top ten poems for motivation

Top Ten Poems for Calming and Motivation

At times it’s okay not to be okay,
Come here and cry your tears away,
There’s someone who understands.1

Aren’t these words so calming that somehow your temporary worries fade away? 

Poems have their unique way of touching our hearts when we need them. There are days when we need to slow down and other times when we need to reflect.

In this world full of uncertainties, we can find beauty from calm words and motivation to recalibrate ourselves.

Especially during this pandemic, more and more people get anxious about the woes of tomorrow. Sometimes, it is not easy to get up in the morning at all. It begs the question, what can you do?

Poetry is an excellent place to turn to whenever you need a little push to get through the day. If you are feeling uninspired, poems of calm and motivation can be that trusted friend you have been missing all along.

Top Ten short inspirational poems

Reading poems for calming and motivation is good for the soul. If you can spare just 5-10 minutes of your time, here is a list of poems worth checking out:

1. It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free , poem by William Wordsworth

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,

The holy time is quiet as a Nun

Breathless with adoration; the broad sun

Is sinking down in its tranquillity …

Feelings, thoughts, and intuition – these three words encapsulate the message of this poem. It is the perfect backdrop for a peaceful and unwinding night, as Wordsworth used imagery to depict a natural scene with metaphorical comparisons and explicit religious analogy.

Imagine stopping for a while. The world is so busy that we forget to take a moment and admire the beauty our nature offers. If ever this happens to you, this poem would remind you that you should take the day, one beauteous, calm, and complimentary evening at a time.

2. If, poem by Rudyard Kipling

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim

And treat those two impostors just the same:.

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Kipling dedicates this poem to his son simply to talk about being a good human. This poem is an inspirational beauty written with a good structure of “conditions” to answer the title “If.”

It reads well and easily captures your attention to keep your cool in challenging situations. However, you have to finish it ’til the end.

As you would see, the excerpt above doesn’t do justice. By having faith in yourself and staying focused, the poem ends and teaches you how to succeed in life.

3. Peace, poem by Sara Teasdale

Peace flows into me

As the tide to the pool by the shore;

It is mine forevermore,

It ebbs not back like the sea …

This poem talks about peace, tranquillity, and happiness with metaphors, imagery, and figurative language. Reading this poem is like being on vacation, immersed in nature, and just breathing the mountain air.

If you want to transport somewhere and lie under the stars, Peace is a good choice. You will feel relaxed with the company of sunsets and the sea described in this poem.

4. Promise Yourself [The Optimist creed]

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can

disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to

every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is

something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your

optimism come true.

The Optimist Creed is a guide for everyone to unlock the powers of positive thinking. Written for members of The Optimist International, it consists of twelve (12) life-transforming promises anyone can live by.

If you need a pick-me-up poem, this one is for you. Sometimes you just need to speak the words to yourself and manifest hope and optimism in your life.

5. The Road Not Taken, poem by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

This part is an excerpt from one of the most commonly known poems by Robert Frost about life. He likens life to a journey where you reach a fork in the road to make the tough decision of choosing which way to go.

Sounds like something that could be stressful to read? Give it a try and read it until the end, if you haven’t yet. The poem is truly inspirational and will challenge you on how to overcome obstacles in your life.

6. Desiderata, poem by Max Ehrmann

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

Do you want to achieve joy, peace, and satisfaction in life? Desiderata, loosely translated to “things wanted or needed,” talks about the philosophies and psychologies of life. 

Max encourages readers of this poem to be gentle, cheerful, humble, and passionate about new things to learn each day.

7. Invictus, poem by William Ernest Henley

It matters not how strait the gate,

   How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

   I am the captain of my soul.

Almost always considered one of the best inspirational poems of all time, this piece is a gem. Peek into the inner workings of the poet, Henley’s, mind on how he motivates himself in a time without hope.

Invictus means “unconquerable or undefeated” in Latin. If that does not motivate you, we don’t know what will.

8. Still I Rise, poem by Maya Angelou

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Are you starting to lose confidence in life? This phase is inevitable, no matter how different our circumstances are. Angelou herself is no exemption to this challenge. In this poem, she gives us pieces of nuggets on how she will rise and overcome whatever comes her way through her self-esteem.

This poem is the declaration of the self-respect she has. She is determined, and she will not let society define or limit her. It is her call for others to do the same.

9. Help Yourself to Happiness, poem by Helen Steiner Rice

And so we go on searching in palaces of pleasure

Seeking recognition and monetary treasure,

Unaware that happiness is just a state of mind

Within the reach of everyone who takes time to be kind.

For in making others happy we will be happy, too.

