23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Person Needs to Read

Struggling to stay centred and motivated?

One of the most challenging aspects of being self-employed is staying motivated. Be it the mid-year slump or even a mid-afternoon slack, we believe these books can snap you out of it!

We made a reading list for you that you’ll definitely want to bookmark!

To really highlight the value added, we included reviews from independent readers and the impact these books made in their lives.

With this in hand, let’s dive into the top 23 reads you absolutely can’t afford to miss!

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

“If you work to understand and apply what it taught/revealed in this book, it will change your life. Even if you don’t achieve the 4-hour workweek, there will be many distractions and overall negative aspects of your life (both professional and personal) that will be switched off, and you will (no exaggeration) live a better, more fulfilling life.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson

“The book is made up of 100 short entries on most situations you encounter during your life or maybe even on a daily basis. It offers advice on how to maybe look at these situations differently so that you approach or respond to them in a manner that brings you more peace, happiness, and fulfillment by not worrying about “The Small Stuff.”” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

“I think this is a great book for when you’re in a rut in life, whether it’s just a funk or bona fide mental health issues (bout with depression, anxiety, etc.) I like that the author includes actionable steps to get on track in several key areas that seem to drag us down if we don’t pay them attention. I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially during a big life transition or if you’re up against a huge goal.” (Review)

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“The book goes over eight highlight traits that make people or organizations the most productive.The word productive is a weird name for me. I always feel it has a connotation of producing output better through innovation, marginal gains through doing smarter, and faster by removing any bottlenecks on the development cycle. The same principles the author describes can also be attributed to progressing our ideas into reality. If anything, the act of advancing ourselves may be the whole grand explanation of why we live in this world. I prefer that term better.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Drop the Ball, by Tiffany Dufu

“She provides realistic tools and shares stories that are both enlightening and light hearted, making it easy to see room and opportunity for small changes in your own “life go round”.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Self Made, by Nely Galan

“Fresh and relevant information for today’s dreamers and aspirants to entrepreneurship. Its nuts and bolts plus the testimonials serve as real motivation to just go and do it. I finished reading the book knowing that not only can I get it done I will get it done because the door to just surviving closes when you declare yourself self made and open the door to entrepreneurship.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss

“The best thing I can say about Tim Ferriss is that he’s introduced me to an incredible group of people that have changed my life. These people are world-class performers that look at their skills, the world, and their lives in deeply contemplative, humble, and surprising ways. And that’s how you should read this book. Look at it as a phone book of introductions to Titans. In each section, “Healthy”, “Wealthy”, and “Wise”, you’ll get questions to ask yourself and a path to head down. You won’t necessarily get the full plan, but you’ll get the questions and the direction to go. Again, this is not a manual, but a phone book and a map. Use it accordingly to your advantage.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Crushing It, by Gary Vaynerchuk

“Maybe your reading this to know whether you should buy this book or not. I’m so grateful I came across this book. It has completely changed my life, my mind, and it positioned me in a new direction in which I plan to go. For example, I’m currently trying to build an online business which I hoped it could make $6,000 a month. Applying Gary’s mindset, I am now certain that I can probably double that amount. “Why do GOOD, when you can do GREAT”, right?

If you have a business, buy this book; if you’re planning on creating a business, buy this book; if you feel unhappy with your life, buy this book; if you feel unhappy at work, buy this book; if you’re looking for inspiration, buy this book; if your husband/wife cheated on you, nope, wrong book. What did you think I was gonna say?” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

The Big Life, by Ann Shoket

“This book is powerful, strong-willed, and lets you realize you are not alone! I am a millennial, lost in this world, with 50 things I want to pursue at once. This book really helped me in feeling OKAY with not knowing which direction to take, that not every dream I pursue will happen overnight, or be THE ONE. Its an easy read, I couldn’t put it down. Definitely inspirational and will help you along your path, with things you didn’t even think you needed help with, in ways you never thought were possible! Get this book! It’s great!” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

“This is some fantastic self-help material that goes far beyond self-help and into just flat out self-betterment and self-optimization. Duckworth’s qualitative and quantitative research never runs dry due to her amazing prose and writing ability. It is a ridiculously quotable book and extremely deep. “Grit” will most likely be a candidate for a re-read.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

“Will this book change your life? Is it a game changer? I don’t know. That requires a lot of personal reflection – it’s your life, your game. What I do know is that James hits you in the gut with a raw, no-holds-barred perspective of the times we live in and provides some insights that every reader should giving serious consideration.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will by Mark Rampolla

