Hello SOTGC community,
This mug was given to me by the smartest woman I know – my mom. She realizes that I have what some may call an unhealthy addiction to individual development. I crave discussions and activities that result in a higher level of self-awareness. I binge read the newest leadership research, especially those that provide tips for shattering the glass ceiling without sacrificing personal joy. I have an unquenchable thirst for continuous growth – for becoming the best possible version of me at work and home.
I’m not looking for a support group or a twelve-step program to break my habit, though. If lovin’ self-improvement is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Yes, I just completely dated myself by referencing a song from 1972…just go with it.
Truth is, regardless of age, education, title, or experience, we are all works in progress. None of us is born with a Butterball-like timer that pops out when we’re fully cooked. As Michael Scott wrote, “the day we stop learning is the day we die.”
For me, one of the best ways to learn is to read an amazing book and then discuss it with other knowledge-thirsty women like myself. Here are five of my favorite books – ones that fed my self-improvement habit, and helped me grow both professionally and personally. If you haven’t read them yet, do yourself a favor and add them to your 2014 reading list. Better yet, start a discussion group that will multiply the learning experience tenfold.
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Brené Brown)
- How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life (Joanna Barsh and Susan Cranston)
- Bossypants(Tina Fey)
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Simon Sinek)
- The Power of Unpopular: A Guide to Building Your Brand for the Audience Who Will Love You (Erika Napoletano)
Just remember, when it comes to knowledge, stay thirsty my friends.
Please share your book recommendations for other SOTGC readers in the comments below.