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Whether you’re looking for a little motivation, inspiration, or just need that tiny push to jump start your career, we have the perfect reading list for you! From expert advice on setting personal and professional goals, to the power of social media, this reading list for Girlbosses has it all! Keep reading to find out what books you need in your bookshelf to channel your inner #girlboss:
Creative Confidence: Unleashing The Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
IDEO founder Tom Kelley and and his brother David Kelley, IDEO partner, wrote Creative Confidence to uncover the creativity that lies within all of us, whether we realize it or not. They explained that being creative is not necessarily associated with designers and architects, and too often people leave out the doctors, lawyers, and CEOs. But everybody has a creative side, and this book is dedicated to motivating people to unleash their full potential.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
In a world dominated by communication, its about how to choose to connect and network that makes your outcome worthwhile. In the book Leave Your Mark, global fashion communications executive Aliza Licht covers the realm of professionalism, social media, and leadership. She guides you to landing your dream job, building your personal brand, and overall killing it in your career!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Who says you can’t have fun while you work? Timothy Ferris, New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek encourages readers to live more and work less! He explains that you don’t have to overwork yourself in order to have a successful retirement. Once you accept the fact that you need to step out of your comfort zone, you be able to experience the full extent of your possibilities. Because, as Ferriss states, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a guide that will help you develop strengths based on your skills, knowledge, and experience. Within the book is a personal assessment that allows readers to discover an in-depth analysis of their strengths. After the online test, you will receive a Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide based on your results. It tells you what makes you unique by using over 5,000 personalized Strengths Insights which will help you understand how each of your top five traits affect your personal life.
Blog Inc. by Joy Cho
Joy Cho, founder of Oh Joy!, offers her advice on starting and growing a blog. In Blog Inc., Cho breaks down the details of what makes a blog stand out. She guides readers on how to create unique content, monetize, attract readers, and essentially how to run a successful blog. Whether you are a beginner or expert blogger, this book is perfect for you because it shows that there is always room for improvement, and Cho shows you just how to do that!
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
We can all admit it. Falling down is hard—it hurts. But it’s part of life, and the best thing to do is pick ourselves up and move on. In Rising Strong, although Brené Brown talks about the hardships we all face, it’s about having the courage to pick ourselves up, and also the vulnerability to face our fears without knowing what the outcome will be. “Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.”
Instagram Power by Jason G. Miles
In Instagram Power, Jason Miles shows you how to use Instagram to your advantage. With social media being so prominent in today’s society, it’s essential that you use Instagram and other social media platforms to promote your brand or blog. The book teaches you the ins and outs of marketing your business, monetizing strategies, and essentially promoting your brand!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, comes a story of inspiration and empowerment. Elizabeth Gilbert starts Big Magic off with a story about an extraordinary poet who once asked one of his students, “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” She goes on to describe that hunt to uncover those treasures as creative living—what she calls Big Magic. In this book, Gilbert takes her readers on a journey of discovering their passions and aspirations by embracing their curiosity.
Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman
Brand Thinking is packed with countless of interviews and stories conducted by Debbie Millman with the world’s leading branding experts about branding and the behavior behind why we brand. Brands make up who we are, and define the ways of our business, so its super important to know how to use them to our full advantage! If you are looking for different perspectives from leaders in the branding field, this book is perfect for you!
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
In The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod proves that anything is possible when you put your heart into it. From reaching the highest level of success— to hitting complete rock bottom, the only direction to go is up. Based on his personal experiences of accomplishments and failures, Elrod shows us that anyone can turn their life around by switching up their morning rituals and daily outlook on life. Productivity is key. The Miracle Morning transforms people by showing them how wake up each day with more energy, focus and motivation!
Creative Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Cho
Just like the title states, Creative Inc. is a guide to running a successful freelance business. Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho collaborate to tell their readers everything they need to know about doing what they love and making a living out of it. This book is packed with information and advice on becoming a freelancer!
Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser
“We settle because we think it’s the best we can get,” says Kaiser in Adventures for Your Soul. There is no better time to turn your life around then now. It may seem like there’s always something holding you back, but that something might be you! We always make up excuses and sometimes all we need is that little push. In Adventures for Your Soul, Kaiser tells us to focus less on what our lives look on the outside, and focus more on how we feel on the inside.
The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma
In The Leader Who Had No Title, Robin Sharma takes us through the journey of his life and show us that no matter what your past is, there will always be a reason to move on. He talks about how to be successful in your career and in life in general. This book teaches you the secrets of innovation, how to recognize opportunities and take full advantage of them, and overall how to influence the people around you!
Pinterest Power by Jason G. Miles
Pinterest has a huge potential to be a marketing tool, and Jason Miles shows us just how to utilize it in Pinterest Power! We live in such a visual society, and photos are a crucial part to attract consumers. With Pinterest growing everyday, users are able to reach out to a larger community with shared interests, making the platform even more powerful than ever! In Pinterest Power, Miles uses his marketing knowledge to teach readers how to drive more traffic to their Pinterest, attract more customers, and get the money rolling in!
Presence by Amy Cuddy
Confidence is key, and Amy Cuddy believes that once we get over our fear of failing, we will lead a more liberating life! In Presence, she teaches you simple exercises to relieve stress during high-pressure moments and change your behavior to have a more positive outlook. As a result, you will be feel, look, and be more confident! Goodbye anxiety!
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last talks about leadership and how it affects company culture. There is a direct correlation between company leaders and company culture, and a great leader reflects the work of their team! However, this book isn’t made only for business owners, but anyone who is looking to be in a managerial position! We all are leaders in our own way, so this book is perfect for learning the ins and outs of leadership.
From Receptionist to Boss by Nicole Smartt
We’ve all been there— the stress of starting an entry-level job and not knowing where to even begin! In From Receptionist to Boss, Nicole Smartt gives amazing advice on getting ahead in your career and having a successful professional life. With a positive attitude and mindset about life, you are bound to do amazing things!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This book is dedicated to anyone needing that tiny confidence boost in either their personal or professional life! In You Are a Badass, Jen Sincero uses her personal experiences to show readers that they are in control of their life, and it’s all about embracing their passions and making the best of every situation. This book is packed with inspiring stories and advice to take you on a refreshing adventure.
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
We all have goals— and no matter how big or small, we all set out on a personal journey to achieve them! In The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte says rather than chasing the goal itself, we are chasing the feeling that we hope to have when we achieve that certain goal. In this book, readers identify their “core desired feelings” and are guided to go after what they want in life!
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