Every person who ever achieved anything had a goal in mind. The best part about trailblazing in this era is that we have an unending list of resources we can turn to as we try to make something happen. The internet, thought leaders, teachers, classes, podcasts. You name a goal; there are thousands of resources that can help you make it a reality. The challenge is, there’s so many resources that it’s difficult to sift through the lists to find the real, real good stuff that’s going to douse you in value and game changing wisdom.
We want to help you get a head start on the search and as you may have noticed, we are big book people. We love books that have the power to transform your human experience. So we searched our bookshelves, asked our most driven girlfriends, and did some research to find the best books to read based on your goals.
Goal: I want to start a passion project, side hustle, or business.
Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week, produces content that many of the world’s top leaders swear by. His innovative take on making any and all ambitions a reality takes on a new form in Tools of Titans. After interviewing over 200 of the world’s top performers, from athletes to innovators to icons, he compiled a distilled list of the tools and tactics they used to achieve their greatest successes. On one page you’re reading Wild author Cheryl Strayed’s tips for writing wildly impactful content and on the next you’re learning how Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, approaches strategic decision making. Consider this 700 page book the ultimate resource for making anything happen.
She’s the author of Eat, Pray, Love. She has had soulful conversations with everyone from Oprah to world leaders. Basically, Elizabeth Gilbert is a total boss and she knows how to set up camp in the depths of your soul and write things that positively transform how you see the world. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller and is at the top of creators must-read list for its ability to guide you towards unwavering creativity through a mix of spiritual inspiration and simple practicality. Whether you want to start a fitness Instagram or build an empire, Big Magic is bursting with guidance on how to get there.
You know those TED talks that shift the way you see something forever? Simon Sinek did that. In fact, of all the TED talks, his is the third most watched of all time. So you could say what he has to say is pretty valuable. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action guides readers towards uncovering their “why,” which, according to him, is the foundation to creating anything truly valuable.
Goal: I want to prioritize wellness.
According to Arianna Huffington, a good night’s rest is the ticket to creating lasting success in every corner of your life. If you dream (no pun intended) of more energy, less stress, and better shut eye, this book is a great resource. And if anyone knows what it takes to get sleep and make your goals a reality, it would be her. After all, she’s the name behind The Huffington Post and the founder of Thrive Global.
Kris Carr is a leading voice in the wellness scene and, as she says, she’s been eating kale since before it had a publicist. Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Life Like You Mean It! is a compilation of her experience as a cancer survivor who transformed her health through natural remedies as well as the genius of wellness experts, including doctors, advocates, yogis, and fitness champions. As it says on the book itself, Crazy Sexy Diet is a must for anyone who seeks to be a confident and sexy wellness warrior.
Okay, we may be cheating a bit here. Technically, this hasn’t come out yet. This is the only book on this list that we haven’t read. But hear us out, okay?! Stacey Griffith is one of the founding instructors of SoulCycle, the inspirational indoor cycling workout that is taking the fitness scene by storm (can you tell we are really big fans?). We’ve taken her classes before and if this book is anything like her class, well, let’s just say you’ll be running to the bookstore. Two Turns from Zero: Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals-Converting Them to Life Strength marries spirit and fitness to help readers take their fitness goals to new heights and in turn, do the same for their lives. Griffith’s first book will be published on March 7, 2017 but you can pre-order using the link above.
Goal: I want to score my dream career.
We couldn’t make this list without putting Sandberg’s book on it. As the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is using her influential platform to discuss women in the workplace. Her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, was a major hot topic when it was published in 2013 and at this point is practically required reading for any career-driven woman. Her advise on everything from getting a seat at the table to negotiating your salary will be the perfect foundation to having the kind of mindset that will ensure a fulfilling career. If you’re a recent college grad, Lean In for Graduates, has bonus resources fit for where you are and where you hope to go.
We’ve all seen those Pinterest images that say things like, “Nothing works unless you do the work.” Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is the fleshed out version of those sort of phrases. Angela Duckworth, a renown professor and researcher, pairs her academic background with easy to read language on how to make your goals a reality by marrying passion and perseverance.
Everyone wants that dream career mentor that guides them through their toughest choices and always has that perfect advice for becoming the ultimate #girlboss. Aliza Licht is that dream career mentor. At the time of writing Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media., she was the global communications executive for DKNY and the creator of the Twitter phenomenon, DKNY PR GIRL. She uses that experience to show readers the ins and outs of creating their dream careers in the contemporary working world, doing so in a way that’s both informative and approachable.
Goal: I want to up my style and beauty game.
Every girl wants her own personal style; one that reflects the essence of who she is and makes her excited to get dressed in the morning. Amanda Brooks’ book, I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Style, helps that cause. It’s both a full-color look-book and a purely positive fashion guide that, according to the book’s back cover (and our own experience), “will both empower and inspire women to dive into the challenge of defining, or refining, their personal style.” The best part, though, is that it guides the reader to taking into consideration her personal stories and how she can integrate that into her fashion choices.
You know that cool girl who is always ultimate style goals? The Cool Factor: A Guide to Achieving Effortless Style, with Secrets from the Women Who Have It is like an all access pass to her very fashionable brain. It’s not about trends or being a fashion try-hard. It’s the art of maintaining an easy breezy style through the ages. If you are gunning for a lasting, killer wardrobe, this is the book to add to your reading list.
Any good style game includes good hair, right? Alli Webb, the co-founder of Drybar, the chain of blowout hair salons, knows a thing or two about styling your hair to complete your look. The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All: How to Get the Perfect Blowout at Home is the closest thing you can get to having Webb as your personal hair styling coach. We’ve tried some of these styles personally and it’s true: this guide is good hair for all.
Goal: I want to work towards inner peace and happiness.
If there were two people on the planet who were the ultimate experts in the art of happiness, it would be His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. So when they published their collective wisdom for The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, it was an instant New York Times bestseller and automatically considered the modern day happiness bible. If you’re looking for joy, there isn’t a better resource to turn to.
This book is such a game changer that Oprah invited Brené Brown to discuss it on Super Soul Sunday and Brown led an online class on it for O Magazine. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are provides exactly what the title describes. If you’re feeling internally stuck, every word of Brown’s book–which is an approachable look into her qualitative and quantitative research on shame, authenticity, and belonging–is the answer to the questions you didn’t even knew you had.
Sometimes sugarcoating, positive messaging falls flat. That’s where The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson comes in. The New York Times bestseller advocates for nixing the 24/7 positivity and instead work towards handling adversity like a seasoned champ. If you liked You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, you’ll love this.
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