The 9 Essential Books To Read When You Need A Career Pick Me Up

We’ve all been there. Maybe you’re just in a rut, or maybe you’re trying to decide if this is the right job for you. or searching for deeper meaning in your career. Whatever the reason, when you need a career pick-me-up, it’s hard to figure out where to turn. We’re a big fan of turning to a good book for inspiration so log into your Amazon account, get these books, snuggle up in your favorite chair and get reading! P.S. All these books are written by, you guessed it, WOMEN!

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

First things first, let’s get you back to a positive mindset. Sincero will give you the entertaining, inspiring, and real guide to creating a life you love and making some money along the way. By the end, you’ll learn who you are, why you are, how to love yourself, and how to change the things you’re not too fond of. Plus, you’ll feel like such a badass that no career rut can ruin your mojo. Buy on Amazon.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Did you really think we wouldn’t include Sheryl on our list?! Lean In was one of the first publications to revisit the conversation around women in the workplace and we believe Sheryl has a critical point of view. Learn to seek challenges, risks, and opportunities and pull up a seat at the table. Reach your full potential and a ton of insight in Sheryl’s incredible novel. Buy on Amazon.

Refuse To Choose by Barbara Sher

This is for all you ladies who are still saying “I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.” Don’t worry, we’ve met women from ages 23 to 55 who say the same thing! Barbara Sher will take you on a journey to learn how to use all of your passions, hobbies, and interests to create a life and career that you love. Plus, you’ll get insight on how to finish what you’ve started, how to do it all, and what type of “Scanner” you are. You can purchase Refuse To Choose on Amazon.

Pivot by Jenny Blake

Considering a career change? You need to pick up Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One. What’s next? is the question that former Google training and career development specialist has you ask throughout this book. No matter your job, age, income, etc, Pivot will teach you to experiment, take risks, double down on your current strengths, and scan for opportunities. Pick up Pivot on Amazon.

This Is How We Rise by Claudia Chan

It’s time to reach your highest potential and This Is How We Rise will help you do just that. Shift to a “me for we” mindset to understand how you can lead mission based organizations to find fulfillment and lead your life’s purpose. . Claudia Chan’s book will help you get the power to lead change and reach the success you’ve been striving for your entire career. Buy it on Amazon.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes should be every badass woman’s idol and her book, Year of Yes, will guide you to learn to dance it out, stand in the sun, and be your own person. I mean, who wouldn’t take advice from the showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder? This is Yes Man meets the 2018 female. Get it on Amazon.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Creatives, this one is for you! But also for everyone else. Big Magic will take you on a journey to learn how to live creatively without fear. Gilbert’s wisdom will inspire you no matter what goal you’re trying to reach or what journey you're on. You will learn to infuse your day with passion, mindfulness, wonder, and joy. Pick it up on Amazon.

Pause by Rachel O’Meara

Break time! Yep, you heard it. It’s break time and you need one. Really! Pause by Rachel O’Meara will teach you the life-changing power of a break. You’ll learn the signs you need a “pause”, how to do it mindfully and the excitement that comes after clearing your mind and returning to reality. Amazon has it for only $6.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Researcher, Dr. Brene Brown, has learned that vulnerability isn’t weak but in fact the strongest form of courage. Daring Greatly will help you find strength in vulnerability and use that to transform the way you love, live, parent, and lead. Start the year by reading Daring Greatly and find the courage to be authentically you.Get it on Amazon.

Ready to take the challenge? Join us on Goodreads and let’s make 2018 the year we get that career pick-me-up! You can make purchasing easy by getting them all right here.

Bonus Book! Buy Low, Sell High by Dr. Phillip Young

While this isn’t written by a woman, it is written by one of our favorite Career Experts at The Forem. Finance is one area of development for women and a place where men compete more effectively. Financial fluency and business acumen is a critical skill to access corporate leadership roles and run a successful business. Dr. Young makes finance accessible to everyone, grab it on Amazon

Alli Young