Best Motivational Books to Take Charge of Your Life
Motivation. When you have it, anything seems achievable. When it is lacking, it can sometimes be tough to get out of bed.
Like anything, books can be motivational. In fact, books and movies may be two of the most motivational mediums around.
When you read a good book, you want to go out and conquer the world. The book motivates you to succeed, and if it is a good motivational book, it also hands you tools to help you succeed. That is what make a great motivational book.
And that is what this list is all about. It is a list of the best motivational books to help you take change of your life.
These books are all nonfiction. Fiction books may be motivational, but they often are short on details for achieving transformational life changes.
To make this list a book needed to have something important to say. The book needed to provide solid ideas about how to make the changes it proposed in your life, and above all the book needed to be motivational. It needed grab the reader by the wrist and pull them though the book, making them desire, more than anything, to take action and make changes in their lives.
That’s what it takes to be one of the top-flight motivational books.
So, without further ado, let’s dig-in the list of best motivational books.
What are the “Best of the Best”?!
Best Motivational Books to Take Change of Your Life (2019 Edition)
1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This refreshing must read inspirational book provides the reader with a guide to creating a life that you love. Jen Sincero offers the reader 27 short chapters that are packed with captivating stories, humor, sound advice, and simple exercises to help people identify and get rid of their self-sabotaging thoughts and habits that prohibit people from achieving the success that they want. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of why you act the way you do and how to accept the things that you cannot change.
Readers have found that Jen Sincero is a talented writer who offers an edgy style that can be motivating to a lot of people. While this book doesn’t offer much advice that cannot be found in other self-help books, it is presented in a fun and matter-of-fact way that is meant to entertain the reader while inspiring them to improve their life.
Sincero does use some critical language to describe people who are struggling that may be offensive to some, using words such as “lame-o” and “wuss,” which may hold a bit of a shock value at first, but some believe that this language and its offensiveness can get old quickly. However, this book offers a quick shot of motivation which can be very useful to people who are looking for an enlightening read that is written by someone who is comical and inspiring.
2. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
This book offers eight productivity concepts that help explain why some people and companies are able to accomplish so much more than others. Drawing from information on neuroscience and behavioral psychology, along with the experiences of successful CEOs, generals, pilots, FBI agents, and Broadway songwriters, this well-researched book reveals how productive people and companies view the world in profoundly different ways than those who find less success.
For example, a group of Google’s data scientists conducts a four-year study on how the most effective teams function and find that a group’s interactions are more important than the members of the group. Additionally, the experts who created the movie Frozen almost gave up after encountering some challenges before they decided to shake up their team in a way that initiated a creative breakthrough, leading to one of the highest-grossing movies to date.
This book explains that what these success stories have in common is that the people know that their productivity relies on making specific choices. The things that separate busy people from productive people are the ways decisions are made, the ambitions that are embraced, and the seemingly easy goals that are ignored. Leaders are able to establish cultures to prompt innovation and interact with data to create success.
This inspirational book uses rich storytelling to explain how people can improve their everyday lives. This innovative exploration of productivity can help anyone learn how to succeed without having to endure stress, struggle, or sacrifice.
In this book, the author explores eight ideas that are the most important to improving one’s productivity, including motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing other people, effective decision making, innovation, and absorbing data. Readers have stated that this book is written in a lively and eloquent way. With narratives from some of the best journalists and leaders, the author is able to anchor the reader in many real-world situations to help drive home some key points. Many valuable lessons are shared with the reader along with dos and don’ts of living a productive life and being successful in business, especially when stressful situations arise.
3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The author of this book, psychologist Angela Duckworth, shows her readers that the secret to success is something she refers to as “grit.” She addresses all types of people from parents to students to business people to highlight the importance of the blend of passion and persistence. Duckworth refers to her own experiences beginning early on in her life that made her come to this conclusion.
In “Grit”, the author tells the real-life stories of cadets who are struggling through their initial experiences at West Point, teachers trying to work with students in inner-city schools, and insights from high achievers such as JP Morgan’s CEO, Jamie Dimon and Seattle Seahawks’ Coach, Pete Carroll.
Some of the most valuable insights that the reader should take away from this book include why one’s efforts are so important regarding a long-term goal, how passion and perseverance can be learned, and how one can trigger a lifelong interest for their craft.
Readers have found this book to be personal and insightful because it addresses what goes through one’s head during a failure, and how those thoughts can make a big difference in one’s future. Readers say that this is a great book to read for one’s own success, especially if you can accept the idea that success is all about hard work.
4. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
I have been a fan of James’ books and his excellent podcast since he invited my as a guest many years ago when I first started writing books online. James is a serial entrepreneur, having started as many as 20 different companies.
He also happens to be brilliant and really nice guy. Rare combinations: smart, entrepreneurial, kind, and with a gift for gab; knowing how to put some complex thinking into digestible bits the rest of us can easily understand.
I love many of his books, but Choose Yourself remains my favorite, and I think is one of the single best motivational books around. Because that is the entire point of the book. When it comes to “what” you should invest in to achieve success, his point is to “choose yourself”.
Showcasing real life interviews and case studies, James shows us how the current world market is ripe for entrepreneurial self starters to succeed if they invest their energy in themselves.
A wonderful book sure to motivate you to make the most of your own talents.
Choose Yourself! Choose this book!