Self help books have always been popular but have come into their own in recent years. A mix of people wanting to find the silver bullet to make them a better person or take a shortcut to a healthier life, and people who want to seriously progress and develop themselves but don’t know how.
Health, and especially anything to do with weight loss is huge genre. Every possible diet under the sun exists in health books but there always seems to be more and more published to suit every need and changing times. As we understand more about the needs of our bodies and the chemical make up of foods there is no shortage of nutrition books to show us how best to fuel ourselves.
In self help
and personal development books
there are many popular sub genres.
Even as far back as 1936, Dale Carnegie was addressing the subject with his classic How to Win Friends and Influence People. Still very popular today and the fundamentals still hold firm. Everyone who deals with people should be made to read this. Maybe it should be added to the school curriculum.
In modern times there is a lot of focus on getting ahead at work and in your career. Success and especially financial success is covered in many personal development books showing different mind-sets and techniques we can use to achieve what we want.
The area of personal productivity, at its most basic, to get more done in less time is the kind of self help book every budding executive will have read. Modern classics like David Allen’s 'Getting Things Done' are on the shelf of every business person. There are huge numbers of books in this area dealing with everything from making meetings more efficient to becoming a genius at prioritizing your workload. Wherever the gap in your workflow, there is a book with a proclaimed solution!
Another area becoming more and more important in the workplace and especially with more remote work opportunities is in networking with others. There are many self help books to help you with this. Whether you are already a master networker and want to brush up on technique or are a shy introvert who needs to get out of their shell.