Today I want to share with you the top five books that have inspired and motivated me the most. The following list of books is not related specifically to ADHD, but all the same they have been very helpful. Therefore, I highly recommend them. Some of these I read before I was officially diagnosed. However, with diagnosis and with better understanding of how my brain works I was more capable of utilizing the tips, suggestions and valuable advice contained within them. It’s surprising how information can transform when we finally know ‘the why’ behind our circumstances.
1) The Power of Positive Thinking by Normal Vincent Peale.
What a wonderful book. This will always be at the top of my favorite book lists. This book started my own personal transformation. It made me look at my own inner thoughts for the very first time and consider taking control of them. Peale does not mince words in this book and the first read made me do a lot of soul searching. If you read this book be prepared to do a lot of self-mindful-reflection.
2) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
For some this book is controversial and there are parts within it that could be better or explained more fully. It doesn’t do a good enough job of explaining the ‘why’ behind some of the concepts. And there are parts that I don’t agree with. However, what it does do very well is help readers realize how important their inner thoughts and beliefs are.
3) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In my opinion this is clearly one of the best books ever written about finding one’s destiny. For those who have read it you know the twist at the end, but if you have not read it then you are in for a special treat. Do you know where your treasure is? The Alchemist will reveal the location to you. It may surprise you.
4) Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things! by Mike Dooley
Mike Dooley is an amazing man with an absolutely incredible gift for breaking down complex meanings into everyday language. If you have read The Secret and were left feeling a little bit confused or disagreeing with parts of it, then by all means read this one to fully understand how thoughts become things.
5) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The title of is slightly deceptive. It’s not just about money, making a fortune is really a powerful metaphor. This book is number 5 on my list, but the reality is that all the books on this list borrow from Napoleon’s. Think and Grow Rich is compiled of over 20 years of research to discover why certain people “make it”. In a nutshell and to quote Mike Dooley’s book: “Thoughts become things.”
I have included these in our ADDer World bookstore in the order they appear above and because there are so many other books that have helped motivate and inspire me, I am adding those as well. I’ll keep adding so be sure to keep checking back. You can find these and the others under the category Inspiration Non-ADHD.
You can help me grow this list by suggesting books for me and other readers to check out in the comments. I will add them to the list in our bookstore.
Great topic, Bryan! I love Norman Vincent Peale's motivational book & I enjoy listening to his audio cassette. Another favorite of mine is a book by Cynthia Kersey titled, Unstoppable, which is filled with 45 powerful real life stories of people all over our world who overcame great odds. If you crave more out of life, this is a must read!
Thanks for the tip, Dana! On that note and type of book, check out Nancy Irwin's You Turn for more motivational stories :)