5 Free PDF Books About Ambition

This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp. Are you in need of some motivation and inspiration to rev up your sense of ambition? You’re in luck, because we’ve hand-selected five terrific titles to get your ambition flowing and help you feel ready and able to tackle your goals and achieve your dreams.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel encompasses the ambitions of two women: Evelyn Hugo, a reclusive Hollywood movie icon, and Monique Grant, an unknown reporter hired to tell the story of Hugo’s life. (Interested in learning more about ambition? Click here.) Monique is determined to make something of herself and sees Evelyn’s biography as the jumpstart she needs for her career. Meanwhile, Evelyn’s ruthless ambition is the reason she became a star in the first place. As the story unfolds, connections between the two women are uncovered, and the intersections of their ambitious lives are truly tragic.

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Whether you love or hate Amazon.com, this book is a must-read. It covers the history of the website, which began as a bookseller, and its notorious founder, Jeff Bezos. Bezos never lost his sense of ambition, even as the site grew larger and larger, and he restlessly pursued new markets and company transformation. Learn about Bezos’s company culture of secrecy and relentless ambition, and read on as secrets are revealed in this fly-on-the-wall account of the business. 

Coach by Walt Sautter

Set in the 1950s in a small, rural town called Highburg, every boy’s ambition is to be a football player for Coach. This novel tells the story of the idolized high school football coach, his players, and the town as a whole. This is a place where everyone knows everyone, football is legendary, and farm boys are transformed into star players and sent off to college to achieve further success. It’s easy to see why every young boy’s ambition was to seize the opportunity and lifetime mark of honor of being a Highburg football player.

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

The Ensemble centers on four friends who attempt to balance their ambitions with their friendship as they navigate the world of classical music. Jana, Daniel, Henry, and Brit found each other through music and became a family, calling themselves the Van Ness Quartet. Their ambition leads them to failure, success, heartbreak, marriage, triumph, loss, and so much more, but their ties never break.

An Iron Will by Orison Swett Marden

Originally published in 1901, it’s truly amazing the way that Marden’s wisdom shines through over 100 years later. This quick read is perfect for a pick-me-up and replenished motivation. Unleash your ambition and recognize the importance of maintaining an iron will throughout each and every situation that presents itself. Marden doesn’t sugarcoat things, but instead emphasizes the importance of developing a sense of self-discipline that will carry you through life.


Feeling motivated yet? You’re sure to enjoy an even more intense sense of ambition after reading the titles on this list! We encourage you to bookmark this page and come back to it anytime you need a little boost to keep you moving toward your goals. The books linked above will always be here waiting for you, and they’re 100% free.


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