In order to motivate other people, it is important that you learn how to motivate YOURSELF. Here are some self-improvement books you might want to check out:
- “The Indispensable Qualities of Leadership”: “Becoming a Leader Others Will Follow” by John C. Maxwell.
According to Maxwell, character is the defining quality of a leader. He describes in detail what character really is and how to be an effective leader. Maxwell believes that “Everything rises and falls on the forehead.” A “must read” for anyone in a leadership position or wanting to become a leader. There are 21 laws he says are “irrefutable” in terms of becoming a successful leader that go far beyond knowing how to lead.
- “Discover Your Strengths,” by Marcus Buckingham
From the author of “First, Break All the Rules,” comes this sequel. In this book, Buckingham argues that a successful leader must concentrate on his strengths and make them a priority. Doing what you’re good at always works. There’s also a self-administered personal survey of what you’re good at called the Strength Finder Profile.” This is a serious guide for those who just aren’t sure what they’re good at.
- “The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers,” by Spencer Stuart
This is a book that teaches you how to tap into what is unique about you and use it to your best advantage. One very interesting quote from Stuart: “It’s better to ask for forgiveness after the fact than to ask for permission beforehand” reflects his general suggestion to move forward with what YOU believe is a good choice. In other words, take risks and chances, don’t depend on someone else’s direction. Find things that make you stand out and go do them. Quite a remarkable philosophy, Stuart argues that people need to understand how VALUE is actually created in the workplace and that successful leaders adhere to the 80/20 principle which means doing your defined job, but stepping up and doing that job 20% more.
- “Who moved my cheese?” by Spencer Johnson
This is actually the best-selling paperback of all time, according to the NY Times Review. Johnson’s theory includes an element of change in his concepts and shows ways to move people out of their comfort zone.
- “7 Habits of Highly Successful People”, Steven Covey
This was a bestseller on the New York Times book list for 18 consecutive weeks, and is still a very popular book today. Covey believes that education is still the best way to learn how to be effective. He calls it “sharpening the saw.” He also believes that the first change must come from within and that the best leaders in history had specific habits that they learned that made them strong leaders. He calls it the “ethics of character.” Based on long-term success, Covey believes that people follow others because of moral principles rather than popularity, which he calls the “ethics of personality.”
- “How to Think Like Leonardo Ad Vinci and Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like Ten of History’s Most Revolutionary Minds” by Michael Gelb
This book is an interesting mix of clear yet creative thinking. He gives as examples the 7 key areas of self-improvement that geniuses exhibit: curiosity, scientific research, refinement of the senses, the ability to accept paradox and uncertainty, balance between scientific ability and creativity, concern for physiology, and a deep-rooted recognition of the interconnectedness of all things.
- “Brand You 50: Reinventing the Quest for WOW!” by Thomas Peters
50 isn’t an age, it’s how many brand new “things” you can challenge yourself with. This book motivates people to reinvent themselves by becoming what employers want and need. There are many goals he says people can achieve, as long as they have the dedication and passion.
- “What should I do with my life?” After Bronson.
According to Bronson and others involved in career counseling, it’s okay to be indecisive about what you want to do at any stage of your life. We might want to be many things in our lifetime, so why not? We choose our own happiness, he says, and no one can do it for us. Po gives us 50 stories about success and achievements and how they happen.
- “Rhinoceros Success”, Scott Alexander,
This is a small book that tells the reader that in order to be seen, one must stand out. Alexander certainly stands out. “I had a guy who asked me to come and turn his cows into rhinos, I told him no because cows don’t want to be rhinos, he said very bluntly.” Scott Alexander says his successful Rhinoceros series is based solely on his own motivation. He says that any motivational training given to someone who is not motivated never works. “and not bringing cows back from the dead”. he says. – I only talk to people who are already excited. His famous motivational phrase is “KEEP CHARGING”!
- “Advanced Rhinocerology”, Scott Alexander.
A continuation of Alexander teaching leaders to hide fat because people will attack them from all sides. Knowing your friends and enemies, according to Alexander, is the knowledge you need. In this second in a series of books from Alexander, he argues that anyone can do anything if they just work harder at it, so Keep Charging!”
These are just 10 choices for you to read. There are many more self-improvement books out there that can be of great help in your quest for self-improvement. Your local library or bookstore can recommend the ones you want.