For the happiness you give away returns to shine on you.

Is the pursuit of happiness worth it?

Happiness is more than just the ‘feel good’ fleeting moment. As a matter of fact, even different studies agree that bliss makes us more productive and healthier, so the effort for it is understandable.

However, in this poem, Rice encourages us to help ourselves.

It is so easy to project bliss on material things and people. Nevertheless, the poem explains that it is through kindness that we become fulfilled and optimistic. All of these are the absolute satisfaction that leads to happiness that lasts.

10. The Man Who Thinks He Can, poem by Walter D. Wintle

Success begins with a fellow’s will—

It’s all in the state of mind. If you think that you are out-classed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize. Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man;

But sooner or later, the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can!

Have you ever heard of the famous expression – “Whether you think you can, or cannot, you are probably right?” This poem by Walter agrees that positivity which is one of the essential parts of success begins in the mind.

Be careful of what you say to yourself, for your thoughts are integral in achieving whatever goals you have plotted in life.

Condition your mind to think big and it will manifest in your reality.

Sometimes, you’d feel defeated or even lost; overcoming that phase in your life starts from within you. The powerful message of this poem is for people who are losing hope.

Poems to uplift and encourage

Words from poems are powerful. They matter because they can change the world. We all need uplifting and encouragement every once in a while.

Furthermore, when you find yourself drowning in a world that wants everything in an instant, we hope that you read the poems the Cognitive Health has listed down for you.

Poems – what we stay alive for

In conclusion, let us hear Robin William’s character from the movie Dead Poets Society who said this best:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

Here in Cognitive Health and Wellness Institute, we promote healthy living from the inside out. Part of that is ensuring you take time to slow down and enrich your soul with poems for calming and motivation.


Top Ten Joe Rogan Podcasts

The Joe Rogan Experience.

Who hasn’t heard about this guy? You must have been living under a rock if you don’t know Joe Rogan.

A celebrity in his own right, Joe doesn’t really need Hollywood because of his following on YouTube alone.

With more than 11 million subscribers, it is no question Spotify partnered an exclusive deal with him to move his epic conversations to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast is quite an experience, as his podcast name suggests.

No matter how much you disagree or cringe listening to his openness, it’s like you’re drawn to keep listening in. He’s a talented podcast host – a very entertaining one, no less – that many of his interviews make the headlines.

The New York Times calls Joe Rogan “too big to cancel” in the entertainment world, a self-proclaimed psychedelic adventurer.

In his podcast, Joe Rogan manages to exchange wit, no-nonsense opinion, and humor with other comedians, politicians, and conspiracy theorists.

All-time best Joe Rogan podcasts

Google “the most popular podcaster,” and you’ll find Joe Rogan podcasts at the top of the list. Not without controversy, The Joe Rogan Experience remains to be one of the most listened to and downloaded podcasts online.

It is no wonder many famous personalities visit his show even if the podcast runs as long as 2-3 hours. No, this is not your ordinary 30-minute talk show. An outrageous conversationalist and generous listener, Joe can dissect the meat of the topic(s) at hand from his guests.

Here are some of the best Joe Rogan podcasts in no particular order:

1. Elon Musk – Episode # 1169

Joe Rogan Experience podcast with Elon Musk
The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1169 with Elon Musk

Business magnet and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, made the news (like usual) when he smoked a joint in this podcast. Here, he talked about artificial intelligence at length and how everything is now more connected than ever.

A true blue engineer and forward-thinking investor, Elon spoke like he’s from the future. Top YouTube comment even said, it’s as if “he’s careful not to say something to disrupt the time-space continuum.”

This billionaire never runs out of innovative ideas, so his appearance in The Joe Rogan Experience podcast isn’t the last. Joe believes Elon should lead whatever breakthroughs the world will soon see on electronics and biology.

2. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Episode #919

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 919 with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Nothing can be fascinating than seeing two nerds geek about science. That’s what happened when Neil deGrasse Tyson visited the show.

The American author, cosmologist, and science communicator is almost a mainstay in this podcast, guesting multiple times for a reason.

Tyson proves why we know him as a science communicator. He demonstrated his effortless ability to explain every hard corner of science and translate it into a language everyone would understand.

Rogan testing Tyson on everything astrophysics and space is like watching a science quiz bee, but with more intimidating questions you’d never imagine raised.

3. Bernie Sanders – Episode #1330

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1330 with Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders had only been in the podcast once in 2019 when he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he sure made it worth everyone’s while.

This interview is what the mainstream media could never do with a presidential candidate – a casual yet comprehensive conversation.

