These Books Will Inspire the Crap Out of You
Living an inspired life really isn't that complicated. It just requires that we stay open to the connection, and remain clear and uncluttered so that it can find it's way in. We tend to over complicate things by carrying all our junk around and making up fearful excuses about why it's not the right time to do something, or why perhaps we're not the one to do it all. That's all bull though, which you probably already know, but sometimes it helps to pick up a book to get an added butt kick. These are some of my favorite titles for when you need something to inspire the crap out of you.
Relentless: From Good to Unstoppable by Tim Glover
So Tim Glover has been responsible for coaching basketball players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, from as the title suggests, good to unstoppable. The book has tons of real-life stories about legendary people doing legendary things, made relatable by explaining how these things happen. It's not exactly a surprise that a hot career in the NBA takes obsessive commitment levels to practice, but hearing about how focused this process is will give you some perspective about where you could be better spending your time. We're not all trying to be Michael Jordan but would we like to be the best in our respective fields? Yes, we would. Inspo for days.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I find it hard to imagine that there isn't anyone who doesn't already love devouring books by Elizabeth Gilbert. (She also wrote Eat, Pray, Love, maybe you've heard of it.) But in case you need an introduction, she's extremely honest, accessible, entertaining, and totally spot on. I love the straightforward nature of Big Magic and it's can-do must-do attitude when it comes to expressing creativity. Her attitude has a realistic and applicable "why the f**k*" not vibe that's totally contagious.
Mastery by Robert Greene
This book details the behaviors of genious people like Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Leonardo da Vinci, with the intention of inspiring you to be more like them. The book makes the point that anyone can reach the master level within their craft with the right focus and some apprenticeship. (Or maybe mentorship.)
Like a Virgin by Richard Branson
Richard Branson has a few books and I'm sure they're all great. His story is fun because he's always stayed very true to himself with a bit of a rebel attitude about the business thing. He has fun, he's very rich, and he lives on a private island. Therefore, we trust his business insights.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
I can't say that this book is my top-read in a feel-good way, but it very much inspired me to start networking which totally changed my life. It basically shares real-life experience of why you should be connecting with other people all the time. So in that sense, super inspiring. In the past I was not big networker, like at all. But at a time when I mostly freelancing from home I realized that I was strongly missing the sense of community that's totally crucial to...do anything. It takes a village, people. After reading this book on two different occasions I was like okay, I suppose I'm ready to network. My networking journey began by hopping on relevant apps and the habit the completely transformed my professional life within a short amount of time. I can't imagine why I was ever not networking, but you know, better late than never.