The Best Motivational Books For Young Adults

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This article showcases our top picks for the Motivational Books For Young Adults. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

This product was recommended by Andrei Kurtuy from Novorésumé

I believe this book shows you the entire struggle of an entrepreneur from the ideation phase to execution. The personal story of the founder of Nike is an inspiring lesson for thousands of people around the world. Moreover, it teaches you to never give up on your ideas and how to turn your idea into a successful business. Coming from the owner of one of the largest shoe brands, this book gives you a complete insight into becoming an entrepreneur and encourages you to take a leap of faith in life. I read this book during my high school days but the struggle of Phil Knight has stayed with me during my entire life. It encouraged me to believe in my idea and turn it into a successful business. I believe this book would help young adults across the world who are struggling to achieve their goals since it would give them the one last push they need. Moreover, this can be a source of inspiration for the youth since the author achieves his dream during his youth by never giving up and finding the right people by being patient. These are some essential qualities that all young adults need to be aware of.

Find Your Fierce by Jacqueline Sperling PhD

This product was recommended by Jacqueline Sperling from McLean Anxiety Mastery Program

This book aims to empowers readers to take charge of their lives so they can do more of what’s important to them. The book offers strategies not only of how to manage current challenges but also how to keep emotions in check in the future.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This product was recommended by Paul Walsh from Weselltek

A very motivational and inspiring book would be The Alchemist. It’s written in a very simple manner, making it a great book even for those who aren’t avid readers. The book follows the journey of a boy named Santiago as he embarks on an exciting journey. The main message of the book is to pursue your dreams and never let your fears hold you back. It tells you to do what your heart desires and to never hold back. It shows the promise of life and how exciting it can be if one is brave enough.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone

This product was recommended by Abeer Murgus from Australian National Care

The 20-something years are a confusing time for many people as they go through different stages in life. No matter what stage you’re at, it’s always good to have an intelligent guide by your side that can help explain things and keep track of all the changes happening around us! The black book of secrets was created just this purpose – providing young adults with practical advice from experienced experts who know exactly where we’re coming from.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

If you want a more light-hearted read, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a great choice. This best-selling book explores the power of positive thinking and how it can help you achieve your goals. This book is sure to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling motivated to reach your goals.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

This book explores the importance of living in the present moment and being mindful of your thoughts and actions. This book will help you appreciate the here and now and find peace in your life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

This product was recommended by Ryan Bolling from Bolling Behavioral Consulting

This book is a step-by-step guideline to getting from where you are now to where you want to be in the future, adapted from the popular New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Your ambitions, desires, and plans are all within reach. All you need are the tools to get there. Being proactive, prioritizing, and practicing understanding are some of the qualities covered in the book. The book discusses some of the most crucial aspects of life, such as relationships and being positive when things get difficult. It’s the type of book that can be read again and over again since it’s uplifting in such a wide variety of situations.

The Power of Intention, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

This product was recommended by Ashley Mercer from Autoriding

Dr. Wayne Dyer is a world-renowned author and speaker in the self-help genre. In this book, he lays out his philosophy that we all have the power to create our own reality through our thoughts and actions. This is an uplifting and motivating message for young adults who are looking to create positive change in their lives.

How to Adult by Jake Cousineau

This product was recommended by Veronica Thompson from Everyday Power

Managing personal finances is of utmost importance in the current economic setting. Hence, if you are a new college graduate and looking for an easy-to-understand finance book, then the How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World by Jake Cousineau book is perfect for you. This book touches on the basics of personal finance but also discusses how to build wealth as early as now. It shows how to avoid the common financial missteps that usually cause financial problems among people. It also teaches you how to budget, decide which insurance to get, and most especially,. how to file your taxes.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell

This product was recommended by George Harrison from PKGMAKER

Another amazing feminist, smash-the-patriarchy novel from an equally brilliant literary team? We are overjoyed to discover more works by these incredible storytellers. It all starts when you’re still in the womb: You learn the rules for being a woman. Marin has always been good at navigating the unspoken social guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright—and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her. When Bex gets too close to Marin and propositions her, however, she is shocked and repulsed. Was it her fault at all? When Marin has the confidence to tell the administration what happened, no one takes her word. She’s forced to deal with Bex in class every day now. He, on the other hand, is fueled by an axe to grind. Gray Kendall, whom she had always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro, became a powerful ally. As things intensify at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to reclaim power and write her own rules.

Just as You Are by Michelle Skeen PsyD

This product was recommended by Davin Joseph from My Enamel Pins

It can be very tough for teenagers to like themselves, and that’s what this book is written about. It goes into detail about how individuals can learn to silence the concerns they have, in addition to promoting self-compassion and an action plan for maintaining positivity. Dr. X wrote this book as a clinical psychologist to help inspire people who are going through adolescence so they know that there is somebody who cares and wants them to navigate these struggles in the healthiest way possible.

The Ultimate Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens by Megan MacCutcheon LPC

This product was recommended by Luke Fitzpatrick from Dr. Sono

An excellent book on self-esteem may be fantastic, but a workbook that encourages youngsters to engage with what they’re reading and critically analyze the content is even better. This workbook includes more than 50 activities, including journaling prompts, checklists, personality quizzes, and goal-setting exercises. Readers will also discover real-life experiences from other teens as well as general words of encouragement and tips to help them start feeling more confident and secure.

