64 Top Dream Inspiration Books to Achieve the Impossible

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When you feel like your dream is too big, impossible, or you are stuck, turning to inspirational dream books can help you move forward in your big dream.

Whether your big dream is to travel Europe, lose one hundred pounds, or change your career, they are all within your reach, but sometimes you need a little help with setting out on the right path. This is where books or books on CD’s can make all the difference.

Here’s 8 Women Dream’s 64 best dream inspiration books to achieve your impossible dreams

1. Simple Steps to Impossible Dreams: The 15 Power Secrets of the World’s Most Successful PeopleSimple Steps to Impossible Dreams

By Steven K. Scott

The keys are in the “Power Secrets,” a set of specific strategies and techniques that enabled Steve Scott to fulfill his impossible dreams, not only in business, but in every other area of life.

With stories, advice, and plenty of interactive material to help you create your own personal plan, Simple Steps to Impossible Dreams doesn’t just motivate you to fulfill your dreams, it gives you the step-by-step directions to do it! (Amazon)

2. Dream Big: Finding the Courage to Follow Your Dreams and Laugh at Your NightmaresDream Big

By Lisa Hammond

Lisa Hammond’s story of following her passion, founding her own company (Femail Creations–a woman-oriented catalog company that grew into a huge success), and in turn helping other women make their way in the world.

Dream Big shows women that the first step isn’t writing a business plan–it’s listening to yourself and taking your turn, it’s managing your life from the heart. (Amazon)

3. Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams

Infinate possibilitiesBy Mike Dooley

Infinite Possibilities is a fresh and inspiring look at how each of us can turn within to discover our true purpose, ignite our imagination, and manifest our desires.

Mike Dooley explains that our dreams are not accidental or inconsequential, but rather serve as invitations to understand the truths about ourselves, hinting at the lives we can create. Your dreams are not yours by accident.

You have them for a reason, many reasons, not the least of which is to make them come true. With understanding you’ll find that nothing could be easier than the way things have always been. (Amazon)

4. It’s Up to You: A Practice to Change Your Life by Changing Your MindIt's Up to You

By Karen Casey

It’s Up to You invites readers to do three simple things: meditate, pay attention, and make choices to change their lives–for a few minutes each morning and evening, one principle a week for twelve weeks.

As we reflect on Karen Casey‘s insight into the insidious ways we create misery or drama, try to impose will, and suffer needlessly, and as we follow her gentle prompts to make different choices, we begin to see that we can change just about anything in our lives by taking these small steps. (Amazon)

5. The 9 Intense Experiences: An Action Plan to Change Your Life Forever

The 9 intense experiencesBy Brian Vaszily

What are the 9 most intense experiences–the transformative steps that can improve your life starting now?

How do these experiences generate happiness, health, and success in every aspect of your life? Why have people throughout the centuries valued them and why do so few people today realize their power?

With this book by Brian Vaszily, you can become the person you were meant to be and experience the life you’ve always dreamed of. (Amazon)

6. Manifesting Change: It Couldn’t Be EasierManifesting change

By Mike Dooley

Mike Dooley uses his revolutionary concept, the Matrix, to take the art of deliberate creation to the next level.

Taking us behind the curtains of time and space, Dooley guides us through the practice of choosing our desired end results without getting too attached to the details or messing with the cursed hows.

This book will help you understand what you really want, why you really want it, and how to go about getting it with supreme confidence. (Amazon)

7. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get ItIf I could do anything

By Barbara Sher

Whether you’re looking to make improvements in your job or personal life, Barbara Sher will teach you how to determine what your goals are, and how to successfully reach them–even if right now the only thing you know is that you’re vaguely to very unhappy and haven’t the foggiest idea what to do with yourself.

“A life without direction is a life without passion,” says motivational specialist, therapist, and career counselor Barbara Sher. Recapture long lost goals, overcome the blocks that inhibit your success, decide what you want to be, and live your dreams. (Amazon)

8. Live the Life You Love: In Ten Easy Step-By Step LessonsLive the Life You Love

By Barbara Sher

No matter how long it’s been since you’ve dreamed it… No matter how “unrealistic” it seems… Your impossible dream may not be impossible anymore.

If you’ve been waiting for a job that rewards you with more than a paycheck…or for the perfect moment to take that “long-lost” dream off hold…it’s time to stop waiting and start creating a life you can truly love! (Amazon)

9. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to LiveFinding your own north star

By Martha Beck

The book is a lengthy exercise intended to evaluate your current lifestyle pleasures and pains, while Martha Beck teaches the process of listening to the body for directional cues, how to extract “soul shrapnel” (healing all those nasty, self-defeating emotional wounds), and exploring an intriguing “Map of Change” to achieve an authentic life.

