28 Best Motivational Books of All Time To Inspire Your Life

On the journey of our life sometimes we have to go through ups and downs which makes some difficulties in life. Some inspirational and motivational books can help us in our difficult times to make the right decision.

Motivational books make us able to accept the challenges for a better version of ourselves. And, motivates us to take challenges to pursue our goals.

Here, I have a list of some best motivational books for you that can inspire you to be in your life.

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Best Motivational Books of All Time

1. You Can Win: Empower Yourself And Grow

You Can Win

This book is written by Shiv Khera an Indian author, activist, and motivational speaker. Till now this book’s 3.8 million copies are sold in 21 languages worldwide.

This book is designed in simple languages but practically proven aims to provide you with modern-day thinking. It helps you to generate new ideas, goals, and purpose about yourself and your future. It enables you to generate positive thinking, positive thinking to ambition, and ambition to action, and action gives you the winning edge.

By Shiv Khera this book helps you to build confidence, turn weaknesses into strengths, develop mutual respect, do things right at the right time, and helps to remove barriers to effectiveness.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Over 40 million copies sold of this book is one of the top motivational books of all time. Stephen R. Covey gives readers 7 insights to win in both lives personally and professionally.

The 7 habits are:

  • Be Proactive: Take new actions and be responsible for your life.
  • Begin with the End in Mind: Don’t spend your whole life on a single work, focus on who you want to be.
  • Put First Things First: Learn to prioritize between what is important and what is urgent.
  • Think Win/Win: Always think positively for others as well as yourself.
  • Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood: First, understand what others are saying, and after understanding the matter give a recommendation.
  • Synergise: Try to collaborate with others while achieving the thing alone is hard.
  • Sharpen the Saw: Learn to take rest and make balance in life.

After loving the book The 7 Habits of highly effective people you might also love to read The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which is the update of 7 Habits.

3. The Power of Positive Thinking

The power of positive thinking

Things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive.

This book is written by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who aims to change the life of men and women with a powerful message of faith and inspiration. He aims to help readers get a happy, healthy, peaceful, and satisfying life.

From Peale’s book, you will learn, how to believe in yourself, build new power, achieve relaxed life, improve relationships, take charge of your circumstances, and be kind to yourself.

4. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

how to stop worrying and start living

This is a must-read of motivational books. Though the writer has died after many years of his death the book is still loved by millions of people.

As its name suggests this book explains how to analyze worry and provides a step-by-step guide to cope with them to keep your energy and spirit high.

The book contains all the real-life incidents, written in easy language which helps readers to understand easily and get rid of worry habit.

5. How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to win friends and influence people

Book by Dale Carnegie, over 80 years providing one of the best motivational guides to readers win in their personal and business life.

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity. – Dale Carnegie

His principles will help you achieve your maximum potential in this modern age were full of complexity and competition.

By reading this book you will learn, six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to win people by your thinking, and nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

6. How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job

Dale Carnegie all the books are self-helping, motivational, and worth reading.

This book will explain how you can make your daily routine more exciting and rewarding. You will know how to balance your professional life with your personal life. Moreover, you can get done more by having fun doing work.

It will help you to make other people feel important, avoid unnecessary tension, turn routine tasks into stimulating opportunities, make a smile in the face of criticism, and start your enriching life today.

7. The magic of big thinking

The magic of thinking big one of motivational books

The Magic of Thinking Big provides you with the secrets of success in life. This book is designed to get you everything you wanted better money, power and influence, satisfying relationships, and happy life.

According to the writer, you do not need to have innate talent to get your success rather you have to learn and understand and make a habit of thinking big that will get you there. Exactly that is what he is trying to teach his readers.

By reading this book you will learn to think like a leader, think positively, cure yourself of the fear of failure, be human, do one step at a time, do more not less, and many more.

8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

the power of habit one of motivational books

First, find a simple and obvious cue. Second, clearly define the rewards. – Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg explains how we can change our life by changing our habits. He explained how the changed habits help to succeed in life.