Joe sparked a refreshing, long-form, political discussion that led to sharing his views on healthcare and college debts. Candid and fearless, he shared his take on the country’s pressing issues without censorship. 

4. Edward Snowden – Episode #1368

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1368 with Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s episode went after Bernie Sanders’ in this list, for if it weren’t for Bernie, Edward wouldn’t be comfortable guesting on Joe Rogan’s show.

As controversial as he is, Edward openly discussed in detail his ever-famous revelation of global mass surveillance way back in 2013. It’s straightforward to see how engaged Joe was in the interview as he allowed the guest to do all the talking for most parts.

Snowden took the guesting as an opportunity to promote his book, “Permanent Record.” In the book, he discloses mass surveillance by the US government and what drove him to reveal NSA documents. An enlightening episode, indeed!

5. Quentin Tarantino – Episode #1675

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1675 with Quentin Tarantino

Would you believe that Quentin Tarantino’s leaked wish list cast for Pulp Fiction is true? Quentin revealed this in Joe Rogan’s podcast as a request by the film studio.

As one would expect from the multi-awarded director, he shares how he develops non-linear plots in his movies. You’re in for a treat to hear interesting tidbits as he addresses controversies in Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Joe Rogan fanboyed over Tarantino as he talked about Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, which the latter considers just one movie. Here, the director explains his take on retiring (both actors and directors) and his plans in the coming years.

6. Anthony Bourdain – Episode #138

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 138 with Anthony Bourdain

Joe Rogan sat down with the late international chef, Anthony Bourdain, years before he passed away in 2018. Despite being aired in the earlier days of the show, this episode endured the test of time, and it’s one of those moments that we’d remember about Bourdain.

The two openly discussed depression without shaming and invalidating other people’s experiences of it. Anthony openly shared his experience with it and narrated a description that most audiences related to.

Insightful and generous, Bourdain gamely participated in a lengthy conversation on marijuana legalization, mental illness, writing, and his career.

7. Russell Brand – Episode #1283

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1283 with Russell Brand

The English comedian, Russell Brand, promoted his book “Mentors” coming on to the show. Highly engaging, fun, and all kinds of weird – that’s what you’d expect from this actor/activist.

Joe Rogan’s podcast followers expressed their admiration for Brand’s wit, class, and humility in what fans consider a masterclass.

This episode is that kind you can sit through as it doesn’t appear one-sided at all. Russell asks Joe questions, and they bring out each other’s articulate poise.

8. Mike Tyson – Episode #1227

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1227 with Mike Tyson

Joe Rogan’s conversation with Mike Tyson is one of the most-watched episodes from the show, and it’s not difficult to understand the reason why. Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion, is a legend and the whole world was ready to listen to what he had to say.

Tyson’s success is an exciting sprint, and Rogan made sure to dissect every detail of it. The boxer candidly shared his views on fame and drugs. He shared his stories and how he never had the ingredient to learning how to handle his fame. This episode proved that more than a celebrity, Mike is a historical figure whose career is unmatched.

This interview showed how Tyson’s personality juxtaposes what he does in life  – a gentle and sincere man. It’s impossible not to be captivated with his natural side, which we seldom see in the ring, of course. 

9. Kanye West – Episode #1554

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1554 with Kanye West

If you’re up to listening to Kanye West talk for almost three hours – this Joe Rogan episode is one you shouldn’t include in your binge-watch list. West circled on subjects like the music industry, coronavirus, God, abortion, racism, and his presidential run stint.

Kanye was running for the presidential race during this episode, so it made sense for him to appear on the show. In this lengthy interview, he simultaneously talked about unrelated topics. He compared his train of thoughts to Super Mario as he tends to jump up from one place to another and get lost in his ideas. 

This episode is a validation of how hard Kanye works. Sure, his undertakings seem too ambitious, but he has intentional concepts in infrastructure, architecture, product design, and education. All of these, he spoke with his burning passion for music!

10. Miley Cyrus – Episode #1531

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode # 1531 with Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’s name probably doesn’t need an introduction (except for that guy Miley was talking about in her anecdote who only noticed her for her speaking voice). Yet, this episode is a fresh take on her experiences and wits.

Their banter was raw that you’d feel like you were watching an uncle and niece convo. The two’s experiences, career-wise, were the opposite, and so it was interesting to witness them compare notes and try to understand where they’re coming from.

Cyrus sincerely talked about her current state of mind and how she’s sober from drugs, weed, and alcohol. This interview will allow you to understand the singer even more from her divorce, voice, media, childhood, and therapy. 

Funniest Joe Rogan podcasts

With a stand-up comedian of his caliber, Joe Rogan also had unforgettably funny episodes with some of the funniest individuals on the planet.

The listeners of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast know that you can’t always take him seriously unless he means to. Remember how he started as a sitcom actor, MMA fanatic, and UFC commentator? Know that his strong opinion on current events isn’t always proof of authority on these matters.

It goes without saying that as a comic himself, the audience enjoys eavesdropping on his one-on-one with other talented comedians. The list below has special episodes you may find amusing and informative that you should listen to with your earphones on:

  • Dave Chappelle – Episode #1567
  • Kevin Hart – Episode #1480
  • Jeff Ross – Episode #1207
  • Artie Lang – Episode #1376
  • Tom Segura – Episode #1447

Why should you listen to Joe Rogan’s podcasts?

Joe Rogan isn’t afraid to speak his mind, even challenge the White House in some cases. He doesn’t shy away from expletives in The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, whether from him or his guests.

As a stand-up comedian, Joe’s magic is in being brutally honest. Joe Rogan remains steadfast in saying, “the show is harmless and no one is being forced to tune in.” Yet, people are hooked and entertained.

Interestingly though, The Verge shared their findings on Joe Rogan’s reach plummeting down. The $100 million exclusive deal with Spotify could have limited his audience, but Joe Rogan’s podcasts remain popular.

Do you agree with our list of the best Joe Rogan Podcasts?


All-Time Tim Ferriss Podcasts

Top Ten Tim Ferriss Podcasts

The Tim Ferriss Show Podcasts made a mark for being the first business and interview podcast to surpass 100,000,000 downloads. His podcast digs deep into pro sports, investing and many more.

Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur and 5-time bestselling author, is coined by Newsweek as “the best human guinea pig.”

Popularly known as a life-hacker, the New York Times calls Tim “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”

Ferris is not just a podcast host, but is also a self-made millionaire, tech entrepreneur, self-experimenter, and Silicon Valley angel investor.

Fortune Magazine’s Term Sheet followers selected The Tim Ferriss Show as their top podcast in business. Additionally, Tim’s podcast remains to be a consistent top placer in the “Best of” Apple podcasts.

His book “The 4-Hour Workweek” is translated into 40+ languages and talks about living more and working less. It has sparked controversy, and therefore, interest, in many readers and business professionals who believe this concept is a fraud.

All-time best Tim Ferriss podcasts

Each episode in the Tim Ferriss podcast is his attempt to extract tricks from eclectic areas. For instance, he – unapologetically – shares no BS hacks on investing. He unravels world-class personalities and shares his own routines, favorite things, and management tricks.

Tim Ferriss attracts a lot of listeners because his guest list is top caliber – no doubt. Celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Favreau, Hugh Jackson, Lebron James, Edward Norton, and Malcolm Gladwell graced his show.

We have compiled our all-time favorite Tim Ferriss podcasts. In this top ten list, discover some of the best conversations you can find online:

1. Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories (#124)

Almost-EGOT winner Jamie Foxx is a great entertainer and storyteller. He is the best definition of the word badass, and he proved all that in Tim Ferriss’ 124th podcast episode.

Ferris deconstructed this world-class performer in probably one of the most random (yet cohesive) conversations the host has ever had with a guest.

How badass and real is Jamie Foxx? Firstly, Jamie played live music. Secondly, he did his Oprah impression, and a dozen more. Lastly, and most importantly, he generously shared his origin stories. What else would you ask for?

This 2.5-hour interview is mind-blowing and refreshing as it enables you to witness Jamie’s thought process. Moreover, if a triple threat is what you’re into, this is it!

2. The Scariest Navy SEAL I’ve Ever Met . . . and What He Taught Me (#107)

In this episode, Tim Ferris had a conversation with one of the scariest and leanest human beings you could think of – Jocko Willink.

Despite being in the Navy SEAL for 20 years, Jocko seldom does mainstream interviews, but in The Scariest Navy Seal Imaginable….And What He Taught Me (Tim’s 107th episode), he comfortably opened up about his active SEAL military experience, and how it impacted his business.

On one hand, he shared the qualities he believes make a good leader. On another, he emphasized the importance of balance, one of the key points of his book, The Dichotomy of Leadership.  

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (and Much More) (#60)

In Tim Ferris’ 60th episode, he interviewed the Terminator himself – Arnold Schwarzenegger at his kitchen table. This man needs no introduction.

This episode allowed the listeners to anatomize Arnold, the actor, and learn a side of this clear-headed, smart guy, that the audience doesn’t usually see. It’s dumbfounding to discover his psychological game, and how he utilizes this to his unmatched success in life. 

The story of how he uses psychological warfare to lead Ferrigno in defeating himself is one for the books. It shows how visionary of a man he is – bodybuilding and beyond. 

4. Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer (#117)

Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino has built a reputable name for himself when it comes to fitness, performance and health. In this episode, however, he humbly broke down complex concepts to establish an in-depth conversation that could save lives. 

This particular episode is for anybody who is invested in strength training, ketogenic diet, and intermittent fasting. D’ Agostino gamely shared how he managed to deadlift a 500-pound weights, 10 reps, amidst a seven-day fasting. 

This is simply one of the best keto and low carb podcasts available in cyberspace. Full of his anecdotes, researches and tests, it could help listeners improve the quality of their lives.  

5. Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money (#37)

Tim Ferris sat down with world-renowned performance coach, Tony Robbins, who Oprah refers to as “superhuman” in his 37th episode.

Robbins has changed the lives of many personalities. He continues to do so with the career that he has.

This is a chunky, meaty, interview that has become a two-part conversation. Educational and insightful, it covers everything from Tony’s morning routines to more trivial subjects like politics and society.

If you think you’ve heard enough about Tony, this conversation will prove you wrong. Discover the 3S strategy for success, and jot down the four common traits the best investors in the world share. See how you can apply these lessons to yourself as well. 

6. How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman (#214)

In How to Design a Life, Tim Ferris features American writer, curator, educator, designer, podcast host, and artist Debbie Millman.

This episode will walk you through pain, humor, tactical details, emotional redemption and gripping stories. It was a genuine, open interview that took an unexpected twist with Debbie’s candidness.

The conversation threaded on sensitive and crucial grounds that Milliman graciously warranted. 

7. Tony Robbins — On Achievement Versus Fulfillment (#178)

Tim welcomes Tony Robbins back to cover more topics they haven’t discussed in the previous episode (top 5 above). He shot rapid-fire questions to Tony who revealed the quotes he lives by and how he takes action on them.

Having advised the likes of Serena Wiliams, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc., Tony isn’t new to hearing advice himself. Here, he talked about his best investment ever and the worst advice he regularly hears.

Episode #178 is the second-best of Tony’s interviews in Tim’s show (out of more than 3 appearances).

8. Kevin Rose (Tim Ferriss Podcast #1)

Tim Ferris launched his podcast with Kevin Rose whom he considers as one of the best “stock pickers.” Kevin co-founded Digg, Pownce, and Milk (later sold to Google). In Spotify, Tim describes this debut as a “bad, first episode with heavy drinking and drunkenness.”

They talked about tons of topics – almost everything under the sun – including why Kevin is game to work at McDonalds. Both hilarious and kicking each other’s ass, it’s one of the best raw interviews you can find on the internet.

9. Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive (#91)

Fitness fans took delight as Tim talked to one of the popular strength coaches in the world, Charles Poliquin.

A few years before he died, Charles enthusiastically chatted with Tim about what he did best – training and nutrition.

Most interesting here was how he simplified the concept of neurotransmitters, and how he tailor-fitted it to his training programs.   

This episode will lead you to understand Charles’ passion for strength and his approaches to fat reduction and strength workouts.

Likewise, Charles discussed ways to eliminate stretch marks after an extreme fat loss in which you could learn a thing or two. 

10. Mr. Money Mustache — Living Beautifully on $25–27K Per Year (#221)

In this episode, Tim talked to Mr. Money Mustache himself, Pete Adeney.

Pete Adeney was a computer engineer who never had a real job since 2005. Still, his life is the real goal as he had his early retirement at 30. Not everyone can do that!

MM credits his success to basic index-fund investing, and in this conversation, he answered HOW.

Mr. Money Mustache is one of Tim’s most requested guests online, and it made sense after this episode. His voice of reason resonated in the audience as he shared his insights on early retirement, and living a quality life. 

Why should you listen to Tim Ferriss podcasts?

The internet is filled with a lot of podcasts from many different personalities out there; but, Tim Ferriss podcasts stand out because they are fun, and they cover a multitude of topics you can imagine.

His interviews, no matter how long, truly capture the thought process of the guests. Listeners get to see (or hear) the person behind the famous names that we know. Tim candidly opens them up with their quirks and lifestyle to which the audience is invited to participate.

Tim is also able to deconstruct the depth and breadth of his interviewees and turn their stories into meaningful takeaways.

In conclusion, Tim truly is “the Oprah of audio,” all thanks to his reach and influence to make people shine

Has your favorite Tim Ferriss Podcasts episode made it to our list?

Go binge his past episodes and deconstruct the mind of world-class performers. From business, arts, sports, fitness, nutrition – this guy doesn’t run out of conversation to spark.


business books you should read

Top Ten Business Books

Establishing a business is hard, but growing it is even more complicated. 

Nobody ever says their business is going to fail when it’s still an idea. But, if anybody who runs a business quickly succeeds, why are there only a few people signing up for it?

The answer is simple and obvious. Pursuing a business is not a walk in the park. It requires vision, determination, creativity, leadership, and perseverance. 

Preparing for the obstacles that might come your way is vital to stay relevant in your chosen profession. Reading business books is a good habit to have. Even experts highly recommend this exercise.

If you’re a startup CEO, business books can help you have foundational knowledge in running your business.

On the other hand, if you’re a long-time professional, you can reinvent your strategies from business books that talk about changing trends in your niche. 

All-time must-read business books

Every CEO is subject to struggles. Even industry giants, like Elon Musk, are not exempted from this. The world may have perceived Musk as an absolute genius with his foresight in innovative entrepreneurship. Still, the challenges he had to face are not a secret to the public. 

Here’s a list of business books we recommend you include on your shelves:

1. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, 2018

“Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.”

Brene Brown is a four-time New York Times bestselling author who has spent years working with transformative leaders worldwide. In this business book, she says cultivating a culture encourages tough conversations where people can feel safe, heard, and respected.

2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, 2011

Understanding your customers is the ingredient to your business’ success, and that’s what Eric Ries underscores in The Lean Startup. This business book is about knowing the needs and wants of your customers and addressing them as quickly as you can. 

“We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.”

Ries believes that business people should continuously test the thought process of their customers and adapt to their demands. He utilized the Lean Startup principles to monetize his company, resulting in a $50 million annual turnover. 

3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, 2016

This New York Times bestseller is written by pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth. She believes that what’s essential to outstanding achievement is not only talent but a combination of passion and persistence she refers to as “grit.”

This business book features suggestions on how you can develop grit and argues the focus we give on talent. Duckworth asserts that talent could potentially distract us from cultivating our character strengths, like social intelligence and humility, which are crucial in business.

4. Radical Candor by Kim Scott, 2019

“People who are more concerned with getting to the right answer than with being right make the best bosses.” 

Kim Scott, a CEO coach at Dropbox and other tech companies before, wrote one of these gems from the book. This business book is widely received and featured in the HBO hit “Silicon Valley” which paved for more discussion online.

The New York Times best-selling book is reshaping modern management today without losing humanity. It is a must-have business book for those who want to be a kick-ass boss who makes a difference.

5. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, 2013

In this mega-bestseller, world-famous psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman introduces two groundbreaking systems influencing the way we think. The first system is fast, intuitive, and emotional, meanwhile, the other is slower, more deliberative, and logical. 

He reiterates the impact of overconfidence in plotting corporate strategies. He says that our cognitive biases affect our decisions whether on the stock market or personal affairs. Kahneman offers practical insights that could help us make more informed choices in our business and personal life.

“When forecasting the outcomes of risky projects, [executives]… overestimate benefits and underestimate costs. They spin scenarios of success while overlooking the potential for mistakes and miscalculations.”

6. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, 2018

Bill Gates dubbed this body of work as one of the most important books he has ever read. This business book is an indispensable guide that could help everyone think clearly about the world. In Factfulness, international health professor Hans Rosling discusses the ten instincts that could change the way everyone views the world. 

Rosling supposes that humankind tends to divide the world in terms of how it consumes media and the way it sees progress. The book is packed with lively anecdotes and moving stories that empower people to be brave in facing opportunities. 

“There’s no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear.”

7. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins, 2001

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”

In this classic business book, Jim Collins ponders, “Can a company make the transition from good to great? If so, how? The result of his extensive research led to proven and timeless principles that helped companies outperform the market.

Collins, together with his research team, has a method of identifying great companies. They examined the performance of 1,436 good companies for the last 40 years and shortlisted 11 companies that transformed to greatness.

8. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen, 2011

Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen shares in this revolutionary bestseller that even great companies that do everything right are still subject to losing their market leadership, or worse, complete extinction.

To avoid firms from failing, he highlights two important management principles: listening to the needs of the clients and investing in innovations that have the potential for higher returns. 

Christensen explained the major difference between sustaining vs disruptive technologies and how these strategies make or break a company’s success.

“To succeed consistently, good managers need to be skilled not just in choosing, training, and motivating the right people for the right job, but in choosing, building, and preparing the right organization for the job as well.”

9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, 2013

As an introvert, Susan Cain is very much aware of how undervalued introverts are most especially in leadership positions. She believes that extroverts are perceived as smarter, more interesting, and desirable, while introverts are regarded as second-class personality traits. 

In this book, Cain aims to dispel that said belief about introverts. She raises an argument emphasizing the role introverts play as leaders. One of the examples Cain pointed out is the practice Harvard Business School makes turning introverts into extroverts.  This is a book that would best fit introverts who want to become a leader. 

“We don’t need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run.”

10. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel, 2014

Investor and legendary entrepreneur Peter Thiel writes about an optimistic view of America’s future and direction on innovation. In this New York Times bestseller, Thiel says progress is not limited to the technologies in Silicon Valley.

Learning to think for yourself is highlighted in this business book to encourage startups in making their businesses unique. He believes that the next Bill Gates or Sergey Brin knows how to do something new from 0 to 1. There is still a vast array of uncharted territories for innovation to take place.

Even Mark Zuckerberg himself, CEO of Facebook, says “This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.”

Best books for business success

Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are business magnates who are also prolific readers. Like them, many executives recommend reading books such as The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2010) and The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (1966) by Peter F. Drucker.

One of the more powerful books in business in recent years is from Adam Grant entitled “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Learning from stories of failure and victories are a great way to determine the success of your own business. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant is another title worth checking.

Best business books for beginners

There are several business books available for novice business professionals. Learn the basic principles of starting a business or leading teams with these books.

Here are some of the best business books for beginners:

  • Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill, 2005
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek, 2011
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 2004
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I Porras, 1994
  • The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition (edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham), 2019
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, 1998
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, 1994

Many successful business owners start their revolutionary ideas by studying how to win in life. For instance, you can get inspiration from these business books on how to transform people’s lives.

Reading business books as a habit

Buying business books doesn’t equate to success automatically. If you are not taking action from what you learned, it becomes a futile exercise.

You don’t need to consume countless information and buy every new business book that comes out. It’s useless if you let these books collect dust and not start implementing what you learn.

These business books can help widen your knowledge and sharpen your focus to have a competitive advantage. The rich and truly successful business owners are those who read to improve their skills every single day. 

Putting in the work is the best way to learn. Learning business skills is something that you have to experience and not just read about. Regardless, reading these recommended business books is a good start.


Top Ten Drinks To Reduce Inflammation

Top Ten Drinks to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a healthy body process that could go wrong. Initially, it allows our body system to protect itself from injuries, illnesses, and infections. However, when it takes too long, it becomes a root cause of problems like rheumatoid, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis.

When there’s a bacterial imbalance in your gut, foreign materials pass through and enter your blood. Our body naturally responds to these foreign materials by attacking them. By consuming healthier drinks, you can avoid these attacks from causing inflammation, therefore, help restore balance in your body systems.

If you’ve been living with an autoimmune disease, you’d discover that your diet could either reduce or worsen your condition. Galland L. in his medical review entitled Diet and Inflammation, underscored this idea, and the influence of nutrition and dietary patterns on inflammatory indices.

How to reduce inflammation in the body fast?

The food we eat can make or break us.

Our bodies naturally protect us from toxins in our systems such as from eating too much sugar. When there are too many toxins, however, it’s harder for our bodies to manage; hence, we get inflammation.

Inflammation can be triggered by a bacterial imbalance in our gut – our first line of defense from the outside world. 

Dr Frank Hu, a nutrition professor at the Harvard School of Public Health says “Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects.”

Thus, the answer to reducing inflammation is found in your refrigerator.

In this blog, we’ll list down the top ten anti-inflammatory drinks to incorporate into your diet.

Drinks to reduce inflammation

1. Parsley and ginger green juice

avoid inflammation with your green juice!

Parsley is rich in antioxidants. Most studies confirm it as a bioactive source of carnosol which aids inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger, on the other hand, contains gingerol, another inflammatory property that supports digestion and alleviates nausea. 

Combine these two major ingredients in a juice and drink it daily for about 12 weeks. Add spinach, apple, lemon, cucumber, and celery stalks for a more distinct flavor, and feel the difference!

2. Apple cider vinegar drink

apple cider is an anti-inflammatory drink you shouldn't exclude from your diet

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has built a reputation for its health benefits and anti-inflammatory effects. Hence, this home remedy has been a staple in cooking and medicine for many centuries.

ACV quickly heals the body, and its natural prebiotics keep our microbiome healthy. As a result, it reduces inflammation around the digestive system, and other body parts like the blood and heart.

An ACV drink isn’t hard to prepare. A teaspoon of this in the morning is powerful enough to alleviate arthritis. But, its taste is not for everyone, so adding a teaspoon of honey and diluting in water should do the trick!

3. Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea anti-inflammatory

A glass of this bright yellow-orange turmeric tea comes with components that ease inflammation and reduce swelling for people who have arthritis. It also lowers painful symptoms of arthritis thanks to its curcumin, an active compound that does turmeric wonders.

Curcumin lessens the chances of acquiring neurodegenerative conditions. The spice slows down or even prevents age-related protein changes in the body. Turmeric’s properties are powerful in repairing cellular damage and reducing amyloid deposits or plaques. 

Making turmeric tea is simple. Boil two to three cups of water on a stove, then add the turmeric. Stir the mixture for about five to ten minutes. Get another container and strain the tea. If the taste is too strong for you, you can add honey or lemon!

4. Green Juice

Green Juice anti-inflammatory

If you can’t eat your green, leafy vegetables, drink them! It’s easier to juice vegetables at home than to fall in line at a local store to get one. Broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts contain Vitamin E – a natural antioxidant proven to reduce body inflammation. 

Super greens are inflammation fighters! The motto here is “the darker, the better.” Combine these leafy vegetables and squeeze in a piece of ginger, apple, and lemon for a minty texture. 

5. Blueberry juice

Blueberry juice anti-inflammatory

Berries are superfoods that can throw a punch to fight inflammation. Blueberries, in particular, have antioxidants called flavonoids which have the most significant impact in reducing DNA damage causing cancer.

Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, fight free radicals and come with anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory benefits. These substances help treat urinary tract conditions or simple colds.

Drinking a glass of blueberry juice helps lower blood pressure. The antioxidants reduce the risk factor for heart diseases causing major health problems. This drink is full of vitamins and chemicals that aid in regulating your immune system.

6. Green tea

Green tea anti-inflammatory

The beneficial effects of green tea improve the quality of life in patients with inflammatory disease. Drinking it can help prevent various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity due to their major component, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)

EGCG suppresses inflammatory cytokines, and inflammation-related enzymes often found in neurodegenerative and reproductive diseases. This component in green tea helps prevent infections due to the antimicrobial properties in catechins.

7. Pineapple juice

Pineapple juice anti-inflammatory

Pineapples have bromelain, a mixture of enzymes, known to be a dietary supplement to fight pain and reduce swelling. Packed with the fruit’s vitamin C, this juice can help shorten the duration of bruising.

The anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain reduce the severity of swelling and stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis. The fiber in pineapple is also beneficial to decrease swollen joints and tenderness.

8. Oolong tea

Oolong tea anti-inflammatory

A traditional Chinese tea, Oolong, is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that are partially oxidized. This drink contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Brew a cup of oolong tea to get the benefits of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and caffeine.

It also contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid that helps improve cognitive performance and relaxation. A study in China showed that drinking at least one cup of oolong tea can lower the risk of stroke.

Oolong tea eases insulin resistance to decrease inflammation and other mechanisms. The polyphenol antioxidants present in oolong tea help protect you from diabetes complications.

9. Beetroot juice

Beetroot juice anti-inflammatory

You can minimize risk factors for chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes with beet juice. Beetroots are a humble food source with essential nutrients, folate, fiber, iron, and potassium. Take a glass of beetroot juice to improve blood flow and increase exercise performance.

Beets are rich in nitrates that reduce inflammation. Harmful compounds are removed from your bloodstream as beets help prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver. Beetroot juice has betalains – amino acids responsible for inhibiting signaling pathways causing inflammation.

10. Cucumber juice

Cucumber juice anti-inflammatory

Cucumbers are low in calories and have high water content. This is the reason why many health-conscious individuals prefer this drink in their diet. 

Cucumber juice keeps you hydrated, which is essential to help your brain to function better. Dehydration negatively impacts body coordination, memory, and processing of information.

A glass of cucumber juice is rich in potassium and vitamins K and C. It’s an excellent choice for weight management, digestive health, and physical performance. It’s also perfect to reduce inflammation in skin cells, especially when you’ve been under the sun for too long.

Incorporate natural drinks in your diet to reduce inflammation

It’s time to let go of soda and carbonated beverages. You can find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables you can turn into juice right from your kitchen. There are a unique set of nutrients and health benefits from these natural anti-inflammatory drinks.

Inflammation is not just about a swollen finger or a stubbed toe. You can develop chronic inflammation when you don’t take care of your body. It can also lead to joint pain, weight gain, and more long-term health risks like heart disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Next time you fill your pantry with snacks, add the ingredients from these drinks in your grocery list so they become part of your diet. You can counteract the risk of chronic inflammation by early prevention and developing a habit of drinking healthy drinks.