Here are our best Motivational Books. Motivation can come from a variety of places so we’ve collected people who know and do impossible things for you to learn from.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
We love Jocko. He doesn’t know what impossible means. This book is a collection of learnings from the two officers who led the most decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War with instructions on how to apply these lessons from the battlefield to life and business.
The authors came back from Iraq and were tasked with training the next generation of SEALs before they set up their own consultancy, teaching their principles to high performance teams across a range of industries.
In a no-bullshit style, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders, in war, in sport or in business, to fulfill their ultimate purpose: to lead and to win.
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
Goggins is one of the toughest out there.
He overcame a nightmare childhood to go from a depressed, overweight young man to a U.S. Armed Forces icon and a leading endurance athlete, setting records in numerous events, leading Outside magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”
He’s the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller.
You’ll learn Goggins’s 40% Rule, that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities, and find out exactly how he created himself. If you want to effect huge personal change, your example is in this book.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
No matter what domain you’re operating in, psychologist Angela Duckworth says you need ‘Grit’.
Rather than ability or aptitude, Duckworth argues that it’s perseverance in the face of challenges that will enable you to achieve anything.
She gives loads of examples of how developing Grit is the route to success and pointers as to how to foster it in yourself.
Impossible requires Grit. \
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
A compendium of interviews with high achievers, Tim uncovers common characteristics and key differences that enable people to fulfil their potential.
There will be someone in your field to learn from in this book. Get it.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnie is the man.
Multi-disciplinary success can only be the result of one thing.
Learn how a boy from Austria who spoke little English came to conquer the American cultural landscape and govern California.
It all sounded impossible. But Arnie’s done it.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mandela endured 27 years in prison on Robben Island for opposing South Africa’s apartheid regime, spending much of the time secretly writing this autobiography.
Showing incredible faith, courage and forgiveness, Mandela secured his nation’s presidency as well as a Nobel Peace Prize, achievements that seemed previously impossible.
Mandela’s honesty means he discusses the contrast between his achievements and the cost to his family life that his life dedicated to public works has taken – a frankness that you can only admire.
Basically, this is an amazing book.
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