YNTL reads – 5 must read books for every ambitious woman
Ever since I was a little girl I was intrigued by libraries and books. With my big imagination I could lose myself for hours in reading books. My favorite movie was (and still is) Beauty and the Beast. And especially the part when Belle enters the gigantic library which the Beast shows her too steal her heart. Well, that’s a good move dear Beast, I can relate to Belle’s reaction. And I pretty much had the same one when my husband took me to a similar library where I stayed for 5 hours.
Climbing the little wooden stairs as you can see on the picture and going through the books made me think about all the books that I’ve read and still want to read. And in these current times of the corona crisis where we need to make the best out of the situation the read-fever creeped up on me again. So that’s the intro to this post!
5 books to keep your energy and motivation on point and to help you to stand your ground in these turbulent times.
This is my go to book when it comes to kicking yourself to the butt.
Even the most confident women experience self-doubt every now and then. But worrying about what other people think of you gets in the way of your own happiness.
Negative thoughts about yourself are holding you back from being the badass you really are.
If you feel that you are an undiscovered genius lost in the daily grind of a dead-end job, you need to ask yourself, “What’s holding me back?”. Most likely it is you- or, more specifically, your negative beliefs about yourself.
The truth is that what we believe about ourselves is largely based on the messages with which we have been bombarded since we were very young. These messages are lodged in your subconscious mind. Quick example, let’s say that your parents might have told you that nobody in the family has ever been good at making money, that it is just the way it is. The more you hear this message, the more likely it becomes that your subconscious and therefore you- “ will conclude that you can’t make money.
This book shows you that if you want to have the life you want, you have to start living for yourself and do what you love doing. I promise, you’ll have a better life if you if you stop worrying about all the rest and start with YOU.
2. StraightLine Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent – Dusan Djukich’s
How to get to where you want, A to B, as fast as possible? Yep, in a Straight-Line. Sounds simple, but it’s not easy.
This book gives you all the tools to live a powerful life, businesswise and personal. The book is divided in 50 distinctions which you can read in any order that is most valuable for you. Oh and the book itself is a beauty to leave on your coffee table.And for the Dutchies, if you are interested in learning more, there is a possibility to download the first 5 distinctions via https://www.thrive.eu/product/straight-line-leadership-nl/.
And now in these critical times they are providing live streaming to all the Dutch entrepreneurs to give them the tools they need to keep their cool during these Corona-times.
You can sign up for the Black Swan Project via https://www2.thrive.eu/black-swan-project
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
In this generation-defining self-help guide,Mark cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we have been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says .
“Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” He tells it like it is”a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.Â The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckis his antidote to the coddling, lets-all-feel-good mindset that has infectedÂ modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited ””not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckis a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
4. Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill
This book is a game changer. It absolute played a big part in my path into becoming an entrepreneur. Napoleon Hill wrote this book that was inspired by the Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. He researched more than forty millionaires to find out what made them the way that they are. In this book he imparts that knowledge to you. Once you’ve read this book you will understand what gives certain people an edge over everyone else.While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want.
Running a business, being a wife, mom and a social human being, the world sometimes tends to move fast. But this doesn’t mean that we have to. This books has helped me to slow down, take a breath, stand still and makes me realize how blessed I am.
By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas – including relationships, love, and spirituality – Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves. Also the illustrations are a little piece of art.
It was very hard to pick just 5 books, my list of books and want-to-reads keeps on growing.
I am curious, what is your favorite?
Have a great weekend and if you are going to pick one up of the my top 5, enjoy enjoy enjoy!