15 Best How-To Books That Will Actually Make You Better At Life

best how-to books for men

What we all really want, aside from all of the materialistic items we feature on this site, is to be better at life. We want to be smarter, we want to be in better shape, we want to make more money, we want to find the time to cross off all the items on our personal bucket lists. We just want to be better. Whether you want to become a billionaire or you want to learn how to start a blog, you can’t do anything without a little bit of knowledge first. That’s why we are listing the best how-to books for men on the market today. If you read them all, you will likely become the total package. A human torpedo of awesome. How’s that sound?

We’re leaving this list somewhat out of order, because we don’t know what your personal goals are or what you’re currently trying to accomplish in life. But we’re pretty confident you will find a book on this list that will help you crush this year and beyond.

Here are the 15 best how-to books for men



best how-to books for menWhat if I told you that you could be the master of your domain, would that interest you? That is the guidance you will take from renowned author, Robert Greene’s book MasteryThe idea of being a master can seem silly to some, but mastery, in this book, refers to the unique way each of us can fully actualize our potential for greatness. Within, Greene teaches mastery through a series of mini-biographies, life lessons, modern psychology and human nature. And he identifies, and breaks down, the three important levels of becoming the master of a subject: apprenticeship, creative-active level, and finally mastery. If you want to rule your own life, you first must learn how to become a master. Buy Here


How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad

best how-to books for men We’ve all heard the phrases, “work smarter, not harder” or “don’t work for money, make money work for you.” Investing wisely in the stock market can help you satisfy both of those objectives. There is a lot of risk when you put your money to work in the markets, but with William J. O’Neil’s book How to Make Money in Stocks, you’re offered a blueprint for success through a proven 7-step process for minimizing risk and maximizing gains. It is a must read for anyone who wants to be in the stock market without paying high fees to a financial advisor. Buy Here


Build a Rental Property Empire

Admit it. You have watched shows HGTV and the DIY network and thought, “I could renovate houses and become a mother*cking real estate tycoon. That settles it, I am doing this!” Then you went to bed, woke up and continued to live as you had previously. With Mark Ferguson’s Build a Rental Property Empire, you can finally take steps towards making that dream a reality. Ferguson started in the rental property game in 2010 and now has over 16 rental properties that generate him extra cash flow. While owning rental properties isn’t the most passive investment ever, property is a tangible asset that rarely loses it’s value  Buy Here

How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide

best how-to books for menOnce you make all that money in stocks (or in other ways) you need to make it work for you. Outside of dying, the greatest fear we all have about retirement is not having enough money. With How to Make Your Money Last, you will learn the keys to turning your retirement savings into a steady paycheck so can sleep a little easier at night. Quinn’s book isn’t just for soon-to-be retirees, either. It is a useful guide for anyone who is starting out their retirement savings journey as well as those who are approaching, entering, or managing retirement. Buy Here


How to Win Friends & Influence People

how to win friends and influence peopleThis is the granddaddy of all how-to books. First published in 1937, this book teaches you skills to succeed that stand the test of time. Simply put, Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. And he had the ability to convey it in such a way that can truly change your life. It can make you a real leader of people, someone who can enthuse and influence, without ever making people feel like they are being manipulated. The book was most recently updated in 2012 to help you “Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age,” but the original version is still as relevant as it was in 1937. Buy Here


The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Have you ever wondered how some people seem to float through life seemingly worry free? Do you look at them and think that kind of existence is impossible for you, because of money, health, your job, etc.? Well, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson is the self-help book that you’ve been waiting for. And if you read it, you just might learn the keys to living a happy, mostly stress-free life in 2017 and beyond. Buy Here


The 48 Laws Of Power

best how-to books for menYou can’t have a list of life-changing books without including Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power.  On some level, power is something we all seek. In this book, Greene beautifully breaks power down in 48 essential laws. These laws have been derived from great philosophers as well as the actions of powerful men throughout history. We live in a dog-eat-dog world where everyone is hyper-competitive and wants to be the best. Even if you don’t seek the same power of other men, this book will help you  understand the rules of the game. Buy Here


Tools of Titans

tools of titans bookIf you’re looking for 2017 to be your best year ever, consider reading Tools of Titans:The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The book is a compilation of what author Tim Ferriss has learned over the years. He takes from his own experiences as well as his time dissecting the minds of other very successful people. The book is split into three parts which are three pillars of success: Health, Wealth and Wisdom. Each section includes 2-8 pages of advice from very successful people with some expertise in these fields. If you want to be a five-tool player in life then add this book to your library. Buy Here

How To Start A Blog: WordPress To Go

how to start a blogIf you’re going to learn how to start a blog in 2017 then you want to learn how to do it on WordPress. It is the gold standard for content management systems. In the book WordPress to Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to start a WordPress blog. From site design to finding the best hosting company, this book takes you from point A to point B without making the process overly complicated. The original version of this book was first published in 2013, but it has been updated for 2017 so it remains a relevant resource for anyone looking to get into blogging. Buy Here


100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know

best how-to books for menPaying a professional for every problem you encounter in your home can get expensive. Truthfully, most of the minor tasks, repairs and maintenance are fairly straightforward and not very time-consuming. Not only does this book offer incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls and furniture, but it helps you learn valuable things like how to make your house less appealing for burglars, how to be ready for a natural disaster and so much more. Buy Here


Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

best how-to books for menThe key to success (and not going insane) is figuring out which tasks in your life are the most important and how to focus on them. So what does the phrase “Eat That Frog” have to do with that? I’m glad you asked. According to this description, which sums up the phrase far better than I could, “There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day.” Basically, we often procrastinate on the most challenging tasks. However, those challenging tasks are also the tasks that probably have the greatest positive impact on our lives (because nothing good is ever easy, right?). Eat That Frog‘s objective is to teach us how to stop all the procrastination and start eating frogs. Buy Here


How to Stay Alive in the Woods

This book is a extremely practical, easily readable and potentially indispensable manual for man, woman or child who wants to venture  into the great outdoors. The book breaks survival in the woods into four essential sections: Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety.  From learning how to catch game without a gun to building a warm, safe shelter this book is your step-by-step guide to not dying. Now, you may not need such a manual if you’re the kind of person who camps in their own backyard, but if you’re into actually “roughing it” you need this book by your side. Buy Here


100 Deadly Skills

100 deadly skillsNever be unprepared again.  That is what 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation will teach you. The book is a hands-on, practical survival guide for civilian life. In it, retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson teaches regular people how to survive any potentially life-threatening situation. Buy Here


Engineering The Alpha

best fitness booksTake everything you thought you knew about fat loss and throw it out the window. And while you’re at it, throw out all of your preconceived notions about your life in general. This book is unlike any other fitness book out there. It will get you ripped and show you exactly how you can start taking back control of your life, and become the best possible version of you. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Buy Here


Body For Life

best fitness booksIf a fitness book becomes the best selling fitness book of all time there’s bound to be some good stuff in it, right? Of course there is. Body For Life hits you with a simple and easy to follow action plan that will help you transform your body into something you only dreamed of, and in the process, transform your life. The best part is this book is that it’s principles can be applied and effective at any age. Buy Here

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