Let’s face it: we all need a little extra motivation every once in a while. (Okay, prob more often than that.) Unfortunately, we can’t all have a personal Jonathan Van Ness to cheer us on from the moment we wake up to the second we drift off to sleep after completing a nightly skin care routine. So until cloning really takes off, I guess we’ll have to improvise. Here are the 12 best motivational books to help gas you up in life when you need it the most.
‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’ by Rachel Hollis
From the author of Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis is back with a casual second New York Times Bestseller. As if that’s not motivational enough, this self-help book will encourage you to stop making excuses and to go after what you want in life. (And yes, that also includes washing your face!)
‘101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think’ by Brianna Wiest
Wiest will help you find your purpose, create a healthy routine and identify the biases that could be negatively affecting your perspective of life. TBH, you gotta trust a woman who has her sh*t together enough to give you 101 essays.
‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ by Angela Duckworth
$15.99 (45% off)
Duckworth’s psychology background helps her explain exactly why talent, luck, and intelligence aren’t the main determining factors in success. She uses spelling bee finalists and even professional football coaches to explain how “grit”—or a focused perseverance—is what actually matters when you’re chasing success.
‘Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols’ by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez
$17.86 (44% off)
Wanna learn how to communicate and inspire others like the great leaders of our time? This book is straight up FULL of public speeches, recorded stories, and more from Nancy Duarte and communications expert, Patti Sanchez.
‘Daring Greatly’ by Brené Brown
$9.34 (45% off)
You know how you were probably taught that being vulnerable is, like, a bad thing? Well, apparently it’s not. Go figure. Researcher Brené Brown believes that in order to be brave, we must first be vulnerable. She wants to change the negative perception surrounding the “V” word and empower you to embrace that terrifying feeling in order to work toward your goals.
‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo
$9.69 (43% off)
You’ve seen the Netflix series. Now, read the book! Kondo is an absolute genius, and she’s filled with life-altering hacks that you can apply not only to that cramped closet of yours, but also to your whole entire life. (If you’ve got a few exes hanging around who no longer spark joy…you know what to do.)
‘Imperfect Courage’ by Jessica Honegger
$10.27 (59% off)
Jessica Honegger, the founder of jewelry brand Noonday Collection, will inspire you to break out of your own comfort zone, and to push other women around you to do the same. It’s basically all about women helping women.
‘The 5 Second Rule’ by Mel Robbins
$16.90 (32% off)
Can you believe this book actually started out as a TEDx Talk? Actually, probably yes because TEDx Talks are already pretty badass on their own. Anyway, learn Mel Robbins’ five second rule and you can become your own motivator in life. The trick is to push yourself when you need it most, because, sadly, your mom or high school track coach isn’t always there to do it for you. Sigh.
‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ by Carol S. Dweck
$12.99 (24% off)
Researcher and psychologist Carl S. Dweck explains the power of mindset. She says that by changing your mindset in relation to your career, talents and abilities, you can change your life and the lives of those around you!
‘Mind Hacking’ by Jennifer Ferguson
Ever feel like you literally cannot stop overthinking and overanalyzing every detail of your life? Same. And apparently this is a bad thing?? Shocking! Ferguson is here to help, TG. She’ll teach you how to recognize and break out of those bad habits, change your negative thoughts to positive ones, and build that v necessary self confidence.
’13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do’ by Amy Morin
$16.19 (40% off)
Morin, a clinical social worker, lays out the 13 everyday habits that could be holding you back from achieving your best self. For example, dwelling on the past and resenting others for their success is not making your life any better. (Again, shocking!) Morin wants to help you change these negative behaviors into positive ones…so maybe you should let her.
‘The Best Advice I Ever Go’t by Katie Couric
$12.86 (24% off)
Katie Couric combines advice and stories from people like Maya Angelou and Michael J. Fox with her own life lessons. She pretty much becomes your personal mentor in this book. Get inspired to take risks, accept failure, and pursue your goals in an fully fearless way.