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Must Read: 7 Inspiring Career Books

From juggling a career and family to what success really means, here are 7 books you need to read. By Angela Heathcote. 

Mistakes I Made at Work by Jessica Bacal
From arts right through to finance, Jessica Bacal interviews twenty-five successful women including Kim Gordon, the lead singer of Sonic Youth and Anna Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel just to name a few, making for a compelling read. Mistakes I Made at Work takes you through the missteps that come with having a successful career, ideal for all those workplace perfectionists.


Working it out Career, family and You by Jane Anderson
This must-read book documents the individual lives of working mothers managing to juggle their careers and family life, proving that no story is exactly the same. Through personal accounts from women including the deputy leader of the opposition Tanya Plibersek to pilot Deborah Lawrie, author Jane Anderson provides a candid approach to the difficulties of finding balance.


Bossypants by Tina Fey
A hilarious account of motherhood and a woman living out her comedic dreams, Tina Fey reveals what it was like to fight her way to success in a male dominated profession, no moments of awkward girlhood left behind. A great laugh for mothers and young girls entering the competitive workplace. Tina Fey leaves us with an all-new adage: “You’re no one until someone calls you bossy.”


Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
In the hope to change the dialogue from what woman can’t do to what they can, Sheryl Sandberg begins to pick apart the issues that surround the working-woman and the classic mantra of “having it all.” Sandberg empowers readers through recounts of her own daily struggles, while encouraging women not to hold themselves back from individual fulfilment.


Thrive by Ariana Huffington
Thrive is an absolute must have for all book cases. In this deeply intimate account of Ariana Huffington’s own experiences, along with her very own wake up call: a total re-definition of what it means to be successful. The stress and illness related issues that come with the pursuit of money and power, and what success traditionally means are discussed in a vulnerable light. A great read for anyone feeling the pressure of work and family life.


#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for best business book, Sophia Amoruso recounts her alternate path to success. Instilling memorable aphorisms such as “failure is your invention” encouraging readers to endure the hardships on the road to success. #GIRLBOSS offers readers insight into the road less travelled from a business perspective.


Daring and Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger
Lisa Messenger’s new hard-hitting book Daring and Disruptive is not for the faint of heart. Informed by Messenger’s own valuable business lessons that have shaped her very own career, her most recent book is targeted at those who want to achieve extraordinary success in their ventures. True to its title, Messenger offers an unabridged account of the reality of being an entrepreneur.