Motivational books inspire and help those who might not be able to get help any other way. By definition they are designed to motivate the reader to make some sort of change in the way he lives, works, or behaves. With so many to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. In order to help, here are some of the best motivational books of all times.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is known as one of the first motivational books ever to hit the market. Published in 1936, it has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. It was revised in 1981, offering updated language and reducing the number of sections from six to four.
In this book, Carnegie details techniques on handling people, ways to make people like you, how to change people without offending others, and steps to win others to your way of thinking. Over three quarters of a century later, it is still one of the most talked about motivational books available.
Power of Positive Thinking
When the Power of Positive Thinking was written by Norman Vincent Peal in the 1950s it was attacked by both theologians and psychologists. Mental health experts said it was hard to substantiate the claim due to the book being full of anecdotes. Religious leaders made accusations that the book was filled with hypnosis techniques.
Despite the controversy, it has become a popular motivational book. Many people tout how positive thinking has changed their lives. Some say that their daily routines are better for it. Others claim that positive thinking has healing effects and can help people overcome illness.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff
Richard Carlson was a psychotherapist who specialized in stress management. He wrote many books, but he was best known for his 10th book which was a runaway hit. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff spawned numerous sequels and is still considered a best seller today.
This motivational text centers on making it through the day without going crazy over the little things. Readers learn to live in the moment. They also are taught to trust their instincts. Through the use of this text some readers say they have learned how to lower the tolerance for stress. It also encourages readers to allow other people to have the glory every now and then and not hog the spotlight all the time.
These are only a small sample of the many motivational books available on the market. Self-help books as a genre are some of the most popular books available in bookstores. While all of them are designed to help readers grow and be better people both privately and professionally, the subject matter is broad. From learning how to influence the lives of those around you to overcoming the difficulty of dealing with daily stress, each of these books have something that can be learned by all.