Top Motivators

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Q: In your opinion, what are the top five motivational books ever written by an African American?
Wayne Atkison, Via e-mail

A: Of all time? Wow — that’s a tough one.

Well, if you read the Motivation section in the January 2002 issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE (“Required Reading”) you already know one of my top five: How To Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America by Earl G. Graves (HarperBusiness, $15).

My other picks would be Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dennis Kimbro (Ballentine Books, paperback, $12.95); Live Your Dreams by Les Brown (Avon Books, $12.95); Black Enterprise Lessons from the Top: Success Strategies from America’s Leading Black CEOs by Derek T. Dingle (John Wiley & Sons, $24.95); and Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire by Reginald F. Lewis and Blair S. Walker (John Wiley & Sons, $12.95).

My choices assumes the broadest definition of “motivational books,” including inspirational, biographical, instructional, and self-help tomes. Of course, these are my top choices — they are not necessarily yours. I’d love to hear from other readers regarding their picks of the top five motivational books ever written by an African American. Send me your choices and tell me how reading them made a difference. Who knows? I may even highlight your picks in future installments of Motivation.