea of ‘work’ resonated with my idea of ‘vocation’ – being who you were meant to be. His book challenged me to look at areas in my life that needed to be worked on.

I remember one particularly powerful quote: “The way to win our heart back is to venture again, to risk giving, receiving and trusting again, and of course to risk getting hurt again, but deciding to forgive and to no longer use the hurt or fear to keep ourselves in prison.” So in many ways, Nick’s writings challenged me to dream again and I did!

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron

$38.00
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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

I ‘found’ The Artist’s Way at the start of 2013 and it has been a life changing experience for me. Writing my ‘morning pages‘ became an exercise in healing and discovering my creativity and silencing my inner critic.

Kelli Cooper

Kelli Cooper

Life Made To Order

The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer

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01/16/2021 11:31 am GMT

As a coach who specializes in the law of attraction and how to change your inner world so you can see changes in your outer, one thing I really like to tell people is no external manifestation can do anything to make that voice in your head that never stops talking shut up, can do anything to ease the suffering that dialogue causes!

If you want to understand why your mind does this, relate to this mental chatter in a different way, and free yourself of all the ways it messes up your life, I highly recommend this book. Written in plain, everyday language, it’s a must-read for any personal-growth-oriented person.

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

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01/16/2021 04:29 am GMT

This was one of those books I knew I had to read pretty much my whole life but didn’t until a few months ago.

No secret living in the moment can greatly contribute to our happiness, but when we have a better understanding of why this is so, and why our tendency to be completely immersed in the past or future tortures us so, it is a game-changer. Tolle does a really great job of fleshing this all out.

James Doyle

James Doyle

JAMSO

Managing Oneself – Peter F. Drucker

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

Career path development is interdependent upon personal development. This book is a super start point to assume accountability, standby one’s ethics and principles whilst being mindful of others goals, styles and needs. Set with a more business style focus but equally applicable at home.

The Definitive Book of Body Language – Allan and Barbara Pease

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01/16/2021 11:28 am GMT

Does your body portray your words or does it show you are hiding something else? This is another super book to help spot and develop the skills needed to reveal peoples true intentions, meaning and comfort levels. It holds secrets to help leave positive impressions, spot signals of liars, generate help from others and even grab the love of your life.

Use Your Head – Tony Buzan

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01/16/2021 12:27 pm GMT

From the inventor of Mind-maps brings great tools, systems, and relatability to boost your problem-solving skills and improve creative thinking. The title of the book has sufficient content to live up to its expectations – A great toolkit for personal and business applications. Our copy is full of highlights and worn out pages.

Arman Assadi

Arman Assadi

Project EVO

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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01/16/2021 10:29 am GMT

This is more than a book. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the global leader in positive psychology, delivers his pioneering manifesto based on decades of research to show people how they can get the most fulfillment and enjoyment out of life. Read it.

Mastery – Robert Greene

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01/16/2021 04:29 am GMT

Mesmerizing. It’s hard to pick a favorite on this list, but Robert Greene’s masterpiece — Mastery — might be it. A beautifully researched book with illustrative and inspiring stories that will have you clinging to every word. Your eyes and mind will open.

Related: Best Robert Greene Books

War of Art – Steven Pressfield

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01/16/2021 10:27 am GMT

Pressfield delivers an incredibly powerful message about overcoming your fears and learning how to cultivate your creative side. I’d recommend this book to just about anyone. But, if you’re a writer, entrepreneur, or artist—you’ll love this book.

Takis Athanassiou

Takis Athanassiou

Meditation – Marcus Aurelius

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01/16/2021 02:27 pm GMT

One of the best book on personal development and reflection around. It provides a solid base for thinking about life and self without giving ready-made recipes and how-tos, I recommend it for everyone!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

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01/16/2021 10:31 am GMT

Habits shape our beliefs and our behavior and are the cornerstone of what we do and how. And this is the basic thesis of Stephen R. Covey.

That’s why he wrote this book after many years of research and distilling his personal experiences into bite-size directions. It is the absolute best book for personal growth and transformation for intelligent and conscious readers. It is an easy book everyone can read but a very difficult one for implementing its suggestions!

