Book: The Science of Getting Rich
This one by Wallace Wattles reads like a book. Even though the title says "The Science" it mostly talks like religion. I am not a fan of self-help books. This one is considered the father of all self help books. Also its in public domain. So why not try it?
Just like any other self-help book. This one too becomes preachy at most times. But there are some quotes from the book that I like.
There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body; and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.
You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.
You do not have to take anything away from any one.
You do not have to drive sharp bargains.
You do not have to cheat, or to take advantage. You do not need to let any man work for you for less than he earns.
You do not have to covet the property of others, or to look at it with wishful eyes; no man has anything of which you cannot have the like, and that without taking what he has away from him.
You are to become a creator, not a competitor; you are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other man will have more than he has now.
Give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value; then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.
If you have people working for you, you must take from them more in cash value than you pay them in wages; but you can so organize your business that it will be filled with the principle of advancement, and so that each employee who wishes to do so may advance a little every day.
Read it if you have time.
The book has taken the nuggets of “Bhagwad Gita” and packaged it in a fashion that appeals to the western society. If you read Gita deeply it is pretty much propagating the same theory. While it is a good read there is not greater “self-help” book than “Gita”.
You are right Vijay, it is easier to understand for the people today :)
Most teachings of the self-help gurus are based on the “Bhagavad Gita” even quantum physic.