A very warm welcome to the motivational books section of the website. From this page I will be featuring a number of books that either have motivation as their core subject or are simply motivational i.e. they have a goal of kick starting you into some form of productive action.
There is a wealth of information out there for people who want to learn more about motivation and there’s even more for people who want to get themselves or their teams motivated.
Please take note that some classic motivational books were published quite a few years back.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.
Motivation (The Brian Tracy Success Library)
Managers who create positive, rewarding, high-energy environments reduce absenteeism and turnover while dramatically increasing productivity and quality. In “Motivation”, success expert Brian Tracy draws on his decades of experience bringing out the best in others to provide 21 of the fastest, most powerful methods ever discovered for increasing the effectiveness of any individual or group.
He reveals how to: ensure employees look forward to coming to work and feel passionate about what they do; challenge them with tasks that allow them to stretch; satisfy their need to feel both autonomous and part of a greater whole; reduce their fear of failure and increase their desire to try; provide the regular feedback they need to succeed; and much more!
Most people are just waiting for someone to come along and inspire them to greatness. Packed with proven tools and strategies, this essential guide helps any manager deliver a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart of his or her work team.
Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation
If you reward your children for doing their homework, they will usually respond by getting it done. But is this the most effective method of motivation? No, says psychologist Edward L. Deci, who challenges traditional thinking and shows that this method actually works against performance.
The best way to motivate people—at school, at work, or at home—is to support their sense of autonomy. Explaining the reasons why a task is important and then allowing as much personal freedom as possible in carrying out the task will stimulate interest and commitment, and is a much more effective approach than the standard system of reward and punishment.
We are all inherently interested in the world, argues Deci, so why not nurture that interest in each other? Instead of asking, “How can I motivate people?” we should be asking, “How can I create the conditions within which people will motivate themselves?”
“An insightful and provocative meditation on how people can become more genuinely engaged and successful in pursuing their goals.” —Publisher’s Weekly
100 Ways to Motivate Yourself, Third Edition: Change Your Life Forever
“Some books that can help you awaken and begin to change are ones by Steve Chandler, who, I am reading lately. Great stuff. I’m becoming a fan of Steve Chandler.”
–Joe Vitale, best-selling author of The Attraction Factor and contributor to The Secret
“Steve Chandler lights you up with the glow of his internal neon…. [He is] one of the funniest men I’ve ever known…what he proposes is so rock solid and reassuring….”
–Lisa Schnebly, The Arizona Republic
“100 Ways to Motivate Yourself is wonderful, inspirational, honest, and courageous. It speaks from every page. It is definitely a book I will recommend to my clients and friends.”
–Devers Branden, coauthor of What Love Asks of Us
With the third refreshed edition of 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself, Steve Chandler helps you create an action plan for living your vision, in business and in life. It features 100 proven methods to positively change the way you think and act–methods based on feedback from the hundreds of thousands of corporate and public seminar attendees Chandler speaks to each year. The book now also includes techniques and breakthroughs he has created for individual coaching clients.
100 Ways to Motivate Yourself will help you break through the negative barriers and banish the pessimistic thoughts that are preventing you from fulfilling your lifelong goals and dreams. This edition also contains new mental and spiritual techniques that give readers more immediate access to action and results in their lives.If you’re ready to finally make a change and reach your goals, Steve Chandler
How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the art and science of persuasion and motivation
We all want people to do stuff. Whether you want your customers to buy from you, vendors to give you a good deal, your employees to take more initiative, or your spouse to make dinner—a large amount of everyday is about getting the people around you to do stuff. Instead of using your usual tactics that sometimes work and sometimes don’t, what if you could harness the power of psychology and brain science to motivate people to do the stuff you want them to do – even getting people to want to do the stuff you want them to do.
In this book you’ll learn the 7 drives that motivate people: The Desire For Mastery, The Need To Belong, The Power of Stories, Carrots and Sticks, Instincts, Habits, and Tricks Of The Mind. For each of the 7 drives behavioral psychologist Dr. Susan Weinschenk describes the research behind each drive, and then offers specific strategies to use. Here’s just a few things you will learn:
- The more choices people have the more regret they feel about the choice they pick. If you want people to feel less regret then offer them fewer choices.
- If you are going to use a reward, give the reward continuously at first, and then switch to giving a reward only sometimes.
- If you want people to act independently, then make a reference to money, BUT if you want people to work with others or help others, then make sure you DON’T refer to money.
- If you want people to remember something, make sure it is at the beginning or end of your book, presentation, or meeting. Things in the middle are more easily forgotten.
- If you are using feedback to increase the desire for mastery keep the feedback objective, and don’t include praise.
Motivation breakthrough is a book by Rick Lavoie aimed assisting parents, carers or teachers who look after children with learning disabilities.