You often come across questions like
- What inspires you?
- Who do you inspire to be?
- What is or has been your inspiration?
These and a few other similar questions tend to be a familiar sight in your daily personal life or while watching an interview of some famous, successful and well-accomplished person.
Perhaps the answers to these kind of questions hold the key to many people’s success in a way that for beginners who are in the process of choosing the right career path or those people who haven’t been able to focus on their goals and so far have had a rough life pattern, these answers may become a source for them to explore their passion and the ability to hear the voice of their intuition.
On the other hand, high achievers see the answers to these questions as a way to relate their success with.
The truth is that at some point in everyone’s life, there is a time when the current life routine no matter how good or promising, seems to become dull or gives an unpleasant sense of feeling incomplete and suddenly calls for a change.
Thus to make this change possible or in other words to win the quest to find something new that can fit as a perfect replacement for the old you, is only possible with inspiration.
What is inspiration and why do you need it?
Usually, both the theoretical and practical answers to what and why about inspiration are the same.
In its simplest form, inspiration is the power that can turn any ordinary quality of yours into something extraordinary or a specialty.
It often happens that your fears or perceived limitations overshadow your powers and real capabilities and hold you from moving forward towards achieving your goals.
But with just a little inspiration, you can totally change your perceptions and activate the power to turn your weaknesses into your strengths.
12 Best inspirational books to read to bring a change in your life
Inspiration, like many other things, exists around you in many shapes and sizes and in many different forms. Thus if you really crave inspiration, you can find it in a moment of thought, regret or embarrassment, something that struck you accidentally; or it can either be some person or their story, piece of advice or attitude, etc.
But in our opinion, the best of all forms of inspiration are inspirational books or books that have been written with the sole purpose of inspiring others and to help other people find their purpose in life.
For this reason, we have here compiled a list of 12 best inspirational books for you to read to bring a change in your life.
This book’s full title ‘Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs’ is a joint effort of four different authors namely Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Helen Walters and Brian Quinn.
The book has been written by filtering out around 2000 successful innovations into ten groups based on their distinguished characteristics and discusses how multiple companies have adopted patterns of innovation to grab opportunities and stay ahead of their competitors.
This inspirational book has helped several thousand executives from various firms to implement principles of innovation to create a more meaningful and long lasting growth within their organizations.
Published in September of 2016, the book ‘Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum’, is a joint contribution by the authors Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler and Patrick Vlaskovits.
Famous for being titled by some of the renowned websites as the best online marketer or one of the best online influencers, Neil Patel along with his co-authors have demonstrated a step-by-step guide on how to break away from the traditional work pattern of 9 to 5 and why loyally serving any organization with several years of your life does not guarantee you any personal success.
Its main idea is to help its readers take inspiration and develop the tendency to become successful by following their own passion in a way that suits them.
Originally published in 1959, this self-help inspirational book ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David J. Schwartz talks about the things that can change your perception towards life and the people around you.
The entire book can be summarized into five different key points.
- First, you need to have a positive outlook. Negative thoughts can only cause obstruction and fade away your positive behavior.
- Second, irrespective of your own position of whether being a superior or an inferior, respect and treat other people in the best possible manner just like you want yourself to be.
- Third, break big objectives into smaller ones and take one step at a time. Do not hurry or else you might fall.
- Fourth, invest your maximum time in achieving your goals and keep working hard towards them until you accomplish them.
- And the last and the fifth is that do not bother about what your enemies or haters talk or plan on making you fail. Just mind your own business and keep walking straight.
The book ‘Make Your Bed’ has been authored by Admiral William H. McRaven and was published in April 2017.
Since its publication, the book has inspired thousands of people to change their life for the better.
As clear by its title, this inspirational book focuses on bringing change to your life by adopting small changes and taking responsibilities like making your own bed when you wake up in the morning which is something that most people usually don’t do.
