5 Books to Boost Your Career Confidence
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5 Books to Boost Your Career Confidence

by Justine Figueroa
Photos Devron Enarson | September 08, 2015

NO MATTER WHAT POINT YOU'RE AT IN YOUR CAREER, KNOW THAT YOU CAN TURN TO THESE POWERFUL WOMEN AND THEIR STORIES FOR INSPIRATION. 

Whether you’re new to your workplace or are a seasoned veteran of your industry, feeling completely confident in your career can be really difficult. Sometimes when you’re doubting yourself, no one can get through to lift you back up. When you’re unsure of yourself and in need of a pick-me-up, there’s nothing like a good book to bring you back from the brink. These books, penned by experts in their fields, are sure to set you on the right track and give you the boost of confidence you’ve needed.

When you’re unsure of yourself and in need of a pick-me-up, there’s nothing like a good book to bring you back from the brink. 

THE CONFIDENCE CODE: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF SELF ASSURANCE - WHAT WOMEN SHOULD KNOW 

Before writing The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Kitty Kay worked as journalists with access to successful women from a variety of industries. After having the chance to talk to so many women, Shipman, an ABC News reporter, and Kay, an anchor for BBC, discovered that a vast majority faced crippling self-doubt. They battled the emotional pull of their home lives while trying to climb the ladder and be successful at work, only to be bypassed by their male coworkers.

Shipman and Kay sat down for dinner one night and decided to write the book to share the secrets of confidence in the workplace. They discuss “imposter syndrome” and the feeling that you’re just never good enough. They researched the psychological reasons that men project more confidence than women and how people can learn to develop self-assurance as a skill, rather than a personality trait. If you’re tired of second guessing yourself and are ready to stop faking confidence and start feeling it, this book will show you exactly how to do it.

QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING 

Susan Cain’s New York Times Bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking explores the disparity between introverts and extroverts in the workplace and society, along with the idea that introverts are somehow inferior. Cain did extensive research on biology, psychology, neuroscience and evolution and found introversion to be a commonality that many creatives throughout history shared.

Thrive shatters the myth that women have to work themselves to the bone in order to be as successful as men.

Cain considers the idea that extroverts are more valuable than introverts to be a great diversity issue in the workplace. She believe that introverts are not given the same opportunities as extroverts because our culture favors extroverted personalities. Cain explores the difference in temperament from every angle from brain chemistry to personal relationships. If you’re interested in psychology and how differing personalities function best in work and life, you’ll be intrigued by Cain’s work.

THRIVE: THE THIRD METRIC TO REDEFINING SUCCESS AND CREATING A LIFE OF WELL-BEING, WISDOM AND WONDER

Celebrated journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington was inspired to write her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, after a traumatic experience in her office at the Huffington Post. She collapsed and hit her face on the corner of her desk, resulting in a huge gash, a blood soaked floor and a lot of worry. After visiting doctors and wondering what mysterious illness caused this, she was diagnosed with exhaustion.

This led Huffington to unplug from her all-consuming job and reconnect with herself. Thrive shatters the myth that women have to work themselves to the bone in order to be as successful as men. {Click to Tweet} It explores the importance of living a life outside of work and encourages you to take a break in order to avoid burnout. If you feel yourself being sucked in by the corporate machine and are at your breaking point, this book will give you the motivation you need to find yourself again, outside of the office.

#GIRLBOSS

If you’re at the start of your career and are looking for a book to motivate you to pursue your passion, #GIRLBOSS is exactly what you need. {Click to Tweet} The memoir of Sophia Amoruso, CEO of online fashion giant Nasty Gal, #GIRLBOSS will set you on the right track by telling you everything Amoruso did wrong. The book will tell you all about her struggles to build what is now an incredibly successful e-commerce fashion business from its humble beginnings as an eBay shop.

According to Amoruso, a #GIRLBOSS is, “someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.” That sounds like what most of us aspire to, whether you work in the fashion industry or not. #GIRLBOSS will inspire you to hustle hard, get your finances in order and to create the career that you want. Amoruso’s strong voice will make you feel like all of this is truly achievable.  If you’re a bit rebellious and want a career that’s just off the beaten path, this book will put you in an ultra-driven mindset that will help you go after what you want fearlessly.

#GIRLBOSS will inspire you to hustle hard, get your finances in order and to create the career that you want. 

LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK AND THE WILL TO LEAD

In her first book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, shares insights about what it’s like to work in a male-dominated field. She explores the way sexism pervades the workplace, often in unexpected ways. The book’s practical advice aims to help you learn to use your voice and be heard in situations where you may feel devalued based on your gender.

Sandberg also tackles various ways that women can balance their work and home lives.  This essay collection with anecdotes from Arianna Huffington, Judy Rodin, Peggy McIntosh and many others examines the gender gap from every angle. If you’re nervous about starting your career in a traditional field or are tired of feeling voiceless at work, this book will help you face your conservative, male-dominated office with confidence. {Click to Tweet}

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