10 Motivational Books Of All Time That Every Business Library Should Have

10 Motivational Books Of All Time That Every Business Library Should Have

Best Motivational Books Of All Time

In this article, We’ve compiled a list of books that inspire readers to make positive changes in their lives, strengthen their lives, and advance their careers to achieve success. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Although Stephen Covey’s road map for a living can be a little judgemental at times, it does more than just help you build healthier habits. It also persuades you that obtaining them would improve your life.

Best quote: Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Leading up to Dale Carnegie’s masterpiece, combining business and personal relationships was seen as a little shady, equivalent to nepotism. Following Carnegie, business and personal relationships were seen as not just compatible, but intimately connected.

Best quote: The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely.

Think and Grow Rich

“40 millionaires” were interviewed by Napoleon Hill to learn about the common thought processes and habits that had contributed to their success. In a world where it was widely thought that great wealth was the product of a mixture of greed and chance, his analysis of these “best practices” was groundbreaking.

Best quote: 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.

 Awaken the Giant Within

In two ways, Anthony Robbins is unlike most motivational speakers. To begin with, the views mental and physical training as a technical challenge rather than a spiritual obligation. Second, he manages to be both an inspiring role model and the world’s most annoying person.

Best quote: If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.

As a Man Thinketh

The majority of motivational books focus on taking effective action. This 1902 classic by James Allen, on the other hand, is a little more, well, thoughtful. It describes how your thoughts shape your personality, and how your personality motivates you to act and shapes the type of action you take.

Best quote: 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.

The Greatest Salesman in the World

Og Mandino’s faux-biblical parable, far more than a sales book, inspires you to live life to the fullest by trusting in yourself and your desire to support others. Anyone who sells should read this book. That is to say, almost everyone.

Best quote: 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.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Clearing the mind of the clutter that weighs it down is an essential part of the motivation. Richard Carlson explains how to tell the difference between what’s important—and what’s just “noise in the system.”

Best quote: Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.


Isn’t it true that judicious use of carrots and sticks motivates people? According to author Daniel Pink, this is not the case. His book demonstrates that inspiration comes from a variety of places, but that at the highest level, it comes from the strongest and most profound sense of who you are and want to be.

Best quote: 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.

The Power of Positive Thinking

Both psychologists and theologians criticized the book when it was first published, calling it heretical and accusing author Norman Vincent Peale of being a lunatic. Science has now confirmed the fundamental principle of the book: that being positive makes you healthier, happier, and therefore more likely to succeed.

Best quote: 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 actions or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

The 4-Hour Workweek

Forget about retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–no there’s a need to wait and plenty of reasons not to, particularly in these uncertain economic times. If your dream is to get out of the rat race, travel the world in luxury, or earn a monthly five-figure income with no management,

Best quote: The question you should be asking isn’t ‘What do I want? ‘, or ‘What are my goals? ‘, but ‘What would excite me?

So, I’ve given you nine incredibly inspiring books, each of which has the potential to change your life.

It’s now your turn.

What book do you think should be included on this list? What book has inspired you the most? What is your favorite motivational book to recommend to your friends?

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