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5 Inspiring Reads By Women Authors That I Recommend To Working Women For Motivation

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Sometimes you need motivation to reach for your dreams. Here are 5 inspiring reads by women authors that will motivate you not just in your career, but also in life.

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

This seemingly simple quote encompasses immense potential. Such is the power of the written word. Be it a fleeting instance of self-doubt or a deep-seated feeling of dilemma and despair, there is nothing a good book cannot cure. They address our deepest anxieties and help us confront our fears.

Here is a compilation of inspiring reads by women authors that one can turn to for advice and motivation.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Written by Sheryl Sandberg, the current COO of Facebook, this book is thought provoking and motivating.

Lean In

In this book, Sandberg discusses her personal struggles with her moments of self-doubt and anxiety, and how she overcame them. The book also highlights how she dealt with the various challenges that she faced at home and at work, and how having an understanding partner helped her.

The book encourages women to seek leadership roles in their respective careers and pave the way for many other women to advance in their lives.

Get your own copy at Flipkart, Amazon India, and Amazon US.

The Defining Decade: Why your Twenties matter – and how to make the most of them Now

In this book, Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, addresses the issues commonly faced by people in their twenties.


They go through a myriad range of emotions, from confused and overwhelmed, to tired and hopeless, only to possibly enter their thirties with a disgruntled opinion on life. The author focuses on the various aspects of life and motivates people to live life with a purpose, instead of just trudging along.

This book is ideal for those who do not want to miss out on making the best use of their twenties.

Get your own copy at Flipkart, Amazon India, and Amazon US.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the popular book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ sheds light on how to stay inspired.

Big Magic

She digs into her own experiences and offers profound insights on creativity. The author emphasises that everyone has a unique talent that should be discovered and embraced. The book also discusses the attitudes, approaches and habits one needs to cultivate in order to lead creative, fulfilling and happy lives.

Get your own copy at Flipkart, Amazon India, and Amazon US.

Presence – Bring your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

This book by Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor, highlights the importance of harnessing the present.


There are many moments in our life which we wish we could do over. Be it a job interview, a conversation, or a challenging situation where our fear took over our abilities, and later left us with regret. She explains how we can change ourselves, not by radical transformation as commonly advised or expected, but by tweaking our behaviour, attitude and mindset, every moment at a time to lead confident and satisfying lives.

Get your own copy at Flipkart, Amazon India, and Amazon US.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Based on the real life experiences of Arianna Huffington, the editor of Huffington post, this book is her take on what success should mean.


Success can mean money, power, fame, promotions and many other things, but all of this comes to nothing if there is no happiness associated with it.

The author talks about her experiences with being stressed out and feeling disconnected with her personal life. She sheds light on why it is important to unplug, unwind and spare some time for creating memories and experiencing happiness in our lives.

Get your own copy at Flipkart, Amazon India, and Amazon US.

Each of these books shares the personal experiences of these successful women and their realisations in their journey. Whether it is guidance on career growth, motivation to face challenges, or advice on how take a deep breath and relax sometimes, each of these inspiring reads has the potential to guide us in our quest to lead successful and enriching lives.

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Gayathri, from Hyderabad is a content writer for Writing Aces. A newbie writer and a

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