5 Books to Light a Fire Under Your Ass

I take ages to make a choice. Ages. I ponder and ruminate, make pros and cons lists, ask everybody I know for their opinion. Then I ponder and ruminate some more. Once, in high school, I went out for lunch with my mom and the waiter had to come back 4 times before I could tell him what I wanted. FOR LUNCH.

It takes a long time for me to come to a decision. Especially when it’s the big stuff. I often turn to books, my stalwart, wonderful friends, to help me.

Here are 5 books that lit a fire under my ass, gave me some inspiration, and made me take a step forward, towards the life that I have always wanted. Even just a baby step.

Start. by Jon Acuff – This book is full of funny anecdotes, great theory, and, most importantly, actionable initiatives. While I had been reading blogs and books that were starting to push me in the right direction, Start was the first one that actually made me do something.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Gillebeau – This book changed the way that I think about work and careers, as well as education. It was an important shift that has had a huge impact on how I am living my life today.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – A book that broke my heart and mended it over and over again, and made me think differently about my life, that pushed me to be better and write better and think better. An important, gorgeous book that should be required reading.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – On how the courage to be vulnerable is central to our success as human beings. Not our career success or our success as parents or our success as friends, but our success at being human. 

Delaying the Real World by Colleen Kinder – Travel has always been the dearest desire of my heart, and yet I have not always made it the priority that it should be because I have been cowed by the boundaries that I must overcome in order to do that. This is a great book that got me to think about all of the creative ways that travel can be part of my life, and also encouraged the divergent thinking of “there is no one right way to live life.”

Honestly, these books changed my life. They made it possible for me to bring myself closer to the life that I want to be leading, and they have helped bring me to a place of bravery, risk, and peace that I didn’t know was possible. I’m so excited to continue on that path.

What are the most inspirational books that you have read?

5 Books to Light a Fire Under Your Ass

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