Best Books on Confidence to Remove Self-Doubt

Is low self-confidence stopping you from being the best version of yourself?

Do you have dreams which you can’t seem to achieve?

Are you afraid to take action because of self-doubt?

Here are the 10 self-help best books on building confidence. They will provide you with strategies to build, improve, and increase your confidence.

Each author has their own writing style. Some of them believe in using strong language to get their message across, while others strive to inspire and change your perspective. Choose a book that is best suited to your taste and needs.

P.S: Even though self-esteem and self-confidence are related, they aren’t the same. If you have low self-esteem, these books on self-esteem and self-love books may be more suitable for you.

Top 10 Best Self-Confidence Books

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1. The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris

Are you afraid to do what you want? Do you need to feel confident first, then act on your goals?

Conventional wisdom tells us to overcome or fix our fears. However, this is a problem. It usually takes us a long time before we feel confident to do something.

This book offers a refreshing approach to dealing with self-doubt and fear. The author suggests to act first and allow the feelings to follow. The harder we struggle with our fears, the harder it is to overcome them. When we stop struggling against our fears, they actually loosen their grip.

Inside this book, you will also find strategies like mindfulness and cognitive techniques that help you overcome your fear and self-doubt.

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2. Confidence Hacks by Barrie Davenport

Instead of building massive self-confidence at a go, this book helps you boost your confidence daily.

Inside this book, you will find 99 “hacks” or tips in ten key areas of confidence building. By applying these tips and taking small actions, you will enhance your motivation, confidence and determination.

What’s good about this book is it takes the concept of confidence and breaks it down into easy to understand information that is ready to use. This book will appeal to those who want to get straight to the point and easy to implement self-help strategies.

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3. The Power of Self-Confidence by Brian Tracy

No matter how talented you are, if you don’t believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities, success is an uphill challenge.

Self-confidence is something you can learn! Through examples, stories and easy action steps, you will learn powerful ways to increase your confidence and crush the fear that holds you back.

This book is written in short, easy to read segments with plenty of examples. If you need to develop unshakable self-confidence as an executive, entrepreneur or sales professional, read this book. The work in this book has helped over 5 million people in more than sixty countries.

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4. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you want to read a light-hearted book and don’t mind swear words, this is the book for you.

The author’s in-your-face humor will give you a good laugh and entertain you. This best-selling book is perfect for those who is ready to take control and live the life of their dreams but need a nudge in the right direction.

Through hilarious stories, exercises and some straight talk, you’ll learn to confront those self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that hold you back and replace them with powerful strategies that will move you closer to your goals.

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5. The Art of Extraordinary Confidence by Aziz Gazipura

Is your quest for comfort killing you?

This book is about getting uncomfortable. The author says our addiction to comfort is what leads us to avoid anything that makes us feel uncertain, nervous or scared.

To gain freedom and success in our love and financial life, we need to leave our comfort zone. Using stories, exercises, powerful tools for change and a little humor, you’ll learn how to challenge negative thinking, overcome your fears and boost your confidence in all aspects of your life.

The author uses curse words to emphasize his point sometimes. This book will be suitable to you if you don’t mind the strong language.

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6. The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Robert Anthony

This book isn’t just about self-confidence. Self-confidence is just a by-product of applying the principles in this book.

First published in 1986 and recently revised, this book is full of practical, motivating and thought provoking strategies for building confidence and finding success. It helps you understand the root causes of low confidence and the ways to overcome them.

What is particularly attractive about this book is the writing style of the author. The information is presented in an entertaining style that keeps you engaged from beginning to end.

This book is suitable for people who have low self-esteem and limiting beliefs. You will have to apply the principles though to receive the full benefits.

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7. The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

This is a practical guide to understanding and finding confidence for women.

Apart from exploring issues related to confidence, the authors also offer simple, straightforward strategies for overcoming insecurities and self-doubt. This will help to improve your confidence and self-esteem.

In this book, not only did they provide their own examples, they also interviewed women leaders from politics, sport, the military, media, business and the arts.

This book is suitable for women of all ages, especially if you enjoy learning from other successful women.

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8. Building Confidence by Barrie Davenport

You want to live to your full potential, but lack the confidence?

This book is not just a “how to” book for building confidence. This guide focuses on self-esteem from the point of overcoming fear through assertiveness and confidence building.

In this book, the author makes you aware of the barriers which are holding you back from being confidence. Fear, worry, over thinking, procrastination, indecision and doubt. We may not notice these barriers are working against our confidence in the “background”.   

Using inspirational illustrations and actionable advice, the reader is motivated to take charge of their own self-esteem and confidence. This book is most suited for you if you are self-motivated.

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9. Confidence by Zayne Parker

This book is based on the premise that true confidence comes from knowing that you can confront and deal with any situation that arises. That knowing comes from having the skills you need.

An interesting blend of strategies and science, this book offers you the chance to build a skill set that can help you overcome insecurity and shyness. It also helps you remove negativity and develop the mindset of confidence and success.

This book is best suited to those who is motivated for success and ready for bold steps. It is also suitable for people who feel shy and anxious communicating with new people.

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10. The Unlimited Self by Jonathan Heston

Do you know what is stopping you from achieving greatness in your life?

Your limiting beliefs. This book helps you to feel more confident by tackling your limiting beliefs.

If you always want to make more money and do something meaningful with your career, but you find no success. Or if you want better relationships and health, but you are too overwhelmed with life. Then, this is the book for you.

Reading this book helps you to be more aware of your limiting beliefs, so that you can deconstruct these deep-seated beliefs.

This book is suitable for anyone who is at a stalemate in life and want to experience personal transformation.

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Low Self-Confidence or Low Self-Esteem?

Being more confident doesn’t necessarily help you to love yourself. If you are unhappy with yourself, your achievement, and your relationships with others, read Empty Your Cup instead. It might be your self-esteem that is the issue.

Empty Your Cup by Yong Kang Chan

Why don’t we love yourself?

Most people think that by being successful and confident, we will feel good about ourselves. But low self-esteem is a perception problem, it has nothing to do with our success or confidence. You can be wealthy, beautiful, or well liked by others and still don’t feel good about yourself.

The purpose of this book is to help you empty everything you believe about yourself and change your perception of self.

If you are looking for a simple book that helps you understand mindfulness and how it can help you to be more self-compassionate, this is the book for you.

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Yong Kang

Yong Kang

Hey there, I’m Yong Kang, best known as Nerdy Creator. I’m an author of seven books. I write about spirituality, self-compassion, and mindfulness. I love reading books, especially non-fiction. The list above is a combination of what I have read and my research. Each year, I create a Top 10 list of my favorite books.