Despite the amazing access we have to digital content like blogs, online classes and YouTube videos, books are still one of the best ways to learn about anything. Lucky for us, Amazon just released a list of 100 leadership and success books to read in a lifetime. Since such a lengthy list will take A LOT of time to get through, we picked our top five reads to give you a solid place to start.


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoroso ($10): The original #girlboss, you probably recognize Sophia’s name from her NastyGal fame. However, the powerful story of how she went from a troubled youth to the founder and totally non-typical CEO of an empire is what will stick with you after you finish her book. Go behind the scenes to get a true sense of how cutthroat starting up can be. We promise you’ll be inspired — and think twice before ever backing down.


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ($11): You have to be brave to live your most creative life! Elizabeth Gilbert’s instant New York Times best seller will teach you how to consider approach, attitude and habit to free yourself from fear. Doing so will positively affect everything from personal projects to the office. It’s your time to shine.


Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

3. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success ($10): Helping others FEELS good, but did you know that it can also be a powerful way to achieve success? Adam Grant explains why in this book by emphasizing the importance of interacting with others. His page-turning stories are illustrated with evidence and examples that led Oprah and The Wall Street Journal to call it a must-read. You’ll never look at networking the same way again.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain ($9): It’s crazy to think that introverts are one-third of the world’s population but are still often misunderstood. In the book once credited with starting a revolution, Susan Cain explains the strengths of more solitary innovators and creators — which count people like Steve Jobs and Rosa Parks among them. Well-researched and positioned, her acclaimed work will leave you rethinking your coworkers and maybe even yourself.

Habits and Goals

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg ($9): Habit is key to accomplishing anything. This brilliant book goes into great depth to explain how habits are formed, why they don’t last and how they can serve as a source of power in different ways. The psychology behind it is sure to be fascinating for anyone but will prove especially valuable if you work in business or marketing.

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