I am a true believer in bettering yourself. I read a lot of personal development books, I mean A LOT. My husband gives me a hard time over how many books we have in this house. There are some great personal development books that are universal (for men or women) but I want to focus on the Girl Boss and what can help you grow as a person and grow your business or career. I feel as though any of these books are GREAT so I am not putting them in any specific order. You decide which one(s) you want to read.
Sophia’s story is incredible and this book is awesome. If you have ever heard of Nasty Gal then you know Sophia’s fashion sense and in my opinion, you either love or hate it. For those of you that haven’t heard of Nasty Gal then no fear, Sophia takes you through her story on how she went from selling vintage clothing on eBay and within eight years built a $100 million online fashion retailer. This book is much more than her story though. It’s a helpful guide to being a #GIRLBOSS.
“Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.”
“I think that part of the reason Nasty Gal has been so successful is because my goals were never financial ones. I believed in what I was doing, and fortunately other people believed in it as well.”
Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Let me start by saying I am not a procrastinator; however, this book still helped me manage my time better. We all know how long our to do lists get each day. It seems like we can never make our way through the whole thing. This book helps you to understand that most successful people do not make their way through the list, they focus on the most important tasks and get those done completely. Eat That Frog will help you figure out how to prioritize and accomplish your top tasks. There are action steps at the end of each chapter to help you implement the changes to help you be more productive and successful.
“We taught him about the 80/20 Rule and how it applied to e-mails. Fully 80 percent of the e-mails that he received were of no value and should not even be opened. They should be deleted immediately. Of the remaining 20 percent, only 20 percent of those, or 4 percent of his e-mails, actually required an immediate response of some kind. The other 16 percent could be ignored temporarily or transferred to an action folder where they could be dealt with one at a time.”
“There are specific times during the day when you are at your best. You need to identify these times and discipline yourself to use them on your most important and challenging tasks.”
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
Cara is all about women having each others backs. She’s a life coach and overall awesome person. I mean I don’t know her personally but any woman that promotes women supporting each other instead of competing against one another is alright in my book. (Ha ha…see what I did there?!) This book focuses on building confidence within yourself, getting past jealousy, making and growing connections as well as getting back to your “why”. There are Girl Code: Secret from Cara along with Girl Code: Unlock which are interviews of female entrepreneurs who give their insight into gaining confidence and ultimately becoming successful.
“Let’s get real for a second. Running a business is hard work. And even after hiring the best business coaches, reading every marketing newsletter under the sun, and watching countless webinars, nothing will change until you change your mindset. Until you believe that you can and will become successful, until you eliminate your negative thoughts, until you learn to say ‘No’ to the things that do not serve you, and until you surround yourself with positive, empowering women who are truly walking their walk.”
“You have to stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You’ve got to stop being who you think you should be, and start being who you truly are.”
You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Live by Jen Sincero
If the title doesn’t catch you at first sight then please know that this book is a MUST READ! Jen is hilarious and so is this book. But don’t be fooled. There is so much helpful information included on how to change your self-sabotaging behaviors, creating the life you love and of course how to make some money. I am not kidding, I have so many highlights in this book and I refer to it often. It’s the kind of book you feel like you need to read over and over again and still learn new stuff from it. Do yourself a favor and go get this book today and start reading it!
“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.”
“You absolutely cannot grow a business, get promoted or be a cool parent, and you absolutely will go gray before your time, if you try and do every single little thing by yourself.”
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It In Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht
Aliza quickly became the social media superstar behind DKNY PR Girl. This is her first book but don’t let that fool you. She is extremely knowledgeable and uses her experience from the start of her career up until now to give not only professional but also personal advice. She has awesome advice on building your own brand as well as communicating when the lines between professional and personal may be blurred. Her advice is valuable to not only those who are working towards their own business but also those who are working their way up the ladder. She has great insider tips and her “Take A Selfie” sections help you put the tips into action. I honestly wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book but Aliza’s wittiness helps keep you engaged and her tips are seriously invaluable.
“I know that sometimes life can be daunting and that obstacles can seem insurmountable, but with this book, a massive to-do list and a giant cup of coffee, I promise that you can get it all done and still have time to tweet about it.”
“The goals should always be to learn how to work around the troublemakers. Sometimes though, you have no choice but to out bad behavior. But before you go around accusing someone of anything, you need to make sure you have all the facts. There’s risk associated with tattling, so your investigative work needs to be at Olivia Pope levels.”
These are just my top 5 personal development books. If you are interested in a larger list then please feel free to comment or email me. I could give you tons! Be sure to share what your favorite personal development books so I can be sure to check them out as well.
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