Inspiring Books For a Creative Career

Now, before I start, I just have to share with you what I think when I see these three books sat on my shelf. Remember that scene from Bridget Jones where she bins all her self-help books in an empowering Bridget montage? I don’t know why, but it always springs to mind when a new career-focused book lands on my doorstep. Maybe self-improvement books have come a long way since 2001, or maybe Bridget should have turned her focus to the careers section in Waterstones rather than the romance section. Either way, here is what is sat on my bedside table at the moment, and what I’ve been recommending to anyone that asks (or doesn’t, I really need to know when to keep shtum). If you’re in need of a new book to help motivate and inspire you, then here are my current top three:


Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money


I LOVE THIS BOOK. When author Jen Sincero first explained that sex and money make the world go round, but these are the things that we are taught the least about in school, I stood up and applauded her (in my head, of course). Whilst there are so many other things that make the world spin, money is something we all need in our day-to-day lives. We need it to pay the rent, or the mortgage, the bills, and my jumpsuit addiction isn’t going to fund itself. Jen discusses why we should change our relationship with money and shows you how to push through any money blocks you may have. Jen’s tone is direct, and she has a no bullshit approach, which sometimes is exactly what you need. Purchase Here. 


Tara Mohr | Playing Big 


It’s funny when you find a book you really connect with and then find out you and it have been co-existing since 2015. Well, last month this book came into my life and now all kinds of things come out of my mouth that I would never have expected to say. Tara really gets into the emotional psyche of being female and why we often make so many apologies and excuses for not doing exactly what we dream of doing. She delves into self-doubt and how to deal with your inner critic and develop your inner mentor. This book involves you doing quite a lot of reflection, which can be exhausting at times, but it’s all good practice that will help you in so many areas of your life. Purchase here.


Phoebe Lovatt | The Working Woman’s Handbook


Phoebe is behind the Working Woman’s Club, which is not only a seriously good-looking virtual hub, but also a practical place that provides support and information for the creative career. Her debut book continues this idea and provides insights and interviews with Betty favourites such as Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth and The Gentlewoman's editor-in-chief Penny Martin. Throughout the book there are exercises for you to complete on everything from your business ideas, to budgets and negotiating. A compact, and of course beautifully designed book, that is jam-packed with practical advice. Purchase Here.