I want to start sharing some of my favorite reads of the month or books I plan on reading. We can make a monthly book club. Until the, here are my favorite reads I think would be advantageous for the soon to be career professional.
Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr are the the power entrepreneurs of the millennial generation. They did not follow the traditional career plan yet have made so many successful businesses. Okay, enough about my huge girl crush on them and more about this amazing book they released a while back. I wish this was released sooner. There are amazing tips in here for anyone at any point in their career. I absolutely love all the tips they cover from your first interview to your first day on the job and the unknown rules you have to figure out on your own. This book is the real deal. Highly recommend you grab a copy. Super relatable to every industry.. not just communications and marketing.
I can’t count the number of people that recommended this book to me. I always heard this memoir was a great read. However, I was never a huge fan of Nike shoes and this book is so big so I always made excuses. Say what you want to say about Nike.. Phil Knight has an amazing career path and a beautifully written story to tell and I’m telling you.. once you read it you will curse yourself and ask yourself why you didn’t read it sooner. That’s exactly what happened to me.. This memoir is a great read for anyone.. however if I could go back I would read this during my senior year in college or even the summer after I graduated. Nevertheless, it helped me get my young energy back and put my entrepreneur hate back on. There are so many obstacles in life and remembering that you can accomplish anything will help you accomplish and achieve How are Business schools not making this a mandatory read?
I think I can say that almost everyone has heard or seen this book somewhere.. It has amazing studies of management in the nineties which can be very useful till this day. There are some companies mentioned in here that are no longer around, however the points made and how the companies overcame challenges is very beneficial. This is a great self improvement book with general concepts of how it can be applied to business as well. I still find this to be a great read despite covering companies and issues from the 90’s.
Lean In was one of the first books I picked up. Every book club was reading it and ultimately i joined the book clubs too late in the game. I could not put this book down till I finished it and that says a lot since I’m not an avid reader. I love how Sheryl Sanders covers some hot topics about the gender gap at work and culturally as well. She does not place any blame on any of the genders yet she covers why and how we are in this gender gap that we see today. My favorite part ( SPOILER ALERT..) is when she realizes that they need expectant mother parking spaces.. only AFTER she becomes pregnant. Sometimes these very common issues just need to be spoken about and this book helps you realize how you can communicate effectively and gain confidence to stand up for yourself. another SPOILER.. I love how she explains the pros and cons of being a stay at home mom or working mom. I just adore Sheryl and highly recommend this book to all genders! :)
If you know me at all by now.. you should know that I am highly obsessed with Mel Robbins. She really helps you get out of your funk and get up and go. The Five second rule is such a great read and although i would recommend this book to anyone at any point in their lives.. i really think it helps those of us in the corporate world.. or those of us that are in a funk and just need to figure out how we can get out. I purchased the five second journal and honestly NEVER looked back. This is how i plan the day for ME. Not for work or my job.. but for ME.. it’s for my sanity. When you take care of YOU.. everything else falls into place. I love how this journal is broken down by asking you questions and it helps you figure out why your goals are important to you. Some days I don’t want to fill it out because I’m avoiding it and on those days.. i realize i need to fill it out more than ever. Also, I highly recommend the Five Second Rule.
That’s it for this month! Let me know if there are other books that you recommend! Always wanting to add to my list. By the way Audible is a great way to “read” if you are crunched on time and always on the go. I finished so many books when my commute was 1-2 hours.