Since I can remember, I’ve always loved to read. Since college I’ve started to read something other than fiction books and they’ve given me the best advice. Articles are great, but actually reading about someone’s journey and what they’ve learned along the way is like having a mentor come out of the pages of a book.
Here are four books you should read, that will help your professional and personal life.
If y’all haven’t read this one, seriously do it. She explores all of the taboo topics, like salary, what a successful marriage looks like when you both have career goals, and the guilt that women feel. This book actually helped me clarify what I wanted out of my relationship at the time, and that partner is now my fiancé. We’re on the same page, and it was eye opening to realize that he was a little more feminist than my conscious. Mrs. Sandberg gives some amazing advice on If you’re a senior, I would highly recommend the Lean In: For Graduates version!
If you’re not sure what to do with your creativity, or how to be a “creative”, Liz Gilbert gives such great advice. From the woman who started a movement with Eat Pray Love, this one is a great read to help you find your creativity when it’s hiding, how you should respect it, and why putting a lot of pressure on it to magically be good without any work isn’t the best.
This book has made me respect the “creative” side of me in a way I never have, and have started to nurture it by trying to write something every single day. If you’re a creative, or doing something on the side that is creative, or just like to do creative things you should really look into this!
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life By Jen Sincero
If you’re ever in a tough season of life as an adult, you need to read this. I’m serious it’s so important. This December I wasn’t in the best place after some unforeseen circumstances hit all in one day, but I finished the book that night and it reminded me to stop thinking of myself as a victim and go with the flow. You can really only deal with what life gives you sometimes, it’s a healthy balance of making things happen and how you react when things happen to you.
Jen is like a life coach, and I love her. I recommend buying the book so you can read it again or reference certain chapters (I am a big nerd at heart).
Shonda is easily one of my favorite television writers, and I follow most of her shows. Learning about her personal life was eye-opening, and made me respect her so much more. Reading about her struggle to balance her family and job as well as the “hum” so informative and inspiring. She admits that balance means more that one part suffers while the another thrives. But I need to remember to say “yes” to more things this year because it gets me out of my comfort zone which isn’t a fun place to stay in if I’m going to be honest!
I read this book in an afternoon. It was a really good, quick read that made me realize that you just have to go for it. Why can’t I be the girl who has it all? It talks about the lure of the “it girls” and how it feels to be included but how finding a group of people who you fit with is much better. Also she talks about our society’s weird fascination with weight that made me think about how I view other women’s weight based on my own insecurities. I feel like my inner thoughts have been a lot better lately about myself and other women. (This may make me seem superficial but I promise it’s about projecting.) It was an eye-opening read that made me think, and I hope it’ll make you think too.
What are some of the career books that have inspired you? Have you read or enjoyed any of these?