The best 100 Inspiration books

Books on inspiration provide a much-needed dose of motivation for navigating life's challenges and embracing opportunities with a renewed sense of purpose. This curated collection offers an array of perspectives and insights that can ignite your creativity and fuel your aspirations.

Dive into these powerful reads today and experience the transformative impact they can have on your outlook and drive towards a more inspired life. Ready to cultivate your inner spark and unleash your full potential? Let's begin this inspirational journey together!

The best 100 Inspiration books
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Inspiration Books: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill
4.4 (2,020 ratings)
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What's Think and Grow Rich about?

In Think and Grow Rich (1937), Napoleon Hill investigates the methods of the 500 most successful people of his time, including the world’s richest men, top politicians, famous inventors, writers and captains of industry. First published amidst the Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 100 million copies.

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Who should read Think and Grow Rich?

  • Anyone who wants to learn the secrets of people who have made it big
  • Anyone who wants to be successful in life
  • Anyone who’s heard of this self-help classic and wants to see what it’s about 

Inspiration Books: Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson

Finding Your Element

Ken Robinson
How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
4.3 (591 ratings)
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What's Finding Your Element about?

Finding Your Element (2013) offers engaging advice on ways you might discover your true passions and talents, and then reorient your life to incorporate more time for them. Written with a keen sense of wit, Finding Your Element offers entertaining and inspiring wisdoms that will help you not only to be more productive but also to improve your overall happiness and quality of life.

Who should read Finding Your Element?

  • Anyone who would like to focus on their passions more
  • Anyone who'd like advice on how to discover their passions
  • Anyone interested in improving the quality of their life in general

Inspiration Books: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Psychology of Optimal Experience
4.4 (982 ratings)
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What's Flow about?

Flow (1990) explores how we can experience enjoyment in our lives by controlling our attention and strengthening our resolve. This is achieved by being immersed in an activity or subject that makes us neither anxious (if it’s too hard), nor bored (if it’s too easy). In this “flow state” we lose our self-consciousness, selfishness and sense of time. Using goal-setting and immediate feedback, we can achieve a state of flow that improves our relationship with work, increases our self-worth and gives our lives meaning.

Who should read Flow?

  • Anyone who wants to be more engaged with their relationships, their work or the world
  • Anyone aiming to rise out of mediocrity and gain mastery over something
  • Anyone who wants to know how their health can be improved by ancient wisdom and diverse cultures

Inspiration Books: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon
Finding Fulfillment Using Lessons From Some of the World's Greatest Businesses
4.1 (268 ratings)
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What's How Will You Measure Your Life? about?

As a leading business expert and cancer survivor, Clayton M. Christensen provides you with his unique insight on how to lead a life that brings both professional success and genuine happiness. In How Will You Measure Your Life?, Christensen touches on diverse topics such as motivation and how you can harness it, what career strategy is the best for you, how to strengthen relationships with loved ones, and how to build a strong family culture.

Who should read How Will You Measure Your Life??

  • Anyone struggling to create a balance between work and life demands
  • Anyone curious about how to achieve long-term happiness and meaning in life
  • Fans of Christensen’s critically acclaimed book, The Innovator’s Dilemma

Inspiration Books: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art

Steven Pressfield
Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
4.2 (357 ratings)
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What's The War of Art about?

In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield helps you identify your inner creative battles against fear and self-doubt and offers advice on how to win those battles. An inspirational book for anyone who’s had trouble realizing their passion, it offers an examination of those negative forces that keep you from realizing your dreams, and shows how you can defeat your fears to achieve your creative goals.

Who should read The War of Art?

  • Anyone wanting to be an artist or a professional in a certain field
  • Anyone interested in starting their own business
  • Anyone wishing to conquer fear and self-doubt in their creative life

Inspiration Books: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul

Michael A. Singer
The Journey Beyond Yourself
4.4 (502 ratings)
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What's The Untethered Soul about?

The Untethered Soul is all about you: your feelings, thoughts and consciousness. By drawing on different spiritual practices, this book explains how you can navigate your own mind, get in touch with yourself and become your own master, to ultimately achieve enlightenment.

Who should read The Untethered Soul?

  • Anyone who wants to lead a happier and healthier life
  • Anyone needing to let go of negative emotions
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of spiritualism

Inspiration Books: The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

The Motivation Manifesto

Brendon Burchard
Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power
3.9 (250 ratings)
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What's The Motivation Manifesto about?

The Motivation Manifesto (2014) explains the fundamental driving forces of human nature and how these either help us realize or keep us from our life’s goals. In a few easy steps, you’ll learn how to inspire and increase your own levels of motivation to live a happier life.

Who should read The Motivation Manifesto?

  • Anyone looking for a motivation boost
  • Anyone feeling unsatisfied with how they’re living life
  • Anyone with a big idea they want to see realized

Inspiration Books: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy
Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
4.3 (473 ratings)
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What's The Compound Effect about?

The Compound Effect shows us how to make lasting changes by paying attention to the smallest decisions we make – and their cumulative effect on us. It’s about the slow burn, not the big gesture. Author Darren Hardy teaches us that by accepting responsibility for our own lives, we can change our habits and carve out a life that is more successful, fulfilling and happy.

Who should read The Compound Effect?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their lives and transform their daily habits
  • Anyone who wants big, sustainable results
  • Anyone who’s tried quick fixes and gotten nowhere

Inspiration Books: Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Loving What Is

Byron Katie
Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
3.9 (146 ratings)
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What's Loving What Is about?

Loving What Is (2002) explains how you can conquer depression through a groundbreaking practice called “The Work” that helps you address, analyze and ultimately overcome problems to reach happiness and inner peace.

Who should read Loving What Is?

  • People who suffer from stress or feelings of unhappiness
  • Psychologists, therapists or alternative health practitioners
  • People who feel that depression keeps them from living to the fullest

Inspiration Books: Moore’s Law by Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones

Moore’s Law

Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones
The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary
4.2 (38 ratings)
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What's Moore’s Law about?

Moore's Law (2015) tells the story of Gordon Moore, a chemist from San Francisco who helped revolutionize the technology industry. Over the years, Moore’s innovations have fundamentally changed all kinds of electronic technology, from digital watches and personal computers to the internet and Facebook.

Who should read Moore’s Law?

  • Enthusiasts of technology or Silicon Valley
  • Anyone interested in the history of computers
  • People curious about the life of Gordon Moore

Inspiration Books: The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz

The Fifth Agreement

Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz
A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
4.4 (243 ratings)
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What's The Fifth Agreement about?

Our perceptions of our true selves are clouded by the society we live in and the people around us. The Fifth Agreement (2010) introduces five pacts that will help you strip away those misconceptions and uncover the truth about who you really are – without running off to a mountain top to be a hermit.

Who should read The Fifth Agreement?

  • Anyone who wants to feel freer.
  • People who feel discouraged about their life.
  • Anyone searching for a deeper understanding of themselves

Inspiration Books: The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey

The 8th Habit

Stephen R. Covey
From Effectiveness to Greatness
4.0 (534 ratings)
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What's The 8th Habit about?

The 8th Habit (2004) helps you find your inner voice and thereby lead a more fulfilled life. Covey explains why we struggle to feel motivated and passionate (particularly in our working life) and how we can go about changing that.

Who should read The 8th Habit?

  • Business leaders
  • Anyone feeling lost or unfulfilled
  • People striving to work efficiently and with joy

Inspiration Books: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert
Creative Living Beyond Fear
4.2 (283 ratings)
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What's Big Magic about?

