My favorite Motivational Books

I love a good book that can motivate the soul to draw out your full potential. We all know we need them from time to time, even if it is just to get our life moving in the right direction. The question is which book will work best for you?

Different books work for different situations. Sometimes people need someone to believe in them to really get things going and uplift them.

Or you might be stuck on an idea, the right book can get your gears moving in the right direction again.

Then there are times a person just needs a good kick in the butt. That book that says get off your ass and do something with your life.

No matter where you are on your life the fact of the matter is there is going to be a book that works for you.

I am going to be reviewing several books for you so you can decide which book will work best for you, and leave a link where you can purchase the book and read other people’s reviews to really answer the question if that is the book you need for your time in life.

I will also be updating this list regularly so if you have a specific book you would like me to read and do a review on please feel free to share it in the comments.

Disclaimer: I get a commission for purchase made on this link. This is my honest review and personal opinion on these books, and I will only do reviews on books that I have personally read or listened to on audio book.

1) Think and Grow Rich

This is one of the best books I have read. Published in 1937 Napoleon Hill was a man before his time. There are so many golden nuggets in this book that every time I read it I learn something new.

One of my favorite parts in the book is the importance of having a burning desire. He speaks of an insane intensity, and a white-hot desire to get to the goal you are looking to get to.

Simple and yet such a powerful message. Just think about it when you want something bad enough it is no longer a question of if but more of a win. I think of a father’s and mother’s love for their son or daughter. Their love is so strong for the child they find a way to make things happen without question. Having a burning desire is a very important ability to have, and this is covered in one of the many chapters of gold in this amazing book.

I also really liked the mastermind group explanation in the book. A mastermind group is basically taking a group of like-minded people each with their own strength. You all get together to put together great idea’s, and finding a way to turn those ideas’s into realities. It is often said two heads work better than one. Well imagine if you are working with 4 or more like-minded heads each contributing in their own way. Sounds like a formula of success to me.

If you are in a rut and looking to move your life into a direction of action, or you are moving in the right direction and just need that shove create an even deeper purpose in the goals you are looking to obtain. Think and Grow Rich is definitely a book I would recommend.

Summary:

  • Importance of Faith
  • Creating a mastermind group
  • The power of love and how to use it
  • How to get past fear to reach your goals
  • The power to create
  • Turning your idea’s into action’s
  • Having a burning desire

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2) Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki did an excellent job when he put this book together. He goes over the different thought process between his friends dad (Rich Dad) and his real dad (Poor Dad). They both have very different views of the world and the process of making money.

When I think of this part of the book I think of how you end up thinking and acting more like the people you surround yourself with. Ever here the saying Show me who you hang out with and I will know who you are. That is the first thing I think of. He sees where his Rich dad is and why, and sees where his poor dad is and why, and he chooses to treat money more the way his Rich dad treats it.

The book also goes into the 4 quadrants of working and explains which quadrant you want to be in and why. The 4 quadrants are the Employed, Investor, Big Business, and Self employed. He goes into detail in the book how big business and Investors get money to work for them in a passive way, and how employed and self employed actively have to work for money.

The book also goes into details of building assets and limiting your liabilities. So anything that will produce money for you would be considered an asset, and anything that you lose money on would be considered a liability. An example of an asset would be a web app that you have created that is constantly making money for you, and a liability would be considered a car with a monthly car payment. It may be your personal vehicle, but you are constantly losing money every month you have it.

There is one con to the book although it was not much of an issue to me, many readers wished the book would go more into the finance side and how they should manage their money. The book does not teach you how to do that, and I could understand how people going in thinking it would, would be disappointed when it didn’t.

Overall I am a fan of the book, and got what I felt I needed out of it. If you are looking to have a rich and abundant mindset on money I would definitely recommend this book for you. I was not going in looking for specific finance advice though. So if that is what you are looking for I would not recommend this book.

Summary:

  • Thinking Rich vs Thinking Poor
  • Understanding Assets and Liabilities
  • Quadrants Employed, Self employed, Big Business, Investor
  • Explanation of Passive Income vs Active Income
  • How your thinking can affect your future

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3) A whack on the side of the head

This book was written by Roger Von Oech, and I just have one word for this book WOW! It is not as well-known as Think and grow rich or Rich Dad Poor Dad, but it definitely made an impact on how I view myself, other’s, and the world. It basically takes your creativity and super charges it!

This book is an actionable book which means you get quizzes to do and ways to think while you are reading the book. I do not want to ruin any of them for you, but I will tell you after taking some little quizzes in the book you will most likely view things a bit differently.

The book also makes you think outside of the box often. For example a question like what does a refrigerator and a cat have in common? They both hold fish. Simple enough to get the answer but different enough to make you think about the answer a bit.

I think everyone needs to have a challenge in life from time to time, and what better challenge to take then to look at the way you view the world and twist it up a bit. I think people become more complete human beings when they do so.

The book also goes into detail about the importance of hard thinking and soft thinking. An example would be an adult and a child. The adult can go off of experience because they have been around much longer. So they may know what to do in a specific scenario that is continuously the same, but a child they are soft thinking. More flexible in their thoughts because they do not have the track record the adult has. They have to think through problems different and with their flexible thinking may come up with solutions an adult might not have thought of.

Both types of thinking have there strengths and weaknesses and it is up to you to play with both and know when to use each one.

As I said before though if you are looking to amp up your creative thinking, and look at the world through a fresh new lens this is definitely the book for you.

Summary:

  • Look at the world through a different lens
  • Enjoy unique quizzes and brain teasers
  • Soft thinking vs Hard thinking
  • What it takes to be creative
  • Judge, Warrior,Artist,Explorer

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2 thoughts on “My favorite Motivational Books”

  1. Rogier Giersthove

    Nice post.

    I’ve read think and grow rich and Rich dad, Poor dad. Both really shifted my paradigm.

    I’ve never read a wack on the side of the head, but I love books that have practical execises. I don’t know if you have read the 7 habits of highly effective people written by Stephen Covey, but it also has some exercises that stayed in my head up till 4 years after reading the book.

    I’ll check the book out.

    1. Clifford Starks

      Hello Rogier,

      I have read 7 habits of highly effective people, and thank you for your comment. I definitely should do a review on that one. Hope you have a blessed day!

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