Best-Selling Books of 2015

I have started this year by breaking my record – have read a book in one day. It was Og Mandino – A Better Way To Live and I had a blog post about it here. Now I’m close to finish next one and started to look for some more personal development books. So I found this Best-Seller List of 2015 created bySuccess magazine, they have compiled a list of most popular books in business, entrepreneurship, and personal development.

Yes, I am now really thirsty for books.. at the top right you can see also one I’m into right now. Last year I had that wake-up moment and realized that I haven’t read a book for too long and now is time to catch it back. I was struggling in my business, could not get out of starting point. I had so many ideas, but could not focus them together to get moving. I felt that there is something missing and I have to find it. I met some good mentors, joined some excellent groups of people that showed me the way, the way back to books, the way back to bookstores, the way to my personal development, the way to my future.

“Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.” – Jim Rohn

books2015Brilliant quote by Jim Rohn. An absolutely known thing, but we sometimes don’t see what is obvious. So, I went to closest bookstore and got a bunch of books – The Success Principles by Jack Canfield,  The Leader Who Had No Title, Family Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma,First Steps to Wealth by Dani Johnson, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden, The Greatest Salesman in the World from Og Mandino these where just a first ones.. in total I have read 12 new books in last year (one in the month). It wasn’t much but more than in last 20 years 🙂 Now I have the goal for this year to reach 20.

This is how my way back to books started. It’s never too late to change your thinking, isn’t? What have you done last year? What was your most important book?

What personal development books did you buy? The “personal development” genre includes books that encompass activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potentials, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance a quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Best-Selling Books of 2015

As I promised in beginning here is a list of the top-selling books of 2015 created by Success magazine. You’ll see most of them are modern classics, such as The 5 Love Languages and StrengthsFinder 2.0, published before this year. You could say Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, published in 1936, thoroughly qualifies as an all-time classic. So, Here are the top 10 selling books of 2015:

1. StrengthsFinder 2.0

By Tom Rath (Gallup Press, published 2007)
Do you do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.

Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book, and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself–and the world around you–forever.

2. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

By Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishing, revised edition 2015)
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck (Ballantine Books, published 2006)
After decades of research on achievement and success, the Stanford University psychologist has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea: the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie (Pocket Books, edition 1998, originally published 1936)
Go after the job you want and get it! Take the job you have and improve it! Take any situation you’re in and make it work for you!

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. Learn:

  • Three fundamental techniques in handling people
  • The six ways to make people like you
  • The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
  • The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

5. The Road to Character

By David Brooks (Random House, published 2015)
Brooks looks to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders to explore how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character.

Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By Stephen R. Covey (Simon & Schuster, edition 2013, published 1990)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents. It remains one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written for people of all ages and occupations.


7. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

By Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, published 2013)
If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else. Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.

With The Total Money Makeover you’ll be able to: Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt – meaning cars, houses, everything – Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you) – Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement! Includes new, expanded ‘Dave Rants’ sidebars tackle marriage conflict, college debt, and more.

8. The Gifts of Imperfection

By Brené Brown, Ph.D. (Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, published 2010)
A leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking,”What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

9. Rising Strong

By Brené Brown, Ph.D. (Spiegel & Grau, published 2015)
When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

10. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead Books, published 2015)
The best-selling author of Eat Pray Love offers a path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

This beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

SUCCESS analyzes a combination of sales data acquired from Nielsen BookScan—which gathers point-of-sale data from more than 16,000 locations across the U.S.—and from a variety of independently verified sources within the personal development industry. This list represents sales from Feb. 1, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016.

What have you done last year? What personal development books did you buy? Please share in comments what is your most important book or one I definitely need to look at.

May this year will be big for personal development and success!

“The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development” – Jim Rohn

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