The Best Inspirational Books About Success

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspirational Books About Success. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights is a fantastic book which helped me approach situations in my life with a new perspective and vigor. Written with epic intensity and brute honestly, the book is a whirlwind of wisdom that’s as unique as its author. Read the book, experience the behind-the-scenes adventures for yourself, then get out into the world and pursue your own greenlights with commitment and enthusiasm.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

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Building a successful business is like a roller coaster. There will be a lot of highs and lows. Knowing why you’re doing all of this is what will get you through it. Start With Why is about the importance of finding and pursuing your passion in life. The book is not only inspirational but also offers a lot of practical advice on how to find your passion and turn it into a career.

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

This product was recommended by Rebekah Rini from Esquire Divorce Coach

The most impactful success book I’ve ever read is You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. Sincero explains how to overcome your self-imposed limitations with money in a refreshingly witty voice. I’ve had so many a-ha moments reading this book I think largely due to the ease and humor with which Sincero delivers her message. She’s very open about her own struggles and what she did to overcome them.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

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This book is full of insight into the trials and tribulations of women in the workplace. Lean In encourages women to advocate for themselves, seek strong mentors, and firmly establish their place in the business world. Sanderson’s compelling commentary flawlessly changes the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. The insights in this book will greatly help you refine your vision for success and bring life-changing perspective and clarity on how to maintain diligence and discipline throughout your journey.

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

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The Compound Effect illustrates how small decisions stack up over time to produce big changes. Making big overnight life changes often feels overwhelming or unsustainable (like cutting out all carbs to lose weight), whereas committing to small, easily attainable positive changes (like having one low-carb meal each day) will produce massive and lasting positive change. Equally important, the Compound Effect also explains how small negative behaviors (like starting to drinking a glass of wine every night) can add up to big negative consequences over time. These principles have helped me deepen my personal relationships, improve my health, and learn new job skills.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey outlines seven key principles for achieving success in work and life. While there are many books on the topic of success, Covey’s book is unique in its focus on developing personal character and internal motivation. Covey’s seven habits are: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw. These habits can be applied to any area of life, whether it’s professional or personal goal setting, time management, or relationships. One of the things that make The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People so successful is that it doesn’t just offer tips or advice on how to be successful – it provides a framework for thinking about success.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

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This book is for the reader who feels undeserving of success or a happy life. Inside these pages lies a journey of self-discovery and answers for finding the hidden courage lurking inside all of us. This powerful message explains how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace the person you are.

Change Proof by Adam Markel

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Resilience is one of the biggest qualities that all entrepreneurial leaders have to develop in these uncertain times. The world of entrepreneurship is harsh, and only a small percentage of those who start a business survive their first year. Those who survive are bound together by a quality that has been under the radar for too long – resilience. Since the pandemic, resilience has become much of a buzzword, but what does it really mean for entrepreneurs and leaders? In Change Proof, bestselling author Adam Markel investigates the dynamics of change and teaches us how to weaponize uncertainty instead of being its victim. We benefit from Adam’s extensive personal experience in both business development and personal development – two fields that are close to the heart of any aspiring entrepreneurial leader. If you need any more information, I’m happy to reply as soon as possible. I also provided my headshot if ever you’d want to use it. If you decide to use this let me know and I’ll promote the article via my channels.

The One-Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen.

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One book that immediately comes to mind when looking for inspirational books on success is The One-Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen. This book contains tons of powerful and practical advice from many successful people from various industries. This book is definitely a must-read if you’re looking for solid advice regarding reaching your goals in life.

Chasing Daylight by Gene O’Kelly

This product was recommended by Behdad Jamshidi from CJAM Marketing

This is a spin on a Success book as it was written by the KPMG CEO who had everything going for him. Then one day he was told that he has 3 brain tumours and within that time he wrote this book. It helped highlight what mattered in his final 4 months and what he focused on. Success changed from business to spending time with his family, and close friends and enjoying those quiet moments. It shifted my idea of success and think it’s an important book for any entrepreneur to read.

Feline Philosophy by John Gray

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This book by John Gray deals with success more than you think. Moreover, it talks more about us humans than about cats. There is a secret to the philosophy of the feline. And if you can tap into that through this book, it will be easier for you to develop a positive mindset. A positive attitude begets success. Finally, if you advocate for memento mori-stoicism, you will love this book!

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

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This book teaches readers how to control their ideas and minds. According to the book, The Power of Positive Thinking, understanding and exercising control over our ideas is all that is necessary for us to achieve success. This book only teaches us to have self-confidence, regardless of what others may think, stop worrying, focus on our objectives instead of our problems, and believe in ourselves.

