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8 Books You Need to Read about Motivation

Having inspirational tools to help you stay motivated can make a huge change in how you think and how you approach plans to meet your own success goals. Hiring a motivational speaker will allow you to learn several new motivational strategies and provide you with an array of motivational tools, if you have the time and funding. However, a more cost effective alternative is books!

Here are eight books you can read to help you understand the intricacies of motivation:


  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Very few people have not heard this title. This is the classic motivational read that looks at not only business but personal motivation as well.


  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

The unique approach to this book saw the author interview 40 millionaires to tap into their success. The results surprised many who expected it was greed and luck. This book will introduce you to the secret of success.


  1. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins.

Most people in sales know Anthony Robbins as the motivation guru. He is inspirational and many think a little annoying yet he is able to assist readers by teaching them how to use their mind and body like a well oiled, motivated machine.


  1. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.

This book was written in 1902. It is more thoughtful than modern twists on aggression and motivation and helps you change your personality so you are trained to act.


  1. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

This book uses a basic premise of living your life to the fullest to meet your sales goals while improving your overall success at life. This is great for sales managers as it also teaches you how to help and motivate others.


  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.

Now a common mantra for people around the world, this book teaches you how to declutter your mind in order to remain focused. With a clear mind you can learn to easily sort through the small stuff and put it out of your mind so you can focus on the things that are worthy of your attention.


  1. Drive by Daniel Pink.

A single word that says it all, this book shows you how motivation has to come from different places for different people. It is found in whom you really want to be and what drives you.


  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.

This may very well be one of the first books to come out and say it is all about positive thinking. This belief is now the cornerstone of most modern concepts about a happy, healthy stress free life.


These eight reads will help you find your motivational groove.


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