Self-Help Books are Self-Improvement and Life-Challenging Topics Books to help one develop some competence in the area you choose for your career or business, know and practice your trade well, seek excellence, avoid mediocrity, and be and act professionally in your chosen area. Being an expert in your chosen field can accelerate your success story. They are available on most online book stores.  A self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems.