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10 Confidence Boosting Books for Women About Leadership



10 Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

When my 10-year-old daughter told me she was studying stereotypes in school and had written an opinion piece on the pros and cons of single-sex education, I was filled with pride, and maybe just a little envy.

For many of us whose early education was not rich with conversations about gender roles and girl power, we have some catching up to do in order to fully appreciate who we are as women and what we have to offer.

I hope you’ll find the books below as validating, inspirational, and thought provoking as I have.

10 Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

1.) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

I recently attended a Brene Brown workshop where every participant was asked to share a personal motto. A single phrase we could use to quickly build confidence when we found ourselves needing a little extra courage. As I heard the words “I belong at the table” I quickly adopted them as my own.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Brene tells us that whether you’re in the boardroom or the dining room, you’re worthy and you always belong. There isn’t a person I know who wouldn’t benefit from her research on how the pursuit of excellence makes you resilient in the face of failure. Whereas perfectionism can be devastating.

2.) The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young 

As girls, we grow up surrounded by messages of inadequacy. With age and experience, we begin to recognize and name the negative stereotypes. But how do we overcome them? You’ll be dismayed by tales of highly accomplished women who doubt their abilities, and attribute their success to luck and circumstance. Look around and you’ll find countless examples of the impostor syndrome close to home.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

We know most women only apply for a job if they believe they’re 100 percent qualified (vs. men at 60 percent). Women in the U.S. make roughly 75 cents on the dollar vs. their male counterparts. What to do? For starters, Young helps us identify and reverse our own patterns of self-doubt and self-imposed limitations.


3.) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Pink pushes us to explore and understand how connection and meaning – not just money – motivate people. We’re so inundated today with capitalism and consumerism that it can be easy to forget what rallies people around a common goal.

Luckily, purpose and collaboration are playing a larger role in today’s economy. Just look at the rise of mission-driven companies, corporations giving back through social responsibility programs, and how readily millennials in particular, mobilize around worthy causes.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Intuition and personal connection are valued. Pink’s work encourages us to explore links between motivation, meaning, and mastery, as a way to improve experiences: not only at work, but in schools, and at home.


4.) The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

If you’ve ever been excluded, felt out of place, or found yourself suddenly uprooted, you’ll empathize with young Thea.

Her story begins with a sudden separation from her family, which leaves her stumbling in the unfamiliar routines of remote girls’ school. Adding to the complicated feelings surrounding her struggle, she’s intentionally kept in the dark about what she’s done to deserve such an abrupt upheaval from a comfortable life.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Thea makes mistakes in both worlds, but don’t we all? Imperfect and sheltered, yet spirited, she’s determined to tough it out until she gets it right. Or as right as a teenage girl can.

5.) Mindset by Carol Dweck

What’s a growth mindset? Simply put, we can adopt one of two beliefs about ability, talent, and intelligence.

In the fixed mindset, you’re fortunate if you’re born smart and gifted. You believe that things come easy or not at all, and it’s important to preserve the appearance of intelligence at all costs. Contrast a growth mindset where achievement comes from hard work, and failure leads to learning.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Dweck cites countless examples demonstrating how people who are teed up with a growth mindset before taking on a task outperform the group that’s been told their ability is fixed. The good news is you don’t have to be raised with a growth mindset, and it’s never too late to learn.

6.) Talking from 9 to 5 by Deborah Tannen

Understanding what’s behind how and why men and women communicate differently can be empowering.

Ever felt frustrated at not being heard? Or wondered why a male colleague got attention by repeating what you just said in a meeting?

Tannen can help you modify your approach – should you choose to do so. She uses early childhood research to show us that these styles “begin at the beginning”, when preschool age boys and girls start to relate to one another.
Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

While girls play in inclusive, nurturing small groups; boys often compete, boast, and argue. Girls prefer to focus on harmony, whereas the boys’ tendency was to argue until a winner emerged. No offense guys!


7.) The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Some call Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, loyal. I suppose they would describe Hillary Clinton post Lewinsky the same way. Try to refrain from passing judgment and enjoy the story of how this young, innocent mid-westerner fell for a penniless Hemingway. Who’s to say why she allowed herself to reach near starvation in Paris while supporting his early writing. If nothing else, read it for the prose.


Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

I love Hemingway’s poetic yet truncated style, which McLain portrays beautifully. As a bonus, you don’t have to wait for her next novel. Circling the Sun came out earlier this year, about a couple of very strong-willed and spirited women in 1920’s Africa.


8.) Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

With great humor and unequaled storytelling skills, Levitt and Dubner teach us to rely on data vs. assumptions through the use of behavioral economics, while debunking all kinds of urban myths. Should we care whether guns or swimming pools are more dangerous? Will naming your kids Winner and Loser will influence their long term potential? 

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Maybe. But more importantly, they remind us of the value of facts and critical thinking over impressions. How easy it is to be swayed by popular beliefs. If you love these counter-intuitive lessons, keep on learning with the Freakonomics podcast. Good for office banter and cocktail party conversation, too.


9.) Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

No matter exactly where or how you were raised, you can’t help but relate to the tragedy of the kidnapped girls, their families and community. Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

Susan Minot asks us to face a very brutal reality not only for these Nigerian girls, but by extension, girls around the world who are in trouble. She reminds us that we cannot just stand by and watch. We have an obligation to help.

10.) 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role by Pam Fox Rollin and Laura Lowell

As women move up in the corporate world, the ground shifts beneath us. We’re forced to confront contradictions, like how to be forceful but not bossy, use intuition while remaining data driven, and show compassion without getting stepped on.

My favorite? Rule 4, which includes a reminder that you can be wrong or misinformed, but you can’t be clueless. No more perfectionism or analysis paralysis. You’ve got to get informed fast, and ask forgiveness when you fail. It’s all part of the game, and it’s time we learned the rules.

Confidence Boosting Books All Women Should Read

And what about my daughter? Her current take is that girls’ schools are better than co-ed for some girls. Especially those who need to limit distractions, the kind caused by boys. She’s still gathering data, and for her the jury’s out.

One thing I do know is that, when she makes up her mind, she’ll make the right choice. And I’ll be there to support her no matter what.


Grab any of these confidence boosting books and empower yourself today!

What are you waiting for? There’s nothing like a good book to help smooth out any self-doubts. Get yourself a copy of any of these wonderful books to remind yourself just how powerful and talented you are.

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10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development



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There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

This drives what I feel is true about self-help and personal development. Many times, we need to let go of who we have told ourselves to be, of the habits we said cannot be changed, and the patterns that cannot be broken, to achieve our full potential.

Change comes when we believe that it is possible, and when we open our minds to the potential of who we could become. So where do we start to work on this personal development? Books for personal development, or even articles online, are not a bad place to start.

Here are some of my suggestions.

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

1) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene Brown writes about ten guideposts that can help us get rid of the shame and guilt that we carry around. This concept should help us embrace the ideas that we belong, that we are worthy.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Her writings show us how to be more authentic. It helps us shed others’ ideas as well as our own of what we should. She teaches us to show courage and comfort in embracing who we truly are. This is one of the books for personal development that carries a true message of acceptance.

2) Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior Paperback by Mark Goulston  & Philip Goldberg

The authors teach you to “transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction.” By learning to stop these self-defeating behaviors, you can achieve success and have a life that you embrace.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

Jen Sincero shares moving stories, clever advice, and simple exercises to help you recognize and cease the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you from the life you want. You will learn where these patterns started, to accept the things you cannot change, and to take on the things that you can. One of the most inspiring books for personal development.

4) Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall

Derek Rydall focuses on ONE important point: “the answer is already in you.”

He believes that there is no part of us that is not exactly as it should be. That deep down we possess the skills and the abilities, but something stopped us from knowing this along the way. The book follows seven stages that show us that we actually are not lacking anything, that everything we need is already inside of us.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development


5) I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown

So many people get stuck on this idea of “what will people think.” Somewhere down the line, they learned to care more about what others thought of them than what they think of themselves. In this spirit, Dr. Brene Brown writes:

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When we can truly love and accept ourselves in this way, we can achieve greatness.


6) Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and… by Beverly Engel

Beverly focuses on healing your emotional self. Whether this means letting go of toxic people in your life and the self-esteem damaging messages that come with them, or letting go of the shame and guilt you have been inundated with your whole life.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The author works to help you become more kind and tolerant of yourself. To create an image of yourself that you feel worthy of. One of the great books for personal development for those who need to let go of past abuses and hurt to achieve their personal goals.

7) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She shows us that using tools such as self- admiration, does not necessarily mean we will be successful.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

The fact is that this mindset can actually get in the way of our success and growth. The author focuses on the idea that we can actually take part in lifelong learning that can lead us towards our most significant accomplishments.

8) Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney

I do not think you can get a better review than this:

“The most detailed examinations of self-defeating behavior I have ever read…. Very useful.” — Albert Ellis, PH.D., President, Institute of Rational-emotive therapy, and author of A New Guide to Rational Living. 

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

When the person that literally founded the school of thought on how our thoughts impact our emotions, you know this is a book you need to read! It focuses on the simple premise that we are constantly faced with opportunities to demonstrate self-defeating or self-enhancing behaviors.

9)The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

This is one of the bestselling books for personal development of all time. It has helped countless people change their thinking, and achieve their goals. Dr. Peale simply wants individuals to live a happy and nourishing life by: believing in themselves and what they choose to do, and by developing a sense of purpose.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

If people believe that they have the power to accomplish anything, they can learn to be at peace with the thought that they can be truly successful. They will also find meaningful personal and professional relationships. Finally, this book can help folks grow control and confidence in themselves.

10) The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

This is a simple and phenomenal workbook. One of the major reasons that people enter therapy and are held back from achieving their goals, are issues with self-esteem.

Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

This book will help the individual to learn the roots of their confidence issues, how their formation may have been faulty, and that they have control of who they are and what they want to achieve going forward.

Which of these books for personal development will you read first?

Working on self-esteem, getting to the point where you believe in yourself and your abilities, can be the single most important thing that someone can do to achieve personal development and success. Once we have developed a strong foundation of self-esteem, all things are possible.

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10 Motivational Books For Entrepreneurs Who Are Just Getting Started



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Summary: Here are our 10 favorite motivational books for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or one who has recently gotten started, these inspirational and practical books about business and mindset will educate and inspire your entrepreneurial endeavors.

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1) Edelman, Ric. The Lies About Money

Ric Edelman is a financial advisor in the United States. Not only is Edelman the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S., Edelman hosts a weekly radio show called The Ric Edelman Show.

In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.

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This book is a great “next step” after Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. After Sethi gives the basics, Edelman seems to pick up right where Sethi leaves off. Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.


2) Sethi, Ramit. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.

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If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs. Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.


3) Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell is a successful journalist and author. He has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.

As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.

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Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively. I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks.


4) Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy. With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.

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One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets. This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.


5) Waitley, Dennis. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind. Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

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In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations. Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.

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6) Branson, Richard. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson. Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.

books for aspiring Entrepreneurs

In Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It, he tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations. One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.


7) Godin, Seth. Linchpin

The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right? Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.

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As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage. This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.


8) Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.

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All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless. The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray. Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.


9) Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal. When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.

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Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others. Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.


10) Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business 

Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.

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Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.

The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.

What other books for  entrepreneurs would you add to the list?

If you have a personal favorite or recommendation, let us know in the comments section below!

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