Inc.com recently listed the top 10 motivational books of all time and they included some great quotes from each book.
How many of these are in your success library?
Which other books do you think should be on the list?
10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book by Steven Covey’s doesn’t just help you develop better habits, it convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.
“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. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Carnegie explains that business relationships and personal relationships are absolutely inseparable.
“The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realise in some subtle way that you recognise their importance, and recognize it sincerely.”
8. Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill interviewed “40 millionaires” to discover the common thought processes and behaviors that had led to their success.
His study of these “best practices” was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.
“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”
7. Awaken the Giant Within
Anthony Robbins is one of the most well known motivational trainers of the current era.
I’ve learned a lot form his books and seminars.
“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
6. As a Man Thinketh
This 1902 classic by James Allen explains how your thoughts mold your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you’ll take.
“The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.”
5. The Greatest Salesman in the World
This book by Og Mandino is required reading for anybody who sells. Which is just about everybody.
“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 mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”
4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Richard Carlson helps you differentiate between what’s really important–and deserving of your attention–and what’s just “noise in the system.”
“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.”
Daniel Pink’s book illustrates that motivation comes from many sources and that, at the highest level of performance, motivation come from your deepest and most profound sense of who you are and want to be.
“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.”
2. The Power of Positive Thinking
When it was first published, both psychologists and theologians attacked this book as heretical, and accused author Norman Vincent Peale of being a crank.
Today, science has verified the book’s basic concept–that being optimistic makes you healthier and happier and thus more likely to succeed.
“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.”
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Now it’s your turn. What book ought to be on this list?
What book has motivated you?
Please leave a comment!
Read the full article at Inc.com.
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