Even if you are not a book lover or an avid reader, good motivational books that inspire you to take action are priceless. You can read, learn, apply, and teach them to anybody who needs help. More importantly, it can revolutionize your life and can turn you into a new leaf!
While you will find tons of motivational books online and offline, you will also find that many of them weren’t worth your time or the money you spent on them.
If you are having packed schedule and find it hard to squeeze out time to read, here is what I do.
1. Read in the washroom.
This might sound gross to some but it sure is a great time saver for me. Instead of taking your gadget while you are relieving yourself, utilize your time by grabbing one of your favorite books and reading.
2. Carry it with you wherever you go.
You can utilize the time if you are using public transport while on your way to work or home.
You can also read while you are waiting for someone. The idea is to catch hold of those spare time you have.
3. Listen to the audio version of the books.
This is such a time saver as you can listen to the audiobook anywhere even while you are driving or be it in the shower.
One of the best places to start is Amazon’s Audible where you will get the full audiobook versions of your favorite books.
4. Set a goal to read
You must set a goal to read a few pages of a motivational book daily and also complete reading a book at least once a month. It’s not a hard and fast rule. Yet, this will help you read more books.
And now, here is the list of some of the most practical books I have ever read and also encourage you to read or at least have them in your ‘must-read in a lifetime’.
Inspirational Books To Read
1. The Power Of Positive Thinking written by Norman Vincent Peale
2. Think and Grow Rich written by Napoleon Hill
3. How To Win Friends And Influence People written by Dale Carnegie
4. How To Stop Worry And Start Living written by Dale Carnegie
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by Dr. Stephen Covey
6. The Compound Effect –Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success written by Darren Hardy
7. The Four Agreements written by Don Miquel Ruiz
8. The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho
9. Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck written by Mark Manson
10. As A Man Thinketh written by James Allen
11. You Can Heal Your Life written by Louise Hay
12. The One Thing written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
13. Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance written by Angela Duckworth
14. Mindset: The Psychology Of Success written by Carol S. Dweck
15. The Power Of Now written by Eckhart Tolle
16. Atomic Habits written by James Clear
17. Drop The Ball written by Tiffany Dufu
18. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff written by Richard Carlson
19. Who Moved My Cheese written by Dr. Spencer Johnson
20. Can’t Hurt Me written by David Goggins
Let’s have a little insight into these books along with the takeaways.
#1. The Power Of Positive Thinking
By Norman Vincent Peale
One of the most sold motivational books of all time, The Power Of Positive Thinking was a practical guidebook that was first published in 1952.
The book is based on Biblical principles and is regarded as one of the best books written on positivity and self-improvement.
The book is a self-help Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living by learning a few tricks to change how we think that can help you achieve a happy, satisfying, and fulfilled life.
You will learn:
→ How to believe in yourself.
→ How to generate the power to create your own happiness.
→ How to use faith to change your life.
#2. Think And Grow Rich
By Napoleon Hill
‘Think And Grow Rich’ is not a book on making money only. The 13 lessons given by Hill in this motivational book is has changed millions of life all around the world. It is also one of the best-selling books of all time which is based on a lifetime of research and study.
Whether you want to make millions of money, change the world or find peace, this book is a guide to gaining in-depth insight and practical strategies on how you can apply these principles in your life.
→ You reap what you think.
→ You alone are the master of your thoughts.
#3. How To Win Friends And Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
This bestselling motivational book was published in 1936, and it has sold over 30 million copies and is still in print.
This book is a total life-changing motivational book that talks about practical secrets to win friends and create influence mastering the ability to work with and through the people around you.
You will learn:
→ Fundamental techniques in handling people.
→ Ways to make people like you.
→ How to win people to your way of thinking.
#4. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living
By Dale Carnegie
If you think you need not read this book because you aren’t a worry freak, you might be wrong. This book teaches you more than just worrying – it will teach you how to live your life.
→ Learn to live your life according to your way.
#5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
By Dr. Stephen Covey
This international bestselling motivational book is a must-have as it will help you in having a dramatic habit transformation from being a victim to becoming a victor by changing your habits.
Dr. Covey gave 13 principles on how an average individual can make his life count by applying the principles.
He lays out seven habits for finding success at work and in your personal life.
→ How to take deliberate action that will change your habits.
→ You will learn how to manage your work and home life.
→ Not to take life for granted.
→ You will find the purpose of your life.
#6. The Compound Effect- Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
By Darren Hardy
The book was written when the author was the editor of the most esteemed magazine in the world, “Success Magazine.”
Using the same principles he shared in the book, he became a millionaire at the age of 24 and then began his journey of teaching and leading.
This motivational book is based on the principle of momentum. A tiny habit you start may not give you instant results or benefits right away, however, with time, it can transform your life.
→ A tiny habit that doesn’t look significant at the start, can transform your life.
→ Learn how by changing a tiny thing in your life, you can achieve amazing success over the years.
→ Whatever you do over a long period of time will multiply.
#7. The Four Agreements
By Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements book is based on Toltec wisdom (a pre-Colombian Mesoamerican culture).
