Do you find yourself worrying too much? Are you torn between competing time commitments? Confused as to how some have risen to the top and still manage to look fabulous at a photoshoot? I must admit, sometimes my life reminds me of a very sweaty spin class a super fit co-worker once dragged me to. And all I want is a list of books to read for inspiration so I can make sense of it all and juggle my super crazy life.
These days, I need a little extra inspo – especially where next year is concerned. These are the best books to read for inspiration, so you can actually make next year yours!
1. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings available here
If you’re feeling discouraged by life’s hurdles, thinking of all the doors that have closed and dreams yet to realize, just take a look at the mesmerizing life of one of history’s most formidable women. Maya Angelou did it all: she drove trams, waitressed, was a writer, a poet, an actress, singer, radio presenter and prominent Civil Rights Activist. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a coming-of-age story that will inspire the fighter in you. It also makes for a riveting read! Buy it here.
2. Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre available here
Who says you can’t get inspiration from a fictional character? Jane was making her own destiny: bushwacking through the fields of northern England, escaping those holding her back, starting a new career and holding out for the right guy by standing by her principles! Bronte wrote this way back in the 1800s and has created an enduring and powerful heroine you will have no trouble drawing inspiration from. It’s thrilling and heart-wrenching, plus it’s a classic. Buy it here!
Bossypants available here
The title alone makes this one worthy of comment, as any women in a leadership role will tell you, being called ‘bossy‘ (at least behind your back) is a regular occurrence. No problem. Tina Fey talks us through her varied life as a comedian, actress, producer and writer with wit and clarity, showing that women can indeed wear the pants! Buy it here.
4. Own It: The Power of Women at Work
Own It available here
I have met a number of successful women in my time, yet it seems we girls can struggle to see our successes and truly own them! Reader, meet Sallie Krawcheck: CEO, entrepreneur and Wall Street big-shot. She obviously knows how to pinpoint her strengths and work them to her advantage and she’s not afraid to tell you about it. Most importantly, she knows business and that business needs women. In this book, Sally identifies 6 gender-specific traits we ladies must own. Interested? Buy it here!
5. Animal: An Autobiography of a Female Body
Animal available here
Identifying as ‘a female body’, Sara Pascoe brings us back to basics on matters of feminity and women’s experience. Referencing up to date scientific findings, she reframes evolutionary theories to challenge societal assumptions about women’s natures. Pascoe interweaves her findings with her own fascinating biography and has you laughing out loud just thinking about the possibilities. Buy it here!
6. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures available here
Sometimes looking at history with different eyes and listening to untold stories can redirect your expectations, opening your mind to other possibilities. Margot Lee tells the incredible journey of the black female mathematicians working at NASA during world war II and whose calculations helped America win the space race. Their stories shatter stereotypes and make us consider the ways in which we could supersede our own expectations. Buy it here!
7. How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People available here
Relationships are easily overlooked when imagining your route to career fulfillment. This book was written over 50 years ago, selling millions of copies and it describes the art of networking and leadership. If it’s laid the foundations for men since the 1930’s, well then I’d say it’s about time we cozy up to Carnegie this weekend. Buy it here!
8. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Emotional Intelligence available here
In this well researched and compelling book, Daniel Goleman explains how having a high emotional IQ might be the singular most important thing when it comes to getting ahead in your career. It’s a great revelation! Here is evidence that making more friends equals making more money. Drinks on me! You can buy it here.
9. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office available here
Are you always apologizing, do you ask everyone else’s opinion before making a decision, do you skip your lunch break and stay late to keep up with the workload? If you’re not guilty of it, then you probably know someone who is. For nice girls out there, working hard and being accommodating seems the logical way of nailing that promotion. According to Dr. Frankel, this is plainly wrong! Fear not, she will give you a step by step guide on how to get that dream job without sucking up to your boss! Buy it here.
10. Leave Your Mark
Leave Your Mark available here
In this book, social media superstar and fashion exec sits you down, tells her story, shares her experiences and bares some invaluable and current insider tips. She is realistic, doesn’t brag or making absurd claims; just sound advice on how to stick out of in a crowd and leave your mark with confidence and determination. If that’s what you’re looking for buy the book here!
Which books are you putting on your list? Do you have any other recommendations for us?
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