Three of these books were given to me by my father, one by my best friend, and the other I just stumbled upon. What all these books have in common is a purpose, some can argue that all books have “a purpose”, but these will help your career.
They’ll not only help with your people skills and how to ask for a raise, but they will help you excel in other aspects of your life as well.
Here are the five books I recommend that every girl (woman?) should read in her 20s:
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!
Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins
In this moving collection, forty-one famous women write letters to the women they once were, filled with advice and insights they wish they had had when they were younger.
Today show correspondent Ann Curry writes to herself as a rookie reporter in her first job, telling herself not to change so much to fit in, urging her young self, “It is time to be bold about who you really are.” Country music superstar Lee Ann Womack reflects on the stressed-out year spent recording her first album and encourages her younger self to enjoy the moment, not just the end result. And, “Your hair matters far, far less than you think,” is the wry advice that begins the letter bestselling mystery writer Lisa Scottoline pens to her twenty-year old self.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In–Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative, inspiring book about women and power–grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly two million times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life.
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know by Kate White
New York Times bestselling author Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the #1 young women’s magazine in the world, and a hugely successful businesswoman. In I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, she shares her secrets to success. A witty, wise, straight-talking career guide for women, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is the perfect book for the current economic climate, whether you’re just starting out, re-entering the workforce after maternity leave, or simply looking for a career change; essential tips and bold strategies from a gutsy innovator who helped increase Cosmo’s circulation by half a million copies per month.
Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski
It’s no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In “Knowing Your Value,” bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.
What are some of the life-changing books you’ve come across that should be added to this list? I’m always looking for new recommendations!