Male Self-Improvement Books You May Want to Read

Life isn’t easy, but lowering your ego and accepting that you’re not perfect and need a little help can make everything better a hundredfold. One of the best ways to do so is to read self-improvement books.

While it may seem cheesy, they can fuel you up and steer you through the most difficult times. Whether you’re feeling down, switching to a new career, or coming from a heartbreak, self-help books are excellent confidence boosters, and on-point how-to-guides are worth your investment. 

Luckily, you don’t even have to waste time meandering in a local library or bookstore. Read on below as we’ve listed the best male self-improvement books that you may want to read that will change and advance many aspects of your life.

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Written by Mark Manson, this self-help book is among the most popular you can see out there. It’s little wonder as it’s a philosophical masterpiece. Employing a new approach, this title will teach you that life isn’t centered on running away from problems but rather on looking for the better ones. Life isn’t about veering away from failures but rather getting better at handling them.

 Lastly, life doesn’t revolve around knowing everything but feeling comfortable even if you don’t know anything. Blending humor and the well-thought, this NYTimes Bestseller list will certainly provide you an enjoyable reading and the boost you’re yearning for.

2. Get out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior

Are drowning due to various self-defeating behaviors like guilt, anxiety, procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, neediness, inaction, rebellion, self-pity, and compulsiveness? It’s time to resurface as a better person! Written by psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston and co-authored by Philip Goldberg, this book is here to help address all these issues that pull you down and start getting yourself together and turning your life around.

3. Awaken the Giant Within

Oftentimes, you just need to wake up and unlock your inner potential to control your life. In this book, world-renowned self-help guru Tony Robbins guides you on how to master your finances, relationships, body, emotions, and beliefs. Stiffened by flexible methods and his unwavering energy,  you’ll start getting the best of your life and capturing your dreams by unleashing the giant within you.

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4. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds 

Hampered by physical abuse, poverty, and prejudice during his childhood, David Goggins transformed his life through hard work, mental discipline, and mental toughness to become one of the world’s top ultra-marathon runners and a U.S. Armed Forces icon. Witness his astonishing life story, take all the lessons it imparts, and use them as inspiration to carry you through life.

5. Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life…and maybe the world

Making your bed might seem to be a small task, but doing this simple job is one step to make you feel fulfilled and begin doing other simple things that can improve your life. Here, retired Navy SEAL William H. McRaven highlights 10 small tasks that can impact your life and change it for the better in the process. After all, if you’re unable to do little things right, chances are you’ll never do the big ones right. 

6. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Containing 27 refreshingly entertaining chapters of clever advice, uplifting stories, basic exercises, and occasional, tolerable four-letter words, this book is your best bet if you’re dead serious about making changes on a journey of personal success. Author Jen Sincero will challenge you to throw off all your doubts and insecurities that are blocking you from appreciating your greatness and living an amazing life. All that while making you laugh aloud with her unique and engaging approach. Pick it up and achieve more success in life.

7. 48 Laws of Power 

In a world where everyone is craving power and on the hunt for more power, Robert Greene’s “48 Laws of Power” will teach you all the best secrets to becoming successful in every aspect of life without taking advantage of others. Learn how to take in power, but sans making the other parties feel they’re losing. Plus, discover how to protect yourself from power and become better at handling power – making you a better person in the long run.

8. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

A gem written by Kamal Ravikant, this book stresses the importance of self-love in the world we are living in today. Containing powerful and transformative stories and valuable lessons, sometimes all you need to learn is to love yourself with the same intensity when your life is at stake. Commit to giving yourself its much-needed love, and you’ll be surprised how life will love you back.

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9. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

First published in 1989, Steven Cover presents a holistic, principle-centered, and systematic approach to handling even the slightest issues, identifying suitable core values, and solving personal and professional challenging situations. By applying changes within yourself, growing healthy relationships, and developing personal effectiveness, you can have a better journey and achieve the highest degree of success.

10. Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Are you a victim of negative thinking, anxiety, and worries? Don’t let these events take control of your life and overwhelm you with much suffering. This book will teach different mindfulness techniques to get rid of your negative thoughts and their repercussions. You get to discover how to prioritize, determine which battles to take, and know what things and actions truly serve your goals. Thus, helping you find inner peace and happiness so you can shape your life based on how you want it to happen.


Self-improvement books are useful tools to bring change and improve your life. Just be mindful that reading them alone won’t be able to fix all your problems. You can only see betterment if you will apply all the lessons they’re trying to convey into your life. Start reading one and put all the good points into practice. Eventually, you’ll see how they can help in transforming your life. Happy reading!