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18 Inspiring Books That Will Light A Fire Under Your Unmotivated Behind

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get all fired up every time and for everything you have to do. When you’re feeling particularly apathetic, these eighteen motivational books have the secret elixir to rapidly spur you forward to take on whatever challenges confront you.

Ah, intrinsic motivation! It is that innate ability to get things done because you have to. No pep talks, no bribing yourself, no engaging in some creative mind trick to ratchet up your motivation-o-meter. You simply set your mind to it and away you go.

It’s amazing, it’s effective, but sometimes it can be frustratingly elusive. Maybe the possibility of failure is weighing down on you, maybe you don’t think you have what it takes, maybe you simply find an activity too boring to muster any effort.

Whatever it is; you’ve got an entry on your to-do list, a milestone on your life plan, or an activity you can’t evade that demands you dig your heels in.

Want to know how to find the inspiration and will to take that crucial first step, and just as importantly, see a process through? This expansive list comprises inspirational books exploring different approaches with one end goal—to motivate you.

#1 Habits for Success by G. Brian Benson

I have written this book in laymen’s terms but with an incredible amount of depth, which allows the reader to reach new levels of understanding and growth. It is a wonderful mix of heart, informative ideas and entertaining journey. I am an entrepreneur, actor, 4x Ironman triathlon finisher, TEDx speaker, cross-country bicyclist, radio host and filmmaker who knows the value of trusting intuition and wants to share his own personal journey of self-growth, discovery and accomplishment to help others re-connect with their own personal truths to live an authentic, fulfilling life. Be prepared to be motivated, inspired and entertained!

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Contributor: G. Brian Benson 

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#2 Talk to Me Like I’m Someone by Nancy Dreyfus Psy. D.

Relationships drive business and communication - and everything communicates. This book reminds you to treat people, especially those closest to you like they matter. It provides tips to repair relationships when you’ve messed up, too. A must for parents and children alike.

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Contributor: Dr. De’Andrea Matthews from Claire Aldin Publications 

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#3 Nudge by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

We are constantly looking for ways to nudge up that conversion rate. The nudge provides actionable and why didn't I think about it that way tips on how to subtly get people involved in your product and increase yield of your sales. It's so simple it's criminal but if you don't read this book you will probably never know.

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#4 Super Ager by Elise Marie Collins

Do you want to live to be 100? Maybe not, but if you do, this book I wrote will get you motivated to get healthy right now. And if you aren’t sure you may change your mind and get fired up to live healthy and strong, RIGHT NOW! Read about a man who runs his first marathon at 80 or a learn about a social justice activist who is changing the world at age 115. You will have to think-What’s my excuse? When you hear about the Super Agers in this book, you’ll be wondering what’s stopping me? 

A great way to get motivated to hear about others who are older than you and doing more than you could ever imagine. Plus this book will give you tips and tricks on the looking good, feeling good, keeping that twinkle in your eyes, a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Feeling good will always increase motivation and keep you at the top of your game.

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Contributor: Elise Marie Collins 

#5 The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual and inspirational. Gibran’s musings cover a long list of universal topics such as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. You’ll not be disappointed.

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Contributor: Dhara Doshi from Book Prescriber  

#6 Happy Healthy You by KJ Landis

Check out my latest book, HAPPY, HEALTHY YOU about how to reduce stress and anxiety, what foods support hormones and aging, and actual tools for connecting with others in a real and honest way.

This is a total wellness toolkit with real stories of folks who have suffered extreme trauma and those dealing with every day drama and how they not just coped, but thrived. This is available in eBook format on every type of device. It’s perfect for gift giving or for oneself, with instant, helpful impact on a loved one’s life.

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Contributor: KJLandis from Superior Self 

#7 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Loved by children and adults alike, this is a great book that talks about the ups and downs in life and the importance of pushing through no matter what. It encourages people to reach their full potential, to take failures in their stride and keep striving and working hard. One day everything will work out.

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#8 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people”. This is a quote from the book that never fails to inspire. For a person who faces his death while writing this book, he gives advice which makes us think- what would we do if our days in this world were numbered.

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Contributor: Dhara Doshi from Book Prescriber  

#9 Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead by Cynthia MacGregor

There are many reasons people settle for having less success than they might. But why not continue to strive for even greater gain and make more of a name for yourself? In this book I wrote, among the reasons people slack off in their pursuit of success and the money that comes with it are complacency, plain ol’ laziness, fear that people won’t like them as well if they’re too successful, fear that they’ll strive to keep succeeding but fail instead, fear of the changes that might come with advanced success…and many others. Among those others are religious beliefs. Some people think there’s something morally or spiritually wrong in amassing great wealth. There isn’t. The Army’s old slogan, “Be all that you can be” applies to you, too. Don’t stop till you have everything you want and then some! Greatness can be yours!