Big Magic (2015) explores what both frightens and thrills us: turning our creative ideas into reality. These blinks provide helpful strategies that’ll enable you to manage the fears, frustrations and blocks of creating, allowing you to channel the playfulness you need to express yourself freely.

Who should read Big Magic?

  • Anyone who wants to explore their creative side
  • Writers struggling with half-finished projects and creative block
  • Students seeking advice on how to chase their creative dreams

Inspiration Books: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

As A Man Thinketh

James Allen
4.3 (355 ratings)
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What's As A Man Thinketh about?

As a Man Thinketh (1903) captures the philosophy of James Allen. These blinks reveal the power that thoughts have over our personalities, our circumstances and our well-being. We discover the benefits of learning to master our minds and direct our thoughts toward the goals we want to achieve.

Who should read As A Man Thinketh?

  • Readers interested in the beginnings of self-help literature
  • Individuals looking to improve their lives with advice that’s stood the test of time
  • Everyone who loves gleaning new insights from a classic

Inspiration Books: Doing Good Better by William MacAskill

Doing Good Better

William MacAskill
A Radical New Way to Make a Difference
4.2 (200 ratings)
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What's Doing Good Better about?

Doing Good Better (2015) is a guide to making the largest positive impact possible through charitable donations. In examining many of the popular misconceptions about effective giving, this book gives you all the tools you need to truly make a difference.

Who should read Doing Good Better?

  • Charity donors who would like to know how to give more effectively
  • Potential donors confused about where to begin
  • Anyone trying to figure out the career path that will make the biggest difference

Inspiration Books: The ADHD Advantage by Dale Archer

The ADHD Advantage

Dale Archer
What you Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength
3.2 (656 ratings)
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What's The ADHD Advantage about?

The ADHD Advantage (2015) provides new insights into ADHD, debunking false assumptions and unveiling the positive sides of this condition. These blinks explore how anyone with ADHD – children, young people and professionals alike – can be nurtured and supported to reach their full potential.

Who should read The ADHD Advantage?

  • Parents of children with ADHD seeking a different perspective on the condition
  • Teachers who want to support children with ADHD in the classroom
  • Anyone who’s struggled with ADHD

Inspiration Books: Organize Tomorrow Today by Jason Selk, Tom Bartow and Matthew Rudy

Organize Tomorrow Today

Jason Selk, Tom Bartow and Matthew Rudy
Eight Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life
4.5 (307 ratings)
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What's Organize Tomorrow Today about?

Organize Tomorrow Today (2015) is the definitive guide to achieving a successful career and fulfilling life. These blinks offer you valuable information, giving you the tools to unlock the power of your mind, increase your self-confidence and become your most productive self.

Who should read Organize Tomorrow Today?

  • Artists and creatives looking to be more productive
  • Athletes who want to create positive new habits
  • Students and professionals who want to become better public speakers

Inspiration Books: Born For This by Chris Guillebeau

Born For This

Chris Guillebeau
How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
4.2 (115 ratings)
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What's Born For This about?

Born For This (2016) is your guide to finding the career of your dreams. These blinks will help you discover your true passions while providing the tips and information you need to earn money from your genuine interests.  

Who should read Born For This?

  • Recent graduates who don’t know what their next steps will be
  • Anyone who hates their job
  • Professionals who have thought about quitting their job to start their own business

Inspiration Books: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life

Life Is Long If You Know How To Use It
4.5 (468 ratings)
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What's On the Shortness of Life about?

On the Shortness of Life (49 AD) is an essay on how to appreciate life – and how to use it. These blinks show you what is truly valuable in this world and how to avoid getting distracted by unimportant matters. They’ll show you where genuine happiness comes from and why working hard will not lead to a tranquil and satisfied mind.

Who should read On the Shortness of Life?

  • Workaholics who never have any time for anything
  • Thinkers trying to decide what it means to live a good life
  • Anyone who wants to be inspired to learn and read more

Inspiration Books: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Tools of Titans

Tim Ferriss
The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers
3.8 (895 ratings)
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What's Tools of Titans about?

Tools of Titans (2016) details the stories, strategies and successes of some of the most inspirational achievers, thinkers and doers of modern times. These blinks will teach you how to strengthen your body and your mind, all while building your creative business.

“There’s a reason why Tim Ferriss has become such an influential voice when it comes to achieving top performance. He always manages to get the best advice out of such fascinating, impressive people. Even Seth Rogan is in here!” – Ben S. Head of Salad at Blinkist

Who should read Tools of Titans?

  • Fitness buffs who are in search of workout tips
  • Budding entrepreneurs in need of inspiration
  • Creative minds looking for words of wisdom

Inspiration Books: Get Momentum by Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack

Get Momentum

Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack
How to Start When You’re Stuck
3.8 (93 ratings)
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What's Get Momentum about?

Get Momentum (2016) guides you through simple yet effective strategies for you to work sustainably toward your personal and professional goals. From managing time in the short and long term, to monitoring progress, modifying your approach and celebrating little victories along the way, these blinks outline the keys to gaining and maintaining motivation.

Who should read Get Momentum?

  • Mid-career professionals lacking the motivation to tackle new challenges
  • Runners and hobbyists seeking strategies for more effective skill development
  • Small business owners interested in straightforward methods for productivity and planning

Inspiration Books: The Snowball by Alice Schroeder

The Snowball

Alice Schroeder
Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
4.6 (462 ratings)
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What's The Snowball about?

"By age eleven he’d saved up $120, which was a whole lot of money in 1941. He used that money to make his first investment. He bought six shares of the company Cities Service Preferred – three for him and three for his sister Doris."

The Snowball (2008) offers a revealing look at the life and times of one of modern America’s most fascinating men: Warren Buffett. Find out how this shy and awkward man earned his first million dollars and how following a few fundamental rules enabled him to become the world’s wealthiest man.

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“Warren Buffet is one of those people who seems to have a magic touch. It’s almost as if he’s aware of certain universal secrets that nobody else is privy to! I love learning more about what made him so successful (he memorized textbooks?!) and trying to figure out what makes him tick.” – Ben S., Head of Audio at Blinkist

Who should read The Snowball?

  • Investors
  • Philanthropists
  • Anyone looking for an inspiring story

Inspiration Books: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)
Unlock Your Master Key to Success
4.4 (488 ratings)
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What's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind about?

The Power of the Subconscious Mind (1963) has helped millions of readers around the world harness their subconscious and find true happiness in the process. These blinks share inspiring true stories and effective techniques that will positively influence your career, love life and overall health.

Who should read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind?

  • Illness-prone people who want to improve their overall health
  • People who struggle to achieve the success they desire
  • Anyone with profound fears or obsessions

Inspiration Books: Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed

William H. McRaven
Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World
4.1 (773 ratings)
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What's Make Your Bed about?

Make Your Bed (2017) is a collection of the author’s ten most valuable personal experiences during his many years of service with the US Navy SEALs. Each is a simple yet priceless piece of advice that will have a positive influence on your life.

Who should read Make Your Bed?

  • Team leaders looking for inspiration
  • Anyone struggling to cope with life
  • Motivational speakers

Inspiration Books: You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass at Making Money

Jen Sincero
Master the Mindset of Wealth
3.6 (283 ratings)
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What's You Are a Badass at Making Money about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money (2017) offers a fresh and exciting perspective on what it takes to bring home the big bucks. Yes, you too can be a money-making maestro once you improve your mind-set and understand the energy of money. So stop making excuses and fooling yourself that only evil people are rich. Unlock your inner badass and open the door to success!

