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7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

A great book can be life-changing. How many of the following have you read? Whether you want to feel stronger, more ambitious or more in control of your love life you should check out these awesome books written to inspire and guide women everywhere. If a book has really changed your life, don’t forget to recommend it to other women you know. Sometimes, one of the best gifts you can give someone else is the gift of knowledge.

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

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    Tina Fey is one of the most inspiring women currently working in the entertainment industry. Her book encourages and lifts up all women, especially those trying to ‘make it’ in a creative field. Fey maintains that you haven’t really succeeded until someone calls you ‘bossy,’ and her story is a refreshing warts-and-all tale of one woman’s long, hard journey to the top of her profession.

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    ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg

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      Traditionally, women have been reluctant to take on leadership roles. Sandberg discusses why this has been the case, and encourages a new generation of female leaders to claim positions of power in their organizations. The book is a testament to what women can achieve when they discard outdated gender roles.

      ‘He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys’ by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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        This book is famous for ‘telling it like it is’ when it comes to understanding men and dating. By instructing women how they tell when a guy isn’t into them, the authors empower them to move onto someone better who can deliver the relationship they really deserve. Once you have read this book, you will never again wonder whether a man is really ‘into you’.

        ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay

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          Many women carry around excessive emotional baggage that can stop them moving forward and going after what they really want in life. In this book, Hay demonstrates exactly how we can move past old hurts, live more peacefully, and create a happier future. No matter what has happened, Hay explains that there is every reason to be optimistic about what is to come. As long as you are willing to confront your past and put in the required effort, you really can heal your life.

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          ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

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            If you struggle with fear on a daily basis to the extent that it is preventing you from living up to your full potential, you need to read this book. Gilbert, author of famous memoir ‘Eat Pray Love,’ is an expert in teaching women how to push past their anxieties and create a life that truly excites and stimulates them.

            ‘Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself’ by Melody Beattie

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              Many women struggle with putting their emotional needs and well being before the needs of their relatives and partners. At the same time, they place too much emphasis on what others think of them. This book explains how to break free of codependency and to separate your own wants, feelings and desires from those around you. This will in turn make you happier, as you come to depend less on what others think of you.

              ‘Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life’ by Glennon Doyle Melton

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                This book will encourage you to accept that life is seldom perfect, and that it’s fine to be unsure as to what to do next! Learn how to accept reality and take healthy, pro-active steps to change your life for the better. This book will help you relax when it comes to the ‘big issues’ of motherhood, marriage, community and friendship.

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                Last Updated on June 19, 2019

                6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

                6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

                I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

                Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

                It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

                1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

                It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

                Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

                When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

                2. Trust the Muse

                Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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                When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

                “The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

                The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

                If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

                The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

                Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

                3. Remember to Be Authentic

                Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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                How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

                For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

                One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

                Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

                Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

                4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

                I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

                One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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                Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

                A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

                Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

                5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

                It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

                We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

                If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

                You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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                6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

                As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

                The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

                Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

                Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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