Jim’s Top 10 Inspirational Books

National Colon Cancer Awareness Day is on Friday, March 6th.  Since my blog is meant to be inspirational, I wanted to list my most inspirational books for everyone, listed in reverse order. My favorite book for Fierce Hope readers is book #1 etc.


  1. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes? I love the way Dan and Chip answer that question.

  1. New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver

My favorite nature poems! Mary Oliver’s perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death.

8. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

“Embrace the importance of now, and refuse to allow the lull of comfort, fear, familiarity, and ego to prevent you from taking action on your ambitions…The cost of inaction is vast. Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty.”

  1. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

  1. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

Another book that changed the game for me. Icarus was warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.

  1. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Can’t miss this book! Rilke’s timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.

  1. 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class: The Thought Processes, Habits and Philosophies of the Great Ones by Steve Siebold

Is it possible for a person of average intelligence and modest means to ascend to the throne of the world class? The answer is YES!

  1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

This book changed my career forever. “A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great leaders from the rest.”

  1. Spiritual Enlightenment The Damnedest Thing

This book is a great place to start with the “big questions” in life. Not for the faint of heart. This book changed my entire life.

  1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

This book is my inspiration for the work I do now.

With Fierce Hope,



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One Thought on “Jim’s Top 10 Inspirational Books

  1. Judy Schoonover on March 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm said:

    Looks like some fine reading…a few i am going to look into because they might answer some questions
    You will not believe this but truth…I just slipped you FierceHope t shirt on…on my way to try and donate blood… judy hugs

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