The Top Books That Motivated The CGD Team

By now, you obviously know we love books. As a team, we’ve been so inspired by books. We thought it’d be fun to share some reads that changed our mindset a few years ago and how we still think fondly of those books now. They were the starting point that led us to where we are today, the books that helped us think outside the box and get things done.


Celina, Creative Director:

If You Have To Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone 

“I bought this book at a point in my life where I didn’t know where I wanted to go, or what I wanted to be. It helped me to focus and figure out where I wanted to be and stop myself from being disappointed with my own success. Kelly had no house or money and somehow she made it, I found that really inspiring” Buy it here.


Beth, Managing Editor

Write by Guardian Books

“I came from a town where writing wasn’t really a career. It was a hobby. A lot of people thought there was only one path for me. I wanted to prove them wrong.

I was particularly inspired by Al Kennedy’s rules in this book because they work so well in life. ‘Defend yourself, defend your work, defend others and have humility.'” Buy it here.


Emilie, Editorial Intern

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

“This book helped me so much when I was very young and didn’t know where I was going. It’s a quick fix of motivation and it guided me in the direction of knowing that I want to create something and I want to believe in myself.

I’ve grown my self-confidence a lot, moved away from home, gained my independence and more. This book helped me grow as a person.” Buy it here.


Regine, Creative Intern 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

“It might be strange to be so inspired by a fiction book, but there’s a really big takeaway from this one. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and do things that scare you. I was reading this for fun when I had a bit of a lightbulb moment, I was just like Louisa, the main character, playing it safe.

That’s what started my journey to pushing myself out of my comfort zone and experiencing life to the fullest.” Buy it here.



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  1. I love to read but recently have been feeling no motivation or drive so this post came at a perfect time! I’m so going to check out these books.

  2. I’m getting back to reading after saying a million times that i don’t have time, but I’ve managed to read while i’m on the bus which is every single week day. I wrote all of these books’ names down to check them out in my next visit to the book store or the library. Thanks for sharing!
    Rita.Z x

  3. I’ve read almost all the books on this list and they’re totally awesome! I even went to the paperback release book signing for #Girlboss here in SF last week. Unfortunately Sophia Amoruso is less than stellar in person (an awkward public speaker and seems less than friendly) which sort of ruined my love affair with her book. It’s still in my top 5 – totally worth a read – but sometimes it’s a bummer to meet the author you’ve pictured in your head!

  4. #Girlboss is amazing! Sophia is absolutely an inspiration and made me feel a bit better about spending countless hours eating Doritos and watching bad reality television.

    There’s still hope to have an amazing career!

  5. My family includes 3 young female engineers-so I have to put in another plug for “Lean In’ it shows how to be comfortable as a leader and has techniques for navigating the workplace with strength and grace!

  6. I love inspo books and have wanted “#Girlboss” for awhile now. I’ve never heard of “It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be”, but I purchased both books and I am looking forward to reading them!

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