Who should read You Are a Badass at Making Money?

  • The unemployed and underpaid
  • Readers who want more badassery in their lives
  • Anyone looking for motivation and inspiration

Inspiration Books: Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Peak Performance

Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, And Thrive With The New Science of Success
4.2 (211 ratings)
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What's Peak Performance about?

Peak Performance (2017) employs success stories, case studies and various examples of athletes, artists and intellectuals to give you a crash course in performance. These blinks explain why performance became so integral to society in the first place and how you can be your best.

Who should read Peak Performance?

  • Athletes who want to take their game to the next level
  • Artists who want to become experts in their field
  • Anyone interested in self-improvement or boosting their success

Inspiration Books: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Big Leap

Gay Hendricks
Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
4.2 (166 ratings)
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What's The Big Leap about?

The Big Leap (2009) is a treasure trove of valuable insights on how to overcome the fears and tendencies that stand in the way of lasting success. Hendricks shows us the many ways we can self-sabotage our own dreams and offers practical ways of avoiding these all-too-common pitfalls.

Who should read The Big Leap?

  • Husbands and wives struggling to balance their lives
  • Students of psychology and behavioral science
  • Ambitious people from all walks of life

Inspiration Books: Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
4.1 (241 ratings)
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What's Designing Your Life about?

Designing Your Life (2016) is about taking control of your life by creating a plan that’ll do away with an uninspired nine-to-five routine and usher in a career that you really love. You’ll find advice and exercises that will point you toward your true calling, along with progressive ideas that challenge the limitations of traditional career counseling.

“I love this practical, no-nonsense approach to the often nebulous topic of identifying the life you want to lead.” – Ben H, Head of Content at Blinkist

Who should read Designing Your Life?

  • Students and recent graduates plotting their way forward
  • Adults both young and old who feel adrift in life
  • Career counselors

Inspiration Books: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules For Life

Jordan B. Peterson
An Antidote to Chaos
4.3 (3,615 ratings)
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What's 12 Rules For Life about?

12 Rules For Life (2018) provides readers with an inventory of life’s most pressing concerns and the issues that have been present in the human psyche since ancient times. Author Jordan B. Peterson has collected some of the most enduring philosophical and religious assertions, as well as the lessons from our most cherished tales, to provide us with 12 guidelines to ensure a life of meaning. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, history and myth, these are clear and consistent principles that everyone can live by.

Who should read 12 Rules For Life?

  • Students of psychology
  • Readers seeking meaning in their lives
  • People interested in the lessons of mythology

Inspiration Books: Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

Tribe of Mentors

Tim Ferriss
Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
4.2 (521 ratings)
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What's Tribe of Mentors about?

Tribe of Mentors (2017) is an insightful collection of interviews with mentors – highly regarded professionals who are widely considered to be leaders in their respective fields. To understand the secrets of their success, Tim Ferriss asks these mentors a variety of questions, from “What are your favorite books?” to “What are your daily habits?” The answers add up to a trove of useful tips for getting to the top.

Who should read Tribe of Mentors?

  • Those seeking life advice from highly successful individuals
  • Readers who love self-help books
  • Anyone craving insight into the lives of famous people

Inspiration Books: Best Self by Mike Bayer

Best Self

Mike Bayer
Be You, Only Better
4.3 (171 ratings)
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What's Best Self about?

Best Self (2019) is a self-help manual for everyone who’s sick of simply surviving and is ready to start thriving. Life coach Mike Bayer argues that it’s essential to dump your toxic anti-self and put your best self in the driver’s seat. It’s not easy, but it’s possible – just ask the thousands of clients whose lives have been changed by Bayer’s insistence that they start being honest with themselves and learn to face down their deepest fears. Packed full of actionable tips and insights, these blinks will help you do just that.

Who should read Best Self?

  • Self-helpers
  • Innovators
  • Those struggling to find deeper meaning in their lives

Inspiration Books: Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Outer Order, Inner Calm

Gretchen Rubin
Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
4.2 (233 ratings)
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What's Outer Order, Inner Calm about?

Outer Order, Inner Calm (2019) explains how you can declutter your home and keep it neat and beautiful. Exploring the reasons why orderly surroundings are so important for our wellbeing, these blinks offer practical tips and advice on how to overcome messiness for good.

Who should read Outer Order, Inner Calm?

  • Anyone wanting to take back control of their life
  • Neat freaks looking for new tips
  • Homeowners hoping to organize their homes better

Inspiration Books: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Everything is Figureoutable

Marie Forleo
4.5 (329 ratings)
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What's Everything is Figureoutable about?

Everything is Figureoutable (2019) provides an optimistic, but also pragmatic philosophy of self-empowerment. While fully recognizing the fact that life is full of difficulties, it encourages us to roll up our sleeves and pursue our dreams anyway. To that end, it teaches us how to counteract our self-limiting beliefs and other self-defeating tendencies, such as letting fear and indecisiveness get the best of us.

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  • how to free yourself from self-limiting beliefs; 
  • how to stop holding yourself back with excuses; and 
  • how to turn fear from an enemy into a friend.

Who should read Everything is Figureoutable?

  • Pessimists wanting to become optimists  
  • Optimists wanting to become pragmatists  
  • Pragmatists wanting to become higher achievers

Inspiration Books: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach

Radical Compassion

Tara Brach
Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN
4.6 (286 ratings)
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What's Radical Compassion about?

Radical Compassion (2019) is a practical guide to letting go of painful emotions and embracing the world with more love, forgiveness, and compassion. Mindfulness expert Tara Brach presents RAIN, a simple four-step meditation system that helps practitioners cultivate inner strength to overcome life’s many obstacles.

Who should read Radical Compassion?

  • Mindfulness practitioners eager for additional advice
  • Troubled souls looking to shake negative thoughts
  • Anyone seeking tools to overcome life’s challenges

Inspiration Books: Let It Go by Peter Walsh

Let It Go

Peter Walsh
Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life
4.3 (206 ratings)
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What's Let It Go about?

Let It Go (2017) is your guidebook to decluttering and downsizing your home. It offers practical advice on separating what we should keep and cherish from what’s holding us back and should be unloaded. It also challenges many of the negative impressions people have about downsizing, and encourages us to reframe the process as a positive and cathartic experience.

Who should read Let It Go?

  • Hoarders who struggle to let go of their possessions
  • Adult children who have inherited cluttered homes from their late parents
  • Anyone in the process of moving homes or downsizing their current home

Inspiration Books: Mind Over Clutter by Nicola Lewis

Mind Over Clutter

Nicola Lewis
Cleaning Your Way to a Calm and Happy Home
3.7 (245 ratings)
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What's Mind Over Clutter about?

Mind Over Clutter (2019) explores simple tips and techniques for keeping any home free from clutter. These blinks also reveal the impact of mess on your mental health and explain how you can approach housework in a more eco-friendly way, without the need for harsh chemicals. 

Who should read Mind Over Clutter?

  • Minimalists looking for a fresh angle
  • Messy people hoping to change their ways
  • Neat freaks seeking inspiration

Inspiration Books: The Power of Awakening by Wayne W. Dyer

The Power of Awakening

Wayne W. Dyer
Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life
4.7 (447 ratings)
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What's The Power of Awakening about?

The Power of Awakening (2020) is a collection of timeless writings by the late spiritual and motivational leader Wayne Dyer. They provide an accessible yet inspiring exploration of his belief that enlightened thinking can manifest concrete and positive change in the universe.

