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Recommended Books on Motivation

Finite and Infinite Games

by James P. Carse
The goal is to keep playing with boundaries.

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Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everyone Else

by Geoff Colvin
Masters practice, practice, practice. One must deliberately engage in mentally demanding and repetitive activity to become an expert.

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow as motivation.

Available on Amazon.

Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation

by Edward L. Deci
Motivation is something people do, not something that is done to them.

Available on Amazon

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol Dweck
Keep finding opportunities to improve.

Available on Amazon.

Then We Came to the End

by Joshua Ferris

Available on Amazon

Good Work

by Howard E. Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon

Available on Amazon.

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell
Creative work is more satisfying, but success is influenced by many factors.

Available on Amazon.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Available on Amazon.

The Amateurs

by David Halberstam

Available on Amazon.

Punished by Rewards

by Alfie Kohn
Rewards motivate us only to get more rewards.

Available on Amazon.

Once a Runner

by John L. Parker Jr.
Always better than himself.

Available on Amazon.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield
We are not ready for freedom. The paradox is that we are free only to the extent of our self-mastery.

Available on Amazon.

Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace

by Ricardo Semler
How to be self-sufficient.

Available on Amazon.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organizations

Book by Peter Senge
In learning organizations, life is a work of art.

Available on Amazon.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

by James C. Collins

Available on Amazon.