Books that have inspired me and every successful woman needs to read

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Every year I start off by saying one of my new year’s resolutions is to read. I can confidently say this year I’ve made great headway. Here are some of my fave books I’d suggest every girl boss needs to immediately read!

“The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k” by Sarah Knight

If you’re afraid of saying ‘no’ or afraid of letting people down, you immediately need to get this book. Let’s just say the book breaks down why we shouldn’t feel guilty for saying no. The book’s a breath of fresh air and a realisation that you’re not the only one fed up with people and the crap that comes your way. There are a number of techniques Knight applies when putting work or personal scenarios in to context. I can assure you the techniques work! I’ve implemented them both at work and in my personal life and results have been life changing. For instance, I no longer attend events I don’t want to – why? Because I save my ‘f**k budget’ for things that actually interest me, rather than feeling obliged to attend.

The book gives a reality check for anyone looking to change things, to make that career move or just telling some people where to go (in a nice and subtle way of course). If you’re seeking a stress free and happier life, get the book.

 

“What Happened” by Hilary Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now, free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, not to mention the stranger-than-fiction twists. This is her most personal memoir yet. In this book she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterwards. She tells readers what it took to get back on her feet – the rituals, relationships and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age and appearance, and the double standards confronting women in politics. This book is very powerful, moving and inspirational. I literally couldn’t get enough of it. In this book, Hilary Clinton, reinforces that it’s acceptable to make mistakes and to embrace them, however, most importantly, learn from them. Ladies, get this book!

 

“Dear Madame President” by Jennifer Palmieri

 

Written by former White House Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, ‘Dear Madam President’ is a letter written to the first woman president and, by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. She uses her lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton and President Obama, Palmieri, through each chapter, creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere – from boardrooms to living rooms – who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. ‘Dear Madam President’ will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere.

 

“The Little Book of Clarity” by Jamie Smart

If you’re seeking clarity in your life ‘The Little Book of Clarity’ is your go to bible. Imagine what we can achieve if we had a clearer head? State–of–mind specialist, Jamie Smart, shows you how to clear your mind automatically. Get clarity now and your performance will skyrocket, your stress levels will plummet and your mood will be more positive. With a realistic understanding of how we experience our personal reality, insecure thoughts can become difficult to maintain. The insights that this book facilitates will be personal to you.

 

“The Power” by Rhonda Byrne

Author, Rhonda Byrne, has become a power house when instilling positive thinking. I bought this book a few years back to help guide me through a difficult time in my life. I like to read it from time to time when I need a positive boost. It’s a fantastic book that references amazing quotes from some of the world’s most inspirational sources – here are some of my favourites;

 Everything is possible for the person who believes.
-Jesus, Mark 9:23

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. 

-Mother Teresa

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
-Albert Schweitzer

Guys, leave your comments below and let me know which books you’re reading or any recommendations you may have. I’m always on the hunt for new and inspiring books! x