With everything that’s going on in the world right now, the only thing that’s certain is uncertainty. With the gravity of the ongoing pandemic and businesses crumbling worldwide, it’s natural to fall into the trap of obsessing over the future.
Whether you’re losing sleep over the health and safety of your loved ones, struggling with financial stress, have recently been made redundant, or concerned about the future of your job, excessive stress can impact your mental health and physical health in a major way.
It’s okay to feel unmotivated and uninspired at a time like this, but lifting your spirits is vital. While escaping into fantasy via books, movies, or feel-good podcasts seem like the obvious cure to uncomfortable mood swings, there’s no better way to inject yourself with much-needed motivation than flipping through the stories of inspiring women whose path to success has been anything but a bed of roses.
Humorous, empowering, and inspiring, these books by iconic women like Michelle Obama and Mindy Kaling highlight their journeys to success, with lessons on overcoming obstacles included.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates
In her moving book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates shares the lessons she learned from the people that she met through her philanthropic work and travels around the globe. As a global advocate for women, Gates opens her book with this powerful message: “That is why I had to write this book — to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.” Introducing readers to inspiring women and their stories, she proves that lifting others up truly makes the world a better place for all of us.
‘The Moment of Lift’ by Melinda Gates
by Michelle Obama
As the former First Lady of the United States to a powerful advocate for women’s rights in the US and beyond, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most compelling women of the era. But who was Michelle Obama before she became an icon for thousands of women? What was her journey like? What were the experiences that shaped her? Her memoir, Becoming, is an honest and witty account of her triumphs and disappointments, from childhood to motherhood to living at the most famous address in the world.
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling
It is notoriously difficult for women and minorities to achieve success in Hollywood. As a woman (and especially as a woman of color), actor and writer Mindy Kaling emerges triumphant as an anomaly. In her book Why Not Me?, Kaling pens her experiences, beginning with a complex childhood to navigating success in an industry prejudiced towards pre-set beauty standards. She tells the tale with her typical wit and transparent nature — lucky breaks, identity issues, body issues, and romantic relationships included.
‘Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert, best known for the New York Times bestseller Eat Pray Love, is a world-renowned author and journalist. Needless to say, creativity has been the driving force behind her award-winning career. In her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, she shares her unique take on creativity and offers valuable insights on the nature of inspiration. Urging readers to embrace their curiosity, she professes that creativity resides in each one of us in one form or another. She further discusses the attitudes and habits that we must adopt in order to face and overcome our fears.
‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
Leave Your Mark
by Aliza Licht
In a world with cut-throat competition, the importance of communicating and building your own personal brand cannot be emphasized enough. While branding yourself is hardly a piece of cake, Aliza Licht – popularly known as fashion’s favorite ‘PR girl’– knows all the tricks to successful communication and offers guidance on the topic through her book Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. Packed with invaluable advice and insider secrets, Licht delivers indispensable guidance for people starting new careers or looking to pivot to a new one.
‘Leave Your Mark’ by Aliza Licht