3 Memoirs That Will Motivate You to do Great Things

You never know who's story might inspire yours.

Sometimes the thing you need to get motivated is someone else’s story. Experiencing someone else’s struggles and rooting for them in their journey toward success can help you develop a better understanding of your own struggles and teach you how to be your own best cheerleader. While you can’t exactly follow people around, you can experience some of the most inspiring and captivating stories of real people in memoirs. Memoirs are incredibly popular today, so finding one that inspires you or even one written by someone you already look up to is easier than you might think!

  1. 1 The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store, Cait Flanders


    "In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy—only keeping her from meeting her goals—she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year."

    - Goodreads

    The full title of this captivating memoir is a mouthful, but Cait Flander's journey toward a life focused more on experience than on material is one that will encourage you to take a deeper look at your own habits and find ways to experience life more fully.

  2. 2 Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, Kelly Corrigan


    "In "I Don't Know," Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it's over expected invitations that never come or a friend's agonizing infertility. In "No," she admires her mother's ability to set boundaries, her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In "Tell Me More," she learns something important about listening from a facialist named Tish. And in "I Was Wrong," she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight--and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand "the thing behind the thing," Corrigan swings in this insightful book between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss."

    - Goodreads

    We use phrases like "I don't know" and "no" every day, but what do they really mean and how can we use them more carefully? Kelly Corrigan explores just that in this insightful collection of memoirs.

  3. 3 How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, Lilly Singh


    "From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

    Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. "

    - Goodreads

    If you have heard of Lilly, then you know what you are in for in this book. If you haven't, her comedic voice will drive you to succeed with affirmations for hard work and positivity. 

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