4 Must-Reads for Recent College Grads

1. Lean In for Graduates - Sheryl Sandberg

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” - Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg made waves and inspired many with the revelatory advice and insight in Lean In. While encouraging risk-taking and the breaking of limiting beliefs, the advice may not be as applicable to those just starting out with real world work experience. Fortunately, Sandberg released an extended version, Lean in for Graduates, offering advice on negotiating a salary and landing that dream job... “because the world needs you to change it.”

2. Educated - Tara Westover

“An education is not so much about making a living as it is making a person.” - Tara Westover

The value of education is indisputable, but often taken for granted. Educated by Tara Westover is a thought-provoking memoir detailing the life of a child deprived of education until age 17 who later earned a PhD from Cambridge. While unconventional, Westover’s story is nonetheless one of the most inspiring of our time and will undoubtedly give readers a fresh perspective on opportunities they have been given and, with enough determination, are able to create for themselves despite any circumstance.

3. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

“You control your own life. Your own will is extremely powerful.” - J.K. Rowlin

The story of J.K. Rowling’s transformation is nothing short of miraculous. From depressed and barely making ends meet while facing continuous rejection from multiple publishing companies on the famously beloved Harry Potter, Rowling is now one of the wealthiest people in the world. In Very Good Lives, she shares her story and how failure has ultimately led her to being one of the most loved and successful women of our time.

4. The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg

“A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.” - Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg

This excerpt above illustrates the exceptional Power of Habit. Some of the most successful people in the world aren’t always the ones who have found it naturally, but have discovered the determination, discipline, practice and persistence to live a fuller life through intention and purpose.

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