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The 7 Most Empowering Books to Read in 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best ‘Most Empowering Books’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). 

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Getting Things Done by David Allen

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“Getting Things Done” is an empowering book because it gives you the tools to achieve your goals and organization. One of the most empowering parts of the book is the practical tips. For example, write a “someday/maybe” list where you can store all of your ideas for travel, hobbies, favorite websites, and more. That simple act of recording will put you at ease. Next, the book’s Weekly Review habit puts you back in control of your life and inbox each week. The book is so empowering that I have read it multiple times!”


Goodbye, Yesterday! by Dr. Cindy N. Trimm

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Published by Charisma House, Goodbye, Yesterday! not only gives readers the tools to reshape their future, but it also shows them how to reframe the narrative of their past. While they can’t change the past, Dr. Trimm shows readers how to recreate the vision they hold of their past experiences. She identifies the key ingredients as shifting your perspective, particularly how you see your past, and changing the story you tell. She also shares the powerful steps required to reset your mind and renegotiate your future. Dr. Trimm breaks down the meaning and roles of transition in our lives, including loss, grief and crisis, and how they can be used as a catalyst rather than hinderance, in life. Goodbye, Yesterday! motivates readers to see opportunity in every circumstance and embrace transitions as they often lead to expansion. Goodbye, Yesterday! discusses the significance of time and shows the reader how to make an impact with only a fraction of a second. This book enables readers to reestablish their dominion in a world of chaos, redefine their destiny, and realize their full potential. Goodbye, Yesterday! is the guidebook for the new decade, empowering readers and giving them the tools & power to close the door on yesterday, maximize their present and future, and change the trajectory of their lives.


WARRIOR by Jessica Duemig

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WARRIOR delves deep into the ups and downs of the nine most challenging months of the life of a single, career-driven, pre-kid, badass woman who takes no shit from anyone. This story isn’t a bitching session about a terrible predicament. It’s not an epic tale of finding love in the middle of a category five shitstorm. It’s a raw, real, uncensored, (hopefully) uplifting journey through the battle against Triple Negative, Metaplastic Breast Cancer. WARRIOR explores the hard times, the weird stuff, real life, the small victories and the What the fuck do I do now?. This book not only prepares the reader for what to expect following a breast cancer diagnosis, but it also outlines the emotional and mental parts of the battle. WARRIOR leaves readers believing they can do anything.


You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This product was recommended by Afiyah Nadeem from WhenLifeAwakens

Jen does an amazing job of inspiring and uplifting women who need that extra push to live the life of their dreams. She goes through many steps of ways to beat imposter syndrome and turn your life around.


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth’s approach to this is personal which makes it a perfect read for anyone who’s going their own crises and needs a mentor and a light to help them through.


Black HerStory by Pametria Dominise Brown

This product was recommended by Pametria Dominise from The Empowerment Expert

This empowering journal is a great gift to give for anyone who may have suffered a loss or working through trauma. It is perfect for women who are ready to find their healing. The guided prompts empower women to work through and process their emotions and write their trauma narrative.


From Ball Girl to CMO by Melissa M. Proctor

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Even though Melissa M. Proctor never played basketball, her dream as a child was to be the first female coach in the NBA. Your heart will sink and soar as you live through Melissa’s trials and triumphs. Through incredible experiences like surviving Hurricane Andrew, moving to London and becoming the first ball girl for the NBA’s Miami Heat, her unconventional path has taken a number of twists and turns that has led to earning the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena. However, some would be surprised to learn that even at this stage of her career, Melissa still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up…and that’s exactly how she wants it. From Ball Girl to CMO includes relevant themes of hope, persistence, empowerment, and courage to help readers navigate everything from the personal to the professional. Throughout the pages, Melissa shares lessons learned, guiding principles, and a means of comfort for those not quite sure what to do next. She presents a powerful framework for defining Guiding Principles that anyone can use to help direct life decisions. With her laid-back style and down to earth attitude, Melissa offers the option of acceptance at a time when many are confused and hope when uncertainty distorts the light at the end of the tunnel. From Ball Girl to CMO urges us to look at ourselves, reflect on where we’ve been and be open to the possibilities of what’s to come.

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