Motivational Books

The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

#1 book all you creators should read immediately. See the full blog post here: The One Book Every Creator Should Be Reading Right Now.


Born to Run, Christopher McDougall

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

I’m not a runner. I’ll never be a runner. I hate running, and I think endurance running is unhealthy.

The ONE thing that can make a little bit of running fun? Doing it barefoot, which I started after reading this book.

But it isn’t just about running. It’s about curiosity and innovation and testing limits and questioning what you’ve been taught.

Classic Christopher McDougall; if you like it, you might want to check out his new one,
Natural Born Heroes
, too.


Get the Guy, Matthew Hussey

Get the Guy by Matthew Hussey

So this is some weirdness, I know. It’s a relationship book. For girls, about getting guys.

Buuuut … it’s also about getting better, as a person. It’s about setting aside fears and learning how to deal with others as a high value, confident person.

I read it for its stated purpose, but found it having the side effect of improving my motivation and my attitude in the rest of my life, too.

Mr. Hussey also does lots of useful YouTube videos on his channel.


Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

This book is a printed version of the Harvard commencement speech that J.K. Rowling gave in 2008. If you’d rather listen to her deliver it, it’s on Youtube here. I recommend you check it out one way or the other, though — it’s an incredibly inspiring speech.

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