5 Must Read Motivational Books


Who can imagine a world without books, print or electronic? The joy of reading has expanded greatly from pure pleasure reading to some really great inspirational/motivational material. In the must read category, here are 5 great choices:

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The theme in Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ is a follow your dream story based on the premise that everyone has a unique destiny. Yet typically, few people are willing to put in the work to attain it. Living one’s destiny means leaving behind everything that is familiar, being open to change and to respond to your intuition. In Coelho’s story, a shepherd boy from Andalusia literally follows a reoccurring dream he has of finding treasures in the great pyramids of Egypt. As he follows his journey he meets up with various spiritual messengers who come to him in humble forms. He becomes familiar with the ways of alchemists and meets one that encourages him to not give up on his dream regardless of any suffering that may be involved.

Talk about motivation – this book is loaded with it and may have you viewing your own dreams and destiny in a whole different light.

Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson

Johnson uses ‘cheese’ as a simple metaphor for those things we desperately yearn to have. He indicates that resistance to change is non-productive and that adapting to it instead, is a much wiser and easier choice. Johnson advises to change course when things don’t go as planned. He states that change must be anticipated and acted upon accordingly. This is particularly good reading for professionals and highly recommended.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

This little book has caused quite the stir in the motivational reading world. Its concept on the Law of Attraction has changed many of the lives of those who have read this provocative book. It explains how positive thoughts not only affect the individual, but all people collectively. Many motivational books can be complicated and hard to understand. This one however is a fast read and easy to grasp.

Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

Coelho comes through again in the motivational category with ‘Veronika Decides to Die’. The woman in the story lands herself in a mental facility after failing to commit suicide. The attempt caused her to have just days to live, in which she spends contemplating her death and the meaning of the life she has left. She explores the definition of insanity and the consequences of following your desires.

The Ultimate Gift – Jim Stovall

Stovall’s character ‘Jason’ is a wealthy spoiled child who never earned a day’s pay in his life. A stipulation for an inheritance from an eccentric great uncle requires him to take a 12-month journey, completing 12 tasks along the way. If he fails at any point along the journey, he must quit his travels and he receives nothing. Chapter by chapter you see a refreshing transformation of Jason. Heart touching and inspirational, this is first-class choice for young readers.

Makes you want to rush out and buy all 5 of them, doesn’t it? Motivation abounds!

Author Byline: Paul is a successful Entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia. He says there are many great books he could have mentioned as ‘must read’ and he also highly recommends ‘Collective Wisdom’ by Brett Kelly. When he’s not working, Paul likes to spend time with his family and surf at his local beach.

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