I’m always looking for ways to get ahead in my career. And if I’m honest, it all starts with researching and building your knowledge and skills. It’s how you’ll get fresh ideas and even a burst of inspiration! And I’m looking for books that successful women are reading and recommend.
I want to know the tools they used to get things done to get to where they are today! Because even Career Girls need a little push in the right direction sometimes! So, here are the books successful women read, that you have to read, right now!
The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo
“A year’s supply of inspiration every day and the perfect gift for yourself and your friends.” -Oprah Winfrey
This book is very spiritual and aims to liberate the self by making you more aware of your life and to be grateful for the beauty that surrounds it. His way of writing will take you out of your perspective and help you notice things you hadn’t before. This book is all about his journey to the soul, and when you read it, it will become your own.
But not only that, at the end of every entry you will be given an exercise that will help you awaken your mind. Buy it here.
2. Sheryl Sandberg:
Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
“This book has been instrumental in how we think about developing talent at Facebook. We focus on what people’s natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day.”
– Sheryl Sandberg
No wonder it’s a favorite of Sheryl’s, this book will help you to use your individual talents and turn them into strengths. The book uses 34 talents or themes and shows you how they can be best applied for success. But the best part is, each copy has its own password that you can use to go online and have your skills analyzed to be told your five main strengths. And once you know your strengths you can make active choices to use them to excel your career. Buy it here.
3. Beyoncé Knowles:
What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power by Marianne Schnall
“I would love for my younger fans to read What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall. It’s a collection of interviews and essays by great women, including Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Melissa Etheridge. They will inspire you to become a better leader.”
This book is inspired by one question. And this question came from an eight-year-old girl to her mother asking ‘why haven’t we ever had a woman president?’ And so Schnall thought she would go out and find the answer, and this book will really reveal it to you.
Looking at it from a political angle and most certainly a power angle, with interviews from some of the most successful women of our time, Schnall rephrases her question to what would it take actually take for a woman to become president? Buy it here.
4. Emma Watson:
Just Kids by Patti Smith
“I want to live like Patti. I want to write like Patti. The book was so honest and brave. I loved the way she sees the world. I really felt that life was more beautiful after I read it, and I felt more hopeful.”
– Emma Watson
Whilst this isn’t a self-help book or a book that will push you to success, it is a book that will warm you and even inspire you. It follows two young artists, one of which is Patti Smith. And it’s all about their friendship and the pursuit of art. It will show you that these two young, budding artists will do anything for art, during the hard times and even the good. Buy it here.
5. Maria Hatzistefanis:
How To Be An Overnight Success by herself
“You are not born an entrepreneur, it’s a skill you learn along the way”
– Maria Hatzistefanis
She probably would recommend her own book, but I’m telling you that it’s an essential book you need for success. Maria set out with a dream to build a beauty brand. And despite some knock-backs, her perseverance made sure that she became the very successful woman she is today.
Take some essential tips on how you should build a brand and take a look inside the brain of a CEO! Buy it here.
6. Tyra Banks:
Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
“If you want the best advice on how to negotiate when it looks like a deal can’t be done, then Negotiating the Impossible is a must. It’s filled with great strategies you can immediately put to use in your business and personal lives. It’s also an extremely entertaining, thought-provoking book that you won’t want to put down.”
– Tyra Banks
No matter what job you’re in, knowing how to negotiate is a must. Even if it’s on your behalf. It’s an essential skill everyone needs to know in business and this book will give you the essential skills you need to make it happen.
It will even teach you to defuse the most difficult situations that you wouldn’t think possible. Buy it here.
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