Need Some Motivation? Read These

8 March, 2018
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Need Some Motivation? Read These

Get your #girlboss on…


Need some inspo? Sometimes it helps to take a leaf out of someone else’s book – literally. While it occasionally feels like most books in this genre recycle the same cheesy messages, our hand-picked selection features a diverse range of authors, all with different experiences to share and learn from. Whether you’re after some professional motivation or some general life inspo, these reads have all of your needs covered.

Read more: Your New Year’s Reading List

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Creativity, Inc - Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull

Creativity, Inc is a first-hand account of a company that thrives on creativity, teamwork and the mistakes required to build it. Wallace and Catmull prove that not only does the true magic of Pixar films lie in the people who create them, but that leadership stems from inspiring the best in others and letting them inspire the best in you. In this unexpectedly moving book about leading and learning, it is clear that honesty and curiosity lead to the greatest outcomes and, above all, teamwork truly does make the dream work.

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Bossypants - Tina Fey

Fancy a lighthearted read? Heartfelt, anecdotal and laugh-out-loud funny, Fey’s acclaimed memoir is refreshingly honest and to the point. Love her or hate her, Fey knows a thing or two about making it in a competitive and traditionally male-dominated industry, with the added challenge of balancing motherhood with a demanding line of work. This tongue-in-cheek book is sure to inspire you to be your best self and have plenty of fun along the way!

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Option B - Sheryl Sandberg

Sometimes it’s not always about powering ahead and making it work for you, but figuring out what to do (or how to cope) in the face of tragedy. In a similar vein to the monumental Lean In, it’s clear that success stems from supporting each other – whether it be in the workplace or in times of sadness and adversity. With the help of a top psychology professor, Sandberg shares how tragedy taught her to be more empathetic and to accept help (at the expense of pride); most importantly, she proves that in times of need, we can derive strength from ourselves and from each other.

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The Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes

Written by Hollywood heavy-hitter Shonda Rhimes (the mastermind behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, just to name a few), The Year of Yes is a celebration of being comfortable with discomfort and pushing your boundaries. In this refreshing tell-all, Rhimes is unapologetic and honest about her past mistakes and the flaws she is yet to overcome. This read also shows that even if you feel like everything is running smoothly,  there is no shame in tuning into your emotions and doing what is truly best for you.

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It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) - Nora McInerny Purmort

Speaking from personal experience after enduring and overcoming multiple tragedies in the same year, this book will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. While it’s confronting and scary to allow yourself to be vulnerable, McInerny Purmort shows that it’s crucial to be honest about your emotions, particularly with yourself. In the most heart-wrenching way possible, this memoir proves that even if life deals you a bad hand, perseverance is central to overcoming hardship.

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Why Not Me? - Mindy Kaling

After a proper laugh-out-loud memoir? A follow up to the 2011 bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Kaling’s latest book delves a little deeper into her work life and the pressure she faces as a woman of colour in the entertainment industry. This collection of essays is equal parts hilarious, genuine and candid – but, candor aside, Kaling makes no excuses for her shortcomings, nor does she underplay her successes and the hard work required to make them happen.

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Grit – Angela Lee Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth unearths the real secret to success, and has the stats to prove it. Succinct, easy to understand and relatable, this memoir expands upon Duckworth’s powerful TED talk and proves that grit (a combination of passion and purpose) almost always trumps gifts. Additionally, Duckworth shows that the ability to deal with failure, perseverance and following the path you love (even if it’s a more difficult path to pursue) are statistically proven to lead to success.The book even includes a ‘Grit Test’ so you can determine how naturally persevering you are!

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