4 books for women to offer you inspiration and encouragement on your journey.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Leave Your Mark is a must read for anyone looking to be a career boss. Aliza speaks candidly through the entire book discussing the struggles and successes that led her to her dream job and shares advice on how she’s kept it. Leave Your Mark is literally a mentor you can keep on your shelf and revisit any time you need.
The beauty of the book is that it is split up into bite-sized chapters. Each chapter offers useful advice for every stage of your career like how to write an amazing cover letter, how to interview like a boss, and how to make the most of your internship.
It’s rare that you hear people talk about the jobs they used to have when it includes talking about people who treated them poorly or tried to keep them down. Aliza is honest in her accounts and urges you to learn from her mistakes.
She never makes it seem easy, but she definitely makes it seem doable.
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
For this book to have been written by such a major player in the entertainment industry it’s unbelievable how relatable it is. Some of the things that Shonda talked about like weight loss, dating, and being insecure are things that I really related to. It was weird for me to read that from her, though. She’s the friggin bomb. How could she ever not know that?
The book is patient, honest, comforting, and inspiring. In cheering for herself and deciding to step out of her box and say “yes” Shonda made me think about how much I say no to things. And like her, I usually would say no without even giving something a chance.
It was really endearing of her to be honest about her life and her family. This book was a true testament that everyone, no matter how famous or successful, goes through troubling times but they don’t have to be defined by them.
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is bae. I think she is just the slap in the face that Hollywood needs. It was nice to see how much of her tv hot mess is really her, and it was refreshing to read how relatable and almost regular she is. She’s definitely one of my spirit animals.
This book is funny, smart, and ridiculous; exactly how I would describe Mindy. It’s full of imperfections and mishaps that led to some of the best moments of her life. She gives the inside scoop on her + bestie BJ Novak (which is super cute), how the Mindy project came to be, and her close relationship with Greg Daniels.
Why Not Me is full of stories and confessions that are encouraging to any girl who has ever felt like she wasn’t good enough or needed to fit in. There wasn’t a single part that I didn’t enjoy. I highly recommend you read this book if for nothing else than the hysterical string of emails she recounts from her teaching days.
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I knew nothing about Sophia’s background before reading, and I was truly taken aback by how she got started. Though I’ve never purchased anything from Nasty Gal, the way Sophia built her empire would encourage anyone thinking about entrepreneurship. Girl Boss is a fun story to follow full of underlying lessons we all can benefit from learning. One of the main things it taught me is that your mistakes don’t define you. Everyone has been through different things that they regret or wish they could take back. You can’t hit the re-do button on life, so it’s important to learn from your mistakes and move forward with persistence.
The second lesson this book teaches is that quality is KING! This is true whether you’re selling thousand dollar bags or bags of oranges on the highway. When talking about how she first started selling vintage clothing, Sophia shares how she’d stay up for hours making sure items were wrinkle free and that labels were on straight. She wanted every item to go out looking professional. This is a practice every business owner can learn from. No matter what your product is your customers should feel that you went the extra mile and gave them more value for their buck. Sometimes even the smallest detail can make customers feel important and keep them coming back.
Whether you’re in the fashion industry or not this book is a gleaming example of what hard work can truly do.
If you’ve read any of these 4 boss chick favorites be sure to share any of you takeaways below. If you have any recommendations that will supplement this great list of books share them below as well. Let’s grow together!