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Top 10 Motivational Books For School Students & College Students | Best Inspirational Books For Success

The youth of our country are the future leaders who will unleash wider possibilities and will bring a change in the society. For the success of these young minds a strong thought process is something we should focus on. Reading can be a liberating exercise for these young minds which will fill it with aspirations and set free their vision, especially for the young school and college students who are starting their life with dreams for a better tomorrow.

Books that inspire you to be the better version of yourselves, uplift you and motivate you in the process are the best of its kind. There is a huge power in between the words and the lines that those books offer. Here’s a list of the top 10 motivational books which I have found a masterpiece for the students and they can do wonders in their lives.

  1. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murph

“Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.”- Dr. Joseph Murphy

Dr. Joseph Murphy’s The Power of your subconscious mind is a self-help book that dwells on the power of one’s subconscious mind and how it shapes their thoughts, acts and can contribute in achieving their dreams. This book has a wider approach to the law of attraction and is a must-read for the students to understand how the subconscious mind performs wonder if guided with positive thoughts and actions.

This practical yet inspiring book to me with its real-life examples demonstrates how one can change their life, overcome fears and build a powerful mind in the way!

2. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbin

If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.” Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins through his book teaches us to take control of our mental well-being in order to take control of our lives. He says that, deciding upon something is not only about thinking to act rather one must act in regards to their decisions.

Awaken the Giant Within is a one of the truly motivational books for college students that urges us to ask questions to ourselves  which in turn empowers us by improving the quality of our lives.

3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance in your life can change!” – Rhonda Byrne.

Byrne in her book has talked about the secret that is the law of attraction and how one can have, do or become whatever they want, their thoughts make them who they are. This book voices the power of having an optimistic thought process in order to pursue your dreams.

This book has made me wonder about the power of the universe and also the power that is within us, in our thoughts. Rhonda Byrne’s strong words and thoughts in this book is a kick starter for believing in the power of self and working on it wisely.

4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

‘We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”- Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. After he was diagnosed with cancer he decided to give his last lecture. The video of this lecture took over the internet and after that he co-authored the novel The Last Lecture based on his lecture with Jeffrey Zaslow.

In this lecture he shares his life experiences, events and how he lived up to the changes by overcoming all the hurdles are examples for us to follow. With his incredible ideas that are penned down, this book is an absolute read for students who are entering a new stage in their life.

5. Wings of Fire by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

“We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”  – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s autobiographical novel Wings of Fire which is co-authored by Arun Tiwari is a masterpiece that I would highly recommend. The story traces Kalam’s inspirational journey of struggles and perseverance from a young boy in Tamil Nadu to becoming the Missile Man of India. The story revolves around his early childhood, family, education and his development as a man of science. His determination, hope, hard work, faith will move you to the core.

Apart from the political and technological perspectives that the book offers, it also depicts the importance of personal dedication and patience.

6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“The secret of life though is to fall seven times and to get up for the eighth time”- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a 1988 novel that tracks the journey of Santiago, a young shepherd boy from Andalusia, who embarks upon a quest in search of treasure. A journey that is both physical and metaphorical, will tell you that nothing is lost and there is always hope!

We are all Santiagos with our journey in our own unique way. This novel is all about following your dreams; no matter how and when obstacles come in the path you should keep moving forward.

7. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

“Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.”- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Peale’s book is all about having an optimistic view of life to live a happier and healthier life. His advice to everyone is to take and believe in your action and not to fear about the circumstances because action is always better than no action at all. He speaks about building new power and determination in order to reach the goals.

According to me, this is one of the most inspirational books for students which talks about having a positive outlook towards life in every given situation and to be kind to self. This book will definitely push you a little closer towards becoming a powerful and positive thinker.

8. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

“If you want to improve your life and live with all that you deserve, you must run your own race.”- Robin Sharma.

The story is about Julian Mantle, a well renowned attorney whose life revolves around money, power and fame. To some this might be the ultimate goal but deep down Julian isn’t happy. And a heart attack that he survives makes him drop all his possessions along with his Ferrari and visit the Himalayas in search of peace and true existence. His journey to the Himalayas made him meet yogis whose advice were mystical yet practical and he returns as a changed man with these valuable experiences to share.

The book outlines the seven virtues of life which makes us ponder over our life and existence. This wonderfully crafted fable walks you through the steps of the entire philosophy of life.

9. Ignited Minds by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

With the primary vision of igniting young minds A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s Ignited Minds is a powerful piece of work. Kalam in his book shares his vision of a dream nation that is above rivalry and talks about high potentials amongst the youth who are the future leaders of this nation. He shares pieces of his experiences and interactions with people from different strata of the society.

Kalam’s book echoes his words of believing in self and how one should not stop dreaming, ever! A must-read for the youth, this book is a clarion call for uniting forces and working with a mission for a better today and tomorrow.

10. Getting to Yes with Yourself by William Ury

“This inner yes is an unconditionally constructive attitude of acceptance and respect—first toward yourself, then toward life, and finally toward others.”- William Ury

Getting to Yes with Yourself is a deep and reflective book that talks about accepting the past but letting the resentments go, welcoming the future without the worries and living the present by appreciating as it is without any expectation. 

Ury’s book with its practical yet radical approach fuels me with the desire for a positive approach towards our life.  And once in a while don’t forget to remind yourself that: Yes, I can!

These books have inspired so many young people I have known and will surely advance you in the path towards an enlightened future. So, what are you waiting for? Put on your reading glasses and get some motivation going.

Happy reading!