Ever wanted to start your own business, change careers, or needed some guidance on how to live the life you want? We feel ya. We’ve been there. It may sound cheesy, but it really is refreshing to be reminded that we can achieve what we desire if we put in the effort. Reading from people who’ve been there is a great way to see that others started from the bottom, had to struggle but kept focused on their goal, didn’t give up and made it to the top. It’s so easy to give up and hard to stay focused. Sometimes we need a good kick in the butt, a good old laugh and to be reminded that we can do whatever we set our minds to. Reading can often achieve that for us. So we’ve been on the hunt for books that are really inspiring and motivating. Here’s a list of our top 5 faves.
- Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? – In this intimately honest book, Mindy addresses career struggles including being criticized by the media for her body, not being nominated for an Emmy and how her work ethic got her to where she is now. It’s full of funny quotes from the comedian and motivating tips.
- Gretchen Rubin’s, The Happiness Project – You’ve probably asked yourself a million times, “What makes me happy?” But you probably haven’t really spent real time thinking about it and actually doing those things that make you happy. Gretchen Rubin asked herself this question and takes you on her journey of achieving happiness. It’s uplifting and will make you want to join the movement.
- Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass – If you’re in need of improving your life but need some guidance on how to do it, read this book. Sincero offers exercises on how to get where you want to be in life whether it’s at work, relationships, you name it. Its hilarious and incredibly motivating.
- Tom Rath’s The Strength’s Finder 2.0 – For the most part, our strengths go unused; our talents go hidden. Too many people are stuck not devoting time to effectively utilizing their strengths. Tom Rath researched for years interviewing thousands of people and has come up with a genius assessment to help you find your strengths. This book offers tons of strategies on helping you apply your strengths to your everyday life. This will definitely be one of those books you’ll reference for years to come
- Jon Acuff’s Quitter – is perfect for those of you who have ever said, “I’m an office assistant but I really want to be a writer” or “I’m in sales but I really want to be a teacher.” In this book, Acuff teaches you how to pursue your dreams and make them a reality. He writes, “I don’t want you to wake up at sixty-five and realize, ‘I spent forty of my best years doing something that just funded my life.’” Read this, get inspired, and do something about changing your life.