Posted on 09 April 2011.
Motivation is a unique force which drives us to achieve our goal. Motivation is an absolute necessity for everyone. Motivation can be both intrinsic as well as extrinsic. If there is no motivation in a person’s life, there will be no force to drive him in life. A well motivated person achieves his goal more efficiently as he is focused towards that goal. But the question that will arise is how to motivate you? Motivation can be imposed or self attained. Imposed motivation will be external where as self attained is what comes from within. There are a number of books which are real boosters for motivation. These books really help to gain self motivation. The Top 10 best books to read about motivation are listed as follows –
1. Managing My Values by Ken Blanchard, Michael O’Connor and Jim Ballard
This book is an excellent book which highlights the various ways and reasons for the success of a company. The book tries to bring out the central theme that the perspective business leaders has just started to understand the fact that the success of a company depends on the success of the stakeholders such as the owners, employees, customers and neighbouring communities of the company. It also emphasizes that the success of a company in longer terms will depend on the company culture based on values. Basically it revolves around the pros and cons of the value based organization. It’s a great book on motivation because it would help you to get self encouraged for your business.
2. Why we do what we do: understanding self-motivation by Edward L. Deci, Richard Flaste
This book is an attempt by Deci and Flaste to bring out the abstract of becoming successful in the endeavours with the support of motivation. This book is an insightful and provocative meditation on how people can become more genuinely engaged and successful in pursuing their goals, in every sphere of life whether in school, in workplace or in a relationship. This book will give you an insight of the cons of the authoritarian motivation and gives a new dimension to motivation.
3. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
It’s a book about change. In particular, it’s a book that presents a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does. The Tipping Point emphasizes that ideas and behaviour and messages and products sometimes behave just like outbreaks of infectious disease. They are social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an examination of the social epidemics that surround us. This book is an excellent insight to self motivation the reverse way.
4. Raving Fans!: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service, by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon M. Bowles
Raving Fans is a book worth reading for small business entrepreneurs. This book is also an excellent piece of guide as to how successfully manage the customers. This, in a nutshell, is the advice given to a new Area Manager on his first day–in an extraordinary business book that will help everyone, in every kind of organization or business, deliver stunning customer service and achieve miraculous bottom-line results. Raving Fans uses a brilliantly simple and charming story to teach how to define a vision, learn what a customer really wants, institute effective systems, and make Raving Fan Service a constant feature–not just another program of the month.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This is a classic book on how to get more things done. Effective or successful people get to where they are due to the habits they have developed. Obviously, there are good habits and there are bad habits. This book talks about the 7 habits that many successful people seem to have in common.