Who should read The Power of Awakening?

  • Spiritual seekers ready to connect with a deeper understanding of life
  • Mindfulness devotees interested in exploring the power of thought
  • Self-help fans who want to unlock their higher purpose

Inspiration Books: Beyond Order by Jordan B. Peterson

Beyond Order

Jordan B. Peterson
12 More Rules for Life
4.5 (615 ratings)
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What's Beyond Order about?

Beyond Order (2021) is a prescription for how to navigate the complexities of modern life. While Peterson’s previous work warned of the danger of excessive chaos, this new guide to living details the perils of too much rigid order.

Who should read Beyond Order?

  • Disorganized thinkers looking to clean up their mental room
  • Inactive dreamers in need of some motivation
  • Anyone looking for a little direction in life

Inspiration Books: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff


Jon Acuff
The Surprising Solution to Overthinking
4.3 (382 ratings)
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What's Soundtracks about?

Soundtracks (2021) is a simple guide to ending self-doubt, hesitation, and overthinking. Instead of being at the mercy of your fickle and often unhelpful thoughts, you’ll discover patterns of thinking that can strengthen you, make you happier, and bring you closer to achieving your goals.

Who should read Soundtracks?

  • Lifelong overthinkers who finally want to start taking action
  • Negative Nancies who need to inject some optimism into their lives
  • Anyone who lets self-doubt interfere with work, life goals, or relationships

Inspiration Books: Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

Courage is Calling

Ryan Holiday
Fortune Favors the Brave
4.3 (325 ratings)
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What's Courage is Calling about?

Courage is Calling (2021) is both a meditation on bravery and a guide to courageousness. From how to dispel your fears to the benefits of taking small steps first, it gives concrete advice for building courage, and lays out, in writing rich with anecdotes, the simple ways that each of us can become a little bit braver.

Who should read Courage is Calling?

  • Scaredy-cats in need of a strong dose of daring
  • The already-courageous who want to become even braver
  • Anyone interested in how courage has shaped history

Inspiration Books: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Eric Jorgenson
A Guide to Wealth and Happiness
4.6 (767 ratings)
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What's The Almanack of Naval Ravikant about?

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant (2020) condenses the wisdom of philosopher and entrepreneur Naval Ravikant into actionable, bite-sized chunks. Although he covers many topics, this collection of insights circles around two profound questions – how do you build wealth, and how do you find happiness? Ravikant’s answer? Both are skills that need to be practiced.

Who should read The Almanack of Naval Ravikant?

  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters
  • Practical philosophers
  • Hard workers tired of the rat race

Inspiration Books: The Hidden Habits of Genius by Craig Wright

The Hidden Habits of Genius

Craig Wright
Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit – Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness
4.4 (362 ratings)
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What's The Hidden Habits of Genius about?

The Hidden Habits of Genius (2020) is a guide to the traits that set geniuses apart from the rest of us. Drawing on the lives of extraordinary creatives, thinkers, and disruptors from ancient Greece to modern Japan, it traces the factors that make up the complex and fascinating phenomenon that we call “genius.”

Who should read The Hidden Habits of Genius?

  • Embryonic geniuses who want to reach their full potential
  • Students of human nature wondering what makes a genius tick
  • All those looking to boost their creative abilities

Inspiration Books: Fear Less by Pippa Grange

Fear Less

Pippa Grange
Face Not-Good-Enough to Replace Your Doubts, Achieve Your Goals, and Unlock Your Success
4.3 (374 ratings)
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What's Fear Less about?

Fear Less (2021) highlights the countless ways that fear infiltrates our lives, negatively impacting our work, relationships, and personal satisfaction. We may not even realize that we’re afraid, but identifying our underlying anxieties and insecurities is the first step to leading a more fulfilling, fearless life.

Who should read Fear Less?

  • Perfectionists who feel they’re never quite good enough
  • Private people who struggle with honesty and intimacy
  • Nervous fliers, anxious parents, commitment-phobes, and anyone else who’s afraid

Inspiration Books: Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Love People, Use Things

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Because the Opposite Never Works
4.4 (466 ratings)
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What's Love People, Use Things about?

Love People, Use Things (2021) is a manifesto extolling the pleasures of minimalism. This primer explains why living with fewer things can lead to less clutter and more fulfilling relationships.

Who should read Love People, Use Things?

  • Budding hoarders looking to cut back
  • Thrifty savers seeking tips on light living
  • Anyone interested in the practice of minimalism

Inspiration Books: The Art of Living by Epictetus

The Art of Living

The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness – A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell
4.7 (646 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1995) is a clear and concise introduction to Stoic philosophy. This modern interpretation of Epictetus’s teachings gives timeless insight into living a stable and satisfying life.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Modern thinkers curious about ancient philosophy
  • Hectic go-getters needing advice on slowing down
  • Anyone seeking a more Stoic lifestyle

Inspiration Books: The Daily Laws by Robert Greene

The Daily Laws

Robert Greene
366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature
4.5 (695 ratings)
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What's The Daily Laws about?

The Daily Laws (2021) is a compendium of 366 rules for life, covering everything from seduction and power to the discovery of your life’s great task. It distills the insights author Robert Greene has uncovered in a series of best-selling books spanning 22 years of word.

Who should read The Daily Laws?

  • Fans of Robert Greene’s best-selling work
  • People who’ve lost touch with their sense of purpose and drive
  • Anyone in need of a strong dose of wisdom

Inspiration Books: Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

Discipline Equals Freedom

Jocko Willink
Field Manual
4.1 (790 ratings)
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What's Discipline Equals Freedom about?

Discipline Equals Freedom (2020) is your field manual to the art of self-discipline. It uncovers what you need to do to meet your full potential – and why being disciplined sets you free. 

Who should read Discipline Equals Freedom?

  • Fitness buffs looking for a new angle
  • Fans of straight-talking tough love
  • Anyone seeking inspiration to work harder

Inspiration Books: Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian

Welcome Home

Najwa Zebian
A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul
4.7 (560 ratings)
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What's Welcome Home about?

Welcome Home (2021) uses the metaphor of a house to provide a personalized blueprint for achieving self-worth, belonging, and happiness. Through personal stories, practical advice, and poetry, it lays out tools you can use to build a place where you’re at peace with yourself.

Who should read Welcome Home?

  • Young adults embarking on a journey of self-discovery
  • Lost or directionless individuals who want to take control of their lives
  • Anyone who wants to be stronger, happier, and emotionally healthier

Inspiration Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho
4.5 (694 ratings)
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What's The Alchemist about?

The Alchemist (1988) follows the story of a young Andalusian shepherd, who travels to the pyramids of Egypt to find a treasure he has recurrently dreamed about. On his journey, he has to overcome multiple obstacles – through which he learns valuable life lessons. Based on a thirteenth-century folktale, it explores topics such as following your dreams, finding your destiny, and the nature of love.

Who should read The Alchemist?

  • People who want to become more resilient
  • Anyone with a dream or passion
  • Those who wish to find their own purpose in life 

Inspiration Books: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu
4.2 (241 ratings)
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What's Tao Te Ching about?

Tao Te Ching (circa 400 BC) is one of the foundational texts of Taoism, the enduring philosophical and religious movement that can be traced back to around the fourth century BC. Throughout the ages, its poetic wisdom continues to be relevant, inspirational, and timeless.

Who should read Tao Te Ching?

