I often get asked what books I recommend to read. I think everyone has a book or two that have had a profound influence on their way of life. For me, the audio version (English) of the book “Think and get rich” by Napoleon Hill remains my first choice. Some people struggle to find inspiration and some others find it hard to be motivated and that is why books get written! When you are struggling all you need is a cup of hot coffee and a good book. So here is my list of the best books you can read that will motivate you. This is inspired from my own readings and what I was able to extract from my research:
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This book is without a doubt one of the best personal development books and one of the most widely read motivational books around the world. First published in 1936, this book remains essential for anyone wishing to improve their interaction with others and find motivation on a social level. You will discover practical tips for success in life: The author shares with us his belief that most success stems from an ability to communicate effectively rather than brilliant ideas. The book teaches us by showing the readers how to value others and make them feel appreciated rather than manipulated.
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This is a book of success and development; it is one of the greatest bestsellers of all time. This book is considered as the precursor book of all the essays on personal motivation. It is the first book to really analyze the behaviors that lead people to success. First published in 1937, the book is based on the lives of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation.
- Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! – Anthony Robbins
This is one of my favorite personal development books by Anthony Robbins who is probably the world’s best-known personal development speaker. To make your dreams come true, you just have to awaken the incredible power that lies within you. The author proposes techniques and strategies that will give you the power to control your emotions, body, relationships with others, finances and your entire life. It forces us to ask ourselves the right questions.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen. R. Covey
Stephen Covey shares with us the seven habits that make you become truly effective in everything you want to achieve. He insists that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in the way we perceive the world and ourselves. It’s a lot more than just becoming more efficient. It’s about becoming a whole person who not only looks for the best in themselves but also in others.
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Miguel Ruiz
In this book, Don Miguel reveals the source of limiting beliefs that deprive us of joy and create unnecessary suffering. It shows in very simple terms how one can free oneself from collective conditioning based on fear. The four agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can quickly turn our lives into an experience of freedom, true happiness and love.
- The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth – Scott Peck
Published initially in 1978, this book remains a reference for personal development and motivation. “Life is difficult”. It is through this statement that Scott Peck, a world-renowned and respected psychiatrist, begins his book. Through the stories of his patients and examples from his own life, he teaches us what no one has ever taught us: fundamental lessons to grow, love, engage and be stronger. The road less traveled will allow you to take giant steps in your life by offering you keys to psychological and spiritual evolution.
- Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers
This book will help you identify your fears and overcome them to act and not to suffer. The techniques developed by Susan Jeffers will help you discover: how to make a decision, make the right choice, the powers of positive thinking, and the inner strength that will allow you to transform your existence. This book has a simple and clear method, easy exercises to follow to regain self-confidence and find inspiration.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
The book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years; Tolle has inspired millions of people around the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life through the practice of mindfulness. Eckhart Tolle teaches us that it is possible to live without suffering, anxiety or neurosis. He teaches us to free ourselves from certain thoughts and moods, allowing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.
- Eat that frog – Brian Tracy
According to an old myth, if you start each day by swallowing a live toad, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that this is probably the worst thing you will have to do all day long. This book tells you how to put all your effort into organizing your time, as well as the critical tasks you most likely have to postpone until tomorrow. It details twenty-one practical and achievable steps that will help you stop putting off everything overnight, to accomplish more important tasks today.
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie
Like any other Carnegie books, this one is full of common sense, illustrated with hundreds of lived episodes, drawn from great men, philosophers, doctors, psychiatrists, and people of all walks of life and professions. You have to read this book at least once in your life. It can easily improve your real quality of life. Stress and worries tire us, gnaw at us, make us less pleasant to hang around, more irritable, undermine energy and reflection, weaken and age. This book makes you react and shows you how to act.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Which books do you think should be added to this list? By reading one book every week, or every month if you’re too busy it will allow you to be motivated and keep your head up for the rest of your life!