Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Motivational Self-Help. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.  In Can't Hurt Me , he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.  An annotated edition of Can’t Hurt Me , offering over two hours of bonus content featuring deeper insights and never-before-told stories shared by David. Not available in other formats.

  • Author: David Goggins
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development, Personal Development, Personal Success

                 

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

The definitive eBook edition of the New York Times bestselling classic named #1 Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century by Forbes . Since its first publication in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Influential People has been translated into more than forty languages and sold tens of millions of copies around the world. Stephen R. Covey’s timeless wisdom has inspired people of all ages and walks of life to not only improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life. This definitive eBook edition includes forwards by Stephen R. Covey, Jim Collins, and Covey’s children. “Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.”—Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

  • Author: Stephen R. Covey
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 15, 2013)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money

                 

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.  For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.  Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited - "not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault". Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.  There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

  • Author: Mark Manson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development, Personal Development, Personal Success

                 

4. How to Be Fine: What We Learned by Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

A humorous and insightful look into what advice works, what doesn't, and what it means to transform yourself, by the co-hosts of the popular By the Book podcast. In each episode of their podcast By the Book , Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take a deep dive into a different self-help book, following its specific instructions, rules, and advice to the letter. From diet and productivity to decorating to social interactions, they try it all, record themselves along the way, then share what they’ve learned with their devoted and growing audience of fans who tune in. Before they began their podcast, Jolenta wanted to believe the promises of self-help books, while Kristen was very much the skeptic. They embraced their differences of opinion, hoping they’d be good for laughs and downloads. But in the years since launching the By the Book , they’ve come to realize their show is about much more than humor. In fact, reading and following each book’s advice has actually changed and improved their lives. Thanks to the show, Kristen penned the Amish romance novel she’d always joked about writing, traveled back to her past lives, and she broached some difficult conversations with her husband about their marriage. Jolenta finally memorized her husband’s phone number, began tracking her finances, and fell in love with cutting clutter.  In How to Be Fine , Jolenta and Kristen synthesize the lessons and insights they’ve learned and share their experiences with everyone. How to Be Fine is a thoughtful look at the books and practices that have worked, real talk on those that didn’t, and a list of philosophies they want to see explored in-depth. The topics they cover include: Getting off your device Engaging in positive self-talk Downsizing Admitting you're a liar Meditation Going outside Getting in touch with your emotions Seeing a therapist Part memoir, part prescriptive handbook, this honest, funny, and heartfelt guide is like a warm soul-baring conversation with your closest and smartest friends. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Jolenta Greenberg
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Internet & Social Media, Podcasts & Webcasts

                 

5. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.

  • Author: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, Applied Psychology

                 



6. Untamed


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

Number one New York Times best seller More than two million copies sold! "Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today." (Reese Witherspoon, Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick) In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, best-selling author, and "patron saint of female empowerment" ( People ) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us. Named one of the Best Books of the Year by O: The Oprah Magazine The Washington Post Cosmopolitan Marie Claire Bloomberg Parade " Untamed will liberate women - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love ) This is how you find yourself. There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent - even from ourselves. For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There she is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice - the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There she is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

  • Author: Glennon Doyle
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Community & Culture, Women

                 

7. The Four Agreements


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

In The Four Agreements , don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. Don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec. For more than two decades, he has guided others toward their personal freedom. Today, he continues to combine his unique blend of ancient wisdom and modern-day awareness through journeys to sacred sites around the world.

  • Author: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development, Personal Development, Personal Success

                 

8. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print. Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life." Through this self-help classic we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world and helping us to believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life. Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.

  • Author: Brené Brown
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing; 1st edition (August 27, 2010)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Creativity
  • ISBN: 978-1592858491
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

                 

9. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the , a , for , above , and even even . Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller . It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way). But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the listener on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he's overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion. He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself. "Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter," he says. "So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?"

  • Author: Neil Strauss - contributor
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Actors & Entertainers

                 

10. The Gifts of Imperfection, 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a New Foreword


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Motivational Self-Help - August 2021

The 10th-anniversary edition of the game-changing number one New York Times best seller, featuring a new foreword. For more than a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what's now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection , which has sold more than two million copies in 35 different languages across the globe.  What transforms this book from words to effective daily practices are the 10 guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.  Brené writes, "This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance."

  • Author: Brené Brown
  • Genre: Medical Books, Psychology, General