One of the best ways to get ahead in your career is by researching, building on your knowledge and skills, and hopefully getting some inspiration as well! The best tools to accomplish your goals are books. Whether they give you specific insight into your career field or fill you with more motivation and determination to persevere and succeed, books are the best way to make your dreams a reality. Here are 5 motivating books that successful women are reading and recommending to push you in the right direction.
Meghan Markle recommends: The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard
Apart from being the Duchess of Sussex, Markle has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and worked hard to raise awareness about social injustices happening around her. While working hard as an actress on the successful TV show, Suits, she also founded The Tig, her inspirational lifestyle blog. On her blog, she talked about how self-doubt has stopped her from reaching her potential even on her "most Sasha Fierce days"(The Tig). Her recommendation to solve the negative self-talk is The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. Burchard, a successful performance trainer, wrote his book to help people claim their freedom and positivity from the negative voice in your head. The Motivation Manifesto will definitely inspire you to take control of your life and be the best you can be.
Michelle Knox recommends: Bridge Across My Sorrows by Christina Noble
A very successful finance banker, Knox credits Bridge Across My Sorrows as being a monumental source for her personal and professional resilience. Having read this book in her 20s, Knox states that it is still one of the most powerful and moving human survival stories that she has read. She reaves that “Noble’s ability to survive and succeed has always stayed with me” (Inc.) Knox has carried the lessons that she learned about self-determination and courage from this book throughout her entire life, especially in her professional career. If you like to read about strong, real women, Bridge Across My Sorrows is an absolute must.
Jessica Alba recommends: Purple Cow by Seth Godin
A force to be reckoned with, Alba started as a world-renowned actress and then proved her entrepreneurial skills by founding The Honest Company. The Honest Company provides transparent and environmentally friendly, non-toxic baby-care and household products. And one of the books that made a huge impact as she was creating her business was the Godin’s Purple Cow. Godin’s marketing books inspire its readers to think about things in an innovative way. He’ll inspire you to approach business and career in a fresh and interesting way.
Beyoncé recommends: What Will It Take to Make a Women President? by Marianne Schnall
Beyoncé, or Queen B, is a ground-breaking singer-songwriter and one of the most influential women of the 21st century. Empowering an entire generation, it’s no wonder that she loves to read books that inspire her to be a better leader and teach her how to make a better future. “Schnall’s collection of essays and interviews will inspire you to become a better leader” she says (CGD London). What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? features interviews with politicians, writers, activists, public officials, and more to discover the obstacles that have held women back from political power positions, making it a must-read book.
Marsha Firestone recommends: Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years by Margaret Mead
The president and founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization, Firestone has been managing a work/life balance for a long time. And while a fully equal work/life balance is more fable than fact, Firestone states that this book was instrumental in navigating her family and career. “Fiercely independent, Mead came to symbolize a new kind of woman, one who successfully combine marriage and motherhood with a career” Firestone says (FastCompany). Firestone was inspired by Mead’s embodiment of the successful female entrepreneur who is passionate and determined about what they do.