20 Best Motivational Books to Keep Your Inspiration Up

Life is like a roller coaster, and there will be many ups and downs in career and life.

We need inspiration and motivation to prepare ourselves to face everything ahead in life.

20 Best Motivational Books to Keep Your Inspiration Up
20 Best Motivational Books to Keep Your Inspiration Up

The following books are best to keep you motivated and inspired to achieve your goals.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Fankl

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone interested in psychotherapy
  • Anyone who wants to know how ordinary people cope with extraordinary situations
  • Anyone trying to work out the meaning of life

Brief

Originally published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning details the author and psychologist Viktor Frankl’s harrowing experiences during his internment in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. It offers insights into how human beings can survive unsurvivable situations, come to terms with trauma, and ultimately find meaning.

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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Who is it for?

  • People stuck in jobs that they hate
  • Readers looking for new strategies to tackle self-doubt
  • Anyone seeking motivation to make a profound life change

Brief 

You Are a Badass is your guide to living life to the fullest. Sincero provides an analysis of precisely what’s holding you back and offers powerful strategies geared toward breaking bad habits so that you can truly live out your dreams.

Become the badass you always wanted to be.

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Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

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Who is it for?

  • Team leaders looking for inspiration
  • Anyone struggling to cope with life
  • Motivational speakers

Brief

Make Your Bed (2017) is a collection of the author’s ten most valuable personal experiences during his many years of service with the US Navy SEALs. Each is a simple yet priceless piece of advice that will have a positive influence on your life.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Brief

The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller about its meaning in the nearby town. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids.

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Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

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Who is it for?

  • Leaders looking to motivate a team
  • Business people who want to energize a company or employees
  • Anyone with a serious, long-term goal

Brief 

Smarter Faster Better (2016) combines personal stories and business research to show that being productive isn’t just about managing your to-do list but about making the right choices and maintaining the right mindset. This book offers advice on how to stay motivated, keep yourself on track, and work in teams effectively to maximize your creativity, productivity, and success.

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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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Who is it for?

  • People who feel trapped in their own lives
  • Parents who want to raise their children to feel free
  • Anybody who feels like they’re living a lie
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Brief

The Four Agreements (1997) is your guide to breaking free from negative patterns and fully realizing your true self. It was a New York Times bestseller for over eight years. This book explains how society raises people to conform to a strict set of rules and how you can set your own guidelines for life with a little effort and commitment.

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Grit by Angela Duckworth

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Who is it for?

  • Entrepreneurs who want to start a project and see it through to a successful end
  • Students and young adults seeking a vocation
  • Slackers who want to add some discipline to their life

Brief

Grit (2016) is about the elusive virtue that allows people to do what they love, find a purpose in life, and, most importantly, stick with it long enough for them to truly flourish. Find out how you can discover your grit and use it to follow your calling in life – and to hang in there, even when the going gets tough.

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Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone who wants to find out about different mindsets and how they influence our behavior
  • People who want to learn how to realize their own potential to the fullest

Brief

Mindset (2006) discusses the differences between people with a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. Our mindset determines how we deal with challenging situations, setbacks, and our willingness to deal with and improve ourselves. This book demonstrates how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset.

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Choose Yourself by James Altucher

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to become rich in today’s economy
  • Anyone who wants better understand the state of the economy since 2008
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship

Brief

Author James Altucher explains that after the 2008 global economic crisis, you can’t wait to be chosen; you have to Choose Yourself. This means you have to take full responsibility for your own success and happiness by reclaiming control of your aspirations and dreams. This book gives you both tools and effective practices to stay physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy to achieve your goal.

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High-Hanging Fruit by Mark Rampolla

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Brief

High-Hanging Fruit is more than surefire insight into building a successful business; it’s a call to action to start something that matters and use the company to fuel social change. A Thrilling story of bringing a healthy drink to market, revealing how it’s possible to do well and do good at the same time.

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The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone interested in living a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life
  • Anyone with a historical interest in religious and spiritual practices in the USA in the 1950s
  • Anyone interested in discovering a mix of psychological and religious thought and practices that lead to happiness and health

Brief

The Power of Positive Thinking is a self-declared manual for achieving happiness and overcoming even the most difficult problems. Focusing on our attitudes toward our life situations and our faith, this book acts as a guide to the way we can change our lives through a steadfast focus on positive outcomes – if we’re willing to make that choice.

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Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

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Who is it for?

  • Women eager to be more productive
  • Moms tired of being made to feel guilty for being ambitious
  • Anyone interested in being more driven

Brief

Girl, Stop Apologizing (2019) is a helpful and empowering guide for any woman who’s felt the need to apologize for pursuing their dreams and wanting more out of life. Author Rachel Hollis shares tips and advice that have helped her reach her personal goals – and that might help others realize their own dreams too.

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Now, Discover Your Strengths By Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone looking for ways to discover their hidden talents
  • Anyone who wants to push their boundaries to become more successful
  • Managers interested in capitalizing on their employees’ strengths

Brief

Now, Discover Your Strengths (2004) provides insight into what strengths are, where they come from and why we should focus on them. This book gives the tips and techniques for detecting natural talents and using them to put yourself or your employees on the path to excellence.

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone who wants to learn the secrets of people who have made it big
  • Anyone who wants to be successful in life
  • Anyone who’s heard of this self-help classic and wants to see what it’s about 

Brief

In Think and Grow Rich (1937), Napoleon Hill investigates the methods of the 500 most successful people of his time, including the world’s richest men, top politicians, famous inventors, writers, and industry captains. First published amidst the Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 100 million copies.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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Who is it for?

  • Anyone feeling stressed or overburdened with life
  • Self-improvement junkies
  • People worried about their legacy

Brief

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016) concentrates on living a better life by caring about fewer things. In this book, based on his influential blog, Mark Manson explains the few simple rules that will help anyone lead a happier, less stressful existence.

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Do what you want, not all you can.

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Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson

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Who is it for?

  • Wellness devotees obsessed with the pursuit of happiness
  • Lost souls who are confused about life
  • Students of philosophy or sociology

Brief

Everything is F*cked (2019) is a no-holds-barred look at the state of the modern human condition and why so many feel like the world is a lot worse off than it really is. Author Mark Manson looks to pillars of human philosophy, including Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche, to reveal how both the trappings of modern society and concepts such as hope have people focused on the wrong things in life.

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Hustle by Neil Patel

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Who is it for?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Workers who hate their jobs
  • Artists who want to follow their dreams

Brief

Hustle (2016) is your guide to getting by while doing what you love. The book explains the job dissatisfaction epidemic and explores ways to free yourself by realizing your dreams – however far-fetched and unattainable they might seem.

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Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

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Brief

Unfu*k Yourself is a book that provides a simple outline of how we can achieve success in our lives. Gary John Bishop emphasizes the importance of taking action rather than spending time altering our thoughts or emotions. Unfu*k Yourself also places the importance of your success on your approach.

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The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

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Who is it for?

  • Worriers who feel stuck
  • Students and professionals struggling with procrastination
  • Anyone who needs a kick in the butt

Brief: 

The 5 Second Rule (2017) is a transformative guidebook to taking action, changing your behavior, and living life with less fear and more courage. The tips contained within are memorable, easy to implement, and instantly effective. Anyone can start using them today to take control of their life and move confidently toward a brighter tomorrow.

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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Brief

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American author Mitch Albom about a series of visits Albom made to his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, as Schwartz gradually dies of ALS. The book topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000. 

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These are some of the top picks from our team, and we would love to hear from you and do comment if we have missed any other books.

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