Finding Your Own North Star offers achievable steps make your dreams come true. (Amazon)

10. The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting GoalsThe magic lamp

By Keith Ellis

Do you have trouble setting goals? Would you like to have greater focus, stronger follow-through, and achieve dramatically better results?

Would you like to learn how to get anything you want from life–more money, a new home, a promotion, better relationships, a greater sense of fulfillment, or anything else you can imagine?

The Magic Lamp transforms the process of setting goals from a dull routine into an exciting adventure because it’s the first book to combine the methods of goal setting with the magic of making your wishes come true. (Amazon)

11. Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your LifeReinvention

By Brian Tracy

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what is the greatest thing you would dare to dream? Is the job you now have the one you’ve always wanted? Do you work with the kind of people you’d like to work with?

Brian Tracy’s unique, life-altering book gives listeners an interactive series of exercises to use to focus on what you really want. We live in a time of rapid change…but also of unprecedented opportunity.

This book supplies listeners with a proven system that you can use to turn your greatest dreams into reality! (Amazon)

12. Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success Change your thinkingand Achievement

By Brian Tracy

This book shows you how to change the way you think and open new doors to unlimited possibilities. Based on thirty years of experience sharing this philosophy with more than two million people, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life focuses on the importance of setting goals, expanding your thinking, and imagining your own unlimited potential.

It presents twelve powerful principles that will help anyone get on the road to a better, more fulfilling life. These principles will show you how to dream big dreams, take charge of your life, become wealthy, and achieve every goal you can set for yourself. (Amazon)

13. It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now: How To Create Your Second Life At Any AgeIt's only too late if you don't start now

By Barbara Sher

Recognizing that many people feel that their best years are in the past once they turn 40, well-known therapist and author Sher uses anecdotes, facts, and motivation to encourage listeners to make the most of their lives.

Through a lengthy introduction, Sher revisits negative attitudes and experiences and points out their inaccuracies.

She then provides exercises and encouragement to help facilitate positive change. (Amazon)

14. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen WayOne Small Step

By Robert Maurer

Rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching–“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”–Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments.

Kaizen is the tortoise versus the hare. Kaizen is the eleven Fortune 500 companies that significantly outperformed the market through moderate, step-by-step actions.

Kaizen is losing weight not by a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating one bite less at each meal–then, a month later, eating two bites less. Kaizen is starting a life-changing exercise program by standing–just standing–on a treadmill for one minute a day. (Amazon)

15. The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of WonderAwe maniac

By Jill Badonsky

A playfully practical guide that’s a refreshing twist on the revered Farmer’s Almanac, The Awe-Manac provides daily forecasts and directives to help readers make life more creative, amusing, gratifying, and extraordinary every day of the year!

Through 365 days, readers are encouraged to think more brilliantly, laugh more often, make art or write creatively, and simply add a lot more awe into daily life.

A perennial guide that invites its readers to find the joy and amusement in every day. (Amazon)

16. How to Escape Lifetime Security and Pursue Your Impossible DreamHow to escape lifetime security

By Kenneth Atchity

For the Type C, or creative, personalities who want their work to “fill” their deepest creative urges, this is the front-line guide to making the transition from a secure and soulless job to a life built around a creative dream.

Individuals learn how to follow the mind’s eye to construct a life that conforms to personal vision, steal time to make creative dreams come true, use as assets the resources around them, and turn creative goals and objectives into an effective life plan. (Amazon)

17. The Real Truth about Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won’t Tell You, The real truth about successand How You Can Do It Anyway!

By Garrison Wynn

All of us have a personal advantage we can use to stack the cards in our own favor. What’s yours? High intelligence? Good looks? Likability? Great connections? (Your unfair advantage may well be a talent for leveraging other peoples unfair advantage.)

Refreshingly (sometimes brutally) honest about what it takes to get to the top, The Real Truth about Success blows the lid off the secret of their success so you can make it the secret of your success. (Amazon)

18. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Awaken the Giant WithinDestiny!

By Anthony Robbins

Anthony Robbins, the nation’s leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.

The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny. (Amazon)

19. Stop Self-Sabotage: Get Out of Your Own Way to Earn More Money, Improve Your Stop self-sabotageRelationships, and Find the Success You Deserve

By Pat Pearson

A practical guide from a licensed psychotherapist shows you how to conquer any negative beliefs that might be sabotaging your life.

Whether you’re feeling stuck in your jobs, dating the wrong person, or unable to lose weight, this simple five-step plan can help transform self-defeating thinking into a higher “Deserve Level,” giving you the tools to stop self-sabotage and embrace the happiness and success you deserve. (Amazon)

20. Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating BehaviorGet out of your own way

By Mark Goulston

Procrastination…Envy…Anger…Self-pity…Compulsion….In any of its many forms, self-defeating behavior is the single most common reason that people seek psychotherapy. It is a poison that prevents people from achieving the love, success, and happiness they desire.

Get Out of Your Own Way is an antidote, explaining the reasons for self-sabotage by going back to the childhood origins of various behaviors. With anecdotes and usable insights drawn from twenty years of psychiatric clinical practice, Dr. Mark Goulston shares ideas that have helped thousands of patients overcome pain, fear, and confusion-to approach life’s challenges with dignity, wisdom, courage, and even humor. (Amazon)

21. Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big IdeasChange your life

By Allen Klein

This books small size makes it ideal to carry in a purse or a bag, or to keep by the computer for those moments of need.

If you choose to use these uplifting and inspiring quotes, they all have the potential to be life-changing. Kipling once said that words are “the most powerful drug used by mankind” – the words in this book are the prescription readers need to revise their lives.

This book also features a foreword by Jack Canfield, cocreator of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. (Amazon)

22. Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life: Stop Wishing Your Life Were Different and Ask yourself questionsMake it Happen

By Arlene Harder

Dedicated to helping readers move towards their goals, this motivational guide shows how to ask direct questions to uncover strengths and draw upon past successes.

The answers to such questions as: Am I following my dreams of someone else’s? Is there someone I need to forgive in order to reach my goal? and What qualities of the human spirit do I need? Allow for penetration into the inner self to discover calls-to-action and deep-seated desires.

Clear and insightful, these questions and exercises pave the path for self-improvement. (Amazon)

23. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Unlocking the Secrets to Living Your DreamsChicken Soup for the dreamer's soul

By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

With its powerful message of hope and inspiration, the series that Newsweek called “a publishing phenomenon” has taught readers that dreams really do come true for those who dare to believe that any obstacle, no matter how daunting, can be overcome with persistence, patience and belief in oneself.

Included are poignant letters from readers whose lives were transformed by what they read and a special section written by coauthors, master motivators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, on the special principles of living your dreams that everyone can follow. (Amazon)

24. Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative GeniusCracking creativity

By Michael Michalko

To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history’s greatest thinkers from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace.

Cracking Creativity is peppered with anecdotes and exercises to help push you to your creative limit. How “Sometimes the craziest ideas are the most inspired”. . . . “You don’t have to score 1600 on the SATs or build your own computer to approach your craft with genius”. . . .this book is filled with exercises that illustrate the benefits of looking at problems from different angles. (Amazon)

25. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking TechniquesTikertoys

By Michael Michalko

In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas?

In this groundbreaking book, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways.

Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different. (Amazon)

26. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?Linchpin

By Seth Godin

“Everyone’s an artist now.” By Seth Godin’s definition, an artist is not just some person who messes around with paint and brushes, an artist is somebody who does “emotional work.”

Work that you put your heart and soul into. Work that matters. Work that you gladly sacrifice all other alternatives for. As a working artist and cartoonist myself, I know exactly what he means. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

The only people who have a hope of becoming linchpins in any organization, who have any hope of changing anything for the better in real terms, are those who have the capacity to do “emotional work” at a high level to be true artists at whatever they set their minds on doing. (Amazon)

27. No Excuses!: The Power of Self-DisciplineNo Excuses

By Brian Tracy

Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. No Excuses! shows you how you can achieve success in all three major areas of your life, including your personal goals, business and money goals, and overall happiness.

With these guidelines, you can learn how to be more successful in everything you do–instead of wistfully envying others you think are just “luckier” than you. (Amazon)

28. Making Your Dreams Come True: A Plan for Easily Discovering and Achieving the Life You Want!Making your dreams come true

By Marcia Wieder

Imagine living the life you’ve always dreamed about – the career, the relationship, and even simply that vacation you keep putting off. In Making Your Dreams Come True, Marcia Wieder teaches you a concrete formula to overcome whatever is standing between you and your dream – mostly your own self-limiting beliefs – and to rediscover the passion that may have been hidden for years.

