Top 5 books on building self confidence

I want to do it, I really do, but I just…I just can’t seem to [insert self-built wall here]”

Many people struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem. Instead of feeling capable and unstoppable, some feel scared and withdrawn. These feelings can keep your personal brand from achieving its full potential. The biggest losers will be your customers, your would-be audience.

Self investment is a key step in building self confidence and this can come in many forms. One is knowledge. Here are 5 top self confidence books to help you on the road to strengthening your personal brand.

For introverts looking to boost their self-confidence and social skills.

5. What's Holding You Back?

by Sam Horn

Do not be put off by the 1920 publishing date. There is a reason why this publication has stood the test time. Described in many circles as a fountain of wisdom, you are guaranteed to find page after page of good, solid advice.


  • advice on the importance of a smile in making a good first impression
  • Teaches how to converse with comfort
  • Advises on how to put the past in the past and keep it there

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For those familiar with neurolinguistic programming.

4. Unstoppable Confidence: How to Use the Power of NLP to Be More Dynamic and Successful

by Kent Sayre

In "Unstoppable Confidence!”  author and certified NLP trainer Sayre simplifies the science of "natural language processing." He breaks it down into simple techniques geared at teaching readers to step outside of their comfort zones and self-imposed limitations to help boost self-confidence. 


Look out for chapters Overcoming Obstacles in the Path to Success, Your Beliefs and How They Affect You and The Body Language of Confidence.

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For those who struggle excessively with fear.

3. Unleash the Warrior Within

by Richard Machowicz

In ‘Unleash’ former Navy SEAL Machowicz translates his combat experience into actionable steps designed to help readers gain self-confidence and achieve their goals. The book urges readers to break down their fears into individual components to help overcome worries and stress in simple, potent prose.


Favourite chapters are: The Three Dynamic Elements of Combat, Crush the Enemy Called Fear, Create an Action Mind-set, The Four Critical Keys to Conquering Anything, Guarantee to Win and Never Grow Complacent.

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for lovers of lists or case studies

2. The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence

by Dr. Robert Anthony

This books was a major tool in building the self-confidence within scores of professional baseball players in the seasons that followed 1992. 

One of those players, Cliff Floyd, states "I read this book and it puts me at ease...It basically tells me to trust what I do and be sure of myself. I know that I am more at peace because of it."

Dr. Robert Anthony has filled the book with nuggets of wisdom like, "Unless you perceive your own true worth as a person, you cannot come close to achieving total self-confidence," and outlines concrete step-by-step principles for building self-confidence. A definite must read for those who like to refer back to publications again and again.

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For those who like to laugh as they learn

1. Self-confidence: The Remarkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference

by Paul McGee

Written by Paul McGee, bestselling author of "S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On)" McGee’s approach to confidence is far from orthodox. According to Paul, we don′t have to raise our self–confidence to the roof; just increasing our confidence by a small amount can dramatically change our lives. Paul explains exactly what confidence is, why it′s so important and just how to develop it in ourselves and others

This honest, practical and realistic book covers:

  • Confidence in business
  • Being more confident in your love life
  • Confidence in social situations
  • Confidence in job interviews and presentations
  • A brand new chapter on handling conflict confidently
  • Experiences from real people who have followed Paul′s advice and improved their lives


Full of practical tips on feeling confident during job interviews, presentations, networking, and social gathering.

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Posted by Richard Etienne.