Ready to ramp up your career game, but not ready to give up your personal life? Chasing success at work doesn’t necessarily mean donning a business suit, burning yourself out with long hours and never seeing family and friends. In most professions, including working as a Penny Miller Distributor, success means taking on your work charged with purpose and ambition. We’ve selected 5 great books we’ve read recently that help empower women with the fuel to succeed in the workforce, without the burnout. Each of these books is inspiring in its unique take on working life as a woman, whether it’s time management or risk taking. (And there’s even something for men to learn in these books, too.) Take a look.
- I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, Laura Vanderkam (2015)
Time management expert Laura Vaderkam studies 1001 days in the lives of women who balance bringing home the bacon (…or baby powder) and a healthy amount of family time, leisure time and down time. Laura smashes the myth that the ever-elusive work/life balance is impossible to achieve by peeking into the lives of women who manage jobs bringing in more than $100,000 per year, quality time with their children and partner and still have enough time left over for a social life and a decent night’s sleep.
- Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg (2013)
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead follows Sandberg’s immensely popular 2010 TED talk “Why we have too few women leaders”. As the COO of Facebook and former executive at Google, Sandberg has a unique insight into the lives of women in corporate power, and an interest in the way women “lean back” from leading at work. In Lean In, Sandberg uses personal experience and fact-based research to encourage women to “lean in” to the conversations happening at work and be present, ready, and willing to lead to achieve career success.
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Arianna Huffington (2014)
Arianna Huffington joins Sheryl Sandberg as one of the most influential women in business and in modern media. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post has written several books about business, corporate greed and politics, but none has shared the success of Thrive, an empowering read dedicated to redefining success to fit into the modern landscape.
- Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya (2014)
This collection of candid anecdotes, essays and interviews from hundreds of women in technology reveals what it takes – and what it doesn’t take – to be successful in a traditionally male-dominated arena. This book is less didactic than it is a series of brief escapes into the successes, failures, challenges, chances and strategies of women who have gained ground in innovative industries by starting from grassroots.
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brené Brown (2012)
While many business books somewhat singularly encourage the drive to succeed, have gusto, display confidence and take bold risks, this New York Times bestseller acknowledges the vulnerability and emotional exposure that comes with “daring greatly”. Dr Brown challenges the likening of vulnerability to weakness and reinvents what it means to be courageous in the modern era.
If you’re ready to ramp up your career game, join Penny Miller as a Distributor to start determining your own hours and working close to home. Plus, you’ll even get to work on your fitness while working (how’s that for time management?). Be your own boss; join Penny Miller today.