Whether you’re ready to start a new business, take the next step in your career, or simply need a dose of encouragement, motivational reads provide a well-deserved confidence boost.
What do I mean by motivational reads? Biographies, business books, and really any piece of literature that stimulates creativity. Of course, these books are full of “stuff you already know.” It’s the truth–you probably know to trust your instincts. But, what happens when you hit a giant, intimidating brick wall? When you’re starved for a bit consolation? You need to evaluate your mistakes and rediscover your strengths–and you also need a few words of encouragement. That’s where these lines of wisdom come in.
Here are my favorite motivational reads of the moment:
1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author of Eat, Pray, Love strikes again. Big Magic celebrates the creative life–and by creative life, she means a life free from fear. Yes, the main takeaway is one we’ve heard before: take risks and follow your dreams. But, who doesn’t need the reminder? Engaging, fun, and inspiring, this pick is like an encouraging pat on the back and a push in the right direction.
2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. Sincero’s book charmingly titled You Are a Badass, is gaining popularity among the entrepreneurial crowd. It could be the bright yellow cover which photographs nicely on Instagram, but its success is probably due to what’s inside. This read helps you pinpoint areas where you’ve fallen prey to self-sabotaging behavior and teaches you how to crawl out of that dark space and embrace your inner-awesomeness. It’s the perfect pick-me-up if you find yourself in a place of doubt.
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Perhaps the godfather of all “self-help” books, Dale Carnegie’s (in my opinion) should be on everyone’s required reading list (whether you’re in school, in the service industry, part of a big company, or just your common flesh-and-blood human being). Why? With a wide range of historical anecdotes and real-world examples, this read teaches you how to deal with people. Mastering such a skill will not only make you a happier person, but will also help you overcome obstacles through simply understanding the people around you.
Have any top motivational reads that you’d like to recommend? I’d love to hear about your picks and perhaps include them on the next reading list!