Do you read self-help, motivational, empowering books? Here are 10 of my favorite motivational books of all time, listed in no particular order (with a special edition addition at #10!)
Author: Stephen Covey
This business empowerment book was first published in 1988 by Stephen Covey and went on to historic success. In total, it sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and the audiobook version was the first of its kind to sell over one million copies. Covey talks about the seven principles of character, ethics, morality, alignment with your true purpose and more.
Author: Dale Carnegie
Published in the post-Great Depression days of 1936, Dale Carnegie’s classic about connecting with other human beings on a deeper and more substantial level is still as relevant today. No wonder why one of the first self-help books ever published has sold 30 million copies around the world, making it to the top twenty of Time Magazine's 100 most influential books.
Author: Napoleon Hill
Another instant self-help classic from the Depression era, Napolean Hill spent decades studying and interviewing the richest and most successful people in America like Andrew Carnegie. The result is this book, where he shares his 13 guiding principles they all have in common. Think And Grow Rich has sold more than 100 million copies to date, with BusinessWeek magazine naming it the sixth best-selling business book of all time.
Author: Anthony Robbins
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the name Tony Robbins was synonymous with motivational gurus, as he took the world by storm with his energetic and powerful speeches, seminars, books, and appearances. Awaken the Giant Within is his most successful to date, launching him onto the Worth Magazine Power 100 list of wealthiest people in America.
Author: Richard Carlson
This little tome that helps people make big changes in their lives was published in 1997, the first of its kind to speak about the mind clutter, anxiety, and high stress inherent with our modern, digital, and connected society. It’s still a fun and ever-helpful read for those who want to refocus and feel balanced again.
Author: Norman Vincent Peale
When Dr. Peale wrote this book in 1952, the idea of positive thinking being able to influence our environment and circumstances was seen as heresy. But it turns out that he was right, and his critics were all wrong, and this book helped set off the modern self-help movement.
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell goes in depth about the power and relevance of following our intuition in this 2005 book, mixing scientific data and behavioral psychology with the unconscious, inherent in human beings since the beginning of time.
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
While this book by little-known author Don Ruiz “only” sold 5.2 million copies, it’s a cult classic among his readers and followers, even sparking a trend where people actually got these four agreements tattooed on their bodies! It’s also been translated into 38 languages and featured on the Oprah show.
Author: Hal Elrod
From Sacramento, CA’s own Hal Elrod comes the inspiring and remarkable The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life… (Before 8 AM). It's still one of the best-rated books on Amazon.com with over 1,200 5-star reviews, and has been called “one of the most life-changing books ever written.”
Don’t just take our word for it – listen to what real estate guru and mogul Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) says about The Miracle Morning. “Hal Elrod is a genius,” says Kiyosaki, “And his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life. What Hal has done is taken the 'best practices'—developed over centuries of human consciousness development—and condensed the 'best of the best; into a daily morning ritual. A ritual that is now part of my day.”
Author: Dr. Lance Casazza
Yes, I’m the author of this book, and while it’s not listed up there with the all-time great motivational books (yet), I wrote it with the exact same intention as these others: to help people the best way I know how.
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