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21 Best Books To Read To Get Inspired | Inspirational Books

Whether you’re an artist, a business man, a student, or anything else, finding yourself feeling uninspired can be one of the most discouraging parts of life. If you want to recapture the fire, then consider reading one of these 21 books.

#1 Whose Apple is it, Anyway! by Linda F. Williams

In the story of Adam and Eve, each blamed someone or something else for the choices they made, and nobody was claiming that apple. The truth is, none of it was about the apple. What's really at the core of that fiasco went unnoticed. After years of destiny-diverting heartbreak that almost destroyed her life, career, and relationships, I give real-world tools to uproot covert mindsets that keep us stuck on the wrong side of destiny's door.

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Contributor: Linda F.Williams from Whose Apple Dynamic Coaching and Consulting Services

  1. The book tells what people are afraid to talk about. This book bares the soul of the author. This book is for everyone. This book is about a person who persevered from defeat to triumph. it is a very inspiring and entertaining book. It is a must read. It will let you know that you are not alone .

    • Robert:

      PRECISELY! You summed it up better than I ever could! Thanks for taking the time to post a comment! So glad you enjoyed it. Pretty insightful read!

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#2 Crave by Gregg Lederman

CRAVE uncovers why employees are starving at work. It is a practical and informative book that details how business leaders can use meaningful, effective, and strategic recognition to motivate employees and give them what they CRAVE at work - purpose, relationships, and respect. When a reader is finished, they will understand how to deliver strategic recognition, how to embed it within their company, and how to effectively measure the business results it drives.

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Contributor: Malizy Scruggs from The Starr Conspiracy 

#3 Maharishi and Me by Susan Shumsky

This book chronicles my wild emotional roller coaster ride from heaven to hell and back living in an ashram for 22 years and 6 years on the personal staff of the most famous guru of the 20th century and founder of Transcendental Meditation: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This book dismantles all your preconceived notions about what a spiritual master is and how he works with his disciples. You’ll discover how he lifted a painfully shy teenager with zero self-esteem into a strong, confident successful adult and award-winning author of 14 books. 

Along the way, you’ll enjoy fascinating, eye-opening stories about the celebrities who followed this guru, such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, the Doors, Mia Farrow, Donovan, Deepak Chopra, Any Kaufman, John Gray, and more.

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Contributor: Susan Shumsky 

#4 Better Business, Better Life, Better World by Paul Dunn & more

In this book, we asked 62 entrepreneurs and social leaders internationally one critical question: ‘What would be the best advice you’d give to your grandchildren to help them build a Better Business, a Better Life and a Better World?’.

Each chapter contains insightful, captivating and unique advices by these 62 authors about starting and running a successful business while having a truly impactful life. It is a collection of valuable wisdom like no other. And it works great as a gift too.

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Contributor: Nhi Do from Buy 1 Give 1

  1. This is a beautifully written book that has so much wisdom to live by. It has great insights and stories of very seemingly ordinary entrepreneurs doing extraordinary things. Highly recommended.

#5 #SpeakLife by La’Ticia Nicole

#SPEAKLIFE by La'Ticia Nicole takes you through 100 days of transforming the way you see yourself and what is possible for you. It is designed for men and women to read and to use as tool in becoming the person they were created to be, full of joy and happiness. La'Ticia is a motivational speaker and author that has been able to speak life over herself and see things change for the better. She knows it will work for others.

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Contributor: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

#6 T.R.U.T.H. by Mary Ellen Ciganovich

This book is by author and speaker Mary Ellen Ciganovich has 366 daily truths in it to empower the reader to look at their life and what is possible for them, regardless of where they might currently be. Mary Ellen has been living with Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis for decades, but she refuses to allow that to stop her from reaching her fullest potential. Her message in these 366 truths is that we can all be just as resilient if we choose to be.

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Contributor: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

#7 Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renée A. Mauborgne

This is one of my favorite business books because it has a positive impact on how entrepreneurs run their business. The theme of the book is that it's all about thinking differently and not following the crowd, which is admittedly something that happens more often than one realizes in business. It inspires you to think for yourself and create an opening that others do not see. In doing so, you can create your own space rather than follow the space of others and march to the beat of your own drum!

