Books can give us so much joy in life, but they can also inspire us to go on to do crazy awesome things. I've rounded up 5 of my favourite inspirational reads for your pleasure today.
IT'S NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE, IT'S HOW GOOD YOU WANT TO BE - PAUL ARDEN: Anything by Paul Arden is good in my book [pun completely intended]. Even though this is a quick read, it took me 50 minutes front to back. It's great to have around when you're lacking in inspiration as it instantly makes you feel like you do anything that you put your mind to. This is some of the best advice I've read as it's actually applicable to whatever situation you may be in personally. Arden was a living breathing creative who really knew what he was talking about and it was fun to hear about his personal experiences in the industry.
#GIRLBOSS - SOPHIA AMORUSO: I can't say I love the title of this book, I hate hashtags. Amoruso can come across slightly self-absorbed and arrogant, but she's achieved an awful lot so why not shout about it? Whilst it lacks in realistic advice it's still an interesting read as it really gives you the energy and attitude to achieve whatever you want and that it can be possible to do so without borrowing any money. I can understand why this book has been criticised, but it's still something I reach for when I fancy reading an inspiring story.
WHATEVER YOU THINK, THINK THE OPPOSITE - PAUL ARDEN: Another book from the ex-creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi. This book is, of course, inspiring but it also really makes you think about how you deal with certain situations. Whether in a creative sense or just in life. In just 144 pages, it made me see things in a completely different light so in the future whenever I'm doubting myself and having a meltdown I will always reach for this.
LITTLE WOMEN - LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: Not your typical inspirational read but such a good one, there is a reason why this book is still so popular even today. As it was written in 1868 it can be a little difficult to follow at times but you soon get used to the style and it's hard not get sucked into the story of the March sisters. The reason why I've included it in my inspirational reads is because it's such an empowering story for women everywhere. I think we all take something away from the tale of the four sisters no matter what our situation or age.
QUIET - SUSAN CAIN: I spoke about this awesome book in my latest Recent Reads post, but I just had to mention it again. Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert there is so much learn in the pages of Quiet. As an introvert, I sometimes feel like it can hold me back in my work quite a lot but this made me realise I can achieve anything I want. Some of the most talented people in the world [in my opinion] are introverted and have achieved some incredible things.