Most people watch TV when they are in that situation, but reading has always been my go to. I love that I can come up with my own idea of what the character looks like and sounds like, and read such intricate details of the world they live in that make it feel like I am there with them. I get so wrapped up in the characters and the story line that often times I am sad when the book ends. Its almost like I go through a mourning period of knowing that those character’s don’t actually exist! But then I find my next book and the cycle happens all over again.
I also love reading self-help books. I know when people hear self help they think that only people with serious problems read those books. On the contrary though! A lot of books that teach you skills to be successful in various aspects of your life are categorized under “self-help”. I have found that reading (and listening to) these books gives me the daily affirmations I need to keep pushing myself, to go a step further, to work harder and to put myself as a priority. I’ve felt a tremendous amount of growth since I have started reading them and I want to be able to share that with others who don’t know the treasures that lie right in front of them.
So here are some books that I recently read or am currently reading that have made a huge impact on my life (PS- This list will be constantly updated):
You may have heard about this on Netflix. Sadly there was only one season, but I did watch it before reading the book, and the two are totally different. Sophia Amoruso is the creator of the clothing website Nasty Gal (www.nastygal.com) which she started from an eBay account while she was broke and working as a job she hated so she could have health insurance. She goes through her struggles and metamorphosis from being an irresponsible, homeless teen to a successful owner of a multimillion dollar company before the age of 30. It is extremely aspiring and great for anyone who is looking to follow their passion and own their own business.
Lilly Singh is freaking amazing. I never had never heard of her until I bought her audio book and discovered she is a very successful Youtuber. I would listen to her book, “How to Be a Bawse” on Audible every morning on my way to work (because I have a 40 minute commute and man does that get boring) and everything she said was very encouraging and inspired me to keep going. Some things that stood out to me that made her so relatable:
- She is a SINGLE 29 year old successful, strong woman – that’s huge. WOMAN POWER 🙂
- She discusses a lot of her failures in her journey to becoming who she is now, and all the very hard work she put in to get there, which makes her success a lot more real to me
- She doesn’t tell you a quick scheme to get rich quick and be super successful over night- She gives you the steps and motivation that you might not know already to set yourself up for success
It took me a while to adjust to this book but I got a lot of really self assuring tips from it. He basically tells you how to stop caring. And it sounds horrible because obviously there are things you should care about, but is referring to certain things in life that don’t or shouldn’t matter and that you cannot control. It is a good reminder and allowed me to gain some retrospect on what I SHOULD give my attention and care to in life.
I highly recommend this book to ANYONE, even if you feel like your life is awesome and you have NOTHING else to improve, still read it! Jen Sincero discusses the process of combating all of your thoughts telling you that you can’t do something, about meditation and how much it helps in life, how to set goals for yourself and reach them without procrastination…Whenever I read a chapter in this book I wanted to get up and do my work! This is one that I am going to keep going back to in the future as a nice reminder and motivation.
You Are a Badass At Making Money- Jen Sincero
Similar to her other book, she discusses the issues she herself had with money, the negative associations she applied to having money, and how she changed everything around. I loved her discussions about connecting with the universe (or God, whichever you prefer) to reach your goals, focusing on what you want, changing your thought processes, and finally sitting down and achieving your goals NOW.
This one I have not started reading but I heard so much about it and I cannot wait to get started on it. It goes with the theme of the other books on she worked hard to come to success. As you can see, this is a favorite topic of mine. Sophia Amoruso is the woman who created the site Nasty Gal. They actually had a show modeling off of her life story on Netflix but sadly it was canceled. I will definitely give an update on my thoughts after I finish this one, but definitely wanted to share it ahead of time.
Rich Dad Poor Dad- Robert Kiyosaki
A lot of people are confused about the right way to handle money, how and when to pay off debt, the right way to gain wealth…this book is so informative about how to be wealthy and gain financial freedom. I loved it because I wasn’t bored while reading it. Robert Kiyosaki writes in a way that tells a store and engages his readers so that you will want to keep reading and find out the answers. I feel like I have a clear direction of what I need to do with my money and how after reading this book!