I LOVE reading inspirational books. Especially if they focus on personal growth. When I’m struggling in a certain area of my life, I’m always looking for a new book that can help me change (My mother even buys me self-help type books, too, as if she’s trying to tell me I need to improve my life).
That’s how I chose this list of my 5 favorite inspirational books. All of these books have helped me grow at some point in my life. If you want a good book to read that will increase your personal growth, check out my top 5 inspirational books for you.
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5 Inspirational Books that will Change Your Life:
The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
We are born with the capacity to learn how to dream, and the humans who live before us teach us how to dream the way society dreams.
I read this book deep into my quarter life crisis (There are some benefits to going through this soul searching time). My current employer at the time bought it for me because she had found a lot of inspiration from the book. This is one of the inspirational books that taught me to be impeccable with words, not to take things personally or to make assumptions, and to always do my best.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
There is only one way to learn and that’s through action. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
This is one of those inspirational books I can read over and over (The only other books I like to read again are Harry Potter). It’s about a boy who’s ready to follow his dream and goes on a journey to find his purpose in life. This book helped me learn that the only thing standing in my way of achieving my dreams is my fear of failure/success (If you also struggle with this fear, learn how to face it here).
Don’t forget that we can get everything we want in life. The universe even wants us to! That’s even what my ultimate guide is all about.
A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman
Curiosity is the tool that sparks creativity and the technique that leads to innovation. Unlike creativity and innovation, curiosity is more accessible, democratic, as well as, easier to see and do.
As a creative person, I was excited to read this book when it came out (I thought it would be about being a more creative person). But this book was about MUCH more than that. I learned to use curiosity to connect to people on a deeper level through engaging in conversation and asking genuine questions. We are so lucky that we live in a society where it’s easy to be curious–Thank you Google!
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
I read this book in high school and remember being so moved by it (I think it was the first inspirational book I’d ever read). It’s about a man’s journey after he dies–the main focus of the book is that endings are just beginnings that we don’t know about at the time. This books was great to learn about human connections and the meaning of our lives.
How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath
When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Each of us also has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people’s buckets — by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions — we also fill our own bucket.
This is a newer inspirational book that my boss gave me after a conference. Whenever I think of this book, I always think of the question “Are you tearing someone else down to bring your own self up?”. This book teaches you to have a life filled with positive experiences so that we aren’t using our dipper to take from others. Always a great reminder!
Reading inspirational books is an AMAZING way to increase your personal growth. If you start with this list, you will be surprised at how much your outlook on life will change. No matter our age or circumstance, we should always be working to be the best we can be.