Elite performers build their life on incredible skills and wealth of knowledge. They have an unlimited amount of energy, will power and optimism. These drive them to live their best personal and professional life.

The world is full of chaos, and many are lost and struggling with the everyday hubbub of life. Leaders achieve personal excellence and stand out from the clutter through their powerful ideas. They make the world a better place to live.

Leaders climb up the stairs of success through lessons and experiences. They are good listeners, observers and learn from everything they lay their hands on. Leaders stick to big goals, plan accordingly, and are flexible in embracing the change.

Constant learning plays a major role in contributing to success. The people who know more have more options and more courage to take bold actions. Knowledge not only builds self-confidence but also develops patience and self-discipline. Above all, knowledge improves how we plan our success.

Whatever goals you have, these 7 books will not share the wisdom of ages but also change the way you plan for success.

1. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly helps readers develop a bold approach towards life and courageously face whatever comes in the way.

The great leader Brene Brown looks at vulnerability from a whole different point of view. Whether it is a new business or a relationship, a person is bound to feel vulnerable during the beginning phases of any new activity he or she undertakes.

Daring Greatly makes readers realize that the fear of criticism is a greater evil than being on the receiving end of real criticism. Vulnerability, in turn, is not weakness but the fear of the consequences is what hampers the progress.

This book is a powerful measure towards a whole new and a positive form of self-exposure that helps relinquish all sorts of apprehensions and pushes us to get out there in the arena, thus, embracing life as it comes.

2. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin

This book is all about how people can mold their future by making the right choices at the right time.

Through his inspiring and powerful words, Seth Godin sets the stage for making the readers realize their potential and how they can have a significant impact on the future of the field chosen by them. The book focuses on making an individual acknowledge the power that rests within.

According to the bestselling author, apart from a management and a labor team in the workplace, there is a third team known as linchpins. They are creative, innovative and are a delight to their colleagues as they turn work into art and make the most out of their day at work. They are the building blocks of a company.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable makes the readers realize the importance of their contribution and helps them refrain from holding back.

3. Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations (TED Books) by Dan Ariely

This book aims to make readers aware of the fact that the power of motivation is often underestimated and the subject is much deeper than perceived.

Dan Ariely describes the intricacies of the entire concept and the role a motivator can play in shaping the life of another person. Along with making the readers realize how fascinating motivation can be, he uncovers the most common misconceptions about the subject that are rampant in human life. He also unveils the crucial role trust plays in the working of the power of motivation in action.

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations gives readers insights into attention catching questions such as whether the productivity of an organization can be adversely affected if the employees are awarded bonuses.

4. Getting to Yes: Negotiation Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher

This fantastic book focuses on the concept of making smart negotiations and achieving the desired deal without yielding. The author lays out ways that aid in settling an agreement between two parties.

The book describes numerous ways of making better negotiations and highlights techniques that help in the effective resolution of conflicts that arise in different aspects of life, be it personal or professional.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In sheds light on the importance of mutually acceptable and beneficial agreements in a wide array of conflicts and business matters. It teaches the readers how they can urge the other party to negotiate by adopting an amicable attitude and without losing their tempers.

The message conveyed is that the result of smart and polite negotiations is peace of mind and a positive outcome.

5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit explains the reasons behind human habits and how we can transform them for our own good. Duhigg’s unique insights into human nature encourage readers to examine the various factors that harness the science of habits and achieve success in multiple fields.

The book is a manual for understanding the art of living life, kicking out bad habits, and adopting good ones to live an elite life.

The award-winning New York Times bestseller explains how a little transformation of our daily habits can drastically enhance productivity. When people eradicate detrimental habits from their lives, it makes room for revolutionizing ideas. It brings about a positive transformation in life.

6. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini

If you are looking to get a ‘yes’ out of people, then this is a must-read book. The seminal expert points out what it takes to persuade people by his extensive research on the mindset of people.

A result of more than 35 years of extensive research, the book keeps general behavioral psychology as its base. Owing to its exceptional insight and mind-blowing theories regarding skilled persuasion, the book has achieved mainstream success.

The lucid writing style explains the universal principles of developing the art of persuasion. Apart from teaching the readers how to persuade others, and protect ourselves from the persuasion of others. The author strives to bring about a profound positive change in the lives of people through a scientific and psychological standpoint.

7. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Through his masterpiece on self-help, John C. Maxwell makes the readers think about their response towards failure and the overall perception they have of not succeeding.

Some people achieve anything they desire whereas others seem to struggle through their lives. The New York Times bestselling author explains that most people are never prepared enough to deal with imminent failure. Owing to apprehension and misunderstanding, people tend to attempt to find an escape from failure when they should embrace it.

Maxwell provides a unique perspective on failure and how it can be a stepping stone to achieve our desires by starting to “fail forward.”

Which one of the books are you going to read? Share with me the title in the comments below.

Nakul Grover

Nakul Grover is the author of Superhuman In You and has been inspiring people through his blog Positive Life Project. He has been writing on self-improvement for over 5 years now. Featured on various websites, his works are helping people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and developing new skills. You can visit his website or email him at grovernakul142@gmail.com.