Learning how to get your own beliefs on your side is just one of the specific strategies of her plan. You will also discover the Passion Pyramid, a useful tool that reveals how passion helps you accomplish your dreams more quickly. (Amazon)

29. The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live ItThe best year of your life

By Debbie Ford

The Best Year of Your Life is a call to action to stop pretending that the future will bring you the life of your dreams and to instead start living your dreams in this moment and for the rest of your life.

Many of us spend our days thinking, talking and dreaming about what our lives could be like ‘if only …’. We make resolutions, we follow a new diet, we start exercise routines, we begin working on our lifelong goals and then we give up, get too busy and forget about what’s truly important to us. Another year passes by and our dreams remain out of reach. But what if today you discovered that the life you’ve always wanted is right in front of you, well within your grasp? Debbie Ford wants to know if you are you ready to live it. (Amazon)

30. Your Best Year Yet!: Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your MostYour Best Year Yet! Successful Ever

By Jinny Ditzler

Within every successful person is an ordinary person who found the courage, heart, and discipline to act…to face the big challenges and make dreams come true. The life you want is yours for the taking.

Your Best Year Yet is a fun, proven, interactive workshop-in-a-book that offers a transformational, goal-oriented program based on ten simple questions. These straightforward, life-changing practical steps will help you make this year — and every year — the best year of your life as you achieve: Greater income — Time for what matters — Fulfilling relationships — A satisfying career — Physical wellness. (Amazon)

31. Supercoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s LifeSupercoach

By Michael Neill

In this fun, easy-to-read book, best-selling author and internationally renowned success coach Michael Neill shares the secrets of transforming your life and the lives of the people you care about most — your family, friends, colleagues, and clients.

You will learn: How to stop thinking like a victim — The secret to financial security in any economy — Proven techniques to produce dramatic changes in yourself and others — Simple ways to create lasting relationships — The key to lifelong happiness — Strategies for increasing productivity, energy, well-being. (Amazon)

32. Fearless: Creating the Courage to Change the Things You CanFearless

By Steve Chandler

Why is it that fear is the culprit behind every human dysfunction? How to release every kind of fear you can imagine, from money fear, to relationship fear to fear of death. How to access the natural creative courage inside every human being.

How to create the life you want fearlessly, instead of living a life of cowering, and trying to live up to other people’s expectations. How to relax and be at peace. How to create what you want without worrying about others’ judgments of you. (Amazon)

33. The Art of Living a Life You LoveThe Art of Living the Life You Love

By Margaux Joy DeNador

The Art of Living a Life You Love will change the way you look at life and how you spend your time. Through stories, examples, questions, and exercises you will feel inspired to make positive choices that create great results. This book will show you how to enjoy life more every day!

Margaux Joy DeNador has been a student of positive psychology and the power of our thoughts for over 25 years. Her intention is to share with you what she has learned to help you love your life and feel more joy. (Amazon)

34. Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really WantWishcraft

By Barbara Sher

Cindy Fox was a waitress. Now she’s a pilot. Peter Johnson was a truck driver. Now he’s a dairy farmer. Tina Forbes was a struggling artist. Now she’s a successful one. Alan Rizzo was an editor. Now he’s a bookstore owner.

You’ll learn how to: Discover your strengths and skills — Turn your fears and negative feelings into positive tools — Diagram the path to your goals and map out target dates for meeting it — Chart your progress day by day — Create a support network of contacts and sources — Use a buddy system to keep you on track. (Amazon)

35. Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting ItWrite it down - make it happen

By Henriette Anne Klauser

Here, Klauser instructs her readers to write down their most extravagant wishes and, merely by the act of recording them, make them come true. She claims that the writings themselves are so powerful that they will influence external circumstances.

Eventually, however, she reveals that this wish-writing is neither magical nor miraculous. It requires practitioners not only to write their wishes but also to participate actively in achieving them. This has dramatically improved her life and the lives of her friends and acquaintances. (Amazon)

36. It Works: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True!It Works


It Works presents a concise, definite plan for bettering your conditions in life. It shows you how to use the Mighty Power within that is anxious and willing to serve you if you know how to use it.

It Works shows you how. All scientific, psychological and theological explanations are eliminated. Three hundred pages are boiled down to ten minutes of interesting facts, a definite plan and three short rules of accomplishment.

Test the power of this simple book that defies tradition and experience. Millions have tried the plan it presents and know in truth that it does work. (Amazon)

37. Being In Balance: 9 Principles for Creating Habits to Match Your DesiresBeing in balance

By Dr Wayne Dyer

In this inspirational work, best-selling author and lecturer Wayne W. Dyer shows you how to restore balance in your life by offering nine principles for realigning your thoughts so that they correspond to your highest desires.