What I leave behind by Alison McGhee

This product was recommended by Shane Paarman from Awesome Stuff 365

This is a book that I discovered through a neighbor, as it is a favorite of their young adult son. After reading it myself, I understood why he found it to be a source of motivation and inspiration. The book follows the story of a boy, and his journey of healing after his dad dies by suicide. The moral of the book is that you can find your way back through acts of kindness towards others. I highly recommend it.

Minute Motivators For Teens By Toler Stan

This product was recommended by Eric Jones from Couture Candy

Being a teenager is not easy, nor easy, for them to sit down and read a motivational book. For the same reason, Toler wrote the book – Minute Motivators For Teens. It is a fun and practical guide to help teens through everyday life challenges. Through concise, thought-provoking readings, teenagers can experience learning through true-to-life examples and motivational quotes. It makes a great addition to every teen’s bookshelf.

Do Hard Things By Alex Harris

This product was recommended by Eric Jones from Couture Candy

Do Hard Things is a teenage rebel book that helps them to combat the idea of adolescents being on vacation from responsibility. It redefines the teenager’s life as a launchpad for the future. This book provides teenagers with a measured trajectory for long-term fulfillment and inspiration for the future through modern and historical examples, humorous anecdotes, and practical examples.

How to Thrive in the 21st Century by Havard Mela

This product was recommended by Matthew Osborn from Legionary

Why? The hectic pace of life in the modern world can be a lot to deal with and the multitude of distractions that it offers can be difficult to navigate, and ‘How to Thrive’ offers clear, straightforward advice on how to successfully journey through the minefield without falling victim to the temptations it offers. It’s the perfect guide to staying focused and on track for young adults and anyone else who needs a literary helping hand to deal with the day-to-day machinations of the rat race…

Be Unstoppable by Alden Mills

This product was recommended by Donald Williams from Adulting Starts Here

Be Unstoppable is the perfect motivational book for young people who will soon be entering the adult world. It touches on 8 essential actions needed to succeed that every new adult should know about. These actions are most beneficial to young people who learn about and incorporate them early.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

This product was recommended by Julius Cermak from Deer Antler Velvet

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. This story will easily inspire any young adult facing their own challenges, while helping to educate on a variety of circumstances that many people can face growing up, from the simple to the extreme. Learning how somebody can build themselves from any background to achieve their dreams is an important story for any young adult, and Trevor Noah is a recognizable face, who tells his story honestly and with humor, despite the subject matter. It offers an opportunity for anyone to consider their own situation,d despite how different it might be and understand what they want.

Fast N’ Loud by Richard Rawlings

This product was recommended by Chris Kowalski from Autopadre

Why? Rawlings is the definition of the self-made man, an entrepreneur who doesn’t know how to quit and refuses to fail, and his book, which documents his often wild and crazy life, is a testament to that spirit. And it’ll teach any young person who reads it how important it is never to give up and always believe in yourself, and if you stay the course, then just as they did for Rawlings, their dreams can come true.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

This product was recommended by Michael East from Griddle King

There was no one like Tony Bourdain. He was a shooting star that burned brightly and faded out far too soon. ‘Kitchen Confidential ‘is the story of a life well lived that’s part biography and part inspirational and motivationak journey that teaches its readers that anything is possible as long as you hold yourself to account and don’t let circumstance and fate slow you down…

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

This product was recommended by Alex Maynard from PARCLL

From the outside, it might seem like every young person is empowered and ready to fight for what’s right, but knowing how to be an ally and activist isn’t necessarily instinctive. This book educates readers on how they can impact the fight against racism, including what it’s looked like throughout history, as well as some examples of how it may appear today.

Life Inside My Mind by Maureen Johnson

This product was recommended by Morgan Lilker from Watches of Today

One fantastic book that I really recommend to any young adult who is struggling with their mental health to really motivate them and inspire them is Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles, edited by Jessica Burkhart. This fantastic selection of autobiographical writing has something for every mental struggle there is, from ADD to PTSD, and really outlines that nothing can stop an individual, not even their own mind.

A Tale of three Kings by Gene Edwards

This product was recommended by Erika Barnes from Petsmitten

While the premise of this book is centered around Christianity, I found that religion doesn’t make up a great deal of what we’re meant to take away from it. The main thing this book taught me was about the different kinds of leadership styles and personalities, as wella s the different effects that these can have on a workforce. These are things that I’ve since tried to apply to my own leadership style at work and I’ve foud it very refreshing to have these new perspectives. I think young adults would benefit greatly from reading this book as it can help them learn to be better leaders.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

This product was recommended by Edward Sturm from Commit Club

Essentialism is a must-read motivational book for young adults. One of the most challenging life lessons is we can’t do everything, and if we want to optimize for success, we have to narrow down. We have to say no to great opportunities to focus on existing ones. We must remember the Pareto Principle and work on the 20% of activities yielding 80% of the results. Essentialism is about doing what’s smart rather than trying to do it all. Some of the wisest, most successful people are those who figure out a niche, zone in on it, and stick to it. Amazon didn’t start with the everything store; it started with selling books. Essentialism is about seeing life for what it is and doing what matters first. This mindset creates a happier and more prosperous life for everybody involved.

A Paperboy’s Fable by Deep Patel

This product was recommended by Isabella Flint from Fanatically Food

My favorite motivational book for young adults, especially those young adults that want to become entrepreneurs is A Paperboy’s Fable by Deep Patel, a book based on the story of Patel’s father, it tells the tale of a paperboy who becomes a businessman, and the steps he takes to get there. It shows how anyone, with the right mindset and knowledge, can become successful in what they do.

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