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Best Mindset Books: The 35 BEST Books to Improve Mindset

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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The ONE Thing That’s Holding You Back

You’ll find a number of book summaries and reading lists on The Art of Living filled with timeless advice on topics as varied as communication, learning and productivity. (There’s even a collection of my favourite growth mindset quotes.)

And yet, despite this surplus of wisdom, at least 95% of the people who come here (and even of those who actually read the books recommended) will fail to sustain meaningful change.

Why? Because not knowing “What” to do or “How” to do it is rarely what holds most of us back. And if you take a careful look at your life, you’ll probably find that it’s not what’s restricting you either.

I’ve seen it thousands of times: the main reason people don’t act is that they gave up before they got started. What holds most of us back is belief – in our teachers, in our “Whys” but perhaps most of all in ourselves.

Why These Best Mindset Books Matter

In the list below, you’ll find some of the best mindset books I’ve discovered on beating those odds.

You’ll find books on grit, books on suffering, books on ownership, books on success and books that put your life in perspective. But above all, you’ll find books that teach you to believe in you; in your ability to shape your own destiny.

Of course, it takes more than just a positive mindset to succeed. Everything worth achieving demands its price in blood, sweat and tears.

But what the best mindset books below will give you are the tools to lighten your load, to take action, to turn obstacles to your advantage, to get back in the saddle and, with luck, to love yourself no matter where life’s journey takes you.

So with that in mind, good luck, go well and remember: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison.

The 35 Best Mindset Books Ever Written

Why these books and not others? The best mindset books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

Think something’s missing? Email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!

Books 1-10: The Top 10 Best Mindset Books of All Time

The top 10 best mindset books of all time are…

Best Mindset Books: As a Man Thinketh
1. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen (FREE Summary)
THE #1 ranking, uplifting, pocket-sized pep-talk on the power and importance of changing your thoughts as the cornerstone to changing your life – by philosopher and prolific self-help author, James Allen.
Published 1902 // 34 pages // Rated 4.3 over 67,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: The Magic of Thinking Big
2. The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz (FREE Summary)
A powerful, practical and uplifting book to help get you out of a rut, invigorate your goals and empower you towards success – by life-long motivational writer and coach, David J. Schwartz.
Published 1959 // 320 pages // Rated 4.2 over 77,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: Think and Grow Rich
3. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (FREE Summary)
A best-selling book of all time and a cornerstone guide to the Law of Attraction and the role of the subconscious in transforming your life – by a titan of the self-help genre, Napoleon Hill.
Published 1937 // 233 pages // Rated 4.2 over 254,900 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: The Power of Positive Thinking
4. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale (Summary)
Published 1952 // 128 pages // Rated 4.1 over 93,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
5. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie (Summary)
Published 1944 // 358 pages // Rated 4.1 over 87,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: On the Shortness of Life
6. On the Shortness of Life – Seneca (Summary)
Published -49 // 106 pages // Rated 4.2 over 23,200 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: The Science of Getting Rich
7. The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace D. Wattles (Summary)
Published 1910 // 146 pages // Rated 4.1 over 35,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: Law of Success
8. Law of Success – Napoleon Hill
Published 1925 // 1,035 pages // Rated 4.3 over 11,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: The Last Lecture
9. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
Published 2008 // 217 pages // Rated 4.2 over 324,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Mindset Books: You Can Heal Your Life
10. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay
Published 1984 // 253 pages // Rated 4.1 over 69,200 reviews on Goodreads