Imagine a balance scale with one end weighted down to the ground, and the other end, featuring the objects of your desires, sticking up precariously in the air. This scale is a measurement of your thoughts. To restore the same balance that characterizes everything in our universe, you have to take up the weighty thoughts so that they match up to your desires. (Amazon)

38. Travel Dreams Sold Here: Crafting an Extraordinary VacationTravel Dreams

By Graydon Gig Gwin

Gig draws upon his years of travel, consulting and speaking experience. The book includes travel lists, such as Gig’s selection of the 75 grand tours of the world, totally comprehensive with landmarks and lodging, as well as 260 photos from his own adventures through the years, common-sense health rules, shopping tips, and creative photography.

Readers can take a travel survey that may just reshape their thinking about their next grand tour. Whether your preferred mode of transportation is planes, trains, ships or automobiles, there is a chapter for you. World traveler Gig Gwin invites you to join him in this celebration of the joy of exploration. Hopefully his love of travel will be contagious. (Amazon)

39. The Magic of Thinking BigThe Magic of thinking big

By David Schwartz

Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and — most important of all — find greater happiness and peace of mind.

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction — but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. (Amazon)

40. Writing to Get Published: Bringing the Dream AliveWriting to get published

By Vanessa O’Loughlin

Essential fiction writing tips from Inkwell’s Vanessa Loughlin, bringing together the very best from the Inkwell Writers Workshops and the bestselling authors who facilitate them.

Covering essential fiction writing tips and technique this accessible book provides practical advice on improving your fiction and preparing it for publication. Ideal for new writers it covers starting to write, plotting and planning, and character development as well as tips for writing winning short fiction. Find out how to cope with and avoid rejection, and how to build an author profile to sell yourself, as well as your book, to editors and agents. (Amazon)

41. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World TravelVagabonding

By Rolf Potts

Veteran vagabond Potts regales readers with his mantra: anyone with an adventurous spirit can achieve the feat of taking extended time off from work to experience the world. In 11 short chapters that follow the same structure, Potts tells how to negotiate time off from work, prepare for travel, and get the most out of your time on the road.

Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life –from six weeks to four months to two year –to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. (Amazon)

42. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the The art of non conformityWorld

By Chris Guillebeau

Those who are open-minded, ready to challenge the status-quo, hard-working, and personally responsible can lead lives of rare authenticity through radical goal-setting, Chris Guillebeau counsels, rewriting motivational standards in edgier prose: “The pathway to world domination, or whatever it is you want to do, begins with clearly understanding what you want to get out of life.”

The author challenges the status quo on college degrees, spending and saving, employment, collecting, and other issues, and coaches for success with a likeable, energetic voice. Peppered throughout with stories from his own life, Guillebeau’s intriguing guide will motivate readers to listen to their impulses and realize their goals. (Amazon)

43. The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life7 Stages of money maturity

By George Kinder

Financial advisor and Buddhist teacher George Kinder, presents a totally original look at the ins and outs of individual economics. Drawing on timeless spiritual wisdom in addition to modern fiscal doctrine, Kinder deftly combines the philosophical and the practical to help readers broaden their understanding of the overall role that money plays in life from childhood onward–and, more importantly, put themselves on firmer footing with it today.

By following three composite characters throughout the book and examining their experiences through the prisms of his own background and development, Kinder explains how to evolve naturally through these seven specific states (innocence, pain, knowledge, understanding, vigor, vision, and aloha) to achieve both financial and personal security. (Amazon)

44. Lighting the Torch: The Kinder Method of Life PlanningLighting the torch

By George Kinder

Each of us carries within our hearts a “dream of freedom” where lives feel fulfilled and are truly worthwhile. Financial planners offer clients the most comprehensive opportunity to discover and integrate a financial life plan that in fact melds meaning with money.

No other professional can help the client unveil his or her most profound dreams and values, and then articulate a financial strategy that empowers successful implementation. This book provides training in the Kinder Method of life planning and a skill set that can provide a consistent and successful process with clients, leading to that moment called “lighting the torch.” (Amazon)

45. Motion Before Motivation: The Success Secret That Never FailsMotion before motivation

By Mike Dolpies

Motion Before Motivation, The Success Secret That Never Fails is a Self-Help book grounded in reality. It’ll show you how to succeed in the world, as the world really is, not the way we all wish it was. You’ll get practical advice to achieve business and personal success.

