The best books for inspiration

The Books I Picked & Why

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

By David Goggins

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

Why this book?

David Goggins has lived a life that most of us never will. This book is real, and it’s raw. As Goggins’s said himself, “don’t just talk about it, be about it.” I read a lot of books that are carefully worded and written in a way that being politically correct supersedes the truth. This is a no-holds-barred look at the grit, tenacity, and mental fortitude that is built when a person decides to change.


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Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose

By David Cooks, Eric Wolffersdorff

Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose

Why this book?

David had a spinal aneurysm at the age of 15, and his dreams of sports, college, and his future seemed to be halted. Yet, through faith and determination, his life took on a whole new journey full of awesome experiences, people, and lessons. Similar to Goggin’s book, this story opens up your mind as to what’s possible, what matters, and why we live.


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Win By Two: A Kansas City Drug Dealer, a Private School Teacher, and the Game That Linked Them Together

By Adam Donyes, Derrick Derrell

Win By Two: A Kansas City Drug Dealer, a Private School Teacher, and the Game That Linked Them Together

Why this book?

Win By Two is the true story about a Kansas City drug dealer and a private school teacher, bonded together through basketball. This is a powerful story about race, leadership, and what can happen when people get outside of their comfort zones and build bridges in their community. It also challenges our internal biases that we may not even know exist.


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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

By Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

Why this book?

This is a different type of inspiration, one rooted in exploration and going to places that no man has gone before. The author himself goes on a journey to find a lost city in the Honduran rainforest, and while sexy on the outside, discovers the stark challenges that exist in the world’s densest jungle. If you’re an adventure seeker, you’ll really enjoy this book.


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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Why this book?

Many are familiar with this movie, but the book is downright excellent. Marcus Luttrell and his Navy Seal team fought a ferocious battle in Northern Afghanistan, one that will have you on the edge of your seat. If patriotism isn’t enough, Luttrell’s persistence to never back down or surrender the fight is an inspiration for anyone reading his story.


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