“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Are you searching for books that will inspire you? Do you want to read a book that takes you to new realms of awakening? Are you looking for that perfect read that will inspire you to turn over a new leaf? 

 These ten books are a sure shot to inspire you, influence you and change your perspective to look at life. As quoted by Italo Calvino “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” These books on self-discovering and personal transformation will linger with you.  

Ready to discover your most inspirational next read? Scroll down!

1. Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” 

This book is a must-read for those writers, entrepreneurs, artists, that need the courage to acknowledge the curious creator in themselves. It is a guide to build a successful business and a fulfilling career while keeping your dream alive. This book will surely give you a tour of your inner self that might be undiscovered to you as well. If you have a dream or a lost ambition, that needs a nudge to come out, then read it. Fight for that inner artist within you.

2.“Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”

― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience


What are the most cherished moments of your life? What gives you immense pleasure? Vacations?Fun with friends or family? Soaking sunlight on a beach? Nope. As per Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of Flow, the most optimal moments of life are the ones that direct us towards self-established goals. This book will enlighten you to put your efforts and energy towards more meaningful things in life and see how changes will flow into your life. Of course, the good ones!

3. “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu (Stephen Mitchell Version) 

Have you ever come across those evergreen books, the ones you read with the same zest every time? The ones that fit in every phase of your life and you come back to those books to learn something new? Yes! Tao Te Ching is simply that kind. This beautifully written yet so lucid book is a reservoir of deep wisdom.

4. Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” 

“Our thoughts make us what we are.”

-Dale Carnegie 

Carnegie in his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living ” will tell you all the good stuff that you already know. But what makes this book worth reading is how Carnegie has paired his advice with relatable stories around people who have consumed their happiness because of stress. The book has some remarkable points like “Fatigue comes from stress, not from work.” really makes you re-think your whole pattern of life. If you really are looking for a life-changing book then this would be it.

5. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Alchemist is a simple yet effective book that is based on the thought of following your dreams. It revolves around risk-taking, courage to face roadblocks, and gives the inspiration to learn from obstacles. The core theme of this book is to find one’s destiny. A beautiful lesson that this book teaches us is that you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you take.

6. “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink 

“When the reward is the activity itself—deepening learning, delighting customers, doing one’s best—there are no shortcuts.” -Daniel H. Pink

Daniel Pink describes the importance of intrinsic motivation. It is a must-read for entrepreneurs and understands the importance of intrinsic motivation rather than depending on external motivators. 

7. ”Stoicism” by John Sellars

Ever since the beginning of time, people have been wondering about the deeper questions. Who are we? Why are we here? Why are things this way?

This book is one of the top three books of all time. If you are interested in philosophy then this book is what you were looking for. 

8. “Awaken The Giant” by Tony Robbins

“One belief that I’ve developed to carry me through extremely tough times is simply this: God’s delays are not God’s denials.”

This book is centered around the ides of self-control. It teaches patience, emotional control, and the importance of wait. The beautiful words “God’s delays are not God’s denials” are enough to give motivation to millions. Read this book to find out the capabilities within yourself. 

9. “How Will You Measure Your Life?” By Clayton M. Christensen

If you are looking for a book that will really have an impact on you, then this book will do the magic for you. It will teach you to balance life demands and work. 

10. “Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

This book is a practical masterpiece that shares guides and instructions to succeed in business and life as well. After reading this book you will realize how to prioritize things in life. It is a mandatory read for entrepreneurs.

Whether you are curling in your bed or waiting in an airport or procrastinating, give these books a read! 

Have you read any of these life-changing books yet? 

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