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Best Motivational Books of All Time


The best motivational books of all time teach you to resculpt your life into something you can manage, and propel yourself to the type of success and happiness you've always dreamed of.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is number seven on a clinical psychologist's Amazon list of the top ten self help books. With 802 reviews on Amazon, the book still has 4.5 of 5.0 stars. This book was published in 1937 as a way to teach people skills to those who feel uncomfortable in social situations. It demonstrates how to make others feel important and how to influence them without making them feel manipulated.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

With 999 reviews and 4.0 of 5.0 stars, this is one of the books people turn to when they want to take control of their personal development, including vision, leadership, time management, cooperation, balance, and more. The book applies to professional and personal aspects of life, so anyone can use its tips.

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

This novel is an inspirational, motivational guide for those who prefer to read a story and take their lessons from that. It's the story of a boy whose dreams he believes are prophetic, so he goes to the pyramids to seek his treasure. The idea of the book is that the universe conspires to give you what you want. This is similar to the message in many other self-help or motivational books. The book is one of the best sellers in history and has been translated into 67 languages.

4. 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life by Tom Butler-Bowdon

If you don't have a specific issue to address but you want to understand more of the human mind and how to motivate yourself to be the best version of yourself that you can, this is one of the best motivational books of all time. Butler-Bowdon has chosen 50 books to condense for quick reference regarding thoughts, dreams, perspective, the soul, and making a difference in the world. This is on the list of best motivational books of all time because of its range of topics.

5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

This book isn't actually about motorcycle maintenance or Zen. Pirsig uses motorcycle maintenance as a metaphor for life, and demonstrates the need to become one with an activity to notice the details and how they incorporate into the whole, to meld technology with art. The book can inspire readers to look at the world in a different way and ask important questions in order to see the big picture. It made Personal Development Training's list of the Top Self Help Books.

6. Awaken the Giant Within:How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny by Anthony Robbins

This book has an average review of 4.0 of 5.0 stars on and reviewers claim to have experienced great positive changes in their lives since reading the book and implementing the wisdom into their lives.

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Best Motivational Books of All Time