5 Books to Read for Instant Inspiration

Sometimes, you just need a good inspirational kick in the pants from a source that's not the internet. Of course, the internet is rife with awesome content that'll light your fire, but there are fantastic books out there, too! Plus, when you're reading a book, you can't get distracted by, you know, cat videos and clothes ads and whatever else you've been looking at recently.

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

Mark Manson is a popular blogger with a unique (and invigorating) look at happiness: don't give a f*ck. In the excerpt he wrote out on his blog, he says "In my life, I have given a f*ck about many people and many things. I have also not given a f*ck about many people and many things. And those f*cks I have not given have made all the difference." Read this book and be inspired to give zero f*cks. The best part is, when you're done with the book, you can hop on Manson's blog for even more enlightenment.

2. How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I really wish my career could be more aligned with my passions" or "I'm bored with this career, would it be crazy to switch right now?" If so, you're probably a "multipotentialite". You have many different potentials and interests and passions. The problem is, how do you make them all work together, or at least be able to do some at the same time? Emilie Wapnick has awesome, inspirational ideas about building the kind of life you want in this brand new release. She also gives practical examples of people living multipotentialite lives, which really helps you visualize what it might look like for you.

3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

You've probably heard about this one before, but have you read it? Really, it deserves all the hype. People going through difficult times often have the most inspiring things to say, and this one is certainly a passionate and inspirational read! Randy Pausch, faced with terminal cancer, gave a lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", and it's basically the best thing you'll read about seizing the moment and living life in the here and now. Prepare to be ridiculously inspired by a dying man's words.

4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

When you're looking for inspiration in a book, Brene Brown is an author you'll definitely want to explore. This book is about letting go of who you think you're supposed to be, and instead embracing who you are, as you are. Brown shares ten "guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living." This book will not only make you inspired to live a fuller life, but will help you find and embrace your best self, not the self you wish you were. Brown has penned many inspirational books, so if you like this one, definitely add a couple more of hers to your list.

5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

No matter the industry you're in or the level of creativity you feel you ned in your personal and professional life, this book will give you the inspiration to be so uniquely you, you'll probably end up doing that thing you've always wanted to try. PopSugar says, 
"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious." Yes, please, I'll take all of that!


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