  • Spiritual or philosophical guidance seekers
  • People interested in living a more virtuous life
  • Admirers of Eastern schools of thought

Inspiration Books: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Strategy

W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
4.2 (523 ratings)
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What's Blue Ocean Strategy about?

Blue Ocean Strategy (2004) is a business classic that revolutionized the way companies think about market competition. It explains why some businesses can grow uncontested, while the rest tear each other to bits in a hypercompetitive environment.

Who should read Blue Ocean Strategy?

  • entrepreneurs eager to get ahead of their competition
  • investors deciding which companies to back
  • business students who want to better understand market forces

Inspiration Books: The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma

The Everyday Hero Manifesto

Robin Sharma
Activate Your Positivity, Maximize Your Productivity, Serve The World
4.2 (874 ratings)
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What's The Everyday Hero Manifesto about?

The Everyday Hero Manifesto (2021) is a how-to primer for becoming the hero of your own life. It’s full of detailed plans interspersed with short essays, anecdotes, and even poetry to help you become happier, more productive, and more successful.

Who should read The Everyday Hero Manifesto?

  • Anyone stuck in a rut
  • Go-getters looking to improve their career trajectory
  • Self-improvement seekers searching for practical guides and techniques

Inspiration Books: Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday

Discipline Is Destiny

Ryan Holiday
The Power of Self-Control
4.7 (1,695 ratings)
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What's Discipline Is Destiny about?

Discipline Is Destiny (2022) draws on Stoic virtues to make a case for a life guided by self-discipline. It shows how being in control of your body, thoughts, and emotions is a prerequisite to mastering anything else – and uses historical figures to illustrate how things like sleep, discomfort, and kindness tie into greatness. 

Who should read Discipline Is Destiny?

  • Frazzled folks looking for more structure in their lives
  • Go-getters who want to optimize their time and energy
  • Anyone seeking actionable steps to improve their happiness and well-being

Inspiration Books: Never Finished by David Goggins

Never Finished

David Goggins
Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
4.5 (1,148 ratings)
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What's Never Finished about?

Never Finished (2022) is your guide to transforming into the person you never imagined you could be. It shares stories of setbacks and lessons learned that you can use to power through life's unending challenges.

Who should read Never Finished?

  • Injured athletes looking for motivation
  • Midlifers seeking a challenge
  • Anyone seeking to maximize their potential

Inspiration Books: Saving Aziz by Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas

Saving Aziz

Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas
How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban
4.1 (112 ratings)
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What's Saving Aziz about?

Saving Aziz (2023) is the story of how one man’s daring rescue of his friend and brother-in-arms turned into a multi-organizational effort that has resulted in rescuing over 17,000 allies from Afghanistan. 

Who should read Saving Aziz?

  • Anyone interested in Afghanistan history
  • Military history buffs
  • People in need of an inspiring story of the goodness in humanity

Inspiration Books: Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza

Becoming Supernatural

Joe Dispenza
How Common People are Doing the Uncommon
4.2 (663 ratings)
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What's Becoming Supernatural about?

Becoming Supernatural (2017) explores how everyday people can become supernatural. It references breakthrough studies, ongoing research, and incredible stories from regular people that show how anyone can create incredible mental and physical changes within themselves and others by connecting to the unseen energies of the world.

Who should read Becoming Supernatural?

  • Anyone interested in intentionally improving their life
  • People searching for greater connection with the world
  • Those curious about how humans can directly access the quantum realm

Inspiration Books: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

The Creative Act

Rick Rubin
A Way of Being
4.6 (395 ratings)
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What's The Creative Act about?

The Creative Act (2023) is a meditative manifesto about what it really means to be an artist. It contends that artists don’t have a monopoly on creativity – everyone is inherently creative. To access that creativity you just need to commit to a creative practice. By cultivating an awareness of the world around you and allowing yourself to make lots of mistakes, you’ll be able to revel in the creative process, instead of fearing it.

Who should read The Creative Act?

  • Music lovers looking for inspiration from a world-famous producer
  • Blocked creatives who want to get over their fears and start making cool stuff
  • Spiritual seekers who want to learn how to delight in the world around them

Inspiration Books: The Power of Discipline by Daniel Walter

The Power of Discipline

Daniel Walter
How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals
4.3 (993 ratings)
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What's The Power of Discipline about?

The Power of Discipline (2020) explores the biological tendencies within our brains that determine our ability to control our self-discipline. It shows us how we can refine these tendencies in order to develop improved self-disciplinary habits and reach our goals.

Who should read The Power of Discipline?

  • Anyone lacking some self-discipline in their lives
  • Those who need to ditch their bad habits
  • Goal-setters looking for advice on how to be an achiever

Inspiration Books: Living in Flow by Sky Nelson-Isaacs

Living in Flow

Sky Nelson-Isaacs
The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World
4.2 (306 ratings)
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What's Living in Flow about?

Living in Flow (2019) invites you on a transformative journey to discover the power of synchronicity – and, through it, to create a life filled with ease, joy, and fulfillment. Unveiling the science behind meaningful coincidences, it provides practical guidance for aligning yourself with life's natural rhythms and unlocking your full potential.

Who should read Living in Flow?

  • Personal development enthusiasts
  • Science-minded individuals
  • Fans of Carl Jung

Inspiration Books: Unlearn by Humble the Poet


Humble the Poet
101 Simple Truths for a Better Life
4.2 (488 ratings)
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What's Unlearn about?

Unlearn (2014) is a collection of 101 short essays on how to live a better life. These succinct yet profound essays prompt you to challenge your own beliefs as well as the commonly held assumptions of wider society. The truths revealed about happiness, love, success, and truth itself aren’t always easy to hear, but they’re crucial insights into the nature of empowerment and freedom.

Who should read Unlearn?

  • Anyone feeling lost or stuck in life
  • Those looking to improve their relationships with others and themselves
  • Artists seeking inspiration

Inspiration Books: The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Law of Attraction

Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
4.2 (409 ratings)
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What's The Law of Attraction about?

The Law of Attraction (2006) shows how you can use a fundamental law of the universe – the law of attraction – to manifest the life you always wanted. It explains what laws govern the world around us and how, once we understand them, we can use them to our own advantage.

Who should read The Law of Attraction?

  • People who want to bring their ideal life to reality
  • Lovers of alternative theories about the universe
  • Positive thinkers in need of a little boost

Inspiration Books: Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly

Excellent Advice for Living

Kevin Kelly
Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier
4.1 (664 ratings)
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What's Excellent Advice for Living about?

Excellent Advice for Living (2023) is a collection of 450 aphorisms that will help you start living a better life. Covering everything from parenting and travel to survival and success, it invites you to pick and choose from a plentiful feast of bite-size wisdom. 

Who should read Excellent Advice for Living?

  • Young people entering college or the workforce
  • Individuals starting – or looking to start – a family
  • Older folks seeking a shot of inspiration

Inspiration Books: How to Think Like a Philosopher by Peter Cave

How to Think Like a Philosopher

Peter Cave
Scholars, Dreamers and Sages Who Can Teach Us How to Live
4.2 (248 ratings)
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What's How to Think Like a Philosopher about?

How to Think Like a Philosopher (2023) draws from the lives and work of thinkers through history to reveal unique perspectives on beauty, truth, and the nature of reality. It presents philosophy as an all-too-human search for meaning, and encourages everyone to do the same.

Who should read How to Think Like a Philosopher?

