Hello, boss babes. Staying on the path to entrepreneurial success can be rough. Occasionally we may feel defeated and want desperately to throw in the towel. It’s easy to get to that point and a lot more difficult to pull yourself out of it.
It’s very important to surround yourself with positive and uplifting messages to keep you feeling motivated and in control. Here are three of my favorite books for lifting spirits and encouraging success.
1. Lean In
By Sheryl Sandberg
When this book was recommended to me, my first thought was that it seemed wildly feminist and I thought it would be kind of a drag. But what you need to know about this book is that it will open your eyes if they’re not already looking around wide-eyed.
This is a book based purely off of encouragement and drive. Sheryl Sandburg is the exact definition of a boss babe ladypreneur and we could all benefit from reading what she has to say. Who better to learn from than an expert?
She encourages women to be strong, confident, and push forward in their careers, regardless of obstacles or glass ceilings. She is a complete badass.
She also encourages men to “lean in” at home and be equal, 50/50 partners. She raises the social issues of women’s pay, how women are perceived the workplace, and what men and women can do to eliminate this revolving door. Do you wish your husband picked the kids up from school or did laundry every once in a while? Read this book!
This book gave me the motivation to pursue the things I love and stop settling for a position where I had no passion or drive. I read this book while sitting at my desk as a temporary receptionist and dreamed of what else I could be doing. It was my stepping stone and I am so grateful.
Sheryl explains that the workplace is not a ladder, it’s an obstacle course, if you’re not moving up, it does not mean you’re not successful, it simply means you chose a different path. I went to school for nutritional science, I now own two businesses that have nothing to do with science. I definitely don’t feel like I stepped backward, I feel like I’m just finally moving in the direction I was always meant to take.
This book is a great read if you’re still debating becoming your own boss. It is perfect if you need a little push and confidence boost. It will challenge the way you view your current workplace and (hopefully) steer you toward the path of your success.
Bonus Book! Lean in for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
“This is me leaning in. Writing this book is what I would do if I weren’t afraid.”
“The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”
“I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open.”
“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
2. Naked at Lunch
By Mark Haskell Smith
It’s not how it sounds! Well, kind of. It’s the most refreshing book I have read in a long time.
It’s written by a journalist who decides to embark on a nudist journey in California, Spain, and an all-naturalist cruise.
It’s quite hilarious as it explains his experiences in the clothing-free world. I laughed loudly throughout it.
I’m surprised to say that rather than making me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, it actually increased my self-confidence as it describes a more natural and realistic way to perceive the human body.
Imperfections and all.
This is a great read if you sometimes feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Also a good book if you’re interested in nudism as a lifestyle, no judgement here!
“The body image issues that advertising and media inoculated me from an early age –those feelings of inadequacy, the fears of being ridiculed for being pudgy or hairy or circumcised or just, you know; uncool—are deeply embedded in my consciousness and shared by most people I know.”
“Not that I need to be naked to flourish. That would be absurd. That’s kind of like broccoli. You don’t need broccoli for health, but it’s a contributing factor toward health, and I think that social nudity can be a contributing factor towards de-alienation.”
3. Unstoppable Confidence
By Kent Sayre
This book utilizes Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a psychotherapy tool developed for growing communication skills and personal development.
Sayre’s book is remarkable for building self-confidence, motivation, and reducing shyness.
I found this book particular helpful in noticing my own limiting behaviors, creating goals, and moving forward to pursue my dreams.
He describes how when children are learning to walk, they fall constantly but nothing will stop them from wanting to learn because they see others walking around them.
So they fall, get up, and try again.
So many adults try things once, convince themselves that they can’t do it, and move on. Bringing this to the forefront of our experiences will encourage us to try harder, do more.
This is a great read if you’re worried about your abilities or feel stagnant in life. It’s great encouragement and offers a system proven to help you truly build confidence and become successful in life.
“What’s the point of wishing for something if you don’t pursue it?”
“When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you, too.”
“Let your goals be your roadmap.”
“Trust your internal voice.”
Where to find:
If you click on the pictures, you’ll be linked to Google Books where you can purchase the books to read online.
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I’m always on the hunt for a good book, if you have any suggestions drop the below!
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