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Staff Picks! Books that Motivate and Inspire (in Your Career and Your Life).

We all know that one of the easiest things to do with our free time is to sit in front of the TV and escape with the latest series or sporting event of the season. And not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re looking for something to read or listen to that might actually motivate you to improve your professional or personal life, we’ve got a few suggestions to consider.

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." – Margaret Fuller

Our team here at GRS Recruiting is dedicated to continual self-improvement, both professionally and personally. We believe that one of the best ways to achieve growth is through reading (or listening) to books that motivate and inspire. Below, we've compiled a list of “Staff Picks,” each offering unique insights and valuable lessons.

Books that motivate and inspire
Our GRS Team Recommends the following 11 books that motivate and inspire them for professional and personal development.


Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - This book is an inspiring account of personal resilience and mental toughness, as Goggins, a former Navy SEAL, shares his extraordinary life story and the power of self-discipline


Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf - A motivational story that emphasizes the importance of enjoying the process of achieving your goals, focusing on patience, persistence, and hard work. Great motivation for new professionals and a good reminder for seasoned ones.


The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon - This book offers a powerful metaphor for life with its compelling tale, encouraging readers to fuel their life, work, and team with positive energy.


Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink - Written by a former Navy SEAL commander, this book highlights the importance of leadership and responsibility in all aspects of life.


The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz - A transformative book that guides readers on a journey to personal freedom through the adoption of four fundamental truths rooted in ancient Toltec wisdom.


The Go Giver by Bob Burg - An insightful story that challenges conventional wisdom by asserting that true success comes from being a giving rather than a getting person.


Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler - This book humorously narrates Itzler's experience living and training with a Navy SEAL, offering lessons on breaking free from routine and enhancing one's life.


Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss - A former FBI negotiator shares strategies for negotiating effectively in high-stakes situations, providing tools that are applicable both in business and in everyday life.


Shoe Dog by Phil Knight - A memoir by the founder of Nike, chronicling the tumultuous and triumphant journey involved in building one of the world’s most iconic brands.


Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman - A blend of fiction and autobiography that presents philosophical insights into living a life full of meaning and purpose.


Wooden by John Wooden - This book shares the philosophies of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, focusing on leadership, personal integrity, and character development.

There are countless others that our team has read and discussed that have made a big impact in our lives. As you can see from the list above, most of those that float to the top are ones that are geared toward how to thrive in a high-performance environment, while being a growing and caring human in the world.

Have you got recommendations for our team? Please message me at and I'll share the suggestions!


Betsy Lee is the Director of Marketing for GRS Recruiting. She has over 12 years of experience working directly in the recruitment industry, developing marketing strategies that attract top talent and equipping recruiters with the tools and training they need to succeed. A small-business advocate, she loves helping companies grow and take their teams to the next level. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn here:

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