Five Books for Girls Ready to WERK.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

I stumbled upon this when I was ready to take my blog and freelance writing business to the next level, and it was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to get seriously motivated in the face of all those business-building challenges.  Serving up real talk and pearls of wisdom she’s gleaned from her own experience and interviews with girl bosses who are totally rocking it in their endeavors, with a toast to each one of our successes befitting the champagne of her blog’s namesake, Cara’s book is the classy gal’s guide to starting a business and werking it

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you’ve been put off by self-help books before because they’re too mystical or overbearing or you’re not sure how you’re going to conceal them behind something people will be less able to make fun of you for reading in public, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.  With equal parts candid hilarity and wow-that’s-deep mind-blowing insights, Sincero arms you with the tools to change your mindset and turn your life into one you are bouncing-off-the-walls excited to get to live.  Get to it.  

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

This one is more for a general audience, but it does offer a lot of valuable insights for those of us ready to use little strategies to make some big changes in life.  Hardy is a little exclamation-point happy, so be prepared to sometimes feel as though you’re being yelled at by an extremely enthusiastic drill sergeant, but at least he is bent on helping you improve your life and not, you know, making you run through a mud-laden obstacle course in pouring rain or something.  Read it for some actionable self-improvement steps.   

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

I started reading this one somewhat illicitly at work the other night, because it’s usually frowned upon to read behind the cash registers, but I work at a bookstore, and business was slow that night, and product knowledge is important when you’re selling to customers, no?  Also important?  The message Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, imparts to her readers in this gem: that there is a “Third Metric” of success past those typically most-valued in our culture — money and power — that should be celebrated as a viable means of creating a meaningful life.  In emphasizing the importance of cultivating well-being, wisdom, wonder, and a sense of giving, Arianna has created a book is of the classic “check yourself before you wreck yourself” variety: it’s okay to work towards the top, but make time to stop and smell the roses, too.

I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones

I’ll confess I haven’t actually read this one yet, because my sister/roommate bought it and has been moving through it at somewhat of a sluggish pace.  But the lack of judgment with which she left it on our coffee table the other night means I have gotten through the first few pages, and if the book is filled with truth-bombs the likes of the nuggets found there, then I can say with absolute certainty that this book is required reading for any and all of us wondering how to find our elusive passion and purpose and live inspired.  The author, Alexis Jones, is the founder of the non-profit I AM THAT GIRL, an organization dedicated to empowering and uplifting girls all over the world, and I can promise that’s how you’ll feel when you’re reading this book.  Also, ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of this one go back to her organization — how cool is that?   

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