A few years ago, I made a New Year affirmation to read at least 5 motivational books a year. I enjoy reading books of varying topics and interests. You’ll never guess all of the books I have read over the last few years! Here are 5 books that have impacted my life well after I had turned the last page:
1. Destiny– Written by T.D. Jakes, I still revisit this book from time to time. This book is on the top of my list because it is one I read this year. This book touched me so much that I’m actually giving one away! Destiny truly inspired me to continue to walk in my purpose. I could not even sum up this book in a few sentences. It is simply life-changing and provides clarity in your journey towards defining your vision and walking in your purpose. “Steps create readiness.” Sometimes we want to skip to the top floor, but it is those steps that grow us. T.D. Jakes encourages readers to walk in their purpose and realize that the time will pass anyway if you choose not to chase after your dreams, your vision, your purpose…
2. Act Like a Success– Written by Steve Harvey, this is one book that had plenty jewels of inspiration. Many may laugh at Steve Harvey on his failed attempts at marriage and his one-sized fits all approach to dating. However, Act Like a Success shared a glimpse of his struggle and inspritational story to fame and wealth. You cannot deny Steve’s ethics. Act Like a Success reminds me of a TED talk I watched a few years ago that was about body language. You have to fake it till you make it. You have to put in the work. I like to say you have to “faith” it until you make it. Further, faith without works is dead. To become a success, you must do successful things. You must make choices and take chances even when you are not sure of the outcome.
3. Daring Greatly– Written by Brene Brown, this book taught me that it is perfectly okay to be vulnerable. I recall a quote from Brene Brown on one of Oprah’s OWN specials: “Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we can experience. If we cannot experience joy, we start dress rehearsing tragedy.” Sometimes things can seem like they are too good to be true. We may anxiously wait for the rug to be pulled from underneath us. We must be able to bask in the joyous moments. It is in those moments we can build up courage and strength if an unfortunate situation presents itself. Daring Greatly teaches you that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
4. The Wealth Choice– Written by Dennis Kimbro, I actually gifted this book to my not-so-little-anymore brother. In the book, Dennis shared the success secrets of black millionaires. I enjoyed reading about the backstory of millionaires and their road to success. The Wealth Choice was a really good read and makes you realize that you have the same amount of time as some of your favorite celebrities and business men/women. Being a millionaire may not be your goal, however, wealth is something that we can all strive towards.
5. The Professional Women’s Guide to Managing Men– Written by Anna Runyan, I read this book prior to entering into a managerial-related position. Yes, I know the title may be cliche but it was definitely an easy read that had a lasting impact on how I wanted to present myself as a manager. Obviously, there is no one size fits all for managing the opposite sex, or same sex, for that matter. However, it can definitely be a useful professional tool as you rise up the ranks as a business woman. As a professional woman myself, I interact with employees of varying levels from entry level to CEOs. I found this book useful and insightful. What are some of your favorite books? Comment below. Be sure to subscribe for notification of future blog posts.
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