Being in a job rut is one of the hardest things a woman (or man) can go through, but there are many inspiring books out there that I have found to be quite helpful. Many of these aren’t even related to new job searches at all, but are more about doing a little “soul searching,” if you’ll have it, to see where life is leading you during your job rut. I now believe a job rut is a real blessing in disguise. Why? I believe it is your spirit pushing you to reach new dreams, and inspiring your inner soul to grow. That might sound corny to some of you, but for someone who’s been through enough job ruts to know what they feel like, trust me, they do happen for a reason. Had I not dealt with my job ruts, I wouldn’t have been pushed to finally aspire to reach my dream as a writer, which I now am. I’m here to tell you that my previous job ruts in the corporate world were a true blessing, because they brought me to the birth of my first real writing career. Pick up a few of these inspiring books if you’re in a job rut. I promise they’ll be worth every bit of your time!
1. May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabrielle Bernstein is the author behind one of my favorite inspiring books, called May Cause Miracles. She has written multiple inspirational books, and I have listed a few others she has written in this list as well. May Cause Miracles is one of my favorites by Bernstein for a few reasons. She challenges our minds as we read this book about what life is like on the other side when we take a leap of faith and do what seems scary. A job rut can be scary because though you may want to make a change, it can seem daunting, scary and unstable. Through May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle shows us what just might happen when we take that leap of faith and take risks in our lives and careers to do what makes us happy. I highly suggest reading this book first, as it was one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read.
2. Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
The New York Times Best Selling Author Sheryl Sandberg has written one of the most inspiring, and comprehensive books for women this year. Lean In is a book that is truly one of its kind. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, shows women that men don’t hold all the cards in today’s work force. Not only is Lean In an inspirational book to read to redefine gender success, but also one to encourage women to go beyond their comfort zone and reach for what inspires them. Sandberg offers active words for women to make immediate changes in their lives and inspires women to pursue challenges in the workforce. She also shows them how to combat daily struggles, home and work challenges. Every woman of any age should read this book; you won’t be sorry!
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
The worldwide beloved Tina Fey is not only a huge comedy success, but also quite the inspiration for today’s woman. In Bossypants, Fey shows women how to defy the odds, pursue their passion and ignore naysayers along the way. Fey isn’t only an incredible Hollywood success, but also an inspirational writer. Tina Fey showcases just how she pursued her dream in the midst of hardship, and how she beat the odds to do so. Bossypants shows women how to stop fearing becoming their own “boss” and how to show the world just who they truly are.
4. Fearless by Arianna Huffington
Are you a fan of the Huffington Post, the amazingly successful online newspaper hosted by AOL? I know I sure am! Did you also know it was created by a woman? Arianna Huffington is one of the most inspirational women to me, for many reasons. As an aspiring writer, journalist and online writer and publisher, I turned to Huffington in so many ways to seek inspiration to pursue my dream. Arianna’s book, Fearless, is one of the best books for women in a job rut to read, no matter what area of work you’re looking to pursue. Fearless is also a fabulous book to read if you have no idea what career you want to work in someday, or where to start to find it. Fearless is about inspiring growth in your entire life, not just your career. If you’ve ever struggled with fear or a low self esteem on any issue, this book is for you!
5. What is Your What: Discover the One Amazing Thing You Were Born to do by Steve Olsher
If you have no idea what it is you’re meant to do but know that you’re not happy where you’re at, this book is also a great one to start with. Olsher’s book helps a woman explore what it is in life that she’s not only meant to do, but how she can make a career out of it. This book brings life changing questions, and helps a woman realize her achievements, interests, strengths and the opportunities at arm’s reach to find out what she can do now to change her life. It then offers a step by step guide to putting your one unique gift out into the world, and changing your life and others’ in the process.
6. Mrs. Moneypenny’s Career Advice for Ambitious Women by Mrs. Moneypenny
If you haven’t heard of Mrs. Moneypenny, who is the star Financial Times columnist, along with a TV personality, wife, mother and owner of a successful small business, let me tell you that you’re going to love her! In this book, Mrs. Moneypenny explores the minds of today’s women, helping those in a rut cultivate a change. Whether due to stress at home, work or from a family, children or more, she helps women realize just what in life they are searching for, and how to achieve excellence in their life and their work. She also shows women that it’s perfectly acceptable, and even preferable, that women aren’t perfect in all areas of their lives, and how to make the most of whatever life brings. How does this help you get out of a job rut, you may ask? When I read this book, it opened my eyes that I didn’t have to be good, or even interested in some of the past jobs I had, and that it was okay! It led me to finding what it really is that makes me “tick” and showing me how to handle a work and life balance to get out of a rut, fast.
7. The anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think outside the Cube
Can I be honest with you? I’m a terrible 9-5 employee. My middle name in past 9-5 jobs might as well have been “late” because I was never on time, was ready to leave early, and usually, during my day, I found myself daydreaming about what else I’d rather be doing. I should have known that the 9-5 office lifestyle just wasn’t for me, but I felt pressured to be successful anyway. My creative spirit was dead, and if you’re in the same boat, read this book! It is amazing, and personally opened my eyes to the idea that, just because I didn’t fit into the corporate “box” of perfection, it didn’t mean I couldn’t be successful and happy at the same time. In fact, I’m even more dedicated to my job now that I’m doing something I love and I believe anyone else can do the same. This book teaches women how to find the job they aren’t only looking for, but also shows you just how living “out of the cube” can inspire you to reach your dreams.
If you have a favorite book that helped you get out of a career, or even a life rut, do you mind sharing it? I’d love to hear what reads have inspired you to make a change!