5 Books that will empower you

Fall is around the corner and I’m looking forward to those days where you can stay in with a great book and your fave hot beverages. When it comes to books, I love all kinds of them. I read them for pleasure but also to learn from them. Up and coming are those books of empowering women who tell their story. Their succes truly inspires me and let’s me believe that anything is possible. Want to be inspired? Then put these great 5 books on your reading list..


#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Not everyone discoveres early on in life what they should be doing. The same was the case for Sophia Amoruso. She had jobs she did not like and she was hoping she would find her true passion. When she was 22, she started selling vintage clothes on Ebay. The store she opened was called Nasty Gal. Sophia openend a page on MySpace to keep her customers and fans informed but later on she switched to a blog and became very succesfull. Today she is the CEO of Nasty Gal, a company that makes a 100 million profit a year and employs over 350 people. In her book #Girlboss she tells her unique story and gives out great advice on how to follow your career path. I asked this book as a gift for my birthday, I’m really exited to go and read this.



Thrive by Arianna Huffington

I’m not from America, but I think just about everyone around the globe knows the Huffington Post. I’ve been reading it for years and years now. It’s a great mix of news and entertainment. So when I found out editor in chief Arianna Huffington wrote a book about her succes and the lessons she learned, it really got me attention. Especially because she is so frank and honest in her book. She openly asked what the definition of succes is and how it can affect someone’s life. Arianna had a personal wake-up call that she needed to change things when she suffered from injuries that she got when she was run down completely. In her book she gives practical advice on how to make succes become a part of your life rather than being the main event.



Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

How cool is it to work at Facebook? Sheryl Sandberg is CFO at Facebook and before that she was VP at Google. In her book Sheryl defeats the image of women who can’t seem to reach the top. Rather that, she is the living example of what women can achieve. With a lot of humor and wisdom writes about the prejudice about women in business and she gives advice on how to combine work with your family and personal live. She also spoke at Tedx about the fact that they aren’t that many female leaders.



On Top – Anna Nooshin

This is the only Dutch book in this article. But I had to put it here because I really liked it. I know Anna a little from my previous work. But I felt like I truly got to know her by reading her book. We share some things that we have in common. Ambition, hunger for succes and having a different background. Like me, Anna wasn’t born in The Netherlands, but came here. The way she describes having to always explain to other people where you come from really hit me hard. It was like looking into a mirror. She talks about her succes as well as her failures and how she managed to make the best of it. Her honesty was very refreshing, I could not stop reading. If you are Dutch or Belgian you should really read this book. It’s awesome.



Leave your mark by Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht worked for DKNY (Donna Karen New York) for years and years. In 2009 she launched @dknyprgirl at Twitter, the account was anonymous and she posted tweets about the behind the scenes of the fashion brand. I’ve followed her for years. Last month, it was reported (yet not confirmed) that Aliza Licht would step down from DKNY, for reasons unknown. She was Senior Vice President of Global Communications at DKNY. In her book Leave Your Mark she talks about how to build on your personal brand. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. Although she is not working at DKNY anymore (reportedly) I am still curious about this book and the things she learned along the way to make it all the way to senior VP.

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What book inspires you? What’s on your reading list?