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The Top 5 Classic Self-Help Books

Every year there are dozens of self-help books published in the US. Some are read and soon forgotten and eventually go out of print while others go on to become classics. A classic book is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy and has stood the test of time. This is a list of what I consider to be the best self-help book classics.


5. It Works by RHJ


Though not as well-known as the other books on this list, “IT Works!” was first published as a pamphlet in 1926 and has been in print ever since. The author is listed only as RHJ and it was found out later that RHJ was Roy Herbert Jarrett and little is known about him other than he was born in 1874.


“IT Works!” outlined a simple, workable plan for manifesting your desires by focusing your thoughts. The simple, but powerful blueprint as described in the book can be used to obtain whatever you desire, by focusing your thoughts, and has brought happiness and fulfillment to many. Virtually all books on goal setting and mind control published since “It Works!” have followed the same basic ideas. And there is no better proof of validity than imitation!


4. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason


The Richest Man in Babylon started out as a series of pamphlets designed to teach financial prosperity and were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies; the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form in 1926. Each pamphlet tells a parable illustrating a different financial skill such as savings, investing, becoming wealthy, etc.


The best known parable is that of Arkad “The Richest Man In Babylon” who is asked by two of his childhood friends how he became wealthy and would he teach them the same. He agrees and share with them how he became wealthy. He tells them that he became rich when he decided that a part of all he earned was his to keep. He paid himself a tenth of all he earned.


If this idea sounds familiar it should many financial writers have…

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