New Year, New Read: 5 Books To Start Off 2018!

If you're taking the time to read this blog post, it's safe to say you might enjoy reading in general. If you're a book worm like myself you probably ask yourself quite often, "what should I read next?". Well what better way to start off the new year then a new book and some inspiration to get those resolutions off to a great start!

I have compiled a list of the top 5 inspirational/self-help books that we're the highlights of 2017. Some of which literally gave me the tools and confidence to start this blog and The Working Millennial brand! With these recommendations, I'm hoping that you find the same value as I did. Direct links will be available for you to purchase them online via Amazon. You might as well treat yourself, you deserve it! (Think of it as professional development)

1. Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

This list isn't compiled in any specific order but this book is purposely listed as #1. Side Hustle is the book that gave me the push to start The Working Millennial. For any individual with great ideas seeking ways to make extra income or start a side business, this book will give you a step-by-step guide, inspiration and resources. If you're an aspiring entrepreneur or just thinking of ways to establish additional streams of income I highly recommend owning this book. Yes, not just read but to own this book. This not a one-time read but a resource for your personal toolkit.

2. You are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero

A nice, quick and easy read that gives you a dosage of inspiration to get sh*t done! If you are a believer in the Laws of Attraction, this is definitely a refresher to the concept which is also written in a bold and youthful tone - great for millennials. Jen Sincero was able to share her personal experiences and provide tips and advice that can easily be applied to our personal lives. She addresses various aspects such as positive thinking, spirituality, money, gratitude, fear and procrastination. Saying that, if you've been looking for something to get you back on your toes this read is like a glass of iced tea and a scorching hot day.

3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The secret is an all-time classic. If you're looking for a way to shift your mindset for the better, this is the book that will do it for you. The Secret is an explanation of the Law of Attraction as well as the application of the law in various aspects of your life; Money, relationships, health, happiness, etc. When I initially read this book for the first time years ago, I promise you I woke up everyday with a renewed mind and felt the positive shift in my energy and behaviour. I actually found myself recently revising this book as a pick-me-up. A key to starting off your New Year on the right note is to have the right mind set and actions to match. The mind is a powerful thing and The Secret is the brain food you need.

4. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Millennials, let's face it... As much as we dislike speaking about finances it plays a pretty huge role in our lives. As we get older, financial literacy is more and more critical as we start thinking long term about real estate, starting a family, travelling, business ventures, retirement, etc. When you think about most books about finance you probably imagine it to be quite dry. Ramit, just like Jen Sincero, was able to deliver great tools and information in a tone that is relatable for millennials. This book is straight to the point and offers you all the basics you need to get started on your path to financial freedom. Topics include credit, debt repayment, investing, decreasing fees/interest, budgeting and more!

I imagine that financial growth and stability is on everyone's New Years resolutions list and if so, I recommend picking this book up.

5. The Passion Test by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood

2017 was a year for serious clarity for me. I knew what I wanted to do for a few years now and it was The Passion Test that allowed me to gain that clarity. As millennials we get so caught up in the usual day-to-day shenanigans that we sometimes end up getting lost in the mix forget what our strengths and purposes are. We either want to do a little bit of everything, what if "safe" or we have no clue at all. The Passion Test has a collection of self-development exercises that will help you clarify your passion and goals. If you're not 100% sure about what is that you want to achieve in 2018, this read might be a good pick for you to get started.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!