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Contributor: Deborah Sweeney from MyCorporation

#8 Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

There are so many women who are feeling lost and without purpose. These women are all around us - some are mothers, young professionals or even teenagers trying to figure out who they are in the world. Women are often told how they should act, feel and think, and this has led to women lying to themselves about how they are not in control of their lives. Girl, Wash Your Face completely demolishes these beliefs! Rachel's book faces the lies head on, and provides tangible tools and wisdom to take control of your life so you can move forward with more purpose and confidence. It is a wake up call to any woman who is unsure of who she is and where she wants her life to go. I consider this book a must read for all women!

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Contributor: Renata Trebing from Nourish with Renata 

#9 High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

After years of research, High Performance Habits provides the key habits that successful people are using to really move the needle in their businesses and lives. As a person with a science background, I appreciate the research-based evidence in this book. Instead of wishy-washy ideas, this book focuses on real, systematic tactics that have helped thousands of people achieve their goals. Brendon's book is also the first book that I've read that really focuses on actionable steps to establishing and developing these positive habits. Each habit is explained clearly, then action steps are covered to help you implement these habits in your daily life.

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Contributor: Renata Trebing from Nourish with Renata 

#10 Connect by Dawn Burnett

Connect is one of the most inspiring books you can read. Eleven people share their stories on how they transformed from victim to victor. It's a fool proof plan on how to love yourself after tragedy strikes, you don't have to be divorced to receive empowerment. In this book I wrote, the tools supplied can be applied to any life altering moment.

The book was recently endorsed by Jack Canfield the most decorated author in history. The book is also being featured this month in Publishers Weekly the most recognized publication for books.

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Contributor: Dawn Burnett from A New Dawn Natural Solutions

#11 Food for L.I.F.E. by Lisa W. Beckwith

FOOD FOR L.I.F.E. (Lasting Impressions Forever Enjoyed) by Lisa W. Beckwith is all about realizing that just like a great meal can be satisfying we can all have a satisfying life if we choose to remove the things that harm us and replace them with those things that will make us healthy and whole. Using her own life experiences as an example this book reminds us of what we can do if we let go of the past and move forward.

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Contributor: Cyrus Webb from Conversations Media Group

#12 You, Disrupted by Todd Mitchem

I wrote this book to inspire every reader so they learn to disrupt their own life for the better. It’s a great pick for all people who want to change something or are going through a challenge and see no way out. Utilizing real stories and examples from my business and personal life, I take the reader on a practical journey into their own life.

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Contributor: Todd Mitchem 

#13 Breaking Into YOUR Silicon Valley by Irwin Ki

People think the ONLY way to get rich is to start their own business, but most rich people start off at low-level employees in a “Gateway Job” that builds your skill set or leads you into your next big career. Take for example Austin: She started as a marketing intern at Uber, now she’s on the executive team of a $50 billion company. Or take Jim, who went from a customer support rep wearing a phone headset all day, to moving up the company ladder, to getting a juicy exit when the company IPO’d.

Breaking Into YOUR Silicon Valley that I wrote offers:

  • 20 examples of people who got a small “Gateway Job” than landed their Dream Job (and step-by-step how they did it….so you can copy).
  • 2-8 Gateway Jobs for each industry including sales, marketing, finance, operations, IT, legal, development, product management, customer support, and HR.
  • HOW to get your first “Gateway Job” with actual scripts, and tips on how to position your resume and skills.
  • “Gateway Job Flow Charts” which plot out career paths of people who went from low-level jobs to six-figure positions (For example we visually plot out how Corina went from Macy’s retail, moved up to sales development, and now has a six-figure a year job as senior renewals account manager).

By the end of this book you will have a solid idea of which “Gateway Job” will be the best way to break into and how to execute starting building your successful & lucrative career.