  • Deep thinkers looking for inspiration and wisdom from the past
  • Those curious about the ideas that have shaped the ways we approach life 
  • Anyone craving new ways to think about things

Inspiration Books: The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner
An NAACP Image Award Winner
3.3 (6 ratings)
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What's The Pursuit of Happyness about?

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) tells the harrowing yet uplifting journey of a man who, along with his young son, endures homelessness and severe financial challenges in his quest to become a stockbroker. It’s an inspiring tale of resilience, highlighting the power of determination and the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Who should read The Pursuit of Happyness?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs facing personal and financial challenges
  • Social workers and advocates for the homeless
  • Fans of rags-to-riches, success-oriented narratives

Inspiration Books: Unbroken by MaryCatherine McDonald


MaryCatherine McDonald
The Trauma Response Is Never Wrong And Other Things You Need to Know to Take Back Your Life
3.6 (25 ratings)
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What's Unbroken about?

Unbroken (2023) offers a transformative exploration into the complex world of trauma, blending modern neurobiology with deeply personal narratives. It uncovers the profound ways in which trauma isn’t merely about events but significantly impacts both mind and body. This enlightening journey reshapes perceptions, dismantles misconceptions, and guides you toward a path of resilience and healing.

Who should read Unbroken?

  • Mental health professionals seeking trauma knowledge
  • Veterans and individuals with personal trauma experiences
  • Psychology and neuroscience students

Inspiration Books: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
4.1 (18 ratings)
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What's The Cost of Discipleship about?

The Cost of Discipleship, first released in 1937, examines the fundamental commitment required to truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It explores the idea of “cheap grace” versus “costly grace,” presenting an argument that genuine discipleship demands a substantial personal sacrifice.

Who should read The Cost of Discipleship?

  • Theology students
  • Practicing Christians
  • Readers interested in religious philosophy

Inspiration Books: The Kybalion by Three Initiates

The Kybalion

Three Initiates
A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
4.3 (248 ratings)
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What's The Kybalion about?

Kybalion (1908) is an occult classic of the New Thought movement that claims that mind and thought are the ultimate powers of the universe, and human beings can harness those primal forces – like thought, rhythm, and polarities – for health, wealth, and influence. 

Who should read The Kybalion?

  • History buffs curious about the foundations of the New Age and self-help movements
  • Esoteric thinkers seeking out the texts that shaped modern occultism
  • Anyone wanting to expand their perspective on metaphysics and consciousness

Inspiration Books: The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

The Warren Buffett Way

Robert G. Hagstrom
Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor
4.5 (284 ratings)
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What's The Warren Buffett Way about?

The Warren Buffett Way (2013) chronicles the unprecedented success of one of the world’s greatest investors. From his first $120 investment to his ultimate $120 billion net worth, it focuses on the history and strategies of the man who seemed to do the impossible: beat the market.

Who should read The Warren Buffett Way?

  • Amateur and advanced economists and investors
  • People interested in success stories
  • Anyone who wants to learn about Warren Buffett’s life

Inspiration Books: Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi

Awakening Your Ikigai

Ken Mogi
How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day
4.5 (1,015 ratings)
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What's Awakening Your Ikigai about?

Awakening Your Ikigai (2018) introduces the Japanese concept of ikigai or “life’s purpose,” and explains how uncovering and nurturing ikigai can catalyze a life filled with purpose and meaning.

Who should read Awakening Your Ikigai?

  • Serial snooze-button users who want to wake up feeling inspired
  • Workers who feel they’re just going through the motions
  • Anyone interested in uncovering their higher calling

Inspiration Books: Get Off Your "But" by Sean Stephenson

Get Off Your "But"

Sean Stephenson
How to End Self–Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
4.4 (156 ratings)
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What's Get Off Your "But" about?

Get Off Your “But” (2009) offers a thorough look into the methods and mindset of the popular therapist and motivational speaker Sean Stephenson. You’ll learn his six lessons for getting past your excuses, becoming more confident, and taking control over your life. 

Who should read Get Off Your "But"?

  • People eager for a motivational kick in the butt
  • Those struggling with unrealized dreams
  • Fans of uplifting stories

Inspiration Books: The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell
4.5 (103 ratings)
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What's The Conquest of Happiness about?

The Conquest of Happiness (1930) explores the pursuit of human happiness. It dissects common obstacles to happiness, such as competition and fatigue, as well as the various factors that contribute to it. Equal parts philosophical and practical, you’ll come away with a deepened understanding of, and preparedness for, a fulfilling life. 

Who should read The Conquest of Happiness?

  • Anyone wanting to increase their sense of fulfillment
  • Individuals interested in the development of the personal happiness movement
  • Philosophy enthusiasts seeking an understanding of Russell’s perspective

Inspiration Books: Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

Visual Thinking

Temple Grandin
The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions
4.1 (227 ratings)
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What's Visual Thinking about?

Visual Thinking (2022) offers an authoritative view on different ways of thinking, and how those differences have been crucial to many of our biggest creative advancements. It shows how society tends to be biased toward verbal thinkers – and how visual thinkers, albeit typically underserved in society, bring an array of crucial skills to various domains.

Who should read Visual Thinking?

  • Anyone curious about autism
  • Artists and creative minds
  • People interested in team-building

Inspiration Books: Nine-Figure Mindset by Brandon Dawson

Nine-Figure Mindset

Brandon Dawson
How to Go from Zero to Over $100 Million in Net Worth
3.8 (88 ratings)
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What's Nine-Figure Mindset about?

Nine-Figure Mindset (2023) explores the mindsets and philosophies for building massively successful business empires. Drawing from the real-life experiences of several entrepreneurs, it reveals the blueprint for taking your business and wealth to the next level.

Who should read Nine-Figure Mindset?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for business insights
  • Current business owners seeking exponential growth 
  • Anyone desiring more wealth and life fulfillment

Inspiration Books: A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen

A Complaint Free World

Will Bowen
How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted
4.2 (413 ratings)
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What's A Complaint Free World about?

A Complaint Free World (2007) invites you on a transformative inner journey by challenging you to go 21 days without complaining. It’s a guide that takes you beyond simply abstaining from negative remarks and encourages you to cultivate an enduring mindset of positivity and gratitude.

Who should read A Complaint Free World?

  • Aspiring optimists seeking to try complaint-free living
  • Believers in the power of gratitude
  • People craving more positive conversation

Inspiration Books: Live Free by DeVon Franklin

Live Free

DeVon Franklin
Exceed Your Highest Expectations
3.7 (419 ratings)
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What's Live Free about?

Live Free (2021) discusses the importance of properly setting expectations in all areas of life in order to live freely and happily. From navigating the complexities of relationships and cultural norms to redefining success in your professional life, it offers insights and strategies for setting and communicating expectations that resonate with your true self. 

Who should read Live Free?

  • Individuals struggling with societal and cultural expectations 
  • Professionals feeling unfulfilled with their careers
  • Seekers of personal growth and self-awareness

Inspiration Books: The Upside of Uncertainty by Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr

The Upside of Uncertainty

Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr
A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown
3.7 (120 ratings)
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What's The Upside of Uncertainty about?

The Upside of Uncertainty (2022) challenges you to transform your approach to the unknown. You're invited to shift from dread to discovery, learning to harness the potential within uncertainty to forge a path rich with innovation and personal growth. You'll emerge more resilient, creative, and ready to turn the unforeseen into opportunity.

Who should read The Upside of Uncertainty?

