Award-winning CNN commentator, best-selling author, and motivational speaker

CNN commentator Mel Robbins gives her top 3 books to transform your life (immediately)

If you’re looking to get fired up to make real and immediate change in your life, look no further than Mel Robbins.

If you haven’t seen her TEDx Talk on “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over”, it has over 12 million views across 37 countries.  It is not to be missed.  Mel is a world-class speaker and is one of those people who makes you feel like you can do anything.

Mel has done a lot.  From her blockbuster books The 5 Second Rule and Stop Saying You’re Fine to her appearances on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News; she truly leads by example and you know the things she teaches really work.

Before we get to her book selections, if you are looking to get pumped, check out this classic interview Mel gives about motivation and why it’s garbage.

You can find Mel at, on Facebook @melrobbins, Twitter @melrobbins and Instagram @melrobbinslive.

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Why Mel loves reading


Reading has helped to make me the person I am today. It has the power to shape me, teach me, heal me, and sometimes carry me away. I couldn’t imagine a world without books.

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Mel’s 3 picks for transforming your life today

The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield

Mel:  Absolutely devoured this book. If you hope to write a book, launch a business, battle your demons and pursue your art – do yourself a favor and read this.

I plowed through it in a few hours and feel more emboldened to do the work, slay the resistance, and pursue my art. The only thing between you and the genius inside you is the bullshit you put in between you and the work your soul is begging you to do.


Book description*:

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

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The Book of Awakening

by Mark Nepo

Mel: Before I look at my phone. Before I read email. Before I let the world in. I use Mark Nero’s words to center myself on the deeper themes present in our daily lives, to pause and connect with my soul and take a moment before I race head first into my day.    Book description*: Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy–an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness–that is both profound and clarifying. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life’s multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection. The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the soul and will inspire others to embark on their own. Nepo speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Mel: This book is an incredibly powerful read, because it reminded me that even in tragedy, there can be growth. Sometimes the most painful challenges actually give us more perspective and set us on a more meaningful path than we may have been traveling.    Book description*: A powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.   After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

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