When I started writing this article I wanted to write a list of the 100 best books for men.

But I decided to write in a narrow category of books to the following: Best books for motivation and self confidence,

Every book on this list had an impact on my life and has planted some seeds in my mind that created the life I have today.

Books are valuable and have the potential to change your life if you internalize the knowledge and act on it.

So this is my shortlist of books that I would recommend to get motivated and start taking action in life.

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Best Books For Motivation And Self Confidence

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable.

By Tim Grover.

Relentless is one of those books that will get you fired up. Legendary pro-sports trainer Tim Grover talks about the mindset of success at the highest level. Tim Grover trained legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade.

Relentless is an unconditional approach to what it takes to be successful in the area of life.


Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet.

By Jesse Itzler.

One of my favorite books is living with a SEAL. The book is about entrepreneur Jesse Itzler that invites a Navy SEAL to live with him and his family for a month.Jesse asks Navy SEAL (David Goggins) to stay with him and his family and Goggins accepts but with one condition: He has to follow all the instructions that he gets.

The book is both funny and inspiring and shows you what is possible if you put your mind on something.If you are looking for books similar to Can't Hurt Me then Living with a Seal is the book for you.

Living with a SEAL

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.

By David Goggins.

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Living with a SEAL was my introduction to now-famous SEAL David Goggins. So when I saw he wrote a book I had to read it. His story is one of legend and anyone who reads this book will get some perspective on human potential to overcome adversity and face challenges.

This book is an astonishing life story from a legendary soldier. This book defines the power of the mind and personal responsibility. This is one of the most inspirational books for men you will find.This book takes self improvement to a whole different level.

Can't Hurt Me

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure.

By Grant Cardone.

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Grant Cardone is one of my favorite Entrepreneurs. The man has a larger than life personality and drive. His whole mission is inspiring and listening to him will force you to up your game at every level.

The 10x rule explains to you exactly what the book is about and it's simple but powerful:

Whatever you are doing now 10x it and see everything in your life transform.

The 10X Rule

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.

By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

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This list has a few SEALs in them and this one is another powerful one called Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

Both Willink and Babin are ex SEALs who shared their life and leadership Philosophy in the form of this book Extreme Ownership.This book will force you to reevaluate the way you are living. If you are looking for David Goggins similar books then this is  not the book for you.

Extreme Ownership

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

By Ashlee Vance.

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Elon Musk is probably the most influential entrepreneurs of our time. His vision of going to Mars and beyond is inspiring. His way of thinking and getting things done is impressive.

This book takes you into the world of Musk and tells the whole story of how he came from South Africa and went all the way to the USA and started to put his vision into reality.

Elon Musk

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

By Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the most famous men on the plant has a fascinating life story.

This book tells the Story how an Austrian boy came to America and became the best bodybuilder in the world and then became the biggest movie star in the world.

Total Recall

UNSCRIPTED: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship.

by MJ DeMarco.

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MJ DeMarco is more famous for his book The Millionaire Fastlane but this book Unscripted is even better. Unscripted explains how and why most people are stuck in jobs and lives they hate.

It then goes on to the topic of entrepreneurship and why most aspiring entrepreneurs never take the plunge and go for it.

He also goes into detail into the different types of entrepreneurship. But this is a great book with a great message for anyone thinking of leaving the mainstream reality and going into life for himself.


Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills that Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed.

By Brian Tracy.

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Brian Tracy is one of the old school self-help gurus and have sold millions of copies of his work. This book Maximum Achievement is probably his best.

This book will show you how to start transforming your reality with a step by step guide to reach your full potential and create success.This is a classic and I had to put it on the list.

Maximum Achievement

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

By Dale Carnegie.

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Another classic book and another must-read is “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie. One of the biggest things that hold people back in life is worrying.

People worry about things that never come true but they literally think themselves sick. This book will teach you how to let go of that mental trap and start living free.If you want to own life and live on your own terms then read this book.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living