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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

10 Books Every Young Black Woman Needs to Read in Order to SLAY

10 Books Every Young Black Woman Needs to Read in Order to SLAY

Slay: Killed it. Succeed in something amazing. (urban dictionary)

In a world where the #BeyHive reigns supreme; everyone wants to possess the superpower to SLAY. Whether it’s informing your hairdresser to slay your hair to the Gawds or with a new dress from Forever 21; the objective is always to kill it. With our careers, business, relationships, and spirituality hold no exception to this rule.

When we pick up a book it allows us to stretch beyond our current knowledge and begin to think out of the box. As an African American woman it seems to be more challenging for us as we have to fight against BOTH minorities (woman and ethnicity). Many of us want to SLAY throughout our life but have no idea of how to start. Well girl here is the ammo to slay your year…I mean knowledge IS power.

    Fervent

    by Pricilla Shirer

    Is it just me or when I pray I can get in a habit and it becomes very generic. You know, like the little books that you buy for a newborn. (well unless suffering from a major hangover and promise God that I will NEVER do it again…he still working on me).

    Based on the movie War Room Pricilla lays out a very practical and strategic plan for prayer. She provides a step by step guide to fight the real enemy (Satan) that includes scripture, relatable situations (even the friend that you can’t stand), and cards in which you are able to create your own prayer wall. After completion you will feel equiped to guard yourself from any attack that heads your way.

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      The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

      by Tamara Winfrey Harris

      “What’s wrong with the black woman? Simple answer: Not a damned thing. We’re not perfect, but we’re no more flawed than anyone else…..We have facets like diamonds. The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.” – Tamara Winfrey Harris

      Seriously if I could Oprah this book (you get this book, you get this book, evvvvvveerrry body gets this book) for every Black woman I really would (let me put this on my to do list). Why? If you don’t understand your history you allow ANYONE (the media especially) to tell you who you are, how you’re supposed to feel and act. So instead of embracing it…self-hate takes over.

      Tamara Winfrey Harris takes us on a trip back in history and acquaints us with the origins of the stereotypes: Mammy, Sapphire, and the Jezebel. She explores deep into the various connotations within every aspect of life; from beauty, sex and marriage to strength. Interviewing women with different backgrounds, ages, and walks of life you see that we all face the same -ish.

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        Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

        by Shonda Rhimes

        Shonda Rhimes the creator of everyone’s’ favorite shows (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Grey’s Anatomy) shares as only she can how one statement from her sister changed her life. In a very transparent, witty way, and along with the right dash of humor, Shonda shows us how to become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

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          The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

          by Elaine Meryl Brown Marsha Haygood, Rhonda Joy McLean

          With so many strikes against us from the jump; navigating the business world is a little different for us than what our counterparts face. You don’t want to get the label of being a mad black woman but you don’t want to be a doormat either. These three highly successful African American executives share their advice on how to make it to the top. As they describe it “a mentor in your pocket.”

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            The Personal Touch

            by Terrie Williams

            When at the bottom our dreams can seem as if they are too far out of reach. Terrie Williams shows how she created a powerhouse PR firm representing large names such as Eddie Murphey from nothing but a dream. It doesn’t matter where you start from but you can make your goals and dreams reality with just a little bit of the personal touch.

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              All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life

              by Debrena Jackson Gandy

              Girl, after I read this book I wanted to run outside and hit a number from “You Got Served” in the rain. Filled with personal stories Debrena Jackson Gandy instructs us on how to transform our life. Not just any transformation but starting on the inside to free yourself in order to reach your highest potential.

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                What I Know For Sure

                by Oprah Winfrey

                How could this be a list to slay your year without including Auntie O (Well Oprah is my Aunt in my head). Even years after the Oprah Show concluded she continues to drop several gems in this easy to read goodie. Oprah shares from past life lessons in an essay format divided into several themes to encourage us to be the best version of ourselves.

