There are many aspects of life that we may not entirely be on top of, that can hold us back. These authors provide advice on how to shape your lives in a manner that will surely put you on the track to success. GRACESHIP has compiled a list of must-reads that cover several different facets of your lives that might be a little lack luster currently, or just need some revamping. So during your down time over the holidays, kick back and learn from these experts on where you can improve your life to reach your full potential.
A New York Best Seller, The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up is inspiring people world wide. We live in a world where excess is the norm. The days of one winter coat, three pairs of jeans, one pair of tennis shoes has long been gone. Today most people have the luxury of having a lot of everything. This creates continuous clutter in our lives. This clutter and disorganization can be quite overwhelming and stressful. Kondo provides her readers with a set of guidelines of how to become more organized. Her theory is that we should rid ourselves of everything that does not provide us with joy. This idea can be translated into many facets of life; that job that doesn’t make you happy, the friends you keep because they’ve been around forever, the significant other who you feel obligated to. It takes some self-reflection, but getting rid of or parting with people, things, or jobs that no longer spark joy within us will inevitably lift a weight off our shoulders. Without the burden of clutter in your life, we begin to see our world more clearly and can move in a more productive direction.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By: Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, did not make her way to the top of the corporate ladder without a lot of hardwork and determination. Lean In is a great piece of motivational literature for women who are starting out in their career. Sandberg advises women to stop making excuses for why they aren’t succeeding as well as their male counterparts. She says “lean in” and take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you. Sandberg explains that men are not as concerned as women are when it comes to being liked by their colleagues, and she believes this is why men move through a company more quickly. Be confident in your skills and experiences, take leaps, don’t make excuses, lean in instead of leaning back and you should find career success.
The Total Money Makeover
By: Dave Ramsey
For those of us still unsure of how to make the most of our money, Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover is sure to help. This book has firm rules of how your finances should be set up. This plan begins with $1,000 in an emergency fund, pay off all your debt, save up to 6 months worth of expenses, then start saving so you can pay for everything in cash. Ramsey is 100% against using credit cards and accumulating debt. This book is designed to help you generate wealth throughout your lifetime. Ramsey explains that the early you begin investing your money, the early you will be able to stop investing. He wants his readers to set themselves up for future financial success NOW. He has plans for retirement, savings, investment, and even education. What you do with your money today is preparing you for your life 20 years from now.
Sophia Amoruso, CEO & Founder of online retailer Nasty Gal, made her way into business on her own terms. Amoruso decided at an early age that she would not pursue a secondary education, but rather travel and do life her own way. Through the trials and tribulations of her life, Amoruso decided to embrace her distinctive style and values to create Nasty Gal. She expresses the importance of channeling your passions into hard work. Amoruso provides women with these three pieces of valuable advice, “ Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you.”. She encourages women to own their insecurities that they were letting get in the way of their success, and to make them work in their best favor. Amoruso wants women to live deliberate lives and to be the boss of their own life. Her book was voted as Goodreads Choice 2014 winner!
Nina DiSea’s writing in Seducing the Boys Club is very forward and blunt. She begins by stating three facts, “ Fact #1: Forty years after the feminist revolution, fewer than 2 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women.; Fact #2: The playing field is not level.; Fact #3: You need to get over this.” DiSea is a chairman of one of the world’s largest ad agency, so she obviously has faced the many hardships of being a female in this male dominated business era. This is why she wants to provide women with the how to’s of getting ahead in this world. She advises women to mesh together their female characteristics with the traits of their male counterparts in order to open opportunities for themselves. DiSea says to get ahead in this male dominated career arena, it is going to take some things you didn’t learn in business school, such as seduction and manipulation, S&M.