Life is like a rollercoaster with its equal share of ups and downs. The battles that we all fight with on a day-to-day basis sometimes become unbearable and difficult to deal with. At times like these, we are surrounded by stress, anxiety, negativity, and depression which often demoralizes our spirit and brings us down. Life will never be a smooth ride but we have something for you to ease your journey on the bumpy road.
Doses of inspiration and motivation never fail to lift up your spirits and challenge you to do better in life. Motivational books have a huge role in that. Hence, we have compiled a list of top 10 motivational books that will be your guiding light during dark times.
Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Published first in 1937 during The Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich not only focuses on ways and means to get rich but covers a wide variety of topics in the same. Thus, this classic motivational book ranks first in our top 10 motivational books. Numerous interesting ideas grace this book including that of the simple do’s and don’ts of life.
Hill’s advice to everyone is to desire what you want, believe in yourself, act accordingly, and persist on the same. To set a goal for every day and desire for it to come true inculcates the passion to chase our dreams in the long run. Hill has a lot to offer with his book, thus, making it one of the best motivational books of all time.
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dole Carnegie
This book by Dale Carnegie focuses on the subject of stress and worry and how it can slowly erode us both physically and mentally. It is believed can worrying can cause tooth decay, nervous breakdown, high blood pressure, and what not! It is the root cause of all our major problems. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living offers a variety of techniques that can be applied to reduce worry.
Carnegie urges his readers to stop worrying about countless issues they face in life, rather than try to focus on themselves and others around them so as to live a peaceful and fulfilling life. He also gives real-life examples of people who were successful in turning their negative thoughts into positive ones and thus, were able to cope with their stress and worries. All in all, the book teaches lessons for life that are worth reading and remembering.
Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The next book on our list of top 10 motivational books is Zen and The Art of Happiness by Prentiss. “Zen” of doing anything is employing a state of mind that brings enlightenment in the experience and gives happiness thereafter. The book contains numerous philosophies from different parts of the world that can help enhance your way of living. “Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me”, is the main philosophy that the book is based on.
If you are in search of truth and want to live a happier life, then this book should be your pick. The information and guidance that this book provides is simple yet realistic and can be followed thoroughly in our life. It does not talk about things that you have unheard before but it speaks to you differently.
Wings of Fire: An autobiography by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Wings of Fire is an autobiography by the missile man of India: Dr. Kalam. Hailing from a simple background of being the son of a boat-owner in Tamil Nadu to becoming the President of India, Dr. Kalam is an epitome of inspiration. Through his autobiography, he talks about a variety of things including philosophy, politics, and science. As the chief of the country’s defense, he took India to great heights and carved a niche in the history of the world.
According to him: “We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire”. This book is meant to guide the future of India, the youth particularly and make them believe that everything is possible until you dream and work towards it. Kalam’s philosophies are so vivid that it can inspire anyone in the world.
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher
Next in our top 10 motivational books is: Choose Yourself by James Altucher, an investor and entrepreneur himself. With the economy crashing down, technology replacing human labor, and increasing brutality in jobs, it is fairly difficult to survive in this world. Safety is a luxury and comfort is a far cry. In times like these, no one will come to your rescue except yourself. Hence, it is important to Choose Yourself.
Taking inspiration from his real life, Altucher briefs down important points that highlight the importance of choosing yourself over everybody. Numerous case studies, interviews, and real-life incidents are sure to inspire and motivate you to do better in life. This book is a complete package of everything.
Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
One of the most honest and realistic books in our list of top 10 motivational books is Unf*ck Yourself. Packed with a lot of no-nonsense advice and brutal honesty, this book is sure to make you come face-to-face with reality. It is one of the most eye-opening books of all time. According to Gary, “I am not my thoughts: I am what I do.” until and unless we act towards what we desire, the outcome will never be in our favor.
If you don’t feel like getting out of your bed in the morning, then this book might come to your rescue. It asks you to take responsibility for yourself and unleash your greatness in life. This is a simple yet realistic approach to becoming great in life.
Girl, Stop Apologizing By Rachel Hollis
In her book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis who is a successful and independent woman herself teaches other women to be limitless and fearless. According to her, women never live their lives to their fullest potential and live in the constant fear of others. Women have always known to portray different roles including daughter, wife, mother, and so on. Rarely do they decide to live their lives for themselves. Hollis urges them to do just that.
Hollis advises women to believe in themselves, let go of the idea of giving up on their dreams and having the much important self-confidence. It gives you a whole new perspective on conquering life and achieving your goals. This book is like a breath of fresh air in our list of top 10 motivational books.
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
From New York Times Bestselling author and world-traveling success coach comes a book with enormous potential. In his book, Sincero wants to emphasize the fact that we as individuals have a massive potential to be successful in life but our thoughts, fears, and insecurities hinder our growth. If you want to make some serious changes in your life and make efforts towards your growth, then this book is for you.
You Are A Badass does make use of swearing words or two at a time but the advice given by the author is very precious. The book teaches you to love yourself, let go of the thoughts that are sabotaging your growth, learn to take risks, move ahead of your fears, and so on. If you have an open mind and willing to make some changes in your life, then this should be your pick.
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie is an exquisite story of a professor and his student. Often in life, we forget our mentors, our guiding lights, an elderly and wise figure who has helped us at some point in our life. Morrie was Mitch’s favorite professor at college. He made sure toa trend all his classes but as life progressed, he forgot him. What happens when he reconciles with Morrie in the last days of his life? It turns into a lesson for life!
Mitch meets Morrie every Tuesday in his study while he gives him life-changing advice and teaches him to see life differently. The book is so sweet and wonderfully written that you’ll find yourself clinging on to its quotes and thinking over them. It is definitely a special book in our top 10 motivational books.
Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates us by Daniel H. Pink
In his groundbreaking book Drive, Daniel Pink goes on to redefine motivation for us. We usually think that factors like money, rewards motivate us to do a particular activity in life. But he contradicts it all and suggests that we can never do anything wholeheartedly unless we have an inner drive. All in all, the secret to high performance in any field is to be able to do better by ourselves.
Pink has researched for almost four decades in the field of motivation scientifically and he puts his heart and soul to make us understand just the same. He puts all his research down in his book to help us transform our lives and bring about significant changes in it to make it better.
That concludes our list of top 10 motivational books. If you have any more new additions to the list, do tell us in the comment section. If you happen to read any of these books and like it, we would love to hear your valuable feedback. At times like these, it is necessary that we keep ourselves motivated at all times. Small doses of inspiration can bring a big change to your day. Thus, stay motivated and happy reading!
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