books to motivate you

5 Insanely Good Books To Motivate You


I always believe leaders are readers, so you’ve got to read 30 minutes a day of something that’s going to inspire you.

Tony Robbins

Couldn’t have said it better myself Tone, reading opens up a whole new world of thoughts you might not have found on your own.

So whether you’ve got a book list 5 miles long or you’re daunted by the library, I’ve got your back.

These are 5 powerful, must-read books to motivate you!

Books to motivate you: The List.

Honestly, there is no way only 5 books will encapsulate everything you need to know.

It’s impossible and also why there are more than 5 books on the planet.

However, these are my favorite (and digestible) places to start!

Why Not Me?

The first on my list of books to motivate you… ~ drum roll please ~

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (see it on Goodreads).

Ask anyone, I want to live, breathe, and BE Mindy.

She’s my absolute favorite person and it’s on my life achievements list to meet her.

Her memoir is as much personal stories as it is life lessons, reminding us to allow ourselves endless possibilities even if we’re not the typical heroine of the story.

Mindy also begs the question we need to be asking ourselves, why not me?

Because once you start shifting your mindset from “why me” to “why not me”, you’ll see a world of change.

Professional Troublemaker

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones (see it on Goodreads).

This work of art… oh my word.

I found Luvvie last year and I wish I had found her sooner. She is badass and NECESSARY!

This book is all things overcoming fear to step into the life you’ve only dreamt of.

She gives us permission to stop questioning ourselves and rise above the fear that’s pinning us down.

Luvvie, we thank you for your service.

I’ve also already recommended this book to you, if you need a quick refresher you can read that post here.

You also may have caught Luvvie’s TED talk – it’s kind of famous – but if you haven’t, check it out here.


Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time Crossfit Games Champion by Katrin Davidsdottir (see it on Goodreads).

Katrin is my all-time favorite Crossfit athlete who’s been featured in Fittest on Earth (once on Netflix & how Ms. D and I were introduced).

This is her memoir and I promise will motivate you to the core.

After all, 4 years after starting Crossfit is when she became champion!

While brilliant minds are inspiring, you can’t sleep on watching athletes do their thing.

Watching the amount of work and dedication and MINDSET that goes into being a champion is not for the faint-hearted but it’s a great place to get inspired and show a little passion in your life.

She was recently featured in this No Bull ad and got to tell part of her story (I love No Bulls and I love her so win-win), you can watch it here.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (see it on Goodreads).

Recommended by a friend but should absolutely be considered mandatory, adult reading.

He argues that once we cut through the crap of constant positivity and being “happy” all the time, we will actually become more fulfilled people.

And let’s be honest, people are still putting up with more than they should and lacking in the boundaries department.

Be picky about what you care about and Mark’s here to help you along the way.


Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomaschauer (see it on Goodreads).

Oh ladies, if you haven’t picked this up yet… what are you doing?!

Regena has GOT OUR BACKS.

She wants to ensure you step into your power and find a life full of pleasure and purpose. Any objections? Nope.

I’ve already sung some praises about this title, but in case you missed them, you can read more here.

Now go forth and read!

Now you’ve got your titles and your library card in hand, check out these books to motivate you.

Starting losing yourself to an inspiring, boss energy piece of literature.

You’ll thank me later and let me know which you decide to pick up first!


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