Mike Dolpies is an Author, Speaker and Business Owner. He started his first business just six months out of high school at the age of eighteen. He speaks for corporations and associations on the topics of Success, Peak Performance and Ethical Persuasion. (Amazon)

46. Poke The BoxPoke the box

By Seth Godin

If you’re stuck at the starting line, you don’t need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’ okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke.

Poke the Box is a call to action about the initiative you’re taking in your job or in your life. Godin knows that one of our scarcest resources is the spark of initiative in most organizations (and most careers the person with the guts to say, “I want to start stuff.”

Poke the Box just may be the kick in the pants you need to shake up your life. (Amazon)

47. Anything You WantAnything you want

By Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers chronicles his accidental success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby and building a business close to his heart.

His less-scripted approach to business is refreshing and will educate readers to feel empowered to follow their own dreams. Aspiring entrepreneurs and others trying to make their own way will be particularly comforted by Sivers straight talk and transparency -a reminder that anything you want is within your reach. (Amazon)

48. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More SuccessfulWhat got you here won't get you there

By Marshall Goldsmith

America’s most sought-after executive coach shows how to climb the last few rungs of the ladder.

As executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, there are small “transactional flaws” performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank you enough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any people back.

Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change. (Amazon)

49. Now, Discover Your StrengthsNow, discover your strengths

By Marcus Buckingham

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.

Now a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. (Amazon)

50. Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do DifferentlyFind your strongest life

By Marcus Buckingham

Read Find Your Strongest Life and discover: How to make the most of the role you were born to play, How to get others to understand who you really are, The successful strategies of other women like you.

From his decades of research at the Gallup Organization to years of walking business executives through the “strengths revolution,” Marcus Buckingham has gained an international reputation for practical, realistic, and life-changing advice. Find Your Strongest Life helps women apply this expertise to their own lives. (Amazon)

51. 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal48 days to the work you love

By Dan Miller

Dan Miller has seen it coming for years. 48 Days to the Work You Love, is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be in relation to our vocation-whatever shape that career may take in these changing times. According to the author, failing to make that fundamental discovery of calling is why so many people find themselves in jobs they hate. But now, thousands upon thousands are finding the work they love, thanks to practical advice from this leading career counselor.

Conversational and creative, Miller helps the reader understand one’s God-given skills and abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions. Doing so helps us recognize clear patterns that will point toward successful decisions along the career path. (Amazon)

52. QuitterQuitter

By Jon Acuff

Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have.

All too often, we hear that dreaming big means you quit your day job, sell everything you own, and move to Guam. But what if there were a different way? What if you could blow up your dream without blowing up your life? What if you could go for broke without going broke?

From figuring out what your dream is to quitting in a way that exponentially increases your chance of success, Quitter is full of inspiring stories and actionable advice. It’s time to close the gap between your day job and your dream job. (Amazon)

53. 99 Ways To Make Money From Your Photos99 Ways to male money from your photos

By The Editors of Photopreneur

Packed with insider tips, the editors of the successful Photopreneur blog (blogs.photopreneur.com), explain in each chapter what and how to shoot, how to break in, and where to go to generate sales. From photo enthusiasts, to beginning photographers, to professional photographers, 99 Ways To Make Money From Your Photos is the only resource of its kind.

“A great guide for those who want to start earning money with their photos. Several of the shown ways to earn money with photography work for me and some of the given hints were new and proved to be successful. This guide is so comprehensive that any photographer should be able to find a good starting point to get his business going.” (Amazon)

54. Be Your Own Life Coach: Dream it! Plan it! Do it!Be your own life coach

By Fiona Harrold

Coaching can help you strengthen your sense of self-worth, focus on your goals – and get there, fast. The Daily Telegraph feels Fiona Harrold is ‘one of the most influential women in Britain’. Leading life coach Fiona Harrold has lots of simple but powerful tips and exercises to motivate and inspire you.

In this highly motivating new book, Harrold uses her experience as a life coach to show us that we can turn our own lives around. With encouragement, humor, and an emphasis on the practical, Fiona sets out the 10 steps to taking control of our lives. (Amazon)

55. Now What? 90 Days to a New Life DirectionNow what?

By Laura Berman Fortgang

A clear and utterly practical 90-day program for discovering a new direction for your life

Pioneering life coach Laura Berman Fortgang shares the process that she has used so successfully to help hundreds of clients make major changes in their lives. Whether it’s moving on from a dead end job, discovering an entirely new creative outlet, or answering the age old question “What am I meant to do with my life?” this book provides a clear and infinitely practical 90-day program that can help you make major changes in your life.

