These motivational books are some of my favorites! Growing up I was an avid reader. If you’re like me and were in elementary school in the early 2000’s then you remember going to the Scholastic book fairs or the flyers they would send out. I remember one year my mom surprised me and ordered the Box Car Children’s book set and I was SO excited. Sometime during high school when reading became mandatory for class, it felt more like work so I stopped reading for leisure. Fast forward to now when I can (occasionally) make time to squeeze in a good book, I’ve read a few books that pushed me to stop making excuses and motivated me to work on my passion project and start this blog!
1. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
I was skeptical of this book at first because it seems very hyped up. This book seems to make it to everyone’s list of motivational books. But surprisingly it was worth the hype to me! It is not hard to get drawn into Jen Sincero’s style of writing where you feel as though she is talking directly to you. I felt like she personally called me out a few times–but I appreciate how this book shows you things that may be problematic with the way you think about things but then offers realistic solutions. You really feel like you can do anything after reading this. You can get this book here from Amazon.
2. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now
Now this book, just made me feel like I needed to get my life together entirely. I was able to relate to many of the personal stories. I also appreciated this book because it is full of all these bits of knowledge that people wish had been told to them while they were in their twenties. While reading you feel like you’re learning all these exclusive secrets! I felt inspired to be more intentional with how I use my time. This book had to make it to my list of motivational books! You can get this book here from Amazon.
3. The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women
I received this book for Christmas last year and it was written by a group of three Boss Ladies. Just that alone, I thought it was pretty great that they were able to collaborate together on a project to help empower other black women. This a good book for the corporate Boss Lady but it has useful information for any industry. I identified with some of the unique challenges that black women may face in a corporate setting. This book provided tools to navigate the workplace in those situations. You can get this book here from Amazon.
4.Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
We all know that Shonda Rhimes is an amazing writer from how she has built her t.v. show empire Shondaland (Greys Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice & How to Get Away with Murder). I already knew I would enjoy any book written by her. While I knew I would enjoy her writing, I didn’t know I would relate to her in the ways that I did. She shares her stories of how she went from never stepping outside of her comfort zone, to having an entire year of doing new things that intimidated her but also allowed her to grow. This is such a fun read! You can get this book here from Amazon.
These are the 4 books I’ve read recently in the past few months, but I always have a running list. What books inspire you bring out your inner Boss Lady? Let me know in the comments! Or if you have any recommendations for motivational books!
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