Best books to Motivate and Inspire you – Part 1

A recent discussion was started on Linked IN recently by Shawn Doyle, a motivational speaker and author asking what others what their favourite motivational and inspirational books are.

Naturally, the full names of those who replied have been removed from this article but I thought it would be great to share these suggestions with everyone on which books have inspired people the most! You will find direct links to amazon with more details on each book. Happy reading!


I would highly recommend ‘The Alchemist‘ by Paulo Coelho, it’s incredibly inspiring…


I love ‘The Art of the Start‘ by Guy Kawasaki, a very inspiring book with no cliches.


I am a big fan of Daniel Pink, especially the book called Drive. Such a great read.


I know a wonderful book called ‘Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling‘ by Wayne Dyer, recommend it to anyone who needs a lift.


One of the most influential books I’ve read on sales since “The World Greatest Salesman”, is the classic by Frank Bettger: “How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling.” If you’re in sales in particular, or not; this book is a must read to gain a competitve edge and insights into techniques & strategies that will help to explode your sales career.


I’d just finished Dan Pink’s ‘A whole new mind’ but I can see there is already a Dan Pink appreciation society here! Really great book though!

The book inspired me to write this blog post actually regarding how we approached training in our company, as I felt we were going about it all wrong –


Actually, right now I’m reading a good book called the “Sedona Method” by Hale Dwoskin.


Feel the fear and do it anyway‘ by Susan Jeffers. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.


Evolve your Brain: The Science of Changing your Mind‘ by Dr Joe Dispenza. Thoroughly enjoyed it. He also has some great youtube videos, here is one you may like


I like ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferarai‘- by Rob Sharma. It is a very thought provoking fable that contains many great lessons.


I really enjoyed The Inspiration Factor by Terry Barber. For managers and executives who are watching their employees struggle, there is a simple solution that can turn a workplace around in just twelve weeks-and grow the bottom line.

The Inspiration Factor shows business people how to inspire-not just motivate-others by tapping into their dreams and tying them to corporate goals. Along the way, those inspiring organizations make more money, have better employee retention, and earn greater customer loyalty than their competitors do.


I’m reading a book called ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin at the moment, I love it – it’s a really inspirational read reminding you how to stay positive in life – very uplifting!

Thanks to everyone for sharing their favourite inspirational books. There are some great suggestions there, so keep the comments coming!

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Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!