6 Books That Will Inspire You Personally and Professionally
“Self-help” books are taken for granted. Far too many books that are meant to motivate and help build character and professional skills fall into this not-so-glamorous category. In the individualized culture we live in, why is self-help a bad thing?
Reading leadership and management books, and listening to the authors speak about their journeys, has changed my life. I purposefully surround myself with larger than life ideas and deep thoughts through books and podcasts that push me out of my comfort zone. It’s all too easy not to receive this information in daily encounters through work or otherwise. Self-help books, and other mediums by which this type of information is shared, is not only inspirational, but informative, and encourages readers to rise above an average or victim mindset to achieve success — no matter what that looks like to each of us.
Some of my favorite books that fall into this general category include the following. By no means is this an entire list, but it is a helpful start to those not sure which book to pick up first!
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
In this best selling book, Simon describes the importance of having a “why.” Many companies — and individuals — know the “how” and the “what,” but having a “why” provides the direction for your business and life.
The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins shows how there is a five second gap between your brain’s comfort zone and choosing to do what you want — and this is manifested in every small decision we make throughout our daily lives.
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
In this witty, easy read, Jen combats the self-sabotaging mantras many of us constantly tell ourselves that prevent us from ultimately achieving success and making the money we deserve.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s classic about practical steps on managing relationships, influencing others, and becoming a leader. This is a must-read for anyone who works with people on a daily basis (hint: everyone).
The Third Door by Alex Banayan
At the age of 19 Alex Banayan went on a journey to meet many of today’s household names to understand what lead them to career success including, Steven Spielberg, Tim Ferriss, and even Bill Gates. This book illustrates that to overcome obstacles, you must think outside of the box.
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
Laura’s practical book on time management is an excellent resource for anyone balancing work, family, multiple jobs, events, or all of the above. It’s also a great insight to realizing how much time we actually have during the week — and how much we waste.