Link to: Improvement of the Mind
This book is also mentioned in Robert Greene's Mastery as being a book that helped to change the course of Michael Faraday's life:
"Then in 1809 a book came into the shop that finally gave him some hope. It was called Improvement of the Mind—a self-help guide written by Reverend Isaac Watts, first published in 1741. The book revealed a system of learning and improving your lot in life, no matter your social class. It prescribed courses of action that anyone could follow, and it promised results. Faraday read it over and over, carrying it with him wherever he went."