I liked reading books since I was a kid. In childhood, I used to read storybooks, comics, sci-fi books, and horror stories but no motivational books. 

During high school, I read some motivational books in Hindi. I could feel new energy within myself.

Motivational books have helped me a lot in moving forward in life. Whenever I feel low, I used to read a book and it energizes me.

During my graduation time, I was going through a lot for two years and I was not reading any books.

I remember when my elder brother suggested a book. Though I was frustrated in life, I bought that book and started reading.

I read more motivational books after that and started to see the changes in my life. Every day, for about 30-50 minutes, I started to read motivational books.

It must seem unbelievable but gradually my life started to improve. I started to excel in my academic, I scored 10 pointers in the next two-semester, I cleared India’s 3 topmost entrance exams for Post graduation. Not only that I became the gold medalist of my batch.

Everyone called me a genius, but deep inside within me, I knew that reading books has changed my life. None of these things were happening before. Even there was a time when I used to score average marks in college.

People usually say, reading books won’t help me. It has no solution to all my problems.

It’s correct. Your problem may be unique but motivational books don’t give us a solution to any problem, rather it teaches how are we required to find a solution to our problem.

I strongly recommend reading these motivational books to students. Here goes a list of best motivational books that changed my life:

1. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson:

When I was in college, I had started to hate motivation. I had watched several YouTube videos on motivation and I found different opinions and advice from different persons. 

I had started to criticize them all. Luckily, this is what this book was about.

“It’s the self-help book for people who hate self-help. It’s as much a pat on the back as a slap in the face.”

This is what you will find on the official webpage of Mark Manson the author of this book. We give our time and attention to a lot of things in our life that don’t deserve it.

This book teaches how to identify problems in your life for which you need to work on and how you can leave all those that don’t deserve your time.

By reading this book, I started to realize that most of the problems were in my life as I was thinking about them as a problem. 

The important point that I got in this book is, “We often think that we are intelligent, we are experts in any field. What if we are wrong?

The whole book is centered on bringing out your hesitation to change.

At every step, it questions your present thinking and argues beautifully about what you have assumed till now may be wrong and how you can leave all those bullshit thinking and dedicate your time to work that needs your attention.

2. The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

The central point of the book is that you can use your imagination to suggest ideas to your subconscious to get what you want.

If repeated often enough, your mind will then steer your behavior more towards making those ideas a reality, even you don’t realize it. 

There are many ways you can do this, but most of them can be summarized under the concept of visualization – picturing yourself achieving a certain goal or outcome.

“I can’t visualize my success”. This is what most people say. 

The reason I was able to do good academically and crack so much entrance exam was that I visualized that I am doing it before it happened.

I visualized myself getting 10 pointers, I visualize myself getting into IIT Bombay. I visualized everything that I wanted to achieve. And guess what, I ended up doing those things.

I remember, when I was going through problems during the final year graduation, it felt like I couldn’t find a better place for my post-graduation. I have listed some exams for post-graduation in India in my diary.

My brother asked about what options I had. I told what I had written in a diary and added, “Even if I study for a whole year, I can’t do it.”

The day I was graduating from college, I had qualified all those exams that I had in my diary.

It was possible due to the power of visualization. When I used to visualize everything, I could feel the energy that let me study even with more focus.

3. Believe in Yourself by Joseph Murphy: 

In Believe in Yourself, Dr. Murphy stresses about having faith in one’s abilities, believing in the inner self, and in having the courage to chase your dream no matter what comes in your way.

The book has proved highly motivational and has enabled many readers to overcome low self-esteem and achieve their objectives in life.

The author points out various ways by which one can overcome defeat, hardships, and keep on the righteous track to succeed by using only fair means.

Yes, visualizing everything was not the only key to success. The question is, will you visualize your success even your self-esteem is low and you are having problems in life over again?

This is what this book says about. You need to believe in yourself and keep going. Only visualizing your success won’t give you an edge but you will get what you want if you will work on it.

There were many times during my graduation when I questioned my abilities. Can I score a perfect 10 in the semester? Can I crack those entrance exam even I had less time than others? Will I manage to do all these works with effective time management?

These 3 books completely transformed my life. I have read many self-help and motivational books in the past two years and still to feed myself with some amazing thoughts, I keep reading these books. 


Many college students and even school students don’t read self-help books. A good book has the power to transform a human.

I am not the only one who has benefitted from reading books. The great poets, a leading businessman, toppers, and even CEOs read self-help books. 

Don’t hesitate the change within yourself. 

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Problems are inevitable in life and to change our thinking we need to read these great self-help books. We need to keep improving ourselves and life will go on.

Which books helped you getting success? Let me know in the comment.

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