According to Ruiz, everything we do is based on the agreements we made with ourselves, with others, with God, and with life.
In these agreements, people tell themselves who they are, how to behave, and what is possible and what is impossible.
→ What you tell your subconscious mind will define your life’s destiny.
#8. The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is also one of the bestselling books of all time. It is a novel that revolves around a shepherd boy and his dream. This motivational book is read by celebrities, businessmen, and women all over the world. If you have not read this yet, you sure wouldn’t want to miss it.
You will know:
→ How to dream again.
→ How to listen to your intuition, and take decisive action in uncertain times.
→ How to follow your heart.
→ You will also find that the secret to achieving your dreams lie within the very heart of your being.
#9. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life
By Mark Manson
The book as you would have guessed from the title is one of a kind that tells you to accept your own flaws and limitations and move on with your life.
The author of the book states that human beings are born with flaws and limitations, which is not their fault by highlighting the fact that it is not possible for everyone to be extraordinary and there are bound to be few winners and many losers in society.
→ The way to overcome fears is to know your own limitations and embrace them.
→ Face the truth instead of trying to run away.
→ Confront the truth so that it instills in you a sense of honesty, courage, responsibility, and perseverance.
→ It helps you identify the things that you should care about and also the things that you shouldn’t care about.
#10. As A Man Thinketh
By James Allen
As A Man Thinketh was first published in 1903 and it still continues to motivate people even into the present time.
His goal was to help people live a better life using advice inside of his short, pocket companion book.
This short pocket companion motivational book argues thinking beyond what we are to what we can be is imperative.
→ You become what you think.
#11. You Can Heal Your Life
By Louise Hay
This is one of the most read motivational books packed with insights, ideas, affirmations, and meditations, where the author shared the exact strategies and affirmations she used to reach an incredible level of wealth, cured cancer, and get rid of the guilt and shame of childhood abuse.
The author says people who think affirmation doesn’t work are negating the positive effect of affirmation by saying so. This book has sold millions of copies with many people reporting stories of incredible transformation in their lives by applying the principles in this book.
You need to read this book if you still think affirmation doesn’t work.
→ You can experience a dramatic transformation in your life with affirmations.
→ Affirmations work if you first believe and then practice them day in and day out.
→ Affirmations will urge you to take instant action which you need to take without judgment or any logical reasoning.
#12. The One Thing – The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
This book is a handy guide if you want to specialize in business or skill or anything. It teaches you how you can do one thing amazingly well if you choose to.
This book will help you to step out of your comfort zone and take real action that will help you become a master of whatever you want to.
→ Learn how to set your priorities and concentrate on the right thing and get extraordinary results doing the same.
#13. Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance
By Angela Duckworth
The book highlights the importance of developing a tenacious character because it is the grit and not mere talent that helps you to achieve outstanding results in life.
The author states that the secret to achieving the outstanding results is not talent but focused determination and grit based on the findings of her extensive research on interviewing successful people.
→ Mere talent is not a guarantee for success unless you have self-belief and perseverance.
→ The reasons why some people succeed and why some did not.
#14. Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success
By Carol S. Dweck
This motivational book will shift the way you think with its comparative research on two mindsets – fixed mindset and growth mindset.
People who have a fixed mindset believe that their talent and abilities are inborn, and they can’t do anything to change them. People who have a growth mindset believe that they can grow their talent and abilities by learning and training their minds.
→ You will know the importance of having a growth mindset
→ How to shift your mind from being fixed to being open and ready to become unstoppable in what you can do.
#15. The Power Of Now
By Eckhart Tolle
The Power Of Now is about the exploration of consciousness.
Tolle proposes that the only thing that’s real is this present moment and when you focus on the past and the future, that’s just your brain trying to play tricks on you.
→ The importance of focusing on the present rather than the past or future.
#16. Atomic Habits
By James Clear
Atomic Habits shows you clear outlines of how to create lasting good habits and overcome bad ones.
The author also provides advice on using habit trackers and how to find motivation when a habit falls by the wayside.
→ Your success in personal and professional lives depends on the smart daily decisions you made today.
#17. Drop The Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less
By Tiffany Dufu
The book is an eye-opener for people especially those women who feel so overwhelmed with day-to-day tasks.
The author shows how you can find your use of your time more purposefully by concentrating on things that matter the most.
→ Learn to relax and enjoy your life again.
#18. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
By Richard Carlson
The book was published in 1998 and aims to help the reader differentiate between what is important versus clutter and how you can minimize your stress and the things which weigh you down.
→ How to unclutter your life.
#19. Who Moved My Cheese
By Dr. Spencer Johnson
Who Moved My Cheese is a short, light-hearted parable about the different ways we respond to life’s changes and how doing so skillfully can help us find more success and happiness in our lives.
→ How to recognize the change.
→ How to find success and happiness in life.
#20. Can’t Hurt Me
By David Goggins
Can’t Hurt Me is a powerful, uplifting, part-how-to, part-memoir that will pick you up by your collar, help you take control of your life circumstances, and kick your victim mentality to the curb.
→ You decide what you want to become in life.
→ The power to stand up for yourself is within you. You