For some books are revered treasures and others, a huge database of lessons to be learnt. Books have the power to inspire and motivate people to live their lives to the fullest. Here, we bring you the best motivational books that you must have in your library to lead a fuller and richer life.
1. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
The book was first published in 1937 and since then has been on several bestseller lists. Becoming rich is almost everyone’s dream and the author offers several strategies to help one be wealthy by training their mind. Taking the focus away from jobs and hard work and establishing a wealthy mindset makes this one of the best life-changing books.
2. The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins
Author Mel Robbins motivates readers in just 5 seconds to transform their lives. Procrastination and constant mind-chatter can come on the way of success for many. The author suggests a way to stay focussed on tasks and motivate yourself in just 5 seconds.
3. Choose Yourself - James Altucher
Every day brings a new choice – be it things or people. In this book, the author reveals that the most important choice you can make is to ‘choose yourself’. The availability of real-life experiences makes it easier for the reader to understand, making this one of the best life-changing books.
4. Atomic Habits – James Clear
Small changes can lead to big breakthroughs – this is the message that the author presents in a practical and adaptable way in this wonderful book. A good lifestyle and healthy behaviour gets much easier when you break them down into tiny (atomic) habits that become second-nature.
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson
The title of the book may not have gone down well with some but the book is as honest and blunt as the title. One of the most motivational books to read, this book changes the focus from simply thinking positively to learning how to deal with negative circumstances in a healthy way.
6. Make your bed - Admiral William H. McRaven (RET)
When a trained Navy Agent decides to share his learnings, you know it’s going to be valuable advice. The author tells readers how small changes can help transform their lives and possibly the world but before you go too big, start with making your bed.
7. The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
One thing that a lot of motivational speakers and authors talk about that holds people back is limiting beliefs. These beliefs, if left unnoticed, can worm their way through our lives and cause unnecessary suffering. This book offers practical and easy ways on how to do better and be joyful.
8. The Only Skill That Matters - Jonathan A. Levi
Numerous courses and seminars are available in droves with people trying to learn a new skill. Being one of the best motivational books, this book helps you become a ‘super learner’ using the principles of neuroscience with practical techniques.
9. Option B - Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
What happens when Option A crashes and burns? One of the best life-changing books, this saga takes readers on a motivational journey that can help one overcome pain and trauma and begin living life to the fullest again.
10. Mindset: The New Psychology for Success - Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
A well-researched and beautifully written book, here the author helps readers understand how their mindset can work for or against them. By changing one’s mindset, one can accomplish even the most difficult goals.
11. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
For anyone looking to enter the world of self-discovery and find the true meaning of life, this book is a wonder. The readers find themselves on a journey with a young shepherd looking for treasure and discovering a lot more.
12. You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
An entertaining and direct book filled with humorous anecdotes and real-life examples make this one of the best motivational books to read. It uses simple exercises to live better and understand what motivates your behaviour, therefore, making changes for the better.
13. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The wisdom of an old professor and the eagerness for a young mind to learn, this motivational book brings some of the best lessons of life to the reader in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Every weekly meeting brings forth a new understanding of life and is classified as the final lesson from a Professor to his student.
14. Smarter, Faster, Better - Charles Duhigg
If you’re looking to get more productive and make better choices, this is the book for you. The author has a unique and exciting way of helping readers understand how to be efficient, productive and improve their daily lives without struggle and worry.
15. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie
Overthinking and worry can lead to unnecessary stress and fatigue. Often, worrying excessively becomes second-nature to people and a constant in their life leading only to additional stress. In this motivational book, the author outlines simple ways for people to reduce worry and anxiety and live a happier life.
16. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
One of the best life-changing books by a spiritual master, this book will motivate you to find your true self and live every moment to its fullest. People often let pain and suffering stand in the way of their success, but this book shows how we are the creators of all our pain.
17. The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss
With everyone focussing on the exhaustive 40-hour workweek and hard work, this revolutionary book is a motivational tale of making the most of life even in unexpected circumstances. Read this book to know how to succeed by working less, living the dream life now, not pushing life till after-retirement, and finding joy through ‘mini-retirements’.
18. Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins
One of the most successful names in the world of motivation, Tony Robbins certainly knows how to motivate people and get them going. This popular book helps readers take charge of all the important aspects of their lives and understand the impact of their decisions in their lives.
19. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
This heart-warming book is sure to motivate and inspire you to live your life to the fullest no matter where you are at the moment. The book is a result of a ‘last lecture’ given by Professor Randy Pausch after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. An inspirational tale of life lessons, this book is a must-read.
20. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff - Richard Carlson
Worrying about everything that happens is a recipe for stress and anxiety. In this motivational book, the author offers practical and insightful suggestions to the readers to learn to prioritize. It can be easy to get caught up in small things and lose sight of the bigger picture. By using the strategies outlined here, people can find easier ways of minimising stress with small changes.