When you’re stuck in a four-year rut at work, or in your startup, or on a project—how do you get out of it? How do you step back, see the big picture, and find a way to level up? Whether it’s chasing the next promotion, doubling down on your current project, or finding a way to get better at the work you’re currently doing, here are the best books I’ve read on playing bigger, taking the leap, and doubling down on your professional wisdom.
If I could read every (good) book ever made, I would. But, time has a way of limiting us, and I want quality over quantity. Recently I stumbled on a great way of choosing which book to read next. Here’s how it works.
Almost two years ago, the idea for Startup Pregnant came to me. But when the idea first arrived, it was to be a book of my own experience. A story of what it was like to work in the tech startup scene in Manhattan while navigating my pregnancy. Over time, however, the idea morphed from a book (still in progress) to grow in shape and size. I started interviewing women and hearing incredible stories. And I knew these interviews need to be conversations that people could listen to. So I ended up starting a podcast. Here’s the backstory, and a sneak peek into where we’re headed.
One puzzle of being a regular blogger is considering what the collection of essays adds up to over time. I’ve written before about why I write, my writing habits and how important it is to me to show up to the process. Recently I made a new map to exploring all of these essays and I’m excited to show it to you.
Here are seven memoirs that have stuck with me long after I’ve put them down. From parenting to social pressure, to the deep history of a country, to reckoning with death, dying, and growing up poor: this collection of books takes you inside the experiences of different human lives.