What's the best book about motivation that you can recommend?

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I am not a good reader and I rarely read a book. I struggle to complete reading a book but I really wanted to make it a habit to complete one book per month. The first one that I am planning to read is The Goal Program from Zig Ziglar. Any other books you can recommend? Thanks in advance!
 
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Good idea, I'm following this topic!

I'd really like to learn to write more and better content and motivation is a big problem because I don't really like writing. I've also been searching for book recommendations but most advice on "being a better writer" is aimed at fiction. I've picked up Stephen King's On Writing in the hopes of learning something but I could use some motivation book recommendations as well.
 

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Great goal. Keep us posted with your reading list.

There's been some great book threads on here before (not sure if any were directly related to motivation).

I've recently finished Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Millionaire Fastlane as well as Thinking, Fast and Slow - highly recommend all of them.

None of those is focused on motivation per se, but all have helped light a new fire under my ass in terms of staying focused on the grind and changing the way I think about business/money.

Honestly, even all the overhyped books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 4 Hour Work Week, and Awaken the Giant Within are worth reading. Some great nuggets in those, although no shortcuts are offered, of course.

On Writing by Stephen King is a great book, but I didn't really find anything useful in it in terms of copywriting/marketing. Naturally, it's geared towards writing fiction.

The laboratory threads on here honestly keep me motivated more than anything else. But I do love to read so I would also love some book recommendations (motivation or otherwise).
 

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I don't find self help books very motivating. They are good at teaching methods and new ways of thinking, but they're not really motivating long term.

Biographies on the other hand are highly motivating, because you follow someone who is massively successful and you see them fail and learn, but you know how it ends. It is extremely motivating and extremely valuable imo. All these things that people try to pry from them during their prime, then they give it away in a biography. Imagine all these billions of people that lived and only a few, a couple thousand, become these genius successes. Imagine that someone actually put all their secrets down for you to read. You would be crazy not to.

Steve Jobs biography was very motivational for me. His almost super human work effort and belief system. His insanity in not settling for less than perfection and yet actually achieving it.

While it isn't a biography, I feel like Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is also very motivational. It does an excellent job of really breaking down the world into doers and takers. I wouldn't use this book to look at other people as takers and losers, as some readers have done, but rather to see what lies behind the great fortune or the great factory or the great company: the everyday desire to work and produce.

In the same realm, I would recommend reading classic, great literature. This is similar to biographies in that works who survive hundreds, if not thousands, of years, have obviously stood the test of time. They hold truths, big truths, life altering truths. Some books just change you, you'll never be the same again. Go for the "classics", from the greek Illiad to Marcus Aurelius to Dostovyevski.

I'll also add Jordan Peterson for good measure, which is the most recent motivational dude, I've taken in. He is pretty low level though, more for disorganised and insecure 20 somethings, but I feel like he also really works on a mindset level and can change your mindset towards individual responsibility.
 
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I like to read a lot - both fiction and non fiction books.

I recommend Deep Work by Cal Newport . This is a guide for anyone who is looking to learn how to stay focused on their work and greatly increase their productivity. Helps you identify distractions in your life and how to avoid them in order to make it to the top of your career ladder and how to accomplish more in your life.

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell is another great read. Wish I had read it earlier in my life. It made me realize that being successful in life is a component of many things and not just being an A student. So many things can hamper your growth or cause you to be successful. If you want to master a skill or become an expert in any field, read this book to find out how.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is a good read. One of the things I learned in this book is to be proactive in life. I like the principles he discusses in the book. I also read the 'sister' book, which is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and I learned some tips that have helped me better manage my family and reduce conflict at home.

Currently Reading Goals by Brian Tracy. What he discusses seems pretty simplistic, but I was blown away by it all. I hadn't realized how important it is to set goals in life but now that I know, I am starting to implement that and work towards defining what my goals are and how to achieve them.

The Millionaire Next Door was an eye opener when it comes to financial matters. The author shares tips and insights into how the wealthy live and how they spend their money. It was surprising because the rich don't spend money on things I thought they do.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle emphasizes living in the moment. Be present and mindful of the present instead of spending too much focus on the past and the future.
 

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@greatwriter Interesting list, I have heard talk about "Deep Work".

I already am mindful about these concepts, because I get cognitive fatigue after a few hours, so I have to be very efficient when I work and not waste time. I can also tell immedieatly when my concentration is gone.

One thing I do to get around this is switch to a different kind of task, so if I was writing, then I might do some code or graphical design.

That seems to help with cognitive fatigue and for others who get distracted.
 

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I highly recommend you read "The Go-Giver"

That book changed my mindset. It will help you in both business and life.
 

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Recently read 10x by Grant Cardone and loved it. Ending up reading a bunch of his other books after that. Fantastic stuff.
 

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"Science of Success" by Wallace D Wattles

Amazing book tht's been around for nearly 100 years. VERY RELATEABLE for the average Joe and a reminder to experienced.

Did we already have a post about these type of books?
 
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From my experience, there are two types of motivation:
  1. Short-lived motivation triggered by manipulation of emotion
  2. Long-lived motivation triggered by a change in beliefs and gain of knowledge
I have read a lot of self-help books when I was in early twenties. Basically all the famous titles. Now I can't even read one page of those books as I have become so sick of it. The truth is most of these books are written in a very similar way so that it can excite you, trigger your emotion and thus motivate you in the short term. However, usually this kind of motivation is not sustainable as it's not based on any real knowledge gain and shift in mindset. When the motivation is gone, you will be tempted to find another self-help book to feel that spark again, only to repeat the cycle again afterwards.

On the contrary, I find content that really shows how money is made, how life can be improved exactly to be much more inspiring. My favourite book is Fastlane Millionaire by MJ DeMarco. This book doesn't talk about all the wishy washy stuff about motivation. It shows you exactly how rich people get rich. Another type of mindset-altering content I am referring to is high-quality, detailed case studies. Yes you might say that these are not books about motivation but to me, understanding the exact process/journey of someone else's success can really trigger a shift in mindset. Such eye-openers can create a much more long-lasting motivation in my experience.

Therefore, if you are looking for motivation, I strongly recommend you to head to the Boardroom section and really read the big guys' case studies. You can also head to the Fastlane Forum and read about the journey of real-life successful entrepreneurs. (Just read all the Gold Threads!) If those don't excite you, I don't know what will. :wink: