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10 most famous motivational books you should read!

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Books take us to the world that we haven’t traveled yet, make us understand the feelings that we haven’t felt yet and made us believe something that had not happened yet. That’s what reading can do to a person, and thus you can never be alone if you have a book. But, this article is not about proving why books are the best company one can have; it’s to enlighten us about some famous motivational books.

When you read a good book, you want to go out and conquer the world. The book motivates you to succeed, and if it is a good one, it also hands you with some tools. And that’s the recipe of the great motivational book.

10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

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One has to admit that no one likes preachy people! But everyone wants to listen to what they preach and try and interpret the words. This book by Stephen Covey is one such example of this situation.

Despite being preachy, his suggested way of living will not only help in developing better habits but, might also convince you that acquiring them in daily routine, will get the best out of you. As they always say, Habits maketh a man”. So, if you’re looking forward to performing better in any phase, you should definitely give this book a read.

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.”

9. You are born to Blossom – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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As India welcomes its phase of ‘Digitalization’, we need books that could explain the youth of how one should embrace the change. And Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam just got the job done. It’s one of the most relevant books in today’s age of, this literary gem is a must read for people involved in the Information Technology and Communication Field. The book has a lot in store for people who want to weave the digital threads of India to make Indian progressive with the other nations of the world.

Dr. Kalam, also the former president, in this book, has talked about various issues and challenges which are in the way of the raising the bar of India’s digital economy at par with the world.

Best Quote: While being centric to the theme of the digital world, the book still embraces all the bars of impediments and obstacles which come in the way of the success of everyone.

8. Tiya: A Parrot’s Journey Home – Samarpan

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Tiya: A parrot’s journey home, a book which gives many life-changing lessons while explaining the journey of the parrot to back its home.

Book reveals how a bird experiences various shades of life by coming out of its comfort zone and facing many adventures that lie in its way. The entire journey helps Tiya understands its strengths and weaknesses and made it more enthusiasts towards life’s extraordinary experiences.

This book will definitely force the readers to introspect whether they will continue living their monotonous life in a shell or will come out of their comfort zone and accept different challenges of life open-armed.

Best Quote: Listening to your own conscience is the best reward that you can give to yourself. Because we forget to live for ourselves while serving others and running after a hazy goal in life.

7. Drive – Daniel Pink

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Motivation does not knock before entering, but most of the times it comes from some external sources, be it a person or a thing. Contradicting, this book of Daniel Pink illustrates various surprising facts about motivation, and showcase that at the highest level of performance, it comes from the instinct of who you are and what you wanted to become.

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.”

6. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale

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 This book faced a lot of criticism for its theme and notion of optimism when published. But today even science has verified the fundamental concept of the book  – optimism helps in leading a healthier and happier life which thus brings more success.

Author Norman Vincent Peale uses various case histories and practical instructions to explain the process of positive thinking.

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.”

5. I Have a Dream – Rashmi Bansal

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 “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters”; this quote completely epitomizes Rashmi Bansal’s page-turner ‘I Have a Dream’. This bestseller talks about the lives of 20 young entrepreneurs and the challenges faced by them in achieving their dreams. Rather than merely reflecting the dreams and aspirations of Young India, the book also clearly demonstrates the challenges that the millennial generation faces today.  You will get to meet various people who will provide you with knowledgeable insights and inputs that are based on real-life situations and challenges faced by you every day.

Best Quote: Knowledge can be borrowed, but when and how to apply it, you have to figure it out.

4. Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins

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Anthony Robbins is a motivational writer for one of his kind for two reasons. First, he does not believe in treating the mind and body as any moral burden but rather as a technological challenge. Second, he can be the most annoying person on earth and inspirational role model at the same time.

In this yet another hit motivational book, Anthony Robbins urges the need for us, the people, to understand that today is the moment. Today is the moment when we need to awaken the beast inside us and make amazing things happen. We never know about the future. All we have is now, and we need to do all now!

Best quote: “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”

3. The Greatest Salesman in the World – OG Mandino

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 From the title, one might presume it to be a sales book. But you should, ‘Never judge a book by its cover’. It’s far more than just a sales book; it encourages you, to live your life to the fullest by believing in yourself and your ability to help others. Required reading for anybody who sells, and, that is just about everybody in this world.

At some point or other, everybody is selling something, either their knowledge or their creation. For those, this book is a must-read.

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 my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”

2. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

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Robin Sharma is one of the most sought-after industrial motivational speakers in the country. And this book was the one that led to his rise.

Probably one of the most popular books on the list of readers, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ is a gem that you cannot afford to miss. Sharma’s literary masterpiece talks about the journey of a man towards self-fulfillment and satisfaction through introspection and self-discovery and not by any monetary means.

The book introduces us to the protagonist Julian Mantle who is on a journey to become a monk. Did life force him to take this hard decision or is it spiritual soul seeking the adventure that inspired him to follow these footsteps? You will have to read the book to find out!

Best Quote: Building a connection with self is the most amazing miracle that can take you to great heights and then you might not require your Ferrari anymore!

1. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

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The Inheritance of Loss is a book which portrays how Indian groups of past and present have various conflicts. It shows how people find the Western lifestyle more fascinating and also grasps the perception of many opportunities in the US.

The book perfectly depicts the quote, ’Grass is always greener on the other side’. It also touches a lot of sensitive topics currently raging in society.

Desai won various awards including the Man Booker Prize in 2006 and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award for this book.

Best Quote: Could fulfillment ever be felt deeply as loss?


Well, that’s with the list. Now go pick up any of these best 10, and make things happen. Motivational books are mostly nonfictional. Fiction books may be motivational, but they often are skimpy on details for achieving transformational life changes. So, keep that in mind when you pick up your next motivational book.

References:  IncDevelop Good Habits
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