“Excellent read that provides a glimpse into the world of wellness-centered entrepreneurialism. I found invaluable insights towards many aspects of the product development and distribution process, etc and felt encouraged by the author. Mark’s way of thinking is commendable for how he and his wife set up the brand, the company, and what it stands for.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

“You’ll learn how to build a “strengths-based organization” by capitalizing on the fact that such traits are already present on your team. The book directs you to a web-based interactive questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization and you’ll instantly discover you own top five strengths.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

“This book is a definitive classic and is really focused on how to manage oneself in order to enjoy a productive and successful life. This goes on the top shelf along with Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People for life long lessons on developing emotional intelligence and self-discipline although they were both written decades before the concept of EI was coined. The stories which are intermixed within each chapter bring the concepts to life and keep the book lighter and more approachable. That said, this is a book worthy of study as each chapter addresses one of the key concepts or steps to leading a meaningful and productive life.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols by Duarte & Sanchez

“The power of this book doesn’t lie within what it says, but what it doesn’t say and how its true power emanates into the personal arena.

Instead of thinking of this book as a how-to, you can approach as a must-have and in that necessity, it will help you with the dilemmas of writing, project management, finishing manuscripts, and learning to live as a TRUE Artist.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink

“This isn’t a self-help book from some “gurus”, nor does it provide an ideology or set of steps for how to approach specific problems. They explain hard-learned principles of leadership, which they experienced first-hand as US Navy SEALs, specifically in and around their 2006 deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, one of the most dangerous places and times in the war. These principles can be applied to any relationships or walks of life; they are simple enough for anyone to understand, and broad enough to use in any situation.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John

“This book has very inspiring stories from people of varying backgrounds who used their determination and creativity to make their dreams a reality. At the end of every story is the overall lesson you can apply to your situation and the lesson is always meaningful and realistic.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

“Tony Robbins exemplifies his life coach teaching styles in a way that empowers the reader to self fulfilment. This book forces you to conduct a reality check and take a hard look in the mirror. It helps you to realize your flaws and “TAKE ACTION” and do something about it. After reading this book I was able to get out of my depression and stop blaming others for my pitfalls. I went from a 6 figure job to unemployed and almost losing my home. I moved in with my parents and that is when I bought this book. Since then (2008) I have used the information towards my own benefit and accomplished things I never thought I could, money, happiness, health and the most important lesson was to slow down and enjoy everything I do. I hope you are able to grab the flame from this book and empower yourself with the use of wisdom Tony has put together.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler

“In a lot of ways, “Hustle” can be considered a manual on how to discover our own path. How to find out what makes us truly happy and what to do to go from dream to reality. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s feeling unfulfilled or stuck in a situation which he hates (lousy job, unhealthy relationship or general lack of purpose.) In short, it’s a must for all those who can’t seem to get a break.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

“Love the way how Mark explains where we make mistakes, especially in a way how we experience some things or see them. I sat down after reading it and realized that I gave to many f…ks for the things that don’t matter that much, not to me or the people around me. A true inspiration to change the way you think, feel and see some things that are happening to you. This is a book that you need to have in your home library, and go back to it just to remind your self about what is the most important thing to you – not somebody else’s opinion, but your feelings.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

“Every now and then, one read a book that truly inspires. This is exactly what David has achieved with the Magic of Thinking Big. Not only does he inspire “big” thinking, but he also takes it one step further to inspire action to make it happen. The book is filled with ideas and techniques that can be applied in our everyday life whether at home or at work. These are illustrated by real-life examples that the author draws upon – in which these techniques have proven further success, happiness, and satisfaction to those who have implemented them. Many of the ideas presented, constitute the basis for true leadership.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

“I now have the confidence to speak up during office meetings instead of being a “silent team member”. I use the 5 Second Rule to help me to be more patient with people, tasks, etc. If you’re struggling to get up and get moving, or any other issues that are holding you back, please order this book via hard copy or audible. It will change your life, or better yet, give you the push that YOU need to change your life and live again. Hope this review helps.” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport

“Declutter Your Mind has a strong focus on Mindfulness, and how we can tap into our greater selves to create a life of relaxation, peace, serenity and freedom. In a world of increasing complexities, schedules stacked up, and distractions controlling our lives, there has never been a better time than now to start “decluttering” your mind [and your life].” (Review)

23 Motivational Books Every Self-employed Must Read

In case you’re looking for more choices, here’s a list of books specially curated for the self-employed folks by Goodreads.

With your reading calendar filled out for the year, we hope you’re motivated enough to kick start your journey!

Stay motivated and get more done year-round.

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