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Bring Your Boldest Self To Your Biggest Challenge

Picture this. You’ve prepped for a work presentation for weeks. Crunched the numbers, created great visuals and considered questions you might be asked. Minutes before the presentation begins, you start to doubt yourself. An inner nagging voice asks, “What makes you an expert in this area?”

Or, you’re walking away from a challenging talk with your best friend, partner or boss. In your heart of hearts, you’re wishing for a “do-over”. You’d be a better listener, use alternate words or act differently.

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10 Books to Inspire Your Next Creative Business

It’s February and you’re on your way to putting your 2017 goals into action. This might be the year that you finally kickstart that side business. But where to begin? You need some inspiration.

Books have always given me the knowledge and the courage I need to push through, so here are my top 10 books you should read as you plan your next creative business. Whether it’s an Etsy store or forming your own agency, these are books which will inspire, guide, and even console when it feels like things are not going right.

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5 Books That Every Working Woman Needs to Read

Here are five books that will allow you to boost your confidence, build your networking skills and provide you with the information and inspiration you need to stylishly succeed:

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

We’ve all heard the saying: “It’s not about what you know, but who you know.” Never Eat Alone is not only your ultimate guide on how to build a strong professional network but how to leverage your connections to help you advance in your career. Through a perfect balance of actionable advice and personal stories, Keith Ferrazzi demonstrates how his decision to never eat a meal alone (no matter where he is in the world) has allowed him to build a lifelong professional network, career success and a magnetic personal brand.

Daring and Disruptive Playbook by Lisa Messenger

The Daring and Disruptive Playbook is the much-needed companion to “Daring and Disruptive” as author Lisa Messenger provides prompts and exercises to help guide you through a journey of self-exploration. The “playbook” (not to be mistaken with a workbook!) allows you to uncover your inner entrepreneur, discover your true passions and create an action plan for cultivating a daring and disruptive life.

I am that Girl by Alexis Jones

Becoming the best version of yourself is not a simple journey, but author Alexis Jones has created the ultimate guide to inspire you to become “That Girl”, a girl that inspires, a girl that unapologetically pursues her passions and a girl that is authentically remarkable. Through learnings from honest interviews with girls and women around the world, Jones provides you with the motivation you need to begin creating an awesome life.

The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

There’s no question that authors Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power have valuable career experience as the dynamic duo are also the co-founders of Clique Media, the technology powerhouse behind top fashion platforms such as Who What Wear, MyDomaine and Byrdie. The Career Code is an excellent accumulation of what they’ve learned throughout their impressive career, both as employees and employers, providing an honest yet actionable account of what it takes to succeed in your career, in style, of course! From resume checklists to outfit ideas for every dress code, The Career Code is a valuable resource for all women whether they’re a new grad or a working professional.

Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What is my true purpose?”, Light is the New Black needs to be your next read. It is just the inspirational book you need to discover your inner light and soul purpose and feel empowered enough to share it with the world. Author Rebecca Campbell beautifully shares her story of self-discovery to provide a guidebook for women who crave the feeling of getting in touch with their soul to discover their calling and awaken their light while simultaneously inspiring others to do the same.

Have you read any of these? What are your favourite career books?

 

*I wrote this article for the Winter 2016 issue of Curated Life. Head over and take a read!