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10 Books to Motivate & Inspire You

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), Monday, August 7, 2017

As your day-to-day life grows busier, do you often find yourself feeling overwhelmed and uninspired? It can be challenging to stay motivated amidst the constant hustle and bustle of the business world, which is why it’s important to set aside some time to reflect and recharge. What better way to slow down and reboot than by reading a good book? Today we’re sharing ten books that will help inspire and motivate you to keep the thrive alive as you work towards achieving your dreams.

1.) Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, highlights the importance of creativity in business and leadership in Creativity Inc. This book is all about breaking the status quo and is perfect for anyone who strives for originality.

2.) How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

This book is chock-full of inspiration and wisdom for those looking to forge a path to achieving a fulfilling life.

3.) The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

"The first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon.” Relive the ascent of the company that forever changed the way we shop and read in this spellbinding novel.

4.) Change Starts Within You by Cortney McDermott

Change Starts Within You teaches us to look inside ourselves to create a brighter tomorrow.”

5.) Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Discover your true purpose and regain control of your life as you learn about the fundamental lessons of self-mastery in this thought-provoking bestseller.

6.) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Carnegie’s time-tested advice has helped numerous people achieve success in both their personal and professional lives. A must-read for anyone looking to achieve their maximum potential.

7.)  The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

What if everything you thought about how the world works (i.e., love, education, work, etc.) is wrong? This book challenges you to think outside the box in order to redefine the meaning of personal success.

8.) Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler

A New York Times bestseller, Hustle, will teach you how to “break free from the drudgery” of your daily life and devise a path to success through a three-part structure.

9.) Grit by Angela Duckworth

Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth emphasizes that the key to “outstanding achievement” is not talent but rather a blend of passion and persistence in this compelling novel. 

10.) Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

A riveting story that chronicles the entrepreneurial journey of Nike founder, Phil Knight.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, join ASBA on Thursday, October 12 for THRIVE! Small BIZCON. This action-packed conference will inspire you while providing you with the tools necessary for creating and maintaining a thriving business. Early bird tickets are available for a short-time! Visit for more information. 

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