Managing your career or starting and sustaining your own business carries extra responsibility when you’re single. On one hand, if you want to change your job or start a new business you are the sole decision maker. However, without another income to fall back on, single women bear the brunt of career missteps. What if the new job doesn’t work out? What if you get laid off? What if your business fails?
Here are some of my favorite books to help you navigate choppy career waters and create real career success.
1. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone
In this part memoir, part career self-help book, Cutrone, CEO/founder of fashion PR agency, People’s Revolution and judge on America’s Next Top Model gives an uncensored view on what it takes to be successful on your own terms. The book traces her rise from fashion outsider to sought after PR maven and along the way she gives advice on how to create a life that fits who you are and to own it without apology.
According to Frankel it’s nice girls that finish last in the professional world. This book, the first in a series, explores the habits, 101 in all, that are learned in girlhood which lead women to failing or floundering in the world of work. She provides tips and techniques on how to change behaviors that hold women back from achieving career success.
3. The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms by Lauren Maillian Bias
If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration with a dose of down-to-earth career advice serial entrepreneur, Lauren Maillian Bias has you covered. At age 19 she founded a boutique winery and grew it to become an award-winning wine brand. She is also a founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital firm that focuses on technology companies, and is one of the few women venture capitalists. By using the example of her own fearlessness in her career, Maillian Bias shows women how innovation and ambition coupled with their own unique gifts can lead to success.
4. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
By now you’ve probably have heard about Lean In, but may not have read it yet. Here’s why you should: Sandberg writes about a real epidemic in our society … the lack of female leadership in our companies, government and educational institutions. Why does this matter? Women make up the majority of college graduates, but we hold few positions of power, which has repercussions for women and men. She explores the reasons why more women aren’t in leadership positions and offers practical tactics on how women can take ownership of their careers and rise through the ranks.
5. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
In Thrive, Huffington gives us a new vision of what success can look like. Gone is the image of the noble martyr who is stressed and overworked trying to achieve her dreams. Instead Huffington shows us a different path to success, one in which we can be fulfilled, rested, and work less. If you’ve felt trapped on the hamster wheel trying to attain your career goals then this book is for you.
Here’s a little more career and life wisdom from the men.
4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Ferriss debunks the myth that “All good things come to those who wait.” He proposes that the traditional paradigm of waiting until retirement to get your reward for years of hard work doesn’t make sense. Instead he provides a blueprint for an alternative lifestyle one that involves international travel, entreprenuership or mini breaks from the 9-5 world, and working less and making more money. Who wouldn’t want that?!
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
This is an oldie, but a goodie. This book was written in the 90’s, but the advice is more relevant than ever in our hyper connected, go-getter world. Covey gives strategies to prioritize your time and energy so that you can hone in on what’s really important in your life. Though not strictly a career book, it offers lessons that will help you create balance in your life that will positively influence your career.