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5 Notable Books That Will Change Your Life

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These 5 books are full of inspiring and practical advice to incite the determination and energy you need to follow your dreams. We all need a pep talk when times get tough, so add these books to your library and grab one when you need a kick in the tail to keep going!

Even though there continues to be a shortage of women in Tech, there’s a movement to encourage more women to enter the field. Tech mavens who’ve already towed the line are eager to help those climbing their way inside this male-dominated industry.

The list of books below are full of inspiring and practical advice to incite the determination and energy you need to follow your dreams. We all need a pep talk when times get tough, so add these books to your library and grab one when you need a kick in the tail to keep going!

1. Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business 

by Pat Heim, Tammy Hughes and Susan Golant

This book provides great insight into how differently the two genders communicate, interact and build social organizations, and how miscommunication between them can cause frustration and even cost promotions.

Women will learn how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a disadvantage and teaches them how to:

  • Break patterns of behavior that may may put you at a disadvantage
  • Successfully navigate middle management to become a leader your field
  • Be assertive without being obnoxious
  • Display confidence
  • Engage in smart self-promotion
  • Lead both men and women—and recognize the differences between them
  • Use “power talk” language to your advantage

Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit" and is among the most important predictors of success. 

Although this book has a bit of controversy surrounding it in regard to back-up research, it does offer an alternative theory as to why some succeed and others do not when considering all things equal.

I'm not sure you can actually quantify one's "passion" and "persistence." So maybe she's getting a bad rap by critics. Give it a read and see what you think..

This book is jam-packed with practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals.

If you are trying to figure out if computer science and tech are for you or are in mid-career trying to balance your personal and professional life, this book is for you. 

This book will help you see that the routes to being a woman in tech are many and varied, and you are not alone.

You'll be encouraged to evaluate each decision—job opportunity, speaking engagement, promotion, training, and such against the question, “Will this help my career grow and be more valuable?”
Some of the valuable offerings are:

  • The best format for tech resumes
  • How to ace a tech interview
  • The perks of both contracting (W-9) and salaried full-time work
  • The secrets of mentorship
  • How to start your own company

4. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy became well-known after her successful TED talk about "power posing."It's a great read for anyone who wants a better understanding of how the body can influence the mind.

For example, if we sit in a position of powerlessness (legs wrapped around each other, shoulders caved in, arms crossed), we feel powerless as a victim which in turn affects our responses.

You’ll learn how to take specific steps related to body language in your daily life. This is a must-read for anyone who needs a confidence boost in their career.


5. Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Paths to Power

by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, Mary Davis Holt

This book gives a good overview of how to change assumptions and thinking in order to make your career goals happen. The authors did a fantastic job of explaining what holds women back in their own minds. 

Even though it's meant for those in the business field, It can really be applied to anything in life.

  • Features the results of over 1,700 interviews with executives in Fortune 1000 companies, as well as the authors' new research and ongoing work with over 5,000 professional women
  • Showcases previously-untold stories from high profile women including Ann Moore (CEO, Time Inc.), Susan Ivey (CEO, Reynolds American), Cathy Bessant (Global Executive for Technology and Operations for Bank of America), Lynn Ford (CEO, ING Solutions), and more
  • Reveals what it really takes for any woman to succeed at the highest levels


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