Top 10 Motivational Books of All time
I recently read a blog post by Inc.com that listed their top 10 motivational books of all time, as well as including some excellent quotes from each book.
I discovered that I have numbers 10 to 6 in my success library… so I had better get reading the top 5!
Remember: Readers are leaders!
Have you read any of these books?
The Motivational Books I Have in my Success Library
10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book by Steven Covey’s doesn’t just help you develop better habits, it convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.
Best quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
I particularly like the story about the kids running amok on the train… It will change the way you think, or has Covey suggests, your perceptions.
9. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Carnegie explains that business relationships and personal relationships are absolutely inseparable.
Best quote:“The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realise in some subtle way that you recognise their importance, and recognise it sincerely.”
8. Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill interviewed “40 millionaires” to discover the common thought processes and behaviours that had led to their success.
His study of these “best practices” was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.
An excellent book I have read several times.
Best quote:“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”
7. Awaken the Giant Within
Anthony Robbins is one of the most well known motivational trainers of the current era.
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I am a HUGE Tony Robbins fan.
I have read this book several times and I constantly listen to his audio programs on my iPhone.
Best quote:“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
6. As a Man Thinketh
This 1902 classic by James Allen, explains how your thoughts mould your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you’ll take.
This is only a short little book that you can read in no time at all.
Best quote: “The dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.”
The Motivational Books on my Must Read List
5. The Greatest Salesman in the World
This book by Og Mandino, is required reading for anybody who sells.
Which is just about everybody.
Best quote: “I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”
4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Richard Carlson helps you differentiate between what’s really important–and deserving of your attention–and what’s just “noise in the system.”
My Step-Daughter actually has this book… I think I will borrow it 🙂
Best quote: “Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.”
Daniel Pink’s book illustrates that motivation comes from many sources and that, at the highest level of performance, motivation come from your deepest and most profound sense of who you are and want to be.
Best quote: “For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation–the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing – is essential for high levels of creativity.”
2. The Power of Positive Thinking
When it was first published, both psychologists and theologians attacked this book as heretical, and accused author Norman Vincent Peale of being a crank.
Today, science has verified the book’s basic concept–that being optimistic makes you healthier and happier and therefore more likely to succeed.
Best quote: “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.”
1. Your Favourite Here
Now it’s your turn.
What book do you think should be on this list?
One of my favourite books is Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. by T. Harv Eker.
And I also love Brendon Burchard’s books, “The Charge” and “The Motivational Manifesto”.
But my number one would have to be “Rich Dad Poor Dad”!
You can pick up any of these great books online with FREE delivery from Fishpond.
So how about you?
What are your Top motivational books of all time?
Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
To your success,
John W. Newman
Dream It, Believe It, Then Achieve It!
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