When you have motivation, anything seems achievable but when it is lacking, it can sometimes be tough to get out of bed.
In profound ways, books can be motivational. Books and movies are two of the proven most motivational mediums around.
A good book can motivate you to overcome challenges; it hands you tools to help you succeed. That is what make a great motivational book.
Books have something important to say. Motivational books provide solid ideas about how to make changes in your life. They grab the reader by the wrist and pull them though the book, making them desire, more than anything, to take action and make changes in their lives.
These 6 Motivational nonfiction books can change of your life .They are all 2018 Edition.
1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero
This refreshing must read inspirational book provides you with a guide to creating a life that you love. Jen Sincero offers the reader 27 short chapters that are packed with captivating stories, humor, sound advice, and simple exercises to help people identify and get rid of their self-sabotaging thoughts and habits that prohibit people from achieving the success that they want. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of why you act the way you do and how to accept the things that you cannot change.
Readers have found that Jen Sincero is a talented writer who offers an edgy style that can be motivating to a lot of people. While this book doesn’t offer much advice that cannot be found in other self-help books, it is presented in a fun and matter-of-fact way that is meant to entertain the reader while inspiring them to improve their life.
Sincero does use some critical language to describe people who are struggling that may be offensive to some, using words such as “lame-o” and “wuss,” which may hold a bit of a shock value at first, but some believe that this language and its offensiveness can get old quickly. However, this book offers a quick shot of motivation which can be very useful to people who are looking for an enlightening read that is written by someone who is comical and inspiring.
2. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
This book offers eight productivity concepts that help explain why some people and companies are able to accomplish so much more than others. Drawing from information on neuroscience and behavioral psychology, along with the experiences of successful CEOs, generals, pilots, FBI agents, and Broadway songwriters, this well-researched book reveals how productive people and companies view the world in profoundly different ways than those who find less success.
For example, a group of Google’s data scientists conducts a four-year study on how the most effective teams function and find that a group’s interactions are more important than the members of the group. Additionally, the experts who created the movie Frozen almost gave up after encountering some challenges before they decided to shake up their team in a way that initiated a creative breakthrough, leading to one of the highest-grossing movies to date.
This book explains that what these success stories have in common is that the people know that their productivity relies on making specific choices. The things that separate busy people from productive people are the ways decisions are made, the ambitions that are embraced, and the seemingly easy goals that are ignored. Leaders are able to establish cultures to prompt innovation and interact with data to create success.
This inspirational book uses rich storytelling to explain how people can improve their everyday lives. This innovative exploration of productivity can help anyone learn how to succeed without having to endure stress, struggle, or sacrifice.
In this book, the author explores eight ideas that are the most important to improving one’s productivity, including motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing other people, effective decision making, innovation, and absorbing data. Readers have stated that this book is written in a lively and eloquent way. With narratives from some of the best journalists and leaders, the author is able to anchor the reader in many real-world situations to help drive home some key points. Many valuable lessons are shared with the reader along with dos and donts of living a productive life and being successful in business, especially when stressful situations arise.
3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The author of this book, psychologist Angela Duckworth, shows her readers that the secret to success is something she refers to as “grit.” She addresses all types of people from parents to students to business people to highlight the importance of the blend of passion and persistence. Duckworth refers to her own experiences beginning early on in her life that made her come to this conclusion.
In “Grit”, the author tells the real-life stories of cadets who are struggling through their initial experiences at West Point, teachers trying to work with students in inner-city schools, and insights from high achievers such as JP Morgan’s CEO, Jamie Dimon and Seattle Seahawks’ Coach, Pete Carroll.
Some of the most valuable insights that the reader should take away from this book include why one’s efforts are so important regarding a long-term goal, how passion and perseverance can be learned, and how one can trigger a lifelong interest for their craft.
Readers have found this book to be personal and insightful because it addresses what goes through one’s head during a failure, and how those thoughts can make a big difference in one’s future. Readers say that this is a great book to read for one’s own success, especially if you can accept the idea that success is all about hard work.
4. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
James is a serial entrepreneur, having started as many as 20 different companies.
He also happens to be brilliant and really nice guy. Rare combinations: smart, entrepreneurial, kind, and with a gift for gab; knowing how to put some complex thinking into digestible bits the rest of us can easily understand.
Choose Yourself is one of the single best motivational books around. Because that is the entire point of the book. When it comes to what” you should invest in to achieve success, his point is to choose yourself”.
Showcasing real life interviews and case studies, James shows us how the current world market is ripe for entrepreneurial self-starters to succeed if they invest their energy in themselves.
A wonderful book sure to motivate you to make the most of your own talents.
Choose Yourself! Choose this book!
5. High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will by Mark Rampolla
This book, written by ZICO Coconut Water founder Mark Rampolla, aims to teach the reader that when you reach higher, you will be able to build a successful business, make a great profit, and possibly even leave a lasting mark on the world.
Drawing from his own experience of not being inspired enough in his job and dreaming about more, Rampolla talks about his journey to selling coconut water in the United States. His ambitious goal created a whole new industry that brought America a healthy beverage alternative while also helping producers of the product in developing worlds profit from this resource.
This book was written for other people who want to succeed in light of their values. It may be the right book for you if you believe that it is your job to strive to build businesses that are driven by passion and purpose, along with a strong sense of integrity. This is a great book for a new generation of entrepreneurs to read who want to change the old model of business and exceed in innovative ways.
The lessons in this book can benefit anyone. Not only is the book well written, but it is also a page-turner when talking about the battle that the author had to fight with the American beverage business and his courage to stand up for his beliefs. Readers respect that the author believes that if people remain true to their core values, they have the ability to be successful and even promote social change.
6. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton
This is a follow-up book to Clifton’s First, Break All the Rules. The author uses his theories from his first book to help the reader discover what their specific strengths and talents are in life.
This book aims to debunk what the author believes to be a myth that many of us were told as children, which is that anyone can be anything they want to be. Some readers may find this opinion to be unsettling when beginning this book, however, the author presents the idea in a very freeing way. He argues that instead of following callings that are likely to be dead ends, it is better to pursue the things that you are naturally wired to do. This will result in a happier and more successful life.
This idea can even apply to parenting. If your child comes home with several A’s and B’s, but also has an F, do you spend your energy focusing on the bad grade or praising your child for the good grades? Rather than trying to fix weaknesses that your child has no desire in, the author argues that it is better to encourage them in the subjects that they are strong. Focus on the things that your children show interest in and have a talent for and allow those strengths to grow.
This is a great book to change one’s way of thinking. Regardless of one’s personality, readers have found that this book and test can dramatically change the way you view the world and approach life. One slight weakness in this book is that it does not go deeper into his theory rather he just scratches the surface, however, the author does a very effective job showing how he developed this process.