  • Entrepreneurs facing the challenges of new ventures
  • Corporate leaders seeking innovative approaches to change management
  • Personal development enthusiasts embracing growth through life transitions

Inspiration Books: Love + Work by Marcus Buckingham

Love + Work

Marcus Buckingham
How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life
3.6 (275 ratings)
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What's Love + Work about?

Love + Work (2022) unveils a unique approach to finding fulfillment and success in both professional and personal life. By discovering your strengths and passions, and applying them to your career, you can break free from traditional notions of work-life balance and introduce a more integrated, passion-driven approach to both your career and your life.

Who should read Love + Work?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking authentic team connection
  • Career changers navigating personal strengths and passions
  • Educators aiming to cultivate student creativity and insight

Inspiration Books: Level Up by Rob Dial

Level Up

Rob Dial
Get Focused, Stop Procrastinating and Upgrade Your Life
4.2 (840 ratings)
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What's Level Up about?

Level Up (2023) is a practical guide to help you move from inaction to taking focused steps to achieve your goals and dreams. It reveals the reasons behind inaction and offers strategies to stop spinning your wheels and start taking meaningful action.  

Who should read Level Up?

  • Individuals seeking practical strategies to overcome inaction.
  • People aspiring to improve focus and productivity.
  • Anyone interested in personal development and self-improvement.

Inspiration Books: Mind Shift by Erwin Raphael McManus

Mind Shift

Erwin Raphael McManus
It Doesn't Take a Genius to Think Like One
3.8 (531 ratings)
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What's Mind Shift about?

Mind Shift (2023) describes how intentionally structuring your mental frameworks is the key to unlocking personal fulfillment and success. It encourages you to make courageous choices and optimize your performance by discarding self-limiting beliefs and actualizing your dreams. 

Who should read Mind Shift?

  • People seeking inspiration to make changes in their lives
  • Those who feel held back by self-doubt and limiting beliefs
  • Leaders aiming to foster empowering mindsets and greater possibility in their organizations

Inspiration Books: The Art of Positive Thinking by Elizabeth R. Brown

The Art of Positive Thinking

Elizabeth R. Brown
Eliminate Negative Thinking I Emotional Intelligence I Stop Overthinking
4.3 (272 ratings)
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What's The Art of Positive Thinking about?

The Art of Positive Thinking (2023) is a guide to positivity as a practice. Through regular, simple exercises, we can all learn to change our mindsets, and improve the quality of our lives.

Who should read The Art of Positive Thinking?

  • Pessimists
  • People who struggle with anxiety or negative thought patterns
  • Anyone who wants to experience a greater sense of well-being

Inspiration Books: Hidden Potential by Adam Grant

Hidden Potential

Adam Grant
The Science of Achieving Greater Things
4.5 (341 ratings)
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What's Hidden Potential about?

Hidden Potential (2023) challenges the notion that only those born with natural and exceptional talent can excel intellectually, artistically or athletically. Supported by groundbreaking research, it offers a framework that any individual can use to tap into their hidden potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. 

Who should read Hidden Potential?

  • Novices wanting to master a challenging skill
  • Those who feel they’ve stagnated or plateaued
  • Leaders seeking to unlock the potential of others

Inspiration Books: The Negativity Fast by Anthony Iannarino

The Negativity Fast

Anthony Iannarino
Proven Techniques to Increase Positivity, Reduce Fear, and Boost Success
4.2 (116 ratings)
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What's The Negativity Fast about?

The Negativity Fast (2023) presents a transformative approach to personal growth, emphasizing the power of positivity and effective management of negative emotions. It guides you through a process of eliminating negativity and nourishing your mental outlook with optimism, offering concrete strategies for perspective-taking and coping with conflicting beliefs.

Who should read The Negativity Fast?

  • Stressed-out individuals who need effective ways to counteract negativity
  • People sensitive to global events and political discourse
  • Social media users seeking to guard their mental well-being

Inspiration Books: Generosity Wins by Monte Wood & Nicole F. Roberts

Generosity Wins

Monte Wood & Nicole F. Roberts
How and Why this Game-Changing Superpower Drives Our Success
4.1 (55 ratings)
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What's Generosity Wins about?

Generosity Wins (2023) explores the concept of generosity not just as a moral virtue but as a powerful tool in personal and professional life. It delves into the idea that true generosity benefits both the giver and the receiver, creating a positive ripple effect in society that fosters trust, stronger relationships, and enhanced community well-being.

Who should read Generosity Wins?

  • Business leaders
  • Aspiring professionals
  • Social enthusiasts

Inspiration Books: Areté by Brian C. Johnson


Brian C. Johnson
Activate Your Heroic Potential
4.6 (223 ratings)
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What's Areté about?

Areté (2023) explores the ancient Greek concept of the excellence of character, and how it can be applied to modern life in order to find fulfillment, lead with courage, and realize one’s full potential. Blending philosophy, psychology and storytelling, it provides insights and practical exercises aimed at cultivating wisdom, justice, courage, and self-mastery. 

Who should read Areté?

  • Those looking to develop grit and resilience in achieving their goals
  • Activists and change-makers looking to sustain themselves for the long haul
  • Anyone seeking to cultivate courage, character, and wisdom in the face of life’s challenges

Inspiration Books: Unashamedly Superhuman by Jim Steele

Unashamedly Superhuman

Jim Steele
Harness Your Inner Power and Achieve Your Greatest Professional and Personal Goals
4.0 (40 ratings)
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What's Unashamedly Superhuman about?

Unashamedly Superhuman (2022) focuses on how to harness your inner strengths and capabilities to achieve extraordinary results in various aspects of your life. It delves into science-based strategies for personal development, advocating for the idea that everyone has the potential to be “superhuman” – including you!

Who should read Unashamedly Superhuman?

  • Professionals seeking career and personal development
  • Individuals interested in neuroscience-based performance strategies
  • Success-seekers who want to balance their well-being with high-achievement

Inspiration Books: Lessons for Living by Phil Stutz

Lessons for Living

Phil Stutz
What Only Adversity Can Teach You
3.8 (130 ratings)
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What's Lessons for Living about?

Lessons for Living (2023) is a collection of short essays that speak to the pivotal role acknowledgment of higher forces plays in effective psychotherapy and self-development. It argues that all our modern psychological ailments – from a lack of discipline to the pervasive background hum of dissatisfaction – can be healed with a proper understanding and appreciation of the powers that govern all of creation. 

Who should read Lessons for Living?

  • Anyone committed to thriving in today’s adversity-rife world
  • Individuals seeking meaning through a struggle or obstacle
  • Readers of personal development and self-help titles

Inspiration Books: Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey C. Daniels

Bringing Out the Best in People

Aubrey C. Daniels
How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement
3.6 (104 ratings)
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What's Bringing Out the Best in People about?

Bringing Out the Best in People (first released in 1994) explores how positive reinforcement can drive behavioral change and improve performance, whether in a corporate setting, educational context or personal life.

Who should read Bringing Out the Best in People?

  • Managers tackling performance issues
  • Employees aiming for self-improvement
  • Educators and parents interested in behavior management

Inspiration Books: Remember Love by Cleo Wade

Remember Love

Cleo Wade
Words for Tender Times
3.9 (29 ratings)
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What's Remember Love about?

Remember Love (2023) navigates the journey of embracing lostness as a transformative passage towards self-discovery and love. It suggests that experiencing phases of being lost isn’t a permanent state but a starting point for a deeper understanding of oneself. This perspective encourages readers to find love and solace within themselves, even in moments of disorientation or change.

Who should read Remember Love?