Books 11-35: 25 Good Mindset Books to Read Next

Here are the next 25 best mindset books from my database…

11. Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz (Summary)
A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
Published 1960 // 288 pages // Rated 4.2 over 20,300 reviews on Goodreads
12. Illusions – Richard Bach
The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Published 1977 // 144 pages // Rated 4.1 over 59,800 reviews on Goodreads
13. Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
Published 1992 // 544 pages // Rated 4.1 over 62,000 reviews on Goodreads
14. The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Published 2004 // 473 pages // Rated 4.2 over 32,000 reviews on Goodreads
15. Acres of Diamonds – Russell H. Conwell
Published 1892 // 68 pages // Rated 4.2 over 8,300 reviews on Goodreads
16. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude – Napoleon Hill (Summary)
Published 1960 // 384 pages // Rated 4.2 over 9,700 reviews on Goodreads
17. Daring Greatly – Brené Brown
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Published 2012 // 287 pages // Rated 4.3 over 158,700 reviews on Goodreads
18. The Master Key System – Charles F. Haanel
Published 1912 // 236 pages // Rated 4.2 over 5,600 reviews on Goodreads
19. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brené Brown
Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Published 2010 // 138 pages // Rated 4.2 over 136,800 reviews on Goodreads
20. The Inner Game of Tennis – W. Timothy Gallwey (FREE Summary)
The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
An insightful and practical guide to optimizing natural learning and performance with applied mindfulness – by author, speaker and ex-Harvard tennis captain, W. Timothy Gallwey.
Published 1974 // 134 pages // Rated 4.2 over 12,800 reviews on Goodreads
21. The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale
Published 1957 // pages // Rated 4.5 over 600 reviews on Goodreads
22. The Go-Giver – Bob Burg (Summary)
A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
Published 2007 // 133 pages // Rated 4.4 over 18,000 reviews on Goodreads
23. Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed (FREE Summary)
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
A heart thumpingly raw, vulnerable and powerful collection of letters and advice on the power of love, of forgiveness and of finding growth in the darkest of places – by award-winning writer, Cheryl Strayed.
Published 2012 // 304 pages // Rated 4.3 over 73,800 reviews on Goodreads
24. The Power of Intention – Wayne W. Dyer
Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
Published 2005 // 272 pages // Rated 4.2 over 31,400 reviews on Goodreads
25. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Published 1988 // 197 pages // Rated 3.9 over 2,343,000 reviews on Goodreads
26. Wooden – John Wooden (FREE Summary)
A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
An effort-and-integrity focussed personal philosophy – spanning family, achievement, success and excellence – by UCLA’s famous philosopher-coach, John Wooden, and author, Steve Jamison.
Published 1997 // 201 pages // Rated 4.5 over 4,500 reviews on Goodreads
27. Ask and It Is Given – Esther Hicks
Learning to Manifest Your Desires
Published 2004 // 314 pages // Rated 4.2 over 28,500 reviews on Goodreads
28. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
Published 2018 // 290 pages // Rated 4.4 over 94,000 reviews on Goodreads
29. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert M. Sapolsky
Published 1993 // 560 pages // Rated 4.2 over 10,200 reviews on Goodreads
30. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers
Published 1987 // 240 pages // Rated 4.0 over 30,200 reviews on Goodreads
31. Mindset – Carol S. Dweck (FREE Summary)
The New Psychology of Success
A research-grounded dive into the self-fulfilling nature and impact of Fixed- and Growth-Mindset beliefs in personal development – by social and developmental psychology professor, Carol Dweck.
Published 2006 // 276 pages // Rated 4.1 over 110,000 reviews on Goodreads
32. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff – Richard Carlson
Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
Published 1997 // 248 pages // Rated 4.0 over 86,600 reviews on Goodreads
33. With Winning in Mind – Lanny Bassham
The Mental Management System: An Olympic Champion’s Success System
Published 1996 // 162 pages // Rated 4.4 over 1,200 reviews on Goodreads
34. Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink
How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
Published 2015 // 320 pages // Rated 4.2 over 53,800 reviews on Goodreads
35. Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson (FREE Summary)
A short, light-hearted parable about the different ways we respond to life’s changes and how doing so skillfully can help us find more success and happines in our lives – by best-selling author, Dr. Spencer Johnson.
Published 1998 // 96 pages // Rated 3.8 over 402,300 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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