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5 Books to Motivate You in 2018

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pink cardigan, white lush tunic, and black pants

pink cardigan, white lush tunic, and black pants

pink cardigan, white lush tunic, and black pants

pink cardigan, white lush tunic, and black pants

pink cardigan, white lush tunic, and black pants

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a good day!

With such a positive response to my post about Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week earlier this week, it’s obvious that we have some (book) readers on #TeamBTD! YAY. I seriously love reading and it’s my favorite way to learn and relax. So it makes me happy that y’all do too.

I like all kinds of books, but I really find connection with ones that motivate me. There’s nothing better than a weekend day with all the coffee, a fire, and a motivational book – and I’ve read a lot of them. The below list are the ones that changed my life in some way, or made me think like crazy. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend for your eyes in 2018!

Managing Oneself – If you’re looking for a quick read that’ll kick your butt in gear in LESS THAN AN HOUR, than THIS is the book for you. It’s simple and to the point, but can make a lasting impact that will have you thinking for days or even weeks! I’ve read through this one many times and actually keep it nearby to skim through again and again. If you did my self-assessment from earlier this year, then a lot of the concepts I used to create that guide came from the concepts he talks about in this book. But on a bigger scale, Peter Drucker (the author) basically invented the what has become the foundational strategy for how we manage people on the 21st century. His concepts and theories have been taught across disciplines and industries to make for more effective leadership and company cultures. He encourages the importance of being self aware, knowing your strengths and weaknesses and how to do more with less.

The Subtle Art of Note Giving a F*ck – This is one of those books that I’ll go back and re-read a couple times a year. It contains so many valuable lessons on focusing on the important and kinda how to do LESS. And not care about the other stuff! Which is h-a-r-d. But the author breaks down lessons in a cool, digestible manner and he tells stories along the way too. I’d suggest this for any 20 or 30 something, or really, anyone who doesn’t feel in control of their life at all times. Aka me.

The Miracle Morning – So I’ll be honest, the writer is a little cheesy at times, but the message is solid. I’ve been all about creating strong, positive, lasting morning routines lately and it’s been a game-changer. I feel so much better and more in touch with myself, and I now get what the whole hype is about. This book is helpful if you’re trying to create a morning routine or have no where to start. Just ignore the cheesy parts – I did.

How to Get Sh*t Done – Yes, I realize that two of the books have bleeped out titles (a new trend in the publishing world? ha!). This book actually just came out but I’d been dying to get my hands on it. It’s essentially the first productivity book for women in like a decade, and I thought that was really interesting. Some of the pages are somewhat overkill, but overall, I love her approach to taking into account female emotions, expectations, and place in history. She also gives fun homework/assignments at the end of each chapter which I always appreciate in a book. Because I’m a huge note taker when reading, and this really gets the lessons into my brain.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Full post on it here, but it belongs on this list obviously!

I already have my bedside full of books I’m waiting to read this year, but always LOVE hearing good book recs.

What’s on the #teamBTD (motivational books) reading list to read next?

So far my list is WAYYYY too long for reality, but I’ll share it with you anyway as I know many of you have been asking for a list of what I’ve got on tap. Let me know if you’ve read any of these! I’m not sure if I’ll get to all of them, but I most certainly will try. I absolutely love reading – the only problem is I like to read things multiple times so it REALLY sinks in. I’m a pretty SLOW processor, so I like to go through books at my own pace and soak it all in. I’ve got A LOT of books on my list but the ones primarily fitting to the “motivational” category are as follows:

  1. Currently going through SABAN – the making of a coach
  2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About it by Michael Gerber
  4. Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People by Richard Shell

Are there other motivational books that have made an impression on you? Let me knowww!

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    January 17, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is next on my reading list!! As soon as I finish You Are a Badass…. And because of your last post, I also need to read 4-Hour Work Week. I agree with above comments about a continuous reading list from you- you are so inspiring!! Thank you. :)


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    January 13, 2018 at 3:10 am

    These books sound so interesting! I’ve been really wanting to read The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck.
    xx Sarah

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    January 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I loved Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini, sometimes I feel like life is just so different in Australia!


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    January 12, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Just responding to your Instagram story – I absolutely LOVE this outfit. So maybe people were just not paying attention on Instagram when you posted lost night. I am putting that shirt in my cart ASAP – it is a perfect layering staple, work staple, and neutral staple!

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    Kay Nguyen
    January 11, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Great recommendations! Thanks for sharing <3


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    January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Brighton!

    I love these kinds of books! I just started on the motivational book train…a couple of friends and I started a “book club” of sorts for these kinds of discussions and its really interesting to get a bunch of girlfriends together and see different things that stood out to people. We just finished a book called the defining decade by dr. meg jay and it was really good! Before that we read you are a badass by Jen Sincero which was also amazing. Thinking of trying the 4 hour work week next!

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    January 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Brighton,
    I read a book last year called “Grit” by Angela Duckworth that I would highly recommend to anyone! You can watch a Ted Talk about it here if you’re interested:


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      Kelsey M McGuire
      January 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      YES! Love Grit!!

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      Christine Thompson
      January 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      “Grit” is on my list of books to read – someone just gave it to me and I’m excited to dive in!

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      Brighton Keller
      January 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      okay I will for sure add to my list! Thanks Jill!!!

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    January 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I love this! I’ve never liked to just sit down and read, but I’m hoping 2018 is the year I start! Oven been looking for some good Christian or motivational books that I can actually learn from so this is super helpful! :) thanks for sharing your list!!

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    Adriena Rae Lopez
    January 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I love this post! I really like wanna read you’re a badass. Have you read it?

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      Brighton Keller
      January 11, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      no I have not but I’ve heard it’s really great!

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    January 11, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I love your book recommendations and can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

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    January 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I love this elegant and sophisticated outfit! Your longline cardigan is perfect.
    Thank you for the book recommendations, I’ve been meaning to read nr 2 for a while
    already, I should just finally get to it. :D


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    January 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I’d love to see a regular post about what books you really enjoyed! I’m working on reading two motivational books a month this year! This month: Lara Casey Make It Happen (I’m doing Powersheets, great goal setting if you ever struggle with this) and Adulting by Kelly Brown (because I’m 32 and I still suck at getting everything done!)

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      Brighton Keller
      January 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      omg how is the adulting book you have you not started it??

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    January 11, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I like this post!! such a great words sounds like amazing.

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    Anika May
    January 11, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Managing Oneself sounds awesome – definitely need that!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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