By reading this book you will understand what is a good habit and learn how to make good habits that help you be productive and achieve success in your life.

9. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind one of best motivational books

Did you know our mind has a “mind” of its own? Joseph explains our life is handled by our conscious and subconscious minds.

In his book, you will discover the power of your invisible mind to create your destiny. With years of research, the author brings the subconscious mind can have a big influence on our daily lives. With the control of your subconscious mind, you can get rid of various phobias and you will open a door for success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.

10. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

tiny habits one of motivational books

The essence of Tiny Habits is this: Take a behavior you want, make it tiny, find where it fits naturally in your life, and nurture its growth. – BJ Fogg, PhD

A world habit expert will show you how you can get a healthy and happier life starting from small. In his book, you will discover the power of small habits that can transform your life for success.

With over 20 years of experience coaching 40,000 people, Fogg developed a breakthrough where you will get a proven step-by-step guide to build positive emotions and celebrate small successes. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, be productive, or achieve any goal of your choice you will discover the secrets of starting from small.

11. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The perfect target market for a startup is a small group of particular people concentrated together and served by few or no competitors. – Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

Zero To One is an optimistic business strategy that is built by legendary investors to succeed in this complex and competitive business world.

The author says, if you do something that others already know you will go from 1 to no, and if you do something new you will go from 0-to-1. You will discover the secrets of how to go from Zero to One.

12. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

the 4 hour work week one of motivational books

Limit tasks to the important ones to shorten work time (80/20). Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important (Parkinson’s Law).

This is a step-by-step guide to a luxury lifestyle. Forget the old concept of working 9-5 until retirement age. This book will give you a revolutionary idea of how you join the rich in enjoying work and life.

Here you can get more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their incomes, real-world templates, lifestyle design principles that suited the changing economic times, and the latest tricks and tips for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

13. Top Visionaries Who Changed the World

top visionaries who changed the world one of motivational books

Get a chance to read about the top visionaries who changed the world including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and others.

This book will offer you to read about the success and failure of top visionaries who have built the most valuable organizations in the world. You will learn how they become successful and what causes their failure and you will start thinking like a winner.

14. The 5-Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

The five second rule one of motivational books

You can’t control how you feel. But you can always choose how you act. – Mel Robbins

This is a simple tool to apply, backed by research to change anything about your life. Millions of readers have changed their life, so you can too. Mel Robbins shares the secrets of using the 5-second rule to achieve your goals, reach your potential, and chase your dreams.

By reading this book you can learn to break down your bad habit and self-doubt, and negative self-talk, you will be confident and starts taking action to change your life.

15. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

If you want to change how you see your problems, you have to change what you value and/or how you measure failure/success. – Mark Manson

We have learned that positive thinking is the key to a positive and happy life. But this f**ked up this line. The author explains we must focus on the things that really matter instead of giving our time/energy that do not matter to our success.

He emphasizes accepting our limitations. We must embrace and confront our painful truths instead of giving up, so we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

16. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

Assertive self-talk is when you stake a claim for this moment, right here and now. When you start to talk in terms of “I am. . .” or “I embrace. . .” or “I accept. . .” or “I assert. . . ,” all of which are powerful and commanding uses of language rather than the narrative of “I will. . .” or “I’m going to. . .” – Gary John Bishop

Here Bishop explains how to get rid of your self-doubt, and negative self-talk behaviors. If you feel fu**ed up, Bishop will give you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf**ked version of yourself.

Here you get the feeling of I am willing, I am wired to win, I got this, I embrace the uncertainty, I am not my thoughts; I am what I do, I am relentless, I expect nothing and accept everything.

17. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?”

Napoleon Hill illustrates the secrets of being millionaires in the 21st century by making rich thinking habits. You will learn how most of the world-renowned achievers achieve for a long time, it is a state of mind that is essential to success and can be overcome through effort, learn to think deeply to make the best decisions.

18. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means using your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. – Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills

This book offers you a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform your life into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, joy, and love.

“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

19. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny!

Awaken the Giant Within one of motivational books

The three decisions that control your destiny are 1. Your decisions about what to focus on. 2. Your decisions about what things mean to you. 3. Your decisions about what to do to create the results you desire. – Tony Robbins

One of the must-read motivational books to take control of your life.

The writer offers you a step-by-step guide to self-mastery that enables you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny. By self-mastering, you can take control of your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.

20. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

Make your bed one of motivational books

Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever-present, but those who live in fear of failure, hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life. – Admiral William H. McRaven

If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.

This book is based on Admiral McRaven’s original speech which went viral with over 10 million views after the speech. He shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training which help him to overcome challenges in his training and also in his lifetime. He argues anyone can use these lessons and can change themselves and the world too for the better.

His 10 principles are:

  • Start off by making your bed
  • Find someone to help you paddle
  • Measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Get over being a sugar cookie
  • Don’t be afraid of the Circus
  • Be prepared to jump
  • Don’t back down from the sharks
  • Be your very best in the darkest moments
  • Start singing when you are up to your neck in mud
  • Don’t ever ring the bell

21. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

you are badass

One of the motivational books by Jen Sincero helps you to live the life you always wanted. With inspiring stories, great advice, and easy exercises you can identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want.

According to the author, after reading this book you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use the force to kick some serious ass.

22. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum

Hustle a motivational book

The book Hustle is written by three top entrepreneurs and consultants Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler to support your talents, growth, income, and happiness. Just think of the collaborative ideas of these entrepreneurs, how powerful a guide it would be.

Hustle is more than an inspirational career guide, aims to transform your way of work and life, and permit you to thrive in this uncertain world.

23. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

For thirty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. – Carol S. Dweck

In this book, Carol S. Dweck explained how we can get the right mindset for better parenting, business, school, and relationships.

The author said, people who have a fixed mindset, who believe that the abilities are fixed, can not flourish than of those people who think mindset can be developed. With the right mindset, you can motivate and transform others’ lives and your own.

24. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The art of happiness one of motivational books

With the help of Dalai Lama’s art of happiness, you will understand what real happiness means. He explained the meaning and ways to get happiness based on the spiritual way. You will discover a Buddhism way to achieve happiness, balance, and freedom in life.

25. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard


We’ve already mentioned one of those three things: To change someone’s behavior, you’ve got to change that person’s situation. – Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Obviously, change is important but it is hard. The author explains the best ways of switching from one situation to another.

Psychologists have discovered our mind is controlled by two systems one is the rational mind and another is the emotional mind. The rational mind is based on work and the emotional mind is in relationships. Switch shows a successful change can be optimal for these minds.

26. Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

Relentless is a breakthrough to be unstoppable in today’s changing world to achieve sports, business, and all walks of life.

This book shows how you can be unstoppable, how to trust your instincts and get in the zone, control and adapt to any situation, find your opponent’s weakness and attack. It will show you how even best get better and how you can too.

27. The Life-ChanginHow Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

To be familiar with the successful ideas of successful people is one of the best motivational books to read at this time.

You can learn how to be more creative, learn to capture the big picture, how to tap into your potential, learn lessons from the past to change the future.

The author provides 11 keys to successful thinking, they are Big-Picture Thinking, Focused Thinking, Creative Thinking, Realistic Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Possibility Thinking,  Popular Thinking, Reflective Thinking, Shared Thinking, Unselfish Thinking, and Bottom-Line Thinking.

28. Fail Until You Don’t: Fight Grind Repeat

The main lesson from this book is to try and try and try to reach your goal until you succeed.

Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern. Provides life-changing lessons funnily.

Bobby’s mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. A man who refuses to give up sees failure as something to learn from it.


Now it is your turn to pick up one or more of these motivational books to change your thinking and life.

Read these motivational books and stay motivated!

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