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Best Motivational Books

Get inspired and push your limits with these highly acclaimed motivational books, a staple recommendation by leading book bloggers and influencers.

Recommendations from 93 articles, Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez and 345 others.
Best Motivational Books
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You Are a Badass
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero - 2013-04-23
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This self-help book is perfect for those who desire a better life but don't want to be caught seeking help. With 27 entertaining chapters, Jen Sincero provides stories, exercises, and advice on identifying and changing self-sabotaging behavior, overcoming fears, increasing income, and finding self-love. You Are a Badass will teach you how to create a life you love, and use The Force to achieve your goals.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey - 2004-11-09 (first published in 1988)
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Discover the life-changing model that became an instant sensation when released. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is an education in living life effectively and achieving success. Learn how to implement Covey's model and understand the hidden implications in this complete and comprehensive guide. Don't miss out on the simple things you can do to navigate your life correctly and become highly effective in all areas of your life.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson - 2016-09-13
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This self-help guide takes a realistic and raw approach to improving our lives. Forget positivity, acceptance is key, according to the author, who argues that we should confront painful truths and embrace our limitations. The book encourages readers to focus on what truly matters and find wealth in experiences rather than material possessions. The no-holds-barred writing style, filled with humor and real-life anecdotes, provides a refreshing perspective on how to lead a contented and grounded life.
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The Alchemist
25th Anniversary Edition
Paulo Coelho - 2014-04-15 (first published in 1988)
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Embark on a transformative journey with the tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who sets out from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure, only to discover the true wealth lies within. Paulo Coelho weaves a powerful and inspiring story full of wisdom and humanity, reminding readers of the importance of following our dreams and listening to our hearts.
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Year of Yes
How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Shonda Rhimes - 2015-11-10
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Discover how saying YES changed the life of one of Hollywood's most powerful women and how it can change yours too. In this intimate call to arms, the creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal shares how a simple shift in mindset transformed her introverted life into one of profound joy and success. With humor and passion, Shonda Rhimes inspires readers to embrace the power of "yes" and take control of their own lives.
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Make Your Bed
Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
Admiral William H. McRaven - 2017-04-04
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This inspiring book takes lessons from Navy Seal training to provide practical advice on how anyone can overcome challenges and change the world. From making your bed to facing hardship with determination and courage, the author shares personal stories and simple wisdom that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
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The Power of Positive Thinking
Norman Vincent Peale - 2007-05-18 (first published in 1952)
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Discover the power of faith in action with this life-changing guide. Written with the sole objective of helping readers achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped millions of men and women achieve fulfillment. Dr. Peale's practical techniques will teach you how to believe in yourself, expect the best, break the worry habit, and take control of your circumstances. Energize your life and achieve your goals with this phenomenal bestseller.
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Awaken the Giant Within
How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
Tony Robbins - 1992-11-01
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Discover powerful strategies and techniques to master your emotions, body, relationships, finances, and life with this expert guide from a leader in peak performance. With a step-by-step program focused on self-mastery, you'll learn how to awaken the giant within, discover your true purpose, and take control of your destiny.
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Big Magic
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert - 2015-09-22
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This inspiring book delves into the mysterious nature of inspiration and encourages readers to embrace curiosity while letting go of needless suffering. With a balance of spirituality and pragmatism, the author shows us how to pursue our passions and face our fears. Big Magic is perfect for anyone looking to tap into their creativity and infuse their lives with more mindfulness and passion.
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Marie Kondō - 2014-10-14 (first published in 2010)
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This book by a Japanese cleaning consultant introduces a revolutionary method for tidying up your home that promises lasting results. Rather than a room-by-room approach, the KonMari method organizes by category and helps you determine which items "spark joy." With detailed guidance and a focus on simplifying and decluttering, you can achieve a tidy home and a calm, motivated mindset. This international bestseller offers a whole new level of tidying up that can change your life.
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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Quiet by Susan Cain
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
Switch by Chip Heath
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Dip by Seth Godin
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel
The Big Life by Ann Shoket
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Catching Fire |Hunger Games|2 by Suzanne Collins
You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
Untamed by Glennon Doyle