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Maybe you’ve already pinned this quote on one of your boards on Pinterest, but for me it’s so true: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” You can learn so much by reading! I love how it refreshes my perspective on things and people, and how you can learn from people you’d never meet in real life.
These books will definitely give you a little boost to get your goals back on track!
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be – by Paul Arden
This book contains so many life lessons that it’s a must read for everyone. Some of his lessons are “Don’t seek praise, seek criticism”, and “It’s right to be wrong”. And one that made me laugh; “Have you noticed how the smartest people in class are not the ones who get the furthest in life?”. This book teaches the timid how to grab life by the balls, and be your best self in life and business. It’s an easy read, and relatively cheap so also a great gift for your ambitious friend!
Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent) – by George Lois
George was the original Don Draper. He gives great life lessons in short, snappy stories. It’s full of tips, anecdotes and his art. One of his awesome tips is to go to a museum regularly, and to work at a tidy desk (because your creativity won’t be disturbed or guided by your surroundings!). If you’re looking for an inspirational book that teaches you how to make a difference creatively this is the one! It’s a nice, easy read and contains awesome lessons.
Blockbusters; Why Big Hits – And Big Risks – Are The Future Of The Entertainment Business by Anita Elberse
This is the woman who teaches Beyoncé at Harvard. Not the songs or the moves, but Anita is an expert on why some stars make it, and others don’t. What it takes for someone or something to become a big hit. She teaches us a thing or two about personal branding, strategies and communication. So give your own brand a rockstar make over, and shine bright like a diamond (Rihanna!).
The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown
Did you know that doodling helps you to retain information? So when you’re in a meeting, bored, doodling in the margins of your notebook you are actually helping your brain to remember what’s being said. Interesting, right. Sunni Brown’s popular TED talk on the matter explains why we should all be doodlers, and this book will help you unleash the doodler within and actually get better at remembering information!
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is a true classic. Millions of people have bought it, trying to improve their lives. It promises to help you make friends quickly, increase your popularity, become a better speaker and influence people. It’s one of those books you have to try, just to see if it works. It can certainly help you achieve your goals if you need to get people on board.
What are your favorite reads? Let’s spread the wisdom and Career Girl love!