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    Top 5 Motivational Books for Students


    Motivational books


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    Student life is one of the most exciting phases of one’s life that also sets the foundation for the future. It also offers the highest turmoil about figuring out the rest of life while optimally managing the current one. 

    With so much to tackle, students often feel burdened and demotivated to stir through this new set of responsibilities. But as rightly quoted by Jim Rohn, “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”

    Books can be an influential source of motivation. Each book has a unique lesson of its own. So here is our list of the top 5 motivational books for students to provide them with tips for life-sorting skills like self-improvement, personal growth, productivity, mindset, leadership, and, most importantly, time management.

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    1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    Amazon: 4.6/5

    Originally published: 15 August 1989

    Author: Stephen Covey

    Followed by: The 8th Habit

    Original language: English

    Genre: Self-help book

    Dewey Decimal: 158 22

    7 habits of highly effective people

    This is a great book to learn practical life skills that can be applied now and in the future. The book presents seven habits that successful people tend to exhibit and practical guidance on cultivating these habits in oneself. 

    These habits include being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking to understand then to be understood, synergizing, and sharpening the saw. 

    Through relatable examples and engaging stories, students can develop positive habits and attitudes, enhance their social and emotional intelligence, and feel empowered to become leaders of tomorrow. 

    2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    Amazon: 4.5/5

    Originally published: 28 February 2006

    Author: Carol Dweck

    Genre: Self-help book

    Original language: English


    A correct and strong mindset is the key to being laser-focused on growth. Author Carol S. Dweck, in her book, illustrates the power of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. The book provides practical strategies to help students develop a growth mindset, such as embracing challenges, learning from failures, seeking feedback, and persevering through obstacles. By adopting a growth mindset, students can improve their academic performance, enhance their motivation and resilience, and develop a lifelong love of learning.

    The book also provides insight into the impact of mindset on relationships, leadership, and personal well-being. Overall, “Mindset” can help students develop a more positive and empowering attitude that will serve them well throughout their academic and personal lives.

    3. The Power of Positive Thinking

    Amazon: 4.3/5

    Originally published: 1952

    Author: Norman Vincent Peale

    Original language: English

    Genre: Self-help book

    LC Class: BV4908.5

    Subject: Self-help

    power of positive thinking

    This book by Norman Vincent Peale emphasizes the importance of positive thinking and how it can affect all areas of life, including academic performance, relationships, and personal well-being. He provides numerous examples of how positive thinking can transform negative situations into positive ones, and he shares practical tips on developing a positive attitude. 

    The book also encourages students to cultivate faith and belief in themselves, as well as in a higher power, to help them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. By incorporating the principles of positive thinking into their lives, students can develop greater resilience, self-confidence, and inner strength to navigate life’s challenges. Overall, “The Power of Positive Thinking” can inspire and empower students to cultivate a positive mindset and achieve greater success and fulfillment in all areas of their lives.

    4. How to Win Friends and Influence People

    Amazon: 4.5/5

    Originally published: October 1936

    Author: Dale Carnegie

    Genre: Self-help book

    Pages: 291 pp

    Original language: English

    ISBN: 1-4391-6734-6

    how to win friends and influence people

    Networking and social mingling are the prime contributors to stress in students’ lives as they prepare to face the adult world. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie is a classic book that can be their best friend. It offers tips and strategies to work on networking skills. It can help them to form stronger bonds and relationships in and outside their personal and professional circles.

    Dale Carnegie emphasizes certain habits like remembering names, not criticizing others, and providing honest views and feedback that might sound small but can make a huge impact when implemented.

    5. The Alchemist

    Amazon: 4.6/5

    Originally published: 1988

    Author: Paulo Coelho

    Genres: Novel, Drama, Quest, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Cover artist: Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1597–9

    Language: Portuguese

    Original title: O Alquimista

    the alchemist

    This book can be a drift when speaking of highly motivational books. However, if one does not understand their purpose in life, setting and achieving goals can start feeling cumbersome.  Through the story of the shepherd boy, the book emphasizes the importance of listening to one’s heart, taking risks, and following one’s dreams, even in the face of adversity. It also highlights the power of the universe to guide and support individuals on a path toward their destiny.

    This book by Paulo Coelho is a perfect guide for students to figure out their purpose in life and follow their dreams regardless of the obstacles. The book can help students develop a sense of self-awareness, confidence, and resilience and encourage them to embrace the journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

    “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – The Alchemist.”


    The books listed above have the potential to inspire readers of every age and can be helpful in several aspects of life. Apart from this list, there can be various self-help, inspirational, and motivational books for students offering various types of knowledge and lessons to different readers. 

    Like every good or bad book has lessons, confining any list to a certain limit can only prevent the readers from exploring more. The power and knowledge found between the pages of any book can only be experienced personally.

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    10 months ago

    Find the tips below to get the most out of motivational books:

    Vicky Singh
    9 months ago
    Reply to  s.nop

    Choose books that are relevant to your interests and goals.
    Read actively and take notes.
    Reflect on what you are reading and how it applies to your life.
    Set goals for yourself based on what you are learning.
    Take action on the advice and lessons in the books.
    Re-read the books periodically to reinforce your learning.

    9 months ago

    List is good but can you please tell me the benefits of reading motivational books?

    Vicky Singh
    8 months ago
    Reply to  petre

    There are many benefits to reading motivational books, especially for students. These books can help students to:
    Set and achieve their goals
    Stay motivated and focused
    Develop a positive attitude
    Overcome challenges and setbacks
    Build self-confidence and resilience

    8 months ago

    Which specific strategies from these motivational books will have the most significant impact on my academic journey? 

    5 months ago
    Reply to  Maddy

    The visualization techniques advocated in “Mindset” profoundly impacted my academic journey, reshaping how I approach challenges and fostering a growth-oriented mindset for learning and improvement.

    7 months ago

    Can you share personal anecdotes or instances where the lessons from these books directly influenced your mindset or actions as a student?



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