Not too long ago I put together a post on 5 of my favourite thought changing podcasts. And I realised that I've never put together one on my favourite thought changing reads. I love books, they're such incredible learning tools and I think we're so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by them. So here are 5 of my personal favourite thought provoking and changing reads.
#GIRLBOSS - SOPHIA AMORUSO: When I think about global companies that are undeniably successful I always think that they must have had a big start up fund. So whilst I might not love the title of this book or some of the advice in it. I think it's incredible that Sophia Amoruso started Nasty Gal with absolutely no money and no investments and has made it into what is today. It made me realise that some of the most amazing things in the world have come from absolutely nothing apart from the owners passion. Of course, having a big start up fund makes things a lot easier but it's always nice to know that it's not impossible to achieve great things with nothing but your passion.
WHATEVER YOU THINK, THINK THE OPPOSITE - PAUL ARDEN: The title of this book pretty much gives it away that it will change your thought process. Paul Arden is the ex-creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi is somebody that I really admire and reading his books only made me look up to him more. This small 144-page book might not take you hours to read but it's incredibly powerful. It can help change the way that you think about any situation whether it be in the creative industry or just in your day to day life. It's a book that I always like to have close to hand when I'm struggling with something as it always manages to change my thought process about it.
QUIET - SUSAN CAIN: 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 book 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. It's an incredibly interesting book and it's amazing to read the stories of others and understand yourself as a person a little bit more. Although it contains a lot of studies it's not at all difficult to follow and it's awesome to be able to learn what makes us up as people and how we gravitate towards certain traits.
EAT PRETTY - JOLENE HART: Food is something that fascinates me. For so long I just thought of food as something that I needed to live and didn't think about the fine details of it. I love learning about nutrition, diet and everything else. Eat Pretty is a book all about food that not only makes your insides feel wonderful but it has a great effect on your exterior too. Often books on diet or nutrition can be pretty jarring and often patronising. Personally, I never feel open to learning something new when I feel like I'm being patronised. Eat Pretty breaks down that and puts it into terms that the everyday girl who just wants to eat a little bit better can understand. It also contains great ideas for recipes too so it's a little bit of a two in one.
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL - LENA DUNHAM: Girls is one of my favourite tv shows so I was incredibly interested to see what writer Lena Dunham's book would be like. I think she has a great attitude towards things and I love that she is so unapologetically herself. As my life and background are nothing like that of Lena's I always think that it's interesting to learn about someone else's upbringing, morals and value. As it can break down any predisposed stereotypes that you might have about a certain class. Lena has had a lifelong battle with OCD and the way that she talks about it in the book is not like anything else I've read on the disease before. OCD is often painted as the same picture but it's something that is so different in every case.