The Power of One More by Ed Mylett

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This book is well worth recommending since, in addition to becoming the #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, it will help you realize that you were not born to be average but rather to achieve greatness. This book contains original and innovative approaches that can be applied whenever there are difficulties. Additionally, it demonstrates how to apply The Power of One More to every aspect of one’s life.

Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson

This product was recommended by Ramunas Berkmanas from Ramberk

I like this book because it is inspiring and motivational. Will Smith has had an amazing journey in life, and he shares his insights and lessons learned in this book. It’s a great read for anyone who wants to achieve success and happiness. Through his honest and candid writing, Will inspires us to believe in ourselves, take risks, and never give up on our dreams. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read that will challenge your perspective and help you grow as a person, then this is the book for you.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

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In this book, the author presents his 40% rule to get rid of fear and attain one’s full potential to succeed in life. This book literally made the adage What the mind can conceive, the body will achieve a reality. It is a must-read for anyone who struggles to succeed and wants to beat life’s odds.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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If you’re looking for a solid, motivational book on business, there are few that match the substance of Think and Grow Rich. Written by Napoleon Hill, this book has sold more than 30 million copies, which is a feat that few writers have accomplished. In it, Hill explains that, with certain principles, anyone can become a success. He focuses on the steps that can be taken to achieve wealth and gives the reader the tools to move forward on a path of prosperity. If you’re looking for a solid, motivational read on the topic of business, you don’t need to look any further than Think and Grow Rich.

Born to Win by Zig Ziglar

This product was recommended by Amanda O’Brien from The Discerning Cat

Whether you want to succeed in life or business, Born to Win covers the essential skills and perspectives you need to face life head-on, and come out on top. Born to Win, available on Amazon, has helped pull me out of a personal and professional rut (on more than one occasion). Ziglar’s wit and charm make this book a pleasure to read, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to hone their winners attitude.

Good to Great by Jim Collins

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It not only inspires success and talks about successful businesses, but it also gives advice and tips on how to be successful in business and why some businesses fail while others succeed. It is written brilliantly and Collins will have you inspired to create your own success by the time you reach the last page.

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

This product was recommended by Sebastian Silva from Your Best Life Bazar

It’s a book that gives you a complete overview on the world and it’s capitalistic model, how to approach it, what to avoid and the attitude you need towards it; hints and ideas about scaling your business with automation, it makes you think out of the box, filled with many real life examples and stories. You can read many times and still learn refresh useful content. Unlike other well known authors in the topic, MJ DeMarco writes without taboos, goes straight to the core and tells you the full truth.

Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes

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This book has an almost magical way of making you believe you can achieve anything – and with this belief, you will have all the tools you need to create success for yourself in the near future. Shonda Rhimes’ experience in the TV industry has shown that simply saying ‘yes’ can open up a lot of doors for someone who is wanting to further their career and business, and with a wonderfully engaging narrative, she explains how allowing yourself to experience all that life has to offer will make you much more receptive to success.

Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins

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Awaken The Giant Within focuses on teaching people the steps they can take toward being in control of their lives. People often let external factors control them, but this book helped me create the future and career I wanted, no matter the circumstances. This is kind of like what we do at my company, Getting Married In Denmark, and this realization was the final push I needed to start the company and aid couples in taking control of their lives.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This product was recommended by Nina Król from Tidio

The book itself isn’t about success but about certain behaviors that will lead you to achieve your goals. Dale Carnegie gives people advice on, for example, how to win people to your way of thinking. Why is it so important? Simply, no matter what you want to achieve, no matter where you want to be in the future, you will always have to deal with other people, and it’s better to have them on your side.”

The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

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Not an ordinary book about autobiography, but an excellent investment guide. The author Hagstrom begins to breakdown Buffett’s methodology and says what buffet does and what he avoid to do. In this Warren Buffet reveals his way of selecting stocks and to get success on any business.

The Great Book of Badass Women by Rachel Walsh

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A wonderful book with mini-biographies and fun facts about 15 fearless and inspirational women who have made outstanding accomplishments. Some of these women are not recognized and don’t receive the kudos for their contributions as they should. But telling their stories is the first step. These women have paved the way for us today and made the world a better place to live in their unique ways, making history in the process. The chapter about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her experience was exceptional; I have read it several times. The book is very informative and entertaining. It would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. I hope this book will transform into a series and feature more inspiring female success stories yet to be told to the world.

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