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Contributor: Irwin Ki 

#14 Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead by Cynthia MacGregor

There are many reasons people settle for having less success than they might. But why not continue to strive for even greater gain and make more of a name for yourself? In this book I authored, among the reasons people slack off in their pursuit of success and the money that comes with it are complacency, plain ol’ laziness, fear that people won’t like them as well if they’re too successful, fear that they’ll strive to keep succeeding but fail instead, fear of the changes that might come with advanced success…and many others. Among those others are religious beliefs. Some people think there’s something morally or spiritually wrong in amassing great wealth. There isn’t. The Army’s old slogan, “Be all that you can be” applies to you, too. Don’t stop till you have everything you want and then some! Greatness can be yours!

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Contributor: Cynthia MacGregor

#15 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

This Mitch Albom novel weaves many different stories together, but the overarching message is that you have the ability to impact countless others without even realizing it. By understanding this lesson and reading about it in action, you will be inspired to treat others better, work harder, and lead your best life.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics 

#16 Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer

When Lisa Beamer’s husband boarded a plane, never did either of them expect him to make history. Yet that’s exactly what happened on September 11, 2001. As Todd Beamer’s plane was hijacked, he spoke with a customer service representative and updated them about the situation on the plane. He also had a part in attacking the hijackers and preventing an even higher death toll on that fateful day. Reading this book will show you the meaning of true selflessness and inspire you to help others.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics 

#17 The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The author takes us over the challenges he had to overcome to get back on the road of success. It is inspiring because it talks about the obstacles the author undergone and his near death experience. And how a simple morning routine has transformed his life and is now transforming the lives of millions of other folks myself included.

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Contributor: Alina Trigub from SAMO Financial 

#18 Successful Philanthropy by Jean Shafiroff

Successful Philanthropy is a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today's era. Far beyond making monetary donations, philanthropy today encompasses giving time and knowledge, resources that can be just as valuable as financial contributions. Successful Philanthropy offers the practical guidance and inspiring perspective that empowers all of us to take part in building a better world. Learn to identify your passions and interests and discover how they can guide your philanthropic work. Find the best ways to choose a charity that will offer personal fulfillment while also making the best use of your contribution to the cause of your choice.

Successful Philanthropy features a special introduction by Georgina Bloomberg who discusses how she paired her background as an equestrian and as a philanthropist to launch her charitable venture, The Riders Closet. In addition, the book features a foreword by Scott Elkins, US Campaign Director of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust at Oxford University and CEO of SE Advisors, who salutes author Jean Shafiroff for encouraging others to help bring about change, through the text and her philanthropic initiatives in any way possible.

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Contributor: Norah Lawlor from Lawlor Media Group

#19 Thirst by Scott Harrison

Harrison shares the journey that brought him to becoming the founder and CEO of Charity: water. Harrison redefined what a nonprofit could be and set out on a mission to provide clean drinking water to everyone on the planet. An inspiring story that will open your eyes to the possibilities beyond an empty and materialistic lifestyle. 100% of the author’s net proceeds will fund charity: water projects across the globe.

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Contributor: Mariss Eanes from Promocodes

#20 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reawaken your creativity with this inspiring read. Dive into what it means to live a creative life no matter what your hobbies and passions might be. Gilbert breaks down the creative obstacles and how to overcome them to unleash your fears and create well, big magic!

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Contributor: Mariss Eanes from Promocodes

#21 I by Waeil Borhan

I by new age author Waeil Borhan, would be a perfect read for anyone looking to get inspired. No book does a better job of reminding the reader about oneself than I. This novel encourages readers to look within and make the choice to live by their own truth instead of societal standards. Because life is not just about serving the ego it's about finding our own individual paths to happiness and inspiration though self-reflection.

I discusses how to figure out one's purpose in life through reflection and guidance from the author. The author steps in various times throughout the book to remind the reader that it is okay to ask questions, because only through questions can a person figure out who they really are and what sets them apart from the crowd. The novel also dissects other areas of self-experience such as the ego, paradigms, humanity and a person's relationship with God. I offers tools to help the reader examine the paradigm by which they are living.

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Contributor: Amy Hernandez from Amy Levy Public Relations

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