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Contributor: Cynthia MacGregor 

#10 What’s Stopping You? by Cynthia MacGregor

In this book I authored, I explore are you truly happy with what you wound up doing in life? Or do you sometimes reach back into your secret stash of dreams and revisit them wistfully, remembering the days when you still believed you’d get to be a doctor, a lawyer, the owner of a big business or a small but profitable store that specialized in selling something you truly cared about, a teacher of disabled students, the mayor of your city, a charter pilot who owns his or her own plane, or an undersea explorer? Why didn’t your dreams come true for you? And if they didn’t come true then, why not make them come true now?

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Contributor: Cynthia MacGregor 

#11 The 52 Weeks by Karen Amster-Young & Pam Godwin

Top experts are featured throughout the book I wrote - from doctors to CEOs to relationship experts. It is timely as it provides a blueprint if you will; easy to follow steps for getting unstuck and is especially a fit for your story/ for new year. The chapters cover topics common to most people, covering all areas of their lives typically associated with trying to get motivated and move forward: giving back, career, love, facing fears and wellness and so on. 

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Contributor: Karen Amster-Young Sheknows.com 

#12 What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic by Alberta Sequeira

I'm the author and after losing my husband and daughter from their alcohol and drug addiction, I had 34 contributors (alcoholics, drug, and prescription users) tell their stories with how they recovered, how, and advise to doctors, counselors, and family members.

I'm recommending the book because of the contributors will motivate, not only other addicts but family members on how we innocently enable our loved ones to pull them deeper into their habit. Addicts sharing their experience, strength, and hope with others is something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do. It is a unique gift.

This is a book to get into the mindset to learn what the addicted needs to want the desire to reach out for recovery. Two women in the book started at young ages; one was five and the other was seven. It goes to show our children are not too young to get motivated.

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Contributor: Alberta Sequeira

#13 Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

This is a great motivational book! Meng teaches courses at Google to teach their best and brightest in health, happiness, and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.

It teaches readers mindfulness and how to be aware of and change habitual thinking patterns, resulting in happier, healthier, and more productive lives in and out of work.

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Contributor: Frank Butler from Community Tax and Finance Pal

#14 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

It might not sound as motivational as others you might get sent - but stick with me here! Mark Manson is a fantastic writer, (his blog is awesome too). In ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F’, he makes us address the things in life we waste our time on. We can’t help it, we all sweat the small stuff from time to time, but in this book, he helps you realign where exactly you should be focusing that energy on - imagine all the things we could accomplish if we only used our ‘F’s’ on the bigger stuff? It’s a great read and really motivated me to address how I prioritize situations.

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Contributor: Charlotte McKee from Big Cloud

#15 The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Whether you’re an artist or an entrepreneur, we all face this invisible toxic force that Pressfield names resistance. This force keeps us from doing what we want and makes sure we always feel terrible because of it. The War of Art is a guide through the swamp of resistance and will pump you up to beat your inner demons into submission.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#16 Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

We are blessed to live in the greatest time in history to be alive because we have every resource we could possibly need to be successful. The thing that stops most of us is the thought that without talent you’re stuck. The truth is that drive is far more important than talent. In his book, Colvin details what it takes to be great and that more instead of your genes, it’s practice makes perfect.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#17 This Is the Day by Tim Tebow

I have read a lot of motivational books, but for some reason, this book clicked with me and really pushed me further to work on my passions. The book is casual, making it almost feel I was talking with Tim himself. It's very inspirational, and at the end of each chapter, it ends with a way to immediately apply what you just learned, basically telling you what you should be doing RIGHT now. I know Tim Tebow gets some grief in the media, but I really encourage those who are looking for motivation to check it out. It really surprised me, to be honest.

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Contributor: Tom Nathaniel from Lush Dollar

#18 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

“Who Moved My Cheese?” is one of my favorite books for motivation because it can be read in a single sitting. It requires a short time commitment to get the entire message of the story and can be re-read many times, each time teaching the reader a new lesson. At the end of a stressful day, it can be daunting to pick up a big book that is challenging to understand, the simplicity of this book makes it easy to pick up on a regular basis and continue to learn from.

The lesson in “Who Moved My Cheese?” is learning to accept and adapt to change, because of this, I think the message is applicable to both personal and professional aspects of life and is easy for all reader’s to relate to.

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Contributor: John Freeman from GoodLife Home Loans 

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