A couple of weeks ago in a #socialbloggers Twitter chat, we spoke all about books – that’s what gave me the inspiration for this blog post.
I’m always on the look out for inspiration, whether that be in blogs posts, podcasts, TV shows or books. I love spending my free time on things that inspire and enrich me – if I’m not learning or growing, I feel like I’m wasting my time. I like to be consuming information constantly. Information that betters me.
Here are 4 books I’ve read, or listened to via audiobook over the past year that have left me feeling full of motivation around both blogging, and other aspects of my life such as fitness and general well being.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
The Happiness Project actually started as a blog – Gretchen Rubin was feeling rather melancholy about her repetitive life – the quote ‘the days are long but the years are short’ is often echoed throughout the book.
She was feeling that time was passing fast, yet she was not focusing on the right things. She decided to start a project over a year to be a happier person.
She never proclaimed to be a depressed person, or have a terrible childhood or have something bad happen like a lot of authors of self-help books do – she was was just an average American going through the motions.
She set herself a new goal each month and documented her experience on her blog. The results are interesting and inspiring.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
#GirlBoss is probably a bit of a cliche amongst bloggers – there’s a good reason why.
Before I bought this book, I had no idea what Nasty Gal was or who Sophia Amoruso was – it’s quite the inspirational story.
It’s clear from the start of the book that Sophia was a bit of a wild child – easily bored and full of energy and unable to find a job that would keep her attention long enough.
She started selling clothes on eBay, clothes she found in charity shops and thrift stores. Demand for products became high and she eventually moved away from eBay and opened her own online store. Upgrading from shipping orders from her house, to moving into a warehouse and recruiting a team.
Soon enough, she had a hugely successful business that she started from nothing. She put in years and years of hard work and long hours to get where she is now. Brilliant.
I, Justine by Justine Ezarik
iJustine is one of the original and probably one of the most well known YouTubers – she actually was one of the inspirations for me wanting to start creating online.
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that she can be obnoxious and certainly plays to the camera a lot – but I find her funny.
She’s always been a bit of a geek, loving all things Apple, video games and making videos from a young ages. She talks us through her childhood and how she created her first website when she was in the sixth grade about a boy she hated her class. She was clearly passionate about all things tech and social media – even before social media was actually a thing.
It’s another great story telling of how if you work hard, it eventually pays off. All you need is that fire in your belly to follow your dreams.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
I’ve wrote a whole blog post on The Power of Habit, so I’m not going to go into much detail here.
This is a book about habits, as you can probably tell. It will teach you how both good and bad habits are formed. By replacing one bad habit with one good one, you really can change a lot more than you’d think.
Whether those habits are smoking, drinking, drugs, exercise, diet, sleeping patterns, productivity.. the theory holds true to them all.
What books do you find inspirational?