For anyone who feels drawn toward a life-changing move but is not sure exactly what to do or how to move forward, Now What? provides a concrete process for finding and pursuing a new path in life. (Amazon)

56. Inspired!: Take Your Product Dream from Concept to ShelfInspired

By Vik Venkatraman

The definitive reference guide for developing, launching, and rolling out a new product

Each year, thousands of new products are introduced to market. Most fail. What’s worse is it doesn’t have to be this way. The fact is product failure is rarely the result of either a lack of need or desire for a product, but, rather, is due to an entrepreneur who lacks the know-how to successfully develop, launch and roll-out his or her product.

Inspired! helps entrepreneurs to successfully navigate the marketplace, avoiding the common mistakes most people make, while finding traction faster, and building an attractive brand that players across the value chain will want will want to buy. (Amazon)

57. One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the WorkOne simple idea

By Stephen Key

For as long as you can remember, you’ve had a dream. You’ve longed to see your product idea come to fruition so you never have to work for anyone else again.

Stephen Key has been living this dream for 30 years. The developer of such lucrative products as Michael Jordan’s WallBall®, the Spinformation® rotating label, and HotPicks® guitar picks, he knows better than anyone how to make a great living as an entrepreneur. Key develops ideas for new products, licenses them out, collects royalty checks, and doesn’t look back. You can do it, too. All you need is One Simple Idea. (Amazon)

58. How to Write and Sell Simple Information for Fun and ProfitHow to write and sell simple information

By Robert W. Bly

Packed with income-generating ideas about creating a variety of sell-able written works, this guide includes information for researching and writing effective, instructional materials and calling upon a variety of publishing channels, including magazines, traditional book publishers, self-publishing, and the Internet.

The mechanics behind becoming a successful writer and information packager are presented in this resource that explores how to write and sell simple information in multiple formats, allowing writers to turn specialized knowledge into money-making books and products. (Amazon)

59. Blogging for Fame and FortuneBlogging for fame and fortune

By Jason R. Rich

Blog your way to the big time by attracting millions and make big money using success secrets from cyber superstars and blogging pros, including entertainment blogger Perez Hilton and Blogger.com’s Taj Campbell.

Learn how to build a noteworthy online identity, captivate the masses, and break into mainstream media-leveraging your creativity, not your bank account. Plus, discover how to immediately cash in on your online platform and new-found popularity!

On the net, no topic is off limits. Share your opinions, thoughts, commentary, audio/video creations, and expertise to build your online presence and launch yourself into stardom! (Amazon)

60. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure IncomeProblogger

By Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

A complete how-to from two of the world’s top bloggers

Thousands of aspiring bloggers launch new blogs every day, hoping to boost their income. Without solid advice from experts, most will fail. This bestselling guide, now fully revised with new and updated tips and tricks from two of the world’s most successful bloggers, Darren Rowse provides the step-by-step information bloggers need to turn their hobby into an income source or a full-time career.

Written by two full-time professional bloggers, the updated edition of ProBlogger tells you exactly how to launch and maintain a blog that makes money. (Amazon)

61. Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the ExtraordinaryMake the impossible possible

By Bill Strickland and Vince Rause

Bill Strickland has spend the past thirty years transforming the lives of thousands of people through Manchester Bidwell, the jobs training center and community arts program he founded in Pittsburgh. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better, brighter future.

In Make the Impossible Possible, Bill Strickland shows how each of us, by adopting the attitudes and beliefs he has lived by every day, can reach our fullest potential and achieve the impossible in our lives and careers–and perhaps change the world a little in the process. (Amazon)

62. The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your DreamThe illustrated alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Since its publication in 1993, Paulo Coelho’s magical novel has enchanted millions of readers around the globe. Now, the following is sure to grow with the release of this stunning edition featuring 35 illustrations from renowned artist Moebius.

The Alchemist follows Santiago, a Spanish shepherd boy who leaves his home in search of treasure.

What he discovers about himself and life as he travels over the continents to the alchemist is more rewarding than any object he ever dreamed of.

63. Find Your DreamFind your dream

By Catherine Hughes

Are you struggling to figure out what you want to do next with your life? Do you hate your job, find life boring, or crave something more, but you’re just not sure what that “more” is? Then this is the book for you.

Find Your Dream will walk you through the steps necessary to finally understand what you want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a must read if you have reached the place where you need to change your life and find real happiness.

