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We are social media junkies. It’s ok, don’t feel ashamed. I’m one, too. Even on workdays I’m checking Facebook over my lunch break. I come home after my evening workout and scroll through my Instagram and Twitter feeds while making dinner. When I finally plop down in front of the television at night, I open up Pinterest and check out what’s new there. In fact, according to a study by GlobalWebIndex, we are now spending an average of 1.72 hours per day on social media cites. That’s right, 7% of our time is being used up by checking what those old high school friends ate for dinner or pinning pictures of vacation homes we will never be able to afford. And yes, seeing that in writing kind of makes me feel like an idiot. Damn you, beautiful DIY projects!
But you know what? It should make us feel slightly embarrassed. Pinning pictures of those homes will never actually get us any closer to buying one. Seeing those well-plated meals of our friends will do nothing to make our lives any fuller. And yet, that’s what we choose to do with our precious time. We waste 12 hours a week on things that won’t get us any closer to our goals or make us better people. Jesus, this just keeps getting worse the more I write.
Don’t worry, though, all is not lost. Here’s the saving grace: I recently read that finishing just 10 pages of a personal development book a day will put you on a better path in your life. It’s a the little things we do day in and day out that add up to the big successes later in life, and those little things tend to get overshadowed by other, less productive & less meaningful, little things (i.e. uploading those pics you took at the Cincy Reds game to Facebook). But they shouldn’t. And you shouldn’t let them anymore. I’m not saying you need to break up with social media altogether – you just need to spend less time with it. And more time bettering yourself. How else are you going to find the motivation or strategy to get rid of debt, finally afford that dream home, or earn that promotion at work? Answer: You won’t. Because, ladies, no matter how many motivational pics are posted on your feed, Instagram ain’t gonna do it for ya.
Where to start? Well, I’ve listed 3 books that have left their mark on me – they’re motivating, inspiring, and sometimes extremely entertaining. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a woman in her 40s just looking for something to ignite that fire again, or just starting out in your career, I highly suggest you give these a read. Better yet, buy it for your daughter/cousin/sister who just graduated, whether it be high school or college – you’ll give them the leg up that you wish you would’ve had when you start out on the next step of your journey.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
This lady is highly entertaining and probably someone who I never would have hung out with in high school because she would have scared me to death. Hello, blunt confidence. However, this book is a good lesson in the fact that the road to success isn’t the same for everyone, and it’s a truth we need to hear, especially from someone who went from nothing to something in such an all guts, sweat, and tears type way. In fact, I gave this to my newly-graduated roommate for Xmas last year when she was frustrated with her career, and she loved it (I think…right, Lizzie? Just say yes.). It’s a great message delivered in a fun way…and leaves you feeling like a BOSS. Win, win, and win!
THE SLIGHT EDGE by Jeff Olson
Talk about a game-changer. I am on the last chapter of this book currently, and I am already pushing it onto my boyfriend, my friends, my parents…basically anyone and everyone I know. This book talks about how easy it is to take those small steps each day to get you to your goals (whether career, financial, health, relationship)…and also how easy it is not to do it. I can’t express over a blog post the impact this book has had on me or the inspiration that is between those 200 or so pages. The best part: it’s one that doesn’t pertain just to women or a certain age group. You can give this to a 14 year-old teenage girl or a crotchety 72 year-old retired vet, and each could walk away benefiting from spending a few days poring over it. Seriously all, get this in your hands and pass it around your family. You can thank me later.
RICH DAD POOR DAD by Robert Kiyosaki
Well, we couldn’t get through a blog about personal finance without talking a little about money, right? And seeing as it is the month where weekends are packed with graduation ceremonies and even more graduation parties, I wanted to share with you the book I read right after I walked across that college stage with my diploma in hand. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” taught me that possessions aren’t worth the debt they come with, and if you want to be financially stable, you need to give up the “look of wealth” early so that you can have the “actual wealth” later. And not have to work until you’re 70 to pay off that boat you wanted at 35. Got a recent grad (or young adult) who may need a little direction in the money area? This is the book to shove in front of their faces.
Trust me, I’m a bit of a bookworm, so these aren’t the only reads in my arsenal; however, they are some of the ones that have left the greatest impact on me, and I wanted to share them with you in case you were looking for something to spark a positive change in your life. Got any great reads that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!