Principles: Life and Work – Ray Dalio

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01/16/2021 12:27 pm GMT

This is one of the basic books for principle-based self-leadership and personal development. Ray is a highly successful investor and entrepreneur who shares his experience and the principles he developed over the years and make his a success in business and life. It is a must read for everyone!

Laura Earnest

Laura Earnest

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff – Richard Carlson

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01/16/2021 01:29 pm GMT

We have a tendency to see our lives as if they are lived on a big stage with a huge marquee. In truth they are just home movies. This book helps me get a better perspective on what is really important.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life – Hal Elrod

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01/16/2021 03:28 pm GMT

A transformative book about how putting yourself first (literally) every morning can yield huge results.

Getting Things Done For Teens – David Allen, Mike Williams, Mark Wallace

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01/16/2021 03:28 pm GMT

A more accessible and less rigid book on one of the seminal works in personal productivity. Written by an educator, it reaches different learning modes and does away with all the fluff in the original GTD that doesn’t pertain to people without a staff.

Tanya Korobka

Tanya Korobka

Lucky Attitude

The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

This is the book that changed my life. The bible of human psychology, strategy and how to get whatever you want. It instantly taught me how to deal with powerful people. It’s quite controversial, great for those, who want to be unstoppable.

Shaun Boyd

Life Reboot

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was – Barbara Sher

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01/16/2021 04:33 am GMT

The best nonfiction book that I recommend to people is frequently “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was” by Barbara Sher.

Fifteen years ago I was working help desk support, taking medication for depression, and sleepwalking through a life I felt that I had no control over. I was working help desk at a library, and I happened to come across this book in the self help section. I read it and it changed my life.

“I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was” is very methodical in getting you to basically have a conversation with yourself, and do some writing exercises in an effort to figure out the things you like, the things you don’t like, and maybe where you’d like to be. It helped me reduce my fears, quit my job, try to make a career as a writer, leave my hometown, move 600 miles away, start a new life in a new state with only a small support network, reinvent myself as a software tester, which led into a more fulfilling career doing software development.

It was impossible to see those dots connecting looking forward, but it’s easy for me to connect them looking back. The book helped give me the confidence to pursue positive change in my life, and I recommend it to people who seem stuck.

Paul Minors

Paul Minors

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

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01/16/2021 05:27 am GMT

Start With Why is one of my favorite books and one I recommend to anyone feeling a bit lost. It helps readers discover their sense of purpose or belonging. Great for anyone who is looking for that big picture ‘why; we do the things we do.

The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss

This book is an absolute go-to for anyone interested in working for themselves and creating a sustainable work/life balance.

The 4-Hour Work Week is about escaping the 9-5 trap, giving yourself the freedom to work anywhere and still be successful. It’s not about working longer hours, but about working less and still getting the same, if not better, results. Who doesn’t want that?

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

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01/16/2021 10:31 am GMT

You need to have an open mind when reading this book, it’s not your average self-help book but if your willing to accept Manson’s philosophy you may walk away with a new perspective on the world.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a really great read, Mark Manson is direct and straight up with his advice and shows you how to suffer more meaningfully, how to let go and enjoy life more.

Marla Martenson

Marla Martenson

No More Mondays – Dan Miller

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01/16/2021 04:29 pm GMT

Oh no, here comes another Monday!

The reality is, many people feel trapped and miserable in their J.O.B.’s (just above broke). But isn’t that just the reality of the way things are? Doesn’t every responsible person just bury their dreams and passions in exchange for getting a paycheck? Absolutely not!

No More Mondays will show you that meaningful work really is within your grasp. In 2009, I walked out on my cushy but soul sucking job and took this book to bed with me every evening and read it like a Bible.

It gave me the courage to start my own boutique matchmaking business in 2010, and 9 years later, I can tell you, it was the best thing I ever did!

Donald Latumahina

Donald Latumahina

Life Optimizer

The ONE Thing – Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

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01/16/2021 06:30 am GMT

I like this book because it teaches me about something that is rare today: focus. There are many distractions around us, but this book guides you to ask yourself: what is the one thing that would make the most difference in your life?

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