Hughes has complied what she has learned through helping other dreamers on her popular blog 8 Women Dream in the hope that she will inspire people to explore changing their lives. (Amazon)

64. Making the Impossible Possible: Think It! Act It! Become ItMaking the impossible possible

By Jason Boreyko

To create the life you desire, learn Jason’s secrets to thinking it, acting and becoming it! (Also known as Jason’s TAB Plan!) Learn the power of the spoken word and the strength of visualization. Limiting negativity and establishing a positive self belief will help anyone overcome the challenges and fears that hold them back from achieving his or her greatest potential. It doesn’t matter how many times you may have failed before, with Making the Impossible Possible, your past will no longer equal your future.

Through exercises and clear examples, supported by colorful and memorable stories, Jason offers everyone ways to sharpen and develop the skills necessary to achieve the success you desire in work and in life. (Amazon)

What books have helped you achieve your dream? Share them in our comments, or offer updates to this list!

What impossible dream are you going to achieve this week?


  • I want to thank you for recommending my book on your blog!

  • Tabatha

    I love “Inventing the Rest of Our Lives : Women in Second Adulthood” by Suzanne Levine

  • Oh you have to add The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir!!!! It soooo fits with this site!!!!!

  • I love……..

    The Greatest Miracle In The World – Og Mandino
    It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be: The World’s Best Selling Book – Paul Arden
    The Seven Hidden Secrets of Motivation – Todd Beeler
    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin (she’s a blogger too)
    Winning – Jack Welch
    How To Overcome Procrastination – Diana Samalot
    Why French Women Are Not Fat – George Josserme

  • June

    I love reading books that inspire us to become more than who we are. A personal favorite of mine is An Orientation To Life. I always enjoy reading your blog.

  • Brent Fishback

    Thank you for such an outstanding list of motivational books. I have read some of them but not all, and this certainly gives me extra materials and resources to keep exploring and digging into this subject which is magnificent. The more we feed our minds with rich materials, the more and better prepared we shall be to share it with others and to make a difference in people’s lives. I highly recommend that you add The Element by Ken Robinson and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. I think your readers would really like them too. Take care, and always LIVE LIFE PASSIONATELY!!!!

  • max

    Thanks for the great list, I will check out the ones I haven’t read yet.

    One inspirational book that I strongly recommend is “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh. It’s very uplifting and enlightening.

  • Thad

    I’d add The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra to this list.

  • Emiko

    Excellent list! Here’s a few more:

    The Best Year of My Life, Debbie Ford
    The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, Cheryl Richardson
    Take Time For Your Life, Cheryl Richardson
    Simplify Your Life, Elaine St. James
    A Course in Miracles
    Living in the Light, Shakti Gawain
    Do What You LOVE and the Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar
    Everyday Grace, Marianne Williamson
    Ask and It is Given, Esther and Jerry Hicks
    The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard
    The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan

  • Tina C

    Wow! So many books I have yet to read! Thanks for sharing! I’m not sure if this would fall in your list but I’d suggest the following:

    The Girl Code by Diane Farr (I lent this book to a sister of a friend and I forgot I had it until now. I should get it back!)

    How To Walk On High Heels: The Girls Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton; and the sequel

    A Year In High Heels by Camilla Morton

  • 64! I gotta get reading! Thank you for sharing these suggestions.

  • I like books that can’t be found at any bookstores, that are only available through Simple Truths at http://store.simpletruths.com/top-10-bestsellers-c295.aspx

    If you’ve never experienced reading one of their books, I urge you to start making them a part of your book collection and I guarantee you’ll read them many times as I have and still do.

    Here are a few of my favorite books:

    The Dash

    Oh, Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me!

    The Power of Attitude

    First Thing Every Morning

    Encouragement for Life

    • I know the site, but not the books. I will check them out — thanks for your feedback Natasha.


  • Fawn Gilmore Kraut

    Wow! That’s a list! I have several of those, but I’ll have to check out a few more, including yours!

    Have you seen enough is Enough by Carol Orsborn? Great for making transition out of stressful overwhelm to simple joy – and greater success.

    Thanks for sharing, Catherine!

  • Thank you.

    It’s a pretty comprehensive list. I look forward to more suggestions from our readers!


  • It took me an hour to read this! lol thanks for including Seth Godin and Marcus Buckingham – and the photo one. Great idea, and great to include your dream book too. Pieces of 8 will be next year’s list topper, for sure! xo Rem