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Lifestyle
April 21, 2021

Book Recommendations for Your Personal and Professional Growth

Post By:
Valerie Barnhart, Esq
Founding Partner | PBA Law
Guest Contributer:

So many of us are on a on a constant quest for better– in our health, relationships, careers, etc. I am one of those people. And there's no better time than summer for a little self-care and self-improvement. So whether you'll be lying on a beach or cozy in bed, if you're looking for a little reflection to go with your recharge this summer, here is a roundup of 3 books I've recently read that have really impacted me both personally and professionally.

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You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero 

It is so easy to have self-doubt or what many refer to as “impostor syndrome". The author, turned success coach, did too. In this book, she inspires change in self-sabotaging behavior through owning your "badassery", while weaving in (hilarious) personal stories (and a few swear words, too). Definitely read with a glass of wine!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo 

I hate clutter – it gives me major anxiety. In fact, one of the biggest fights in my 10-year marriage was over my husband's hoarding of “stuff” in our garage!  So often, society gives us the message that we need to collect “things” to be happy, successful, or validate our worth. The author shares techniques to ensure you're surrounding yourself with the things that truly “spark joy,” resulting in a more calming environment (and a more calm you).

Radical Candor, by Kim Scott

Admittedly, I am no nonsense woman- I like to get to the point. Many times, I have been told I am “too direct,” which can often come across as mean, angry, unapproachable etc. (That’s a whole other blog post!)   But as business owners, team leaders, and especially as parents, it is our job to have those tough conversations.  The author shares valuable strategies and tools for effectively communicating in a way that inspires positive change- the calling card of all great leaders!