Its idea simply states that before focusing on embracing bigger changes in life, inspiration can still be achieved when you start to accept the smaller and more visible changes.
In this humorously written biography, the self-made American big shot Jerry Weintraub shares his remarkable journey on how he became a legendary deal maker, Hollywood film producer and has had the pleasure of including many politicians and famous people in his friends circle.
He also shares how his success started to appear within his twenties and how being cool, witty and wise helps in shaping the American dream of a befitting career for which love, luck and improvisation are the key ingredients.
His stories and their lessons have something to teach to everyone.
In its 78 short chapters, author Robert Fifer in his book ‘Double Your Profits: In Six Months or Less’ has a story and an advice either from his own experience or something he learned from his clients and other people during his career.
The main idea of this inspirational book is regarding how one should deal with clients and suppliers who remain stubborn in their dealings and how by deploying the right techniques and ways one can bring down the costs and increase their own profit.
Its main idea of valuing more on your own profitability factors has been at certain places supported by strong, aggressive and unemotional decisions.
The book ‘Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers’ by the author’s Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie was published in 2011.
Both the authors in their book have tried to educate the readers about the most important concept that is the need of the time, ‘design thinking’.
The authors discuss how business managers and executives can turn their abstract and unique ideas into a reality and practically build applications and techniques for day-to-day use based on these ideas to help them unlock their potential to think straightforward and grow their business while minimizing their risks.
Published in November 1997, the book ‘The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom’ is a self-guide book for inspiration by the author Don Miguel Ruiz.
The book takes into account the ancient Toltec wisdom and presents it as a code of conduct to give its readers the idea to free themselves from any kind of self-limiting factors that can be a cause of limited growth and unnecessary pain.
This book under its full title ‘Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!’ has been authored by Anthony Robbins, the acknowledged expert in the field of change psychology.
The author has presented the idea that by having a firm control over your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances and your life, everyone has the power to turn their current conditions into something better.
Famously known as the founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group which owns and runs more than 400 companies within it, Richard Branson is not only an author but a very successful English business tycoon, investor, philanthropist and a global entrepreneur.
His book ‘Screw IT, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life’ is a collection of the lessons that he learned to pass through the most uncomforting times in his business and personal life.
It emphasizes on how important it is to love the thing that you are doing and how one should try and try again till the time he finally wins irrespective of how many times during which the other people ask him to give up and leave.
His life lessons along with the examples he has given can help its readers bring noticeable differences in their life.
In his book ‘Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create A New You’, author Deepak Chopra has listed 10 lessons to help its readers become aware and bring shape to the irregular energy patterns within them that are the main cause for their aging, infirmity and disease.
He says that one of the most important components that build up your body is your soul.
For true and real transformation, you need to develop the ability to reach the level of your soul, which though is invisible, cannot be ignored in the development of your full potential to transform your intelligence, creativity and awareness and which can help to transcend the challenges that afflict your body and mind.
In this inspirational book published in 2010, authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath in their book ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ have discussed the two sides of our brain or our two approaches towards thinking, namely the rational side or thinking and the emotional side or thinking.
The authors primarily ask the questions why it often happens that our efforts in bringing permanent and long lasting changes in our firms, societies and in our own personal lives go wasted and do not last as long as we want them to be.
They attribute this problem to the fight for control and dominance between the rational and emotional sides of our brain.
While the rational side is willing to adopt changes for the betterment of ourselves and our surroundings, the emotional side tries to overthrow this concept by keeping us indulged in our comfort zone.
You have probably heard the saying that life will keep throwing blocks in your path. Now it is up to you whether you build a fort with these under the false assumption of becoming safe or you build a bridge with them that passes over all the hurdles and ends at your destiny.
After reading our selection of the 12 best inspirational books, we are sure that whenever you find yourself under such circumstances, any piece of advice from these books on inspiration will help you to wisely understand that whether you are trapping yourself within a fort or you are building the bridge of inspiration.