Living an inspired life doesn’t have to be super complicated…although it can be helpful to check in with motivational sources every once in a while! For us, that’s often through books. Whether you like to sit down and binge your books or read a page a day, the following books are some of our favorites from the inspirational category.
So Tim Glover has been responsible for coaching basketball players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, from as the title suggests, good to unstoppable. The book has tons of real-life stories about legendary people doing legendary things, made relatable by explaining how these things happen.
It’s not exactly a surprise that a hot career in the NBA takes obsessive commitment levels to practice, but hearing about how focused this process is will give you some perspective about where you could be better spending your time. We’re not all trying to be Michael Jordan but would we like to be the best in our respective fields? Yes, we would. Inspo for days.
I find it hard to imagine that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t already love devouring books by Elizabeth Gilbert. (She also wrote Eat, Pray, Love, maybe you’ve heard of it.) But in case you need an introduction, she’s extremely honest, accessible, entertaining, and totally spot on.
I love the straightforward nature of Big Magic and its can-do must-do attitude when it comes to expressing creativity. Her attitude has a realistic and applicable “why the f**k*” not vibe that’s totally contagious. I’ve actually read it a couple times (wait a couple years and books are practically like new again!), which is why it was a must add to this list of inspiring books.
This book details the behaviors of genius people like Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Leonardo da Vinci, with the intention of inspiring you to be more like them. The book makes the point that anyone can reach the master level within their craft with the right focus and some apprenticeship. (Or maybe mentorship.) This book made the list of inspiring books for it’s major self-empowerment message.
Richard Branson has a few books and I’m sure they’re all great. His story is fun because he’s always stayed very true to himself with a bit of a rebel attitude about the business thing. He has fun, he’s very rich, and he lives on a private island. Therefore, we trust his business insights.
I can’t say that Never Eat Alone is my top-read in a feel-good way, but it very much inspired me to start networking which totally changed my life. It basically shares real-life examples of why you should be connecting with other people all the time. So in that sense, super inspiring. In the past, I was not a big networker, at all.
But at a time when I mostly freelancing from home, I realized that I was strongly missing the sense of community that’s totally crucial to…do anything. It takes a village, people. After reading this book on two different occasions I was like okay, I suppose I’m ready to network.
My networking journey began by hopping on relevant apps and the habit the completely transformed my professional life within a short amount of time. I can’t imagine why I was ever not networking, but you know, better late than never. That’s why this is a crucial pic for this list of inspiring books.