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                  The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now

                  by Meg Jay

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                  This book was one of the first to let me know “hey girl you need to get your life together.” Even though it low key called me out it also showed me that I was not alone. People continue to rely the message that our 20 something years are a time to turn up and be wild. But Meg Jay communicates that we should make the most of our time instead of throwing down the drain. Why wait later when you can act NOW. The stories from her clients are so relatable that I saw myself in each one (talk about being all in my Kool aid).

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                    Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money

                    by Lois P. Frankel

                    Nobody wants to be broke? Well at least that is what we say. But do our words match our actions (let me answer for you…NO). Especially as women we are taught negative messages regarding money at an early age; i.e. to let the man handle finances. Lois Frankel provides us with tips to get our finances all the way together. My favorite part was how to negotiate for the pay that we DESERVE rather than accept anything.

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                      You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

                      by Jen Sincero

                      I’m pretty sure that I have given my copy of this book out close to 34032895 times. To say that I loved it would be an understatement.  In hilarious chapters Jen teaches us to identify bad self-talk, and to take action in order to create the life that we want NOW! And to never forget to always LOVE YOURSELF!

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                      Whoop there it is! Pick up a copy of these options and let me know what you think. I know there are TONS more that are out there; feel free to share what books have allowed you to succeed AMAZINGLY!  Would love to hear from you…drop your suggestions in the comment section!

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                      Last Updated on September 26, 2018

                      10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                      10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                      If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. Sometimes you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life. If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out in the quote below, you are going have to experience discomfort and pain in order to transform your life. Any change, whether it be an organisation or personal, can be a painful process. However, the rewards of going through the change process are priceless.

                      “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

                      There are two specific events that threw my life into a tailspin, where for a while there it felt like I was losing control. These two events were, the sudden and tragic loss of my parents, and being made redundant three times in eighteen months.

                      With the third redundancy, I was at my lowest point in my life. I felt utterly useless. My self-confidence was at zero, and I could see no future for me.

                      My life was turned upside down. I knew that I had to turn it around. I just didn’t know how.

                      Then one wet Sunday afternoon, I picked up a book from my bookshelf called ,“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. I had this book for at least a year and had been meaning to read it, but hadn’t gone anywhere near a book for months.

                      When I read this book, I decided that I needed to get my life back. I needed to learn how to heal and rebuild my confidence, as well as my self belief.

                      So I started to read books. I read lots of books about inspirational stories on life, love, and happiness. Personal development and motivational books were full of information, tools, and strategies about how I could take control back and change my life. I would like to share with you the inspirational messages I got from reading these ten books that changed my life.

                      Read these 10 books because I believe they will inspire you, motivate you, and show you how to take action and go change your life!

                        Awaken The Giant Within

                        by Anthony Robbins
                        The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

                        “You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

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                          Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life

                          by Richard Branson
                          Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

                          This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

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                          “As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

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                            The Art of Happiness

                            by Dalai Lama

                            There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

                            “The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

                            Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

                            “Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

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                              The Four Agreements

                              by Don Miguel Ruiz

                              “The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

                              “The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

                              “If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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                                The Magic of Thinking Big

                                by David J Schwartz

                                According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

                                The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

                                “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

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                                  Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You

                                  by Deepak Chopra

                                  Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

                                  Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

                                  “The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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                                    The Greatest Salesman In The World

                                    by Og Mandino

                                    This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

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                                    This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

                                    The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

                                    “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

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                                      Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

                                      by Richard Carlson

                                      This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

                                      “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

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                                        Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

                                        by Chip & Dan Heath

                                        Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

                                        If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

                                        In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

                                        Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

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                                        This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

                                        “When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

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                                          The Gifts of Imperfection

                                          by Brene Brown

                                          Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

                                          Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

                                          Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

                                          This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

                                          “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

                                          These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered hope for my future. I found my courage, strength, and my self-belief. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to take up the challenge and change your life.

                                          “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

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