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Nine Books That Inspired Me to Improve Myself: Video

by on May 1, 2013

Authors like Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell have written works that have inspired countless readers to change how they view the world. But that isn’t exactly what I look for in a book. For me, the real triumph of written works is books that inspire people to take action and improve themselves.

The following is a list of the nine books that I have found in my life that have changed not just how I view the world, but more importantly how the world views me.

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The Nine Books That Inspired Me to Improve Myself

9. Drink, Play, F@#k – Andrew Gottlieb (Inspired me to get reading again)

8. Iceland India Interstate – Colin Wright (Inspired me to share my travel experiences with others)

7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (Inspired me to revisit the classics)

6. The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield (Inspired me to embrace my creativity)

5. Vagabonding – Rolf Potts (Inspired me to take the leap to Argentina)

4. In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan (Inspired me to take action on my diet)

3. Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (Inspired me to love writing again)

2. 1984 – George Orwell (Inspired me to write a novel)

1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (Inspires me to do more… repeatedly)

The Important Part!

These are only the books I have had the privilege of reading. I am sure there are more out there.

What books have shaped you? What works have you read that have inspired you to take action and improve yourself?


P.S. Thanks to Hailee Rustard for the idea for this post. :-)

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Ben Spak May 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hey Danny,

Been following you since your early Moz days, love how far you’ve come as a person, very awe inspiring and make me want to take bigger steps in my life. Thanks for being who you are and empowering others to find out who they truly are.

I highly recommend you pick up “How to get Rich” by Felix Dennis. This book made me laugh out loud a few times. It was originally written by the author to be a joke, to dissuade people from taking the path he took to becoming wealthy. However it seems to have had just the opposite effect for myself and many other readers. Defiantly worth checking out!

Kind Regards,


Danny Dover May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hey Ben!

Good to hear from you again! I remember you from my days at the moz and have appreciated your support over the years :-)

Great recommendation with “How to get Rich”. I have actually already had the pleasure of reading that book. I totally agree with you, Felix Dennis is hilarious. You the man Ben!



Ryan Eller May 2, 2013 at 6:13 am

I loved the following books and would encourage anyone to read them:

“The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield
“Getting Things Done” by David Allen
“Quitter” by Jon Acuff
“The Hundredth Monkey” by Nate Folan and Friends

There have been many more, but I can’t think of all of them right now. I will check out the books on your list as well! Thanks!


Danny Dover May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Nice, you are expanding my Kindle sample list. Thanks! :-)


Mattea May 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

Big fan of all of those!! Check out Born to Run. It’s my new inspiration for running. Safe travels!!


Danny Dover May 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Good to hear from you! I hope life is kicking ass wherever you are :-) You and Sam are like an echo machine! Unlike his millionth suggestion to read it, your suggestion just made me add it to my list.



Inge May 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

Wait!, I think you forgot one…didn’t you write a book also?? :-) keep kicking ass D.Dover!


Danny Dover May 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

lol, ;-p Yeah that one is good too! Cheers Inge!


hayle sturgin May 3, 2013 at 6:19 am

you are amazing mr. dover


Danny Dover May 3, 2013 at 11:29 am



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