  • Fans of inspirational poetry
  • Self-help enthusiasts
  • Seekers of personal growth

Inspiration Books: Seek by Scott Shigeoka


Scott Shigeoka
How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World
3.4 (38 ratings)
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What's Seek about?

Seek (2023) offers a transformative approach to nurturing deep connections and personal growth in a world increasingly marked by division and isolation. It introduces the DIVE model, a unique framework that empowers you to detach from prejudices, prepare your mindset, value every individual, and embrace life’s challenges. This guide provides practical strategies to harness the power of curiosity, paving the way for healing, understanding, and profound societal change.

Who should read Seek?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking innovative strategies
  • Curiosity enthusiasts exploring personal growth
  • Relationship builders fostering deeper connections

Inspiration Books: Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

Positive Chaos

Dan Thurmon
Transform Crisis Into Clarity and Advantage
3.8 (58 ratings)
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What's Positive Chaos about?

Positive Chaos (2023) delves into the complexities and paradoxical benefits of chaos. Drawing on groundbreaking research, it shows how to transform chaos from a disruptive force into a catalyst for personal development.

Who should read Positive Chaos?

  • Individuals seeking strategies to thrive in chaotic environments
  • Leaders aiming to enhance their skills in unpredictable times
  • Professionals interested in personal and workplace growth

Inspiration Books: Rich AF by Vivian Tu

Rich AF

Vivian Tu
The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life
4.2 (309 ratings)
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What's Rich AF about?

Rich AF debunks myths and imparts strategies for maximizing earnings, investing, and saving, all aimed at securing long-lasting wealth. Starting with the author’s mentorship on the trading floor, the narrative offers a wealth of practical advice for financial empowerment to the new generation.

Who should read Rich AF?

  • Recent college grads eager to learn about personal finance and investment
  • Young professionals seeking to navigate the world of finance
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for practical advice on wealth building

Inspiration Books: Choosing to Run by Des Linden

Choosing to Run

Des Linden
A Memoir
2.9 (15 ratings)
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What's Choosing to Run about?

Choosing to Run (2023) explores the world of professional marathon running, offering a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of long-distance racing. It delves into the mental and physical preparation required to excel in such a demanding sport, highlighting the resilience and dedication needed for success. By blending personal experiences with broader themes of perseverance and determination, it provides a captivating look at the journey of a top-tier marathon runner.

Who should read Choosing to Run?

  • Amateur and professional marathon runners
  • Individuals seeking motivation and perseverance strategies
  • Fans of inspirational athlete biographies

Inspiration Books: The Art of Laziness by Library Mindset

The Art of Laziness

Library Mindset
Overcome Procrastination & Improve Your Productivity
4.3 (79 ratings)
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What's The Art of Laziness about?

The Art of Laziness (2024) is a transformative guide to improving your productivity, offering practical strategies for personal and professional growth. Through the dual focus of mindset and action, it teaches you how to overcome procrastination, harness your best work, and realize your full potential. 

Who should read The Art of Laziness?

  • Anyone who wants to kick the lazy habit 
  • Those who seem to work hard but go nowhere
  • People looking for their first self-help book

Inspiration Books: The First Rule of Mastery by Michael Gervais

The First Rule of Mastery

Michael Gervais
Stop Worrying about What People Think of You
3.8 (66 ratings)
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What's The First Rule of Mastery about?

The First Rule of Mastery (2023) reveals that letting go of the fear of other people's opinions unleashes your potential by promoting a shift towards values and purpose.

Who should read The First Rule of Mastery?

  • Individuals seeking self-improvement
  • Professionals aiming for excellence
  • Anyone battling social anxiety

Inspiration Books: Zero Sugar / One Month by Becky Gillaspy

Zero Sugar / One Month

Becky Gillaspy
Reduce Cravings - Reset Metabolism - Lose Weight - Lower Blood Sugar
3.5 (73 ratings)
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What's Zero Sugar / One Month about?

Zero Sugar / One Month (2024) is a roadmap aimed at helping individuals eliminate sugar from their diet to achieve long-term health. It provides actionable advice, including guides on what to eat, how to resist temptation, and a day-by-day timeline of what to expect – along with motivational anecdotes and tips to navigate emotional challenges and build confidence throughout the 30-day journey. 

Who should read Zero Sugar / One Month?

  • Individuals looking to reduce their sugar intake for weight loss or health reasons 
  • Health-conscious folks seeking a structured, time-bound nutrition challenge 
  • Anyone curious about sugar’s impact on their health and well-being

Inspiration Books: Breaking Free From Broke by George Kamel

Breaking Free From Broke

George Kamel
The Ultimate Guide to More Money and Less Stress
3.9 (30 ratings)
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What's Breaking Free From Broke about?

Breaking Free from Broke (2024) details the financial philosophies author George Kamel used to move from $40,000 in debt to being a debt-free millionaire. Discover how, with a paradigm shift and the right financial practices, you can achieve your financial goals and start living the life you want.

Who should read Breaking Free From Broke?

  • Anyone who wants to take control of their finances
  • People looking for a modern, no-nonsense approach to becoming a millionaire
  • Those curious about a millennial take on Dave Ramsey’s financial philosophy

Inspiration Books: How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job by Dale Carnegie

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job

Dale Carnegie
4.6 (13 ratings)
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What's How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job about?

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job (1955) provides guidance about getting more out of your day-to-day life, by generating more energy into your workday and improving your personal relationships. It sheds a light on how human nature influences the way we behave, so you can improve your interpersonal skills and deepen your self-understanding.

Who should read How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job?

  • The chronically weary
  • Managers who want to become more effective leaders
  • Students of human nature

Inspiration Books: Radiant Rebellion by Karen Walrond

Radiant Rebellion

Karen Walrond
Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell
3.7 (15 ratings)
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What's Radiant Rebellion about?

Radiant Rebellion (2023) challenges the conventional perceptions of aging, arguing that growing older can be a period filled with happiness and health, contrary to common ageist beliefs.

Who should read Radiant Rebellion?

  • Aging individuals
  • Wellness enthusiasts
  • Anti-ageist advocates

Inspiration Books: And Then We Rise by Common

And Then We Rise

A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self
3.8 (4 ratings)
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What's And Then We Rise about?

And Then We Rise (2024) is part guide, part memoir that explores the intersection of personal well-being and faith. Through illuminating anecdotes and candid conversations with teachers, it reveals how investing in nutrition, exercise, mental care, and spiritual connection has contributed to Common’s growth as a performer and person – and how you might harness these self-care practices, too.

Who should read And Then We Rise?

  • Fans of Common
  • Anyone looking to take their self-care practices to the next level
  • Individuals interested in the intersection of personal well-being, faith, and activism

Inspiration Books: Learned Excellence by Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle

Learned Excellence

Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle
Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers
4.3 (9 ratings)
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What's Learned Excellence about?

Learned Excellence (2024) offers a comprehensive guide to the five mental disciplines necessary for peak performance. It provides principles and practices used by top athletes, military personnel, and business executives to attain excellence – professionally and personally.

Who should read Learned Excellence?

  • Corporate executives and business leaders
  • Individuals in high-stress professions, such as first responders
  • Anyone striving for excellence in their personal life

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What's the best Inspiration book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Think and Grow Rich as the ultimate read on Inspiration.

What are the Top 10 Inspiration books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  • The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Moore’s Law by Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones

Who are the top Inspiration book authors?

When it comes to Inspiration, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Napoleon Hill
  • Ken Robinson
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon
  • Steven Pressfield