12 Books to Jumpstart Your Success and Become the Best You

Over the last two years I have become what some might call a "Boss Babe." Some use the word Leader, some say Girl Boss, some like to stay simple with good ol'...Boss. Whatever word you want to use is up to you. The gyst is...I lead a team of over 1,000 (and growing) amazing people that are striving to live a life of wellness, to make their dreams come true, and to find financial freedom. It's pretty amazing!

Sometimes intimidating. 

A lot of times hard.

But overall...just plain AMAZING!

One thing I've realized through all of this is that I have a lot to learn. I've also realized that I will always have a lot to learn. Learning is fun, right?! OK...not always. But in this case, it is! 

I love learning about myself. I love learning about people. And I love learning how to be a leader so that I can lead my team to their success. Gah! It gives me all the warm fuzzies to say that. LEAD MY TEAM TO SUCCESS! 

Over the course of my journey with Young Living, I've learned a lot about personal development. The main thing I learned is that I didn't no diddly squat in the beginning. I needed guidance. And thanks to my amazing leaders and team, I was introduced to quite a few resources to give me just what I needed. 


Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose

Make It Happen is for

  • women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection
  • those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture
  • working women who are struggling to "do it all"
  • weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends
  • anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose

Laura Casey is an amazing woman and so is this book! Grab it and enjoy!

The Motivation Manifesto

Brendon Burchard spoke at Young Living Convention last year and wow...he truly was motivating. I knew right away that his book would give me a kick in the pants. 

"The Motivation Manifesto is a pulsing, articulate, ferocious call to claim our personal power. Brendon Burchard reveals that the main motive of humankind is the pursuit of greater Personal Freedom. We desire the grand liberties of choice—time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom, spiritual freedom. Only two enemies stand in our way: an external enemy, defined as the social oppression of who we are by the mediocre masses, and an internal enemy, a sort of self-oppression caused by our own doubt and fear."

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In this book Duckworth teaches how passion and perseverance trumps talent when it comes to success. She's going to show you what grit really is and how it can be learned. It doesn't matter how smart or talented you are, you can rely on grit to achieve success.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:

*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential 

"Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches . . .

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
  • The Law of Modeling: It's Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others"

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

"You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them - it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass."

Getting Noticed: A No-Nonsense Guide to Standing Out and Selling More for Momtrepreneurs Who Ain't Got Time for That

Maybe I'm a little biased since Lindsay Teague Moreno is one of my fearless and badass leaders, but this book is so amazing! Bonus points that it's such a quick read. 

"Do you want to grow your following, sell more product, and experience the freedom that comes with being your own boss? Getting Noticed isn't the secret to social media it's a no fluff, take charge guide to the way we present ourselves, our business, and connect with customers online. Lindsay knows the hardcore mom life. In between wash cycles, packing lunches, and balancing a to-do list that would make Santa jealous, she grew a business from nothing into a team of 300,000 people producing over $15,000,000 each month in just three years. Lindsay knows you don't have time for another book that leaves you with temporary warm fuzzies but no real content to actually building your business. Getting noticed is the first step to entrepreneurial success in our fast-paced, online world. Step up your game."

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

"Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend."
 

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

"Since it was first published almost a decade ago, Seth Godin's visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers around an idea, this book will demystify the process.
 
It's human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads).  Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Social media gives anyone who wants to make a difference the tools to do so. 

Tribes will make you think—really think—about the opportunities to mobilize an audience that are already at your fingertips. It's not easy, but it's easier than you think."

Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

So I met John Acuff at my very first YL convention three years ago. He was one of the speakers and did a book signing and photo op afterwards. I ran my little tushy out of the arena into the hall to be one of the first to meet him. He did not dissapoint. He is a very wise, motivating man, and is so super nice. 

I've read his book Do Over after hearing him speak. It was truly a good read. A nice kick in the pants. Honestly...I like all of his books and highly recommend them. But in this instance, I feel like Start. is a good place to...Start. 

"In Start. Jon Acuff reveals the steps to getting unstuck and back onto the path of being awesome. There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives readers practical, honest, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often. It’s time to punch fear in the face, escape average, and do work that matters. It’s time to Start."

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. 
            
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. 
            
Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. 

A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

I can't recommend this book enough! Too often we get caught up in the "petty" things that are thrown at us. Negativity is the driving force of stress and unhappiness. Getting caught up in it can take you down a long, dark road. I've been there! If I have a team member or friend getting wrapped up in "drama" or sucked into negativity, this is the first thing I recommend. READ IT! 

"The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!"

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt

"Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen."


It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday mumbo jumbo. Being a Mom, toting the kids to soccer, cooking a three course meal (Haha! Yeah right!), keeping the house halfway clean (again...joke's on you!), being a wife, the list goes on. These things are fulfilling, yes, but do they really fulfill YOU?! Take the time to work on you. Spending that time on yourself will give you the ability to juggle life and do it all with a smile on your face. And if you need a cup of coffee in your hand to give that smile a boost, so be it! Grab your favorite "Boss Babe" book and head to Starbs, girl! After all, it's the perfect place for a little me time. 

I'm also going to be very honest with you now that I got all the real deal business stuff out of the way. I don't read. I really don't. If I do, it's not for long. I'm currently juggling life and all that it throws at me and well...it's working for now. So how do I know that these books are awesome? Am I just feeding you a bunch of mumbo jumbo for the sake of a cool blog post? No girl! I have an Audible subscription! Yep! People read books to me! And it's amazing! So amazing that sometimes I listen to them while I'm doing adultish things and just hearing their voice gives me the nudge I need to be a full on adult. Try it! Thank me later.