Sophia Amoruso’s made quite a splash a few years ago; she tells an honest and absolutely inspiring story about her journey towards establishing Nasty Gal, a multi-million dollar fashion company. Some fantastic pieces of advice Sophia highlights in her book are, “A #Girlboss knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them” and “fortune favors the bold who get shit done.” Her book also offers practical life advice, and emphasizes how important it is to not always worry about what other people think and to know when to move on from failure.
Lean In is one of those books that every women in the workforce should read. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, examines all of the barriers that prevent women from reaching top positions in various job sectors. It’s no surprise that women face a ton of sexism in the workforce and also often have to bear the brunt of childcare, but her book really highlights just how much traditional gender roles are preventing women from receiving leadership roles. Sheryl also discusses how much women need to “lean in” at the table more; as she states, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.” If you want to learn how to build your confidence and stop holding yourself back, I highly recommend picking up this book.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post wrote this self-help book on the importance of emphasizing self-care and not becoming a workaholic. She decided to write this book after she fainted from exhaustion, hit her head on her desk, and woke up in a pool of her own blood; after this happened, she decided to reexamine her life and realized that she needed to integrate sleep, digital detox, and meditation into her life. I came across this book during my first year of graduate school, when I was staying up late trying to complete problem sets every night and being insanely exhausted in class the next day. Ever since I’ve read this book, I’ve tried go to bed earlier and make sure that I take care of my body. After all, one cannot become a #Girlboss without being 100 percent charged.
I’m a massive Tina Fey fan and loved reading about her career journey. There aren’t too many female comedians out there, and it’s really interesting to read about the various problems that Tina faced as a woman trying to make it in a traditionally male industry. This book is hilarious and Tina gives some fantastic life advice. Some of my favorite quotes from the book are: “There are no mistakes, only opportunities,” and “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” Also, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one; Tina narrates it and she’s incredibly engaging.
There are many more books out there about how to become a #Girlboss, gain confidence in the workplace, and learn how to balance work and social life — but these are the four that have most helped me. I’m not the most confident of people, especially at work where I’m usually the youngest person in the room, but the one thing that I’ve learned from all of these books is the importance of speaking up and not being afraid of contributing to the discussion. Yes, most of the time you won’t say something earth-shattering, but in the end, it’ll pay off to not be a wallflower.