7 Books That Will Motivate You to Get Sh*t Done


As the air becomes cooler and the days become shorter, it’s time to get out of the sun and into the comfort of our homes. With the season of fall comes the perfect excuse to curl up on our couches with a mug of hot chocolate in one hand and the book we’re reading in the other. Before you fall back on your usual genre of romance (no shame), here are seven books that will motivate you to reach your goals and inspire you to keep making more.

Aliza Licht
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.

Effortless and downright real, fashion PR expert Aliza Licht gives life advice to all the driven women living in a contemporary working world. With a focus on communication and personal branding, Licht provides insight on how to advance your career and reminds us that we already have our greatest weapon — ourselves.

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Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends & Influence People

Life is a mixture of what you know — and who you know. Through this book, Carnegie tells us the secrets to creating solid relationships inside and outside the office. From getting people to see things your way to persuading them (without burning bridges), How to Win Friends & Influence People will not only help you climb the corporate ladder but also deepen friendships.

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Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project

Follow Gretchen Rubin’s journey as she spends a year trying to discover the answer we all want to know — how to be and stay happy. With the combination of science, philosophy, and reality, this book will remind you to not only appreciate the little things in life, but to focus on them a lot more.

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Kelly Williams Brown
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Being a grown-up is more than the ability to wake up before 8 am and eat your lunch in a one-hour span — and Kelly Williams Brown is here to tell us all about it. With information that includes tips on house hunting to advice on time management, this quirky book takes us into the all too familiar role of what it’s truly like to be at the age where we’re expected to have our lives together (and how to get there if we don’t).

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Daniel H. Pink
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Whether it’s the support from your friends or the number on your paycheck, we’re all motivated by different things — right? Daniel H. Pink dives into this concept and exposes the idea that we may be more similar than we think.

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Amy Poehler
Yes Please

If you can’t be Amy Poehler’s best friend in real life, you might as well read a book she wrote (which will make you feel like you are). With her light-hearted and comical approach, Amy Poehler puts together a collection of stories, poetry, advice, and photography that will inspire you to live a life you love and be the type of person you want to love.

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Daniel Kahneman
Thinking, Fast and Slow

There’s no need to dwell on your latest decision when this book will give you insight on why you made it. As an international bestseller, psychologist Daniel Kahneman explains our minds and the two factors that drive it — our logic and emotion. Although we’re told to trust our gut feeling, this book looks into when we should, how we can control it, and what the benefits are for both types of thinking.

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What books motivate you to GSD? Share your recommendations in the comments!