Inspiration and success is so hard to find these days. No matter what we do, we always have those moments where we tend to struggle and have a hard time in finding the things that will motivate us. If you are worried about your productivity and you want to stay on the top of your game, here are the best short books about inspiration and success that you can add on your reading list this 2020!


Stuck – A Short Story on Moving Towards Your Success, by Alphonso a Buie

If you are looking for a simple yet moving story that will give you those gentle nudges into pursuing success, then this book is the perfect companion for you. The story is all about Marc, a successful businessman who is quite known around New York and Philadelphia. However, as soon as his neverending troubles started to overwhelm him, Marc lost everything that held dearly in his life.

Marc is never the person to succumb into failure, which is why as soon as he got things back into place, he suddenly took the steps that will later on fix his entire life. With the help of incredible friends and a reliable mentor looking over him, he now has the perfect attitude to overcome his overpowering situations.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

Most people enjoy the gentle treatment of those who always believed in them. However, that is not the style of Mark Manson, and for him, everyone should face their battles head on instead of relying on sprinkles and fairy dust to get over their problems.

In The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Manson tackles various personal issues in a way that will make you realize things in a more honest manner. While it is true that positive reinforcement is one way to make things better, we just have to accept the fact that we lose certain battles in life. Manson wants us to understand that we can work around those losses, and we can use them to make ourselves stronger and better in the long run. If you are open and brave enough to face the harsh truths within this book, then this is the perfect read for you.


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life.. And Maybe the World, by Admiral William H. McRaven

Inspired by the famous speech of Admiral William H. McRaven in the University of Texas, this book will effectively teach you how to utilize those little habits of yours and use them as keys to your success. Written by the same person who gave the speech, he briefly explains the experiences he faced during his time in the Navy Seals, and he wants us to understand that even though we don’t notice these little things we do, they might be the habits that will improve our lives in the future.

Who knows, maybe by improving your welfare using these small habits, you might be able to change the world one day because of their ripple effects. Just by simply making your bed every morning, you are motivating yourself into becoming a better person with each day that passes.


The Self Confidence Workbook: A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem, by Barbara Markway PhD, and Celia Ampel

Your inspiration and success all roots down to your self-esteem. If you’re going to think about it, your self-doubt is the main reason why you are not growing in the first place. With the help of this awesome book written by Barbara Markway and Celia Ampel, you will get to know yourself on a whole other level, and you will get to fight those fears and self-doubts so that you will be able to grow in more ways than you know.

Providing practical and systematic strategies to figure out your best self, you will be able to improve your self-esteem in only a short span of time. You don’t need to become anyone else or follow a strict regimen just to become successful. By simply being you, you will be able to overcome any doubt that will try to enter your mind, and by the end of this book, you will surely become a much more relaxed and focused person.


Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life, by Gary John Bishop

If you are looking for another hard truth book, then this amazing work by Gary John Bishop may just be the perfect addition to your reading list. Tackling real life situations and emitting positive “slaps in the face”, Bishop will make you realize that no matter how hard your life may seem, the only obstacle that will be holding you down is yourself and yourself alone.

It doesn’t matter how many people disagree with you, or if the circumstances in your life are dragging you down. If you are weighed down deep inside, you will get nowhere in your life. This is why in this book, the main issue that you are going to deal with is “how to unf*ck yourself”, and thankfully, Bishop surely has done a fantastic way of helping you in this process.


Wake Up!: How to Get Out of Your Mind, Stop Living on Autopilot, and Start Choosing Your Best Life, by Claudia Velandia

Sometimes, the reason why we are so uninspired or demotivated is because our potential is “sleeping” within us. We are so driven down by societal standards and unrealistic expectations that, through our own faults, we drag ourselves to the most degrading experiences of our lives.

The good news is, there is always a way out of these terrible situations. Thanks to this amazing work by Claudia Velandia, we will finally have that long awaited “wake up call” to get rid of our excuses and live our life to the fullest! With a simple and practical process, this book will guide us into overcoming our doubts, fears, and stagnance to become the best versions of ourselves. If you have been feeling down lately, then don’t worry. This book is the perfect read for people like you.


Positive Thinking: A 52-Week Journal of Profound Prompts, Inspiring Quotes, and Bold Affirmations, by Katherine Flannery

Sometimes in life, all we ever need to push through our doubts and fears is to read inspiring quotes and stories from other people. Thankfully, Katherine Flannery worked on this book/journal to make sure that everyone will feel empowered and inspired with the help of her words.

Promoting an optimistic outlook in life, Flannery makes sure that you can identify the negative thoughts that are dragging you down, and she finds ways for you to use them as leverage towards a brighter mindset. Accompanied by 52 weekly exercises, you will be able to breathe and feel your inner self in a span of a few minutes. You don’t need to prepare certain things when it comes to this process. Just be honest with yourself, flip a few pages in this book, and before you know it, you are healing and becoming more confident by the end of it all.


The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness, by Shainna Ali

You cannot provide love for others if you don’t have enough love for yourself. This is why in this workbook by Shainna Ali, you will be able to transform those doubts, fears, and other negative thoughts into something useful. By simply reading through the book and participating in the interactive activities, you will be able to reflect in a way that no other person can influence you with. If you think about it, it is actually true that the best companion we could have is ourselves. Because if we have a love for our own being, we can easily provide it to others without asking for anything in return.


Million Dollar Habits: 27 Powerful Habits to Wire Your Mind for Success, Become Truly Happy, and Achieve Financial Freedom, by Sim Pol

This is not a complicated book, and you don’t need to treat it that way. Pol simply listed and explained 27 influential habits that can boost your mindset and trigger your success, and who knows, you might be doing some of them at this very moment. No one becomes perfect overnight, and if you want to become successful, you will need to add some changes in your daily patterns. By simply flipping over the pages of this book, you will get to see the daily habits of a successful person, and you can add them in your lifestyle to make sure that you will adapt to it over time.

We need the inspiration to become successful, and when we become successful, we will become an inspiration to others. This is an endless cycle, and these two factors will always support each other until the end of time. If you are feeling uninspired at the moment, you don’t have to worry. By simply getting at least one or two from this list of short books about inspiration and success this 2020, you will be able to overcome those negative thoughts of yours in due time.