best motivational books to read before you die

Books are a source of fuel that cannot be substituted by anything else. Paperbacks, hardcovers, pdfs, audiobooks- the idea of books have undergone a massive change in the last 10 years due to the constant challenge of engaging young readers through their busy schedules. While genres like sci-fi and YA will always remain a major favorite among young readers, inspirational books have come handy throughout the years. 

Numerous people have authored books about experiences from the highs and lows of their lives, that have motivated people with hope, encouragement, and aspiration. Some of the most inspiring books are shortlisted below as the 10 most inspirational books of all time.

10 Most Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life 

Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life, Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, an iconic British businessman, founder of the Virgin group, pens about his experiences in Screw It, Let’s Do It. Based on the secrets of success that he has learned in his 40+ decades of business life, Branson also shares some invaluable thoughts on the world’s present struggles.

Branson also shares his ideas and plans for the group’s future. An environment-friendly approach like biofuels and space travel awaits the company’s future. Branson, now an international best-selling author, successfully motivates the reader, making it one of the most inspirational books of all time.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R Covey

Published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People continues as a best-seller among the present generation. Inspiring readers for the last 3 decades, the book holds simple values and ideas as a path towards success.

An educator and businessman, Covey writes about human dignity, honesty, ethics that has been tested and proven effective since time immemorial.

How does a 3-decade old book reach a generation that is so engrossed in social media and gadgets? Covey’s foundation has come up with a brilliant technique of engaging young lives through free webcast series and blogs where the excerpts of the book are discussed.

With a smartphone accessible website, the book finds its way into the young souls as one of the oldest inspirational books.

Elon Musk: Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance

A biography on America’s most intelligent man, Elon Musk, by Bloomberg’s technology writer, Ashlee Vance made it to the international best-selling book list. The book takes us through Musk’s little known childhood and his growth as the most successful and determined man in the world. 

Musk, who had previously denied any interviews with biographers, was convinced by Vance’s wit. As a biographer, Vance stated that Musk had no control over the contents of the book, which makes it an honest approach towards Musk’s words. While much of the book’s sales owes to Musk’s popularity among people, Vance’s choice of simple words with crisp language grasps the reader’s attention.

With Musk’s goodwill through his works, not everything is green about this man. Personal details and insights not only contribute to the genuine feel but also teach us a great deal of how determination can inspire us and the world around us. 

Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

One of the best-selling inspiring and finance books of all time, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki and Lechter’s focuses on finance education. The context of the book is summed up in the sub-text itself: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money- That The Poor and Middle Class do not.

Kiyosaki puts forward examples of two types of fathers, rich and poor, further expanding on the ways the rich continue to increase their wealth while the poor continue to struggle and stumble through their hard work.

Even though the book is written very carefully with strategies, its educational approach makes it easier to understand finance. This book is a must-read for any individual who is looking forward to increasing their wealth through strategic investments.

Wings of Fire, APJ Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari

Written by the Missile Man of India- APJ Abdul Kalam and Arun Kumar Tiwari, an Indian scientist, the book is an autobiography of India’s former president. Recollecting Kalam’s early life of struggles and hardship, the book takes us on his journey as an aerospace scientist and the 11th President of India.

What makes the book inspirational is much about Kalam’s popularity among the children of his country and his people as one of the most loved presidents of India. As an individual from a humble background, his words touch close to heart in the Indian readers. With diligence and humility guiding him throughout his life, Kalam’s honest and down-to-earth approach reflects in his autobiography.

The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz

Declared by Forbes as one of the greatest self-help books, The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959. As old as the book is, its suggestions go back to stress on the importance of a positive outlook towards life. The book begins to read like all the motivational quotes that we have already come across once or twice in life, but its repetition on such common ideas allows the reader to focus and believe in them.

Why does it work? Schwartz, like a caring parent, pushes us through his words to believe in ourselves and to believe in the idea of making our talents work through determination. Categorized in “self-help”, Schwartz continues to lead his readers away from negative thoughts which makes it one of the most successful inspirational books in the world.

Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill

Published during the Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich certainly focused on helping people to recover from the depressing worldwide economic crises. Hill’s inspiration for the book stemmed from a conversation with the philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The book is a collection of principles that Hill had studied for his previous publication, The Law of Success

Hill’s study focuses on the habits of personalities who invested to grow wealth enough to pass to their future generations. The 14 principles or ‘Philosophy of Achievement’ as Hill calls it, provide deep insight to channel our personal goals by suppressing negative ideas. Faith and diligence continue to rule the theme of the book, establishing it as one of the greatest inspiring books of all time.

The Power of your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Joseph Murphy

Another self-help book from the 20th century, The Power of your Subconscious Mind is one of the most powerful inspirational books of all time. A classic published in 1963, Murphy teaches us to take control of our subconscious mind for a controlled lifestyle. 

With easy to understand and practice, Murphy tries to engage us in an idea of focusing on ourselves to have better control over the elements and the events in our life. Murphy also provides real-world cases as examples for his study of the influential subconscious mind.

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

With 30 million copies sold worldwide, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the best-selling inspirational books in the world. A public speaking teacher, Carnegie had originally started with classes in New York, which became wildly popular in a short time. Carnegie’s popularity spanned excessively forcing him to teach in hotels throughout the western world.

It was when Leon Shimkin had suggested he hire a stenographer for his classes that Carnegie started marketing his book. The book had 17 editions in its initial stage alone, making Carnegie a growing household name.

The book is way ahead of its time, with ideas and tips numbered for an easy read. Its straight and crisp language with its no-nonsense approach highlights the reason for its fast and timeless success for generations. The book continues to rule the online bookshelves as it has been ranked as one of the best-selling books on Amazon.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is it important to read motivational books?

As human beings, we go through all sorts of experiences that may contribute to derailing us from our aspirations and hopes. Reading motivational books help us to approach life differently, increasing our confidence to face life.

Why do successful people read books?

Books open all kinds of worlds to us, providing thoughts and information that we would otherwise have no access to or lack in ideas. Reading helps us to understand the world around us better, improve our language and grammar, create an interest in different topics that are essential for success. No matter how successful a person is, books continue to provide confidence, preventing stress and dementia.

How to develop the habit of reading?

With pdfs and audiobooks as the newest forms of books, reading has become fun and engaging for people who might not be into paperbacks or hardcovers. Visit a library that you can access, download an app and subscribe to free or paid audiobooks, download or read books online to start with the habit.

Even though audiobooks are not “reading” in its strictest sense, knowing a book through its contents is what truly matters. 

Which is the best inspirational book to read?

Inspirational books range into many kinds, available both in fiction and non-fiction. Choose according to your interests. Books based on self-help, finance, success, relationships, depression, self-love, etc. are available all around you. Search for best-seller lists or ask for suggestions and feedback from a friend or acquaintance and start reading!

Source: Wikipedia and Penguin Books.