The number of books written about professional, financial and personal success is seemingly endless. Entire sections of large bookstores are filled with shelves of money-making magic and sure fire ideas for financial independence. It would take at least five lifetimes to read all that has been written on these subjects just in the last few years, and an entire industry has been built upon these types of books.

With so many options currently available, it can be difficult to know which ones can actually help you grow your bank accounts and which ones are strictly written for the purpose of fattening the writer’s accounts. While you could make it a point to read as many as possible then independently decipher which techniques actually work, this would be a time-consuming and potentially risky endeavour.

In our modern, digital age, many online guides have taken the place of this older medium of paper books. While many of these are clearly helpful and filled with beneficial information– Self Managed Super Funds: The Complete Guide and similar specialized guides, for example– many of them are written with knowledge and techniques based on time-honored books. Plus, there are even more online guides out there than books, and it can be tough to know which of these self-published writers to trust.

This guide collects some of the most helpful, trusted, popular and beneficial books that have ever been written on the subject of financial success. Many of these have helped to define much of what we know in terms of financial strategies, and their wisdom is just as true today as it was at the time of their original publications.

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

This work of financial wisdom was written in 1937 and focuses on the power of the mind when applied to success in business, and it immediately caused many to rethink what they knew about many financial principles. Hill had spent 20 years of his life studying the lives of many of history’s most successful and influential people, particularly business legend Andrew Carnegie, and wrote his findings in an insightful and easily consumable form.

“The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason

This 1926 masterpiece begins by telling the story of three childhood friends in Ancient Babylon, two of which are still common peasants but the third is now the richest man in the city. It takes a storytelling approach of how he managed to build himself up from his humble beginnings by applying a few simple techniques of planning, saving and investing what he earned.

“9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying” by Suze Orman

Suze Orman’s 1997 masterpiece helped her to become a household name. The book takes a unique approach to achieving financial success by dealing with three major areas: mental, physical and spiritual.

“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale

Decades before “The Secret,” Norman Vincent Peale explained the correlation between positive thinking and positive results. First published in 1952, the book teaches proven techniques for replacing negative thoughts with a more positive outlook and how this will enable any person to achieve his or her dreams.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Any list of the most influential and impactful personal development books of all-time would not be complete without the publication that essentially defines the genre. Its strategies formed the backbone of what we now accept as traditional in social interaction. After the initial publication of only 5,000 copies in 1937, this book quickly became the Bible of businessmen and career-minded people.

The reason for its success and staying power is largely based on a concept that was new at the time: learning how to be successful with people in order to be successful both in business and in your personal life. It was the combination of these two aspects that made the book groundbreaking.