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I didn’t take personal development very seriously until this past year. In fact, I was once a Beachbody coach and my mentor raved about PD. She even sent me a book as a gift, which quickly got shoved in the bookcase of rejects. And for quite some time, I never listened to a podcast, watched a TED talk or read a book on personal development.It took me some time to find my style. And let me tell you, just because a book is a best seller and renowned as the greatest personal development book of all time, doesn’t mean it will inspire or motivate you. You have to find your style. Feel connected to the author. Really imagine that they are talking to you.
So, I hit up my local library, Amazon, and some of dear book junkie friends. I asked about their favorite “young-minded” PD books. I took note of the books mentioned in some of my favorite TED talks. And in the end, the winning ticket was just reading a lot. I would make it through 30-40 pages and decide if the book was something I could really get into or not.
What I’ve come away with are a few really great personal development books for millennial women that offer real, actionable advice in a way that doesn’t make your eyes heavy from boredom. Have you read a few of those heavy eyes books? I know I have.
Personal Development Books for Millennial Women
Nicole Lapin is one of those women who you want to be just like, but might not want to admit to. She’s sassy, extremely smart, beautiful, and blunt as hell.
Boss Bitch is brand new and I expect it to be a bestseller. Nicole’s voice in this book is very personal. For a moment, I forgot she was a best-selling author and thought she was just another of my foul-mouthed girlfriends. Her tone is very conversational, and for lack of a better phrase, very unprofessional, which I like. It makes it more enjoyable and makes it easy to fly through the content.
She breaks this book down into three different sections, including Boss of Yourself, Boss at Your Job, and Boss of Your Own Business. She gives practical and actionable advice for each section. In a male lead corporate world, this was a nice splash of hope and inspiration for the women who aspire to do big things with their careers. While it’s geared towards those just entering the workforce, I think any woman, at any stage in her life, could gain some insight with this book.
I may be a bit bias, as I love Gabrielle Bernstein. She’s got a wonderful attitude and she’s super relatable– take a minute to watch her on YouTube and you will see what I mean.
This book is just one of many of her self-help and self-discovery books. I like this book because it offers a step-by-step 30 days action plan to happiness. She’s very into spirituality and talks deeply about the power of meditation, and becoming a miracle maker.
Gabrielle makes you look at your life from an outside point of view, point out what’s wrong, and then guide you through how to change it. In this book, it’s all about changing a negative mindset. Even if you don’t think you’re that negative, Gabby may give you a wake-up call to the negative things you are thinking and doing throughout the day that are having a negative impact on your life. I was really surprised, and honestly, a little offended at first when I realized that she was right. It’s a great, easy read, and worth the small cost.
Millennial ladies, regardless of your personal situation, you are going to want to read this book for one reason: Ann Shoket. Hello, Seventeen Magazine? Yeah, remember that. Ann is the head cheese…well the editor-in-chief.
For that same reason, this book is exactly what our generation needs. She’s empowering and upliftings. She’s encouraging, talks about ‘girl-squad’, and makes it clear that your happiness is a top priority.
I blazed through this book in matter of two afternoons, and when I was done I was confident enough to apply for Harvard Law and ask Ed Sheeran on a date. Okay, maybe not, but this book left me with the mindset that if I wanted it, I could get it. We need more of that in our society. Ann is a great role model for how women should treat one another.
Aside from books, you can get delve into personal development with Podcasts, TED Talks, and online courses. Check out Creativelive.com for a crapload of amazing courses in every area you can imagine. They offer free live classes from experts and paid on-demand courses for just about anything. Photography, business, happiness, crafts, Etsy, calligraphy, etc.
I don’t care how you get it in [we’re talking about PD], just get it in, often. You will find you are happier, more confident, and reaching your goals at a quicker pace when you practice personal development often.