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5 Great Books to Motivate Yourself

5 Great Books to Motivate Yourself

Books are a great source of motivation and inspiration. If you are someone who is searching for some books to read for self-growth, here’s our best picks for you –

1. The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins

This book is known as the greatest book to transform an individual’s life. It helps in avoiding procrastination of the human brain. It teaches us different ways to alleviate stress. Robbins tells us to firstly acknowledge that we’re stressed and then make a 5-second decision which is contrary to the stress. She calls this as a decision of courage. Quoting her,”When you act with courage, your brain is not involved. Your heart speaks first, and you listen.” The 5- Second Rule makes us realize that procrastination is natural and also helps us deal with the consequences of procrastination. Robbins tells us the power of courage and the way a courageous decision can change your life and behaviour.


2. Captivate – Vanessa Van Edwards

This book helps us to communicate well. This contains secrets of communicating well at home and at work. Vanessa is also known as the human behaviour hacker. The mixture of both professional and personal communication makes this book outshine the other books of communication. She uses her own stories as well as scientific methods to help people improve their communication skills. It helps in bringing out the best of ourselves. She teaches people how to create the best first impression. People say,” First impression is the last impression.” This book motivates people to go out and communicate with other people. This is a must for introverts who have problem in speaking in front of large number of people.


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

Stephen Covey helps to deal with personal and professional problems in this book. This books tells readers about the habits they should acquire to lead a good and effective life. This tells us how to become a successful person. The book is filled with bitter truths instead of sugar coated lines. This book has forever changed the world.

The 7 seven habits according to Covey are:

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think about win/win situations
  • Seek to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw


4. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill interviewed 40 millionaires for this book. This book tells the readers that success can be reached only through mental visualization and imagination. If you do not feel successful mentally, you’re not successful at all. He tells the readers that thoughts are very powerful. No matter how small a thought is, it is as powerful as a big one. He tries to convince people to have faith in themselves. Hewants the readers to believe that their goal is achievable. He names ‘FEAR’ as the toughest opponent one person can go up against.


5. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Paele

This is a must read book for teenagers in India. It is claimed by scientists that half of the Indian teenagers are depressed. This book helps deal with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. He helps the readers deal with our own minds. He claims that our own minds are our biggest enemies during depression. He teaches the readers to see criticism as a positive thing and not a negative one. He wants the readers to believe in themselves and not question them. He asks everyone to face their problems instead of running away from them.


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