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10 Motivational Books that Will Change Your Life

by Kylie Ora Lobell
money & life

Here are the top 10 books that will get you in the mood to make a change and get you to where you want to be in life.

1.) “The Four-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

“The Four-Hour Workweek” is what launched Tim Ferriss’ career and made him the prominent life hacking expert he is today. In this book, he teaches you how to increase your income while decreasing your workload. Some tips he offers are to hire a virtual assistant for $5 an hour and to limit how often you answer emails. If you feel swamped with work but still want to be successful, this is a must-read.

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2.) “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

“Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans will help you design the ideal professional life you’ve always wanted. In the book, they show us how to utilize design thinking to create a life that is fulfilling and meaningful. It doesn’t matter what situation you are in, because they say you have the power to improve it.

3.) “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” by Vanessa Van Edwards

“Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People,” is by human behavior hacker Vanessa Van Edwards. In her book, she explains how to be a people person with tips that are backed by science. You will learn how to work a room, like a party or a networking event, how to read facial cues and how to talk to anybody. Her theory is that when you understand people’s cues, you will be much more successful.

4.) “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life” by Gary John Bishop

In his motivational book, “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life,” Gary John Bishop is not f*cking around. He takes a tough approach to getting you kickstarted on the right path. Are you in a bad relationship? Struggling to lose weight? Can’t seem to get that promotion you’ve been craving? Bishop will provide you with tips on how to push through the nonsense and move forward. Here’s one quote from the book that’ll stick with you: “You have the life you’re willing to put up with.”


5.) “The Art of Less Doing” by Ari Meisel

Ari Meisel was so overworked that he nearly killed himself from exhaustion. He knew he needed to change, so he redesigned his life. Everything he learned is in his book, “The Art of Less Doing.” It details Meisel’s “Optimize, Automate, Outsource” approach, which helps you perform tasks smart instead of harder. After reading this, you will do less work but experience more results and happiness.

6.) “6 Months to 6 Figures” by Peter Voogd

Peter Voogd went from being completely broke to a six-figure earner in six months. He wrote this book, “6 Months to 6 Figures,” to share his wisdom with other entrepreneurs. If you’re struggling to make money on your vision, read this book and you will figure out how to start generating real income. There is no BS or sugar coating – just straight up knowledge that will help you achieve your entrepreneurial goals.

7.) “Book Yourself Solid” by Michael Port

You may hate doing marketing, but it’s necessary if you’re a business owner. In “Book Yourself Solid,” Michael Port gives you advice on self promoting and raising your business profile. The book includes written and verbal exercises you can do to develop your brand image and marketing plan. You will learn marketing techniques that take only minutes a day and increase your clientele in no time.

8.) “The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage” by Mel Robbins

Renowned motivational speaker Mel Robbins outlines her signature technique in “The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage.” In just five seconds, you can change how people perceive you, get what you deserve, stop worrying and be happier. She gives you these simple and easy five-second tools to push yourself and achieve your life’s dreams.

9.) “The Art of Earning” by Tara Gentile

Tara Gentile’s “The Art of Earning” will give you the tools you need to transform your thinking from a $10 an hour mindset to a $100k+ per year mentality. The book is a meditation on how to revolutionize the money making process from one that is arduous to beautiful. It will enable you to unveil your valuable skills and learn how you can use them in this New Economy.

10.) “Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation” by Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and meditation expert. Her book “Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation” is for beginners who want to start meditating but don’t know how. The book dispels myths about meditation and explains how it can help you in your everyday life. It’s perfect for a stressed out entrepreneur who may need a few minutes to sit and reflect.  

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Kylie Ora Lobell

Kylie Ora Lobell writes for brands, blogs, and print publications. She covers content marketing, digital marketing, and runs Kylie's Tips for Writers, a blog about writing.