Anyone who’s gone in search of the best books on building self confidence quickly learns two things:
The first is that there are so many personal development books out there that the search can quickly become overwhelming.
The second is that sifting through the self-help section sucks.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours pouring over reviews, studying star ratings and wading through the thousands of titles available in Amazon’s Self Esteem section in order to find books that will help you think and feel better – because I already have. (I don’t get out much.)
In this post I’ve rounded up some of the very best books on building self confidence that I’ve come across in my own quest to become a more confident man, and combined them with some of the most interesting-looking self-confidence books that I haven’t read yet, but are high on my reading list.
I’ve also included five of the highest-rated self-confidence courses on Udemy, for those who might find more interactive forms of media helpful in their quest to build self confidence.
The Best Self-Confidence Books on Amazon
Recommended by Me:
The Six Pillars of Self Esteem
Author Nathaniel Branden was a psychologist, considered one of the world’s leading authorities on self-esteem. This book is essentially his magnum opus and is one of the definitive works on self-esteem.
The Psychology of Self-Esteem:
A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Understanding that Launched a New Era in Modern Psychology
This book actually preceded The Six Pillars of Self Esteem. Where Six Pillars breaks down the essential elements that self esteem consists of, this book explains the critical role that self-esteem plays in living a healthy, fulfilling life.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This is one of the most influential self help books of all time, and with good reason. In it, author Stephen Covey outlines a clear path to ensure your work and actions are consistent with your most deeply held values. Following his advice has been one of the most confidence-boosting experiences of my life.
You Are a Badass
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
You Are a Badass is author Jen Sincero’s attempt to convince us, the readers, that there is an inner badass in each of us waiting to be released – if we can just get passed the pre-programmed bullshit that holds us back.
(shameless plug alert!)
Man in Command
How to Go From the Most Self-Doubting Guy in the Room to The Most Confident Man
With my first book, which became an Amazon #1 best-seller (in Canada, but still!), I set out to write the definitive guide for going from insecure self-doubter to self-assured achiever. Man in Command is a roadmap for overcoming obstacles and building a better you.
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How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals
What is self-efficacy? What are the main four sources of it? How can you develop more confidence in your abilities? These are some of the questions answered in this short book. The advice in this book is based both on scientific research and…
Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, Feeling Guilty…
If you find it hard to be assertive, directly ask for what you want, or say “no” to others, then you just might be suffering from too much niceness. In this controversial book, world-renowned confidence expert, Dr. Aziz Gazipura, takes an incisive look at the concept of…
Wire Your Brain for Confidence
Do you ever wonder why you are confident in some areas of your life, yet in other areas you have so much fear and self-doubt? The good news is scientists have discovered the formula for how you can wire your brain for a more action-oriented kind of confidence that…
The Confidence Gap
A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self Doubt
Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to “get over” our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with…
Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt
With this engaging, practical study of our minds and emotions, we can become more capable in every facet of life. Confidence will shatter every myth you’ve ever believed about self-confidence and its effects on us—ranging from the very personal to the…
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
From the author: “In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEO’s on the secret of life and how I’d figured it out the previous summer. Afterwards, people came up individually and told me how much what I’d shared meant to them. This book is based on…”
The Art of Extraordinary Confidence
Confidence is the doorway to success in all areas of life. Whether you want to excel in your career, triple your income, create an amazing relationship, or just feel happy and satisfied with who you are, self-confidence is…
How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking
Drawing on Dale Carnegie’s years of experience as a business trainer, this book will show you how to overcome the natural fear of public speaking, to become a successful speaker, and even learn to enjoy it.
The Art of Not Caring What People Think and Living Fearlessly
Stop making decisions based on fear of failure, rejection, anxiety, and judgment. Break out of your shell and live boldly. All the goals you have, all the people you are jealous of, and the life you want to live are unlocked by one simple key: Bulletproof Confidence. Everybody wants it, but how do you get it?
The Best Confidence-Building Courses
Books have long been my go-to resource for self-improvement material, but nowadays there are plenty of other forms of media that can help you build self esteem.
One of the newest, and potentially most effective, is online courses.
Online courses are great because they combine text information and multimedia formats like video, which can be super helpful in bridging the gap between theory and practice, and putting the best confidence-building advice into action in the real world.
Fortunately, plenty of content creators are aware of this benefit, and have posted confidence-building courses to Udemy, the website that’s basically the Amazon of online courses.
Below are the five highest-rated confidence courses on Udemy, which have helped thousands of people strengthen their self-esteem.
Helping you unlock your inner light, or presence, so you can easily, effortlessly connect with everyone you meet.
Learn to remove bad social programming, build expert social skills, and create a natural state of sparkling confidence.
Boost Your Confidence and Self Esteem, Handle Fear of Rejection, Learn Powerful Body Language, Feel Great About Yourself
Confidence. Self Esteem. Social Skills. Social Success. Social & Inner Confidence. Body Language. Charisma. Influence.
Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals
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Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a men’s style specialist, an Amazon bestselling author, an unrepentant introvert, a (patient, if long-suffering) Toronto sports fan and the husband of a wonderful (and fortunately much more patient) wife.