Top 10 Motivational Books

Sooooo many books have been written about how to motivate yourself. And, of course, all of these are not made equal. To help you decide which ones are worth reading and which should be left on the shelf, we’ve put together this Top 10 list of what we think are the very best out there…

1. The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule

To give it its full name, The 5-Second Rule: Transform your life, work, and confidence with everyday courage is all about how we all can learn the secret of confidence and courage by understanding the science of habits.

And hey! What’s more motivational to get you up off your ass and striving towards whatever is your goal than to be brimming with confidence? A great read, and entertaining too…

2. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking

The phenomenal bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking, was written with the sole objective of “helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life”. Peale is a world leader in explaining how each of us can learn to believe in ourselves, and develop the power within to achieve our goals.

This book has helped millions around the world gain the motivation they need. And it can do the same for you.

3. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Awaken the Giant Within

No list of motivational books would be complete without at least one from the master, Tony Robbins. And if you’re new to his work, then Awaken the Giant Within is a great place to start.

The guy is globally accepted as being a world leader in motivation, peak performance, and psychology of change. This book provides an easy to follow, step-by-step guide about how you (yes, you!), can become the very best person possible. We challenge you not to become ultra-motivated while reading his words of wisdom.

4. Relentless: From good to great to unstoppable by Tim S Grover


Relentless is the book from the motivator extraordinaire of some of the greatest names in US history. Think Michael Jordan, Dwayne Wade, and Kobe Bryant, to name but a few. This is THE book if you want to learn how to get that motivation for whatever it is that you’re striving towards.

Blunt and direct, this is a no-bull blueprint that’ll get you pumped up and on fire to reach your goals.

5. Make Life Your Bitch by John T

Make Life Your Bitch

It might seem strange for an adult coloring book to make it into a list of motivational books. But Make Life Your Bitch takes the concept of adult coloring for motivation and stress reduction to whole new levels.

Not for the easily offended (there’s a whole bunch of swear words within its pages). If stress is sapping your motivation, then there’s nothing more therapeutic than putting some energy into something as mindless as coloring. Prepare be amazed at how powerful such an activity is.

6. Make Today Count by John C. Maxwell

Make Today Count

The aptly named, Make Today Count, explains how following 12 daily, simple practices can see you making maximum progress in minimum time. The principles can be applied to any walk of life. And as results in themselves create further motivation, what more could anyone ask for?

7. Motivation 101 by James B. Schreiber

Motivation 101

The reader friendly, Motivation 101, is the perfect book for the person who derives their motivation from understanding a little more about exactly what it is that drives them. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a ‘heavy’ read, because nothing could be further from the truth.

Engaging and concise, this book delves into the psychology of motivation. And, for many, this understanding is exactly what they need to increase their ‘get up and go’. A fab read…

8. Regroup: The how to of never giving up by Jaunique Sealy


Regroup is truly transformational. Raw, honest, with specific instructions and guides into exactly how you can fire up your motivation and power through to your goals, this is a must read for anyone who has ever been through a tough situation. (And that’s pretty much all of us, right?).

If you want to learn how to break out of a mold; how to become not just good, but EXTRAordinary, then get your hands on Sealy’s wise words. You won’t regret it.

9. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Worry is one of the biggest motivational killers there is. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living tackles this age-old problem, and provides the reader with a set of practical formulas that you can start utilizing immediately.

This multi-million-copy bestseller has helped folks around the world to kick the worry habit and become motivated. It’s a kick-ass book, we have to say…

10. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

The Motivation Manifesto

The Motivation Manifesto is like a battle cry to your inner psyche. We deliberately left this book until last. Because if you only take one ‘must-read’ away from this list, then this should be the one.

Ferocious, pulsating, articulate… This book by one of the best high performance trainers can’t fail to get you doing a Tough Mudder ‘raaaaaah’ as you realize that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

In a word, awesome…!