I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by interesting, engaged, vibrant people. Every month I look forward to one particular meeting: the Resource and Referral Breakfast at Central Exchange. It’s hosted by one of my favorite people, Mona Raglow, and while the attendees sometimes change month to month and the spin is always a little different, I am always certain of two things:

One: I will learn something about someone I didn’t know before this breakfast.

Two: I will walk away with more than one resource that I can’t wait to check out.

I particularly loved Mona‘s challenge to us today: share a motivational book that has inspired you in some way. I’m not too proud to admit that I’ve had a couple of these books on my shelf for far too long; today I was reminded to pull them out, dust them off, and dive into the wisdom on the pages. I also heard some new-to-me titles that I’m adding to my list of “must read” titles.

As I was driving home, I thought what a shame it would be to keep this list–helpful resources and lessons curated by people I know, admire, and trust–to myself. Instead, I’m sharing it here, along with links to buy and links to the folks who suggested each title (if I have a link to share). You should know that the links to the books are Amazon affiliate links; that might mean that if you click through from this link, I earn a commission. It’s not enough to feed my kids even one dinner but every penny does add up, so I’m thankful for anyone who buys after clicking. But you can also check out these books from the library, head to Half Price Books and grab one on sale, or borrow a copy from a friend, if they happen to be like me, and have oodles of titles sitting on their neglected bookshelves.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, suggested by Bill Johnston of Quantum Creative

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer, suggested by Mona Raglow of The Monaplanner

What Should I Do with My Life by Po Johnson, suggested by Kerri VanMeveren of Amazing Traditions, LLC

Just Another Leap and Your Connecting Advantage, both by Joyce Layman, both suggested by Joyce Layman

Quantum Leap by Price Pritchett, suggested by Karla Kimmerer of KarlaSellsKC

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, suggested by Robyn Stevens of Robyn Stevens Feng Shui and Shannon Hodge of Shannon Hodge Health Coaching

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and Gifted Hands by Ben Carson and Cecil Murray, suggested by Terri Kirley of  Monaco Wealth Management, LLC

Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly and Patrick Lencioni suggested by Lauren Abel of Abel Fitness Training LLC

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, suggested by Ann Wilkinson of First National Bank

The Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks, suggested by AnaLeya North, Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Michael Jordan: the Life by Roland Lazenby and The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and John David Mann, suggested by LaShonda Brown of Health Journey LLC

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber, suggested by Jeannine Edmonds of McInnes Wealth Management LLC

Still Writing: the Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro, suggested by Lisa Allen

And, because I can’t stop with just one, I also shared how crazy-stinkin’-excited I am to read Elizabeth Gilbert‘s new book Big Magic, on shelves September 22nd, and how much I LOVE her podcast Magic Lessons.

Finally, for good measure, here’s Liz rocking a TED talk about failure and the drive to succeed: