A couple of people posted in the forums that they were interested in hearing us talk about staying motivated on the radio show. So I thought it would be fun to blog about motivation for poker affiliates too. Here are eight books about motivation and inspiration that I’ve found valuable in my career as a poker affiliate.

  1. The Portable Coach: 28 Sure Fire Strategies For Business And Personal Success by Thomas J. Leonard – Possibly the best “self-help” book I’ve ever read. Thomas J. Leonard was the father of the “personal and business coaching” profession, and as far as I’m concerned he was a complete genius. He takes a unique approach to success and motivation, and this book, which you’ve probably never heard of, is a must-read.
  2. Succeeding by John T. Reed – You can only order this from his website, but it’s well worth it. Like Thomas Leonard, John Reed takes a different approach to writing about success than just about any other author. And while Thomas J. Leonard’s book might be considered a little “new-agey”, John T. Reed’s book is decidedly old-fashioned success. The kind that Norman Vincent Pearle wrote about.
  3. Damn Right! Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger Janet Lowe – Charlie Munger is a fascinating guy, but he doesn’t get nearly the coverage that his partner Warren Buffett gets. If you take no other lesson away from this book, you’ll learn that it’s important to understand a lot of different things, so that you can look at life and the world from various perspectives.
  4. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein – Warren Buffett is the richest man in the world. Reading his life story would motivate anyone who likes to make money. And reading about how someone got rich without compromising his values is even more motivational and inspirational.
  5. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - The original self-help writer was Benjamin Franklin. He made a list of a dozen virtues he wanted to develop in himself, then he kept a daily journal tracking how well he succeeded at each of them. Benjamin Franklin would have been a great poker affiliate.
  6. Â First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill – This is the best book about time management that I’ve ever read. Covey and the Merrills focus on distinguishing between important activities and urgent activities. When you stay focused on the important but not urgent activities, the number of urgent and important activities grow fewer. And eventually you have time to focus on what’s important all the time.
  7. Â Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen – This is the second bet book about time management I’ve ever read. Allen provides a modern, usable, systematic approach to getting things done and making things happen. Getting Things Done is a must-read.
  8. Â Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals by Brian Tracy – This is old-school motivation and self-help at its best. Brian Tracy focused largely on helping salespeople achieve their goals for a long time, but he began writing more general goal setting and motivational type books a few years ago. His advice is practical, commonsense, and applicable to almost every poker affiliate.

Those are 8 book to motivate poker affiliates that you might not hear about from somewhere else. I tried to avoid the usual motivational and self-help books and go with some less well-known books. Obviously there are plenty of other great books on motivation. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments section.