As a creative, I’ve always looked for inspiration from other people leading inspiring and fulfilling lives. I have struggled with fear associated with pursuing a life outside of the ordinary, one that lacks stability and structure but promises fulfillment. As a society, a life based around creativity isn’t exactly the conventional idea of “success”.
Books like the ones below have given me such a sense of peace and belonging. It’s like I’ve found my people buried in the words they have typed on the pages. Before I quit my full-time job, I was looking for as much inspiration and encouragement as possible to combat the fear that was paralyzing me to move forward.
I’d scour the internet for inspirational quotes, read every horoscope I could find, try to pull some resemblance of encouragement from a gas station advertisement or a homeless man’s cardboard sign. I was desperate.
Turns out, I just needed to read these books. These 5 books are what finally gave me the peace of mind and encouragement to take the leap and follow my dreams.
Read below for the Top 5 Inspiring Books to Read Before Quitting your Job
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Ohh Elizabeth Gilbert. Best known for her novel Eat Pray Love Liz is the perfect example of someone who has always valued the importance of creativity in life. She is the perfect person to guide others who are in the same position she was some years ago, a struggling creative just trying to find her way.
When I read the book, I felt as if she was speaking right to me. Many of the examples are tailored to writers, but can be open to interpretation throughout many creative platforms. I’d highly recommend this one for anyone facing fear pertaining to their creativity or talents.
The Universe Has your Back- Gabby Bernstein
If you’re into anything self-development related, chances are you’ve heard of this book. The Universe Has your Back has the ability to be pretty life-changing if you’re open to really diving in and taking the lessons she gives you seriously.
It took me MONTHS to finish this book, because I was always very picky about the mood and setting I was in when I sat down to read it. I always had a pen and paper handy scribbling notes and re-read sentences over and over. I’m planning on reading it a second time, and referring to my notes often to get the full benefit.
Don’t rush through this one.
You are a Bad-Ass – Jen Sincero
This book was a game changer for me. I found myself constantly taking pictures of paragraphs and pages that spoke to me. This book came into my hands when I was right at that ever important crossroad in life. The point where you’re done sauntering down the path and it’s finally time to decide which way to go.
You are a Badass led me to giving my notice at the 9-5pm I was at to pursue self-employment. Thank youuuuuu, Jen Sincero.
Braving the Wilderness & Daring Greatly – Brené Brown
If you’ve ever thought about going to therapy, but are too shy or proud or nervous to take that step, read Brené’s books to get your feet wet. She’s a social scientist, yet always comes across as the friendly neighbour next door you could chat with for hours. I really just want to have brunch with her with one elbow on the table, my cheek in my hand, staring at her smiling in awe as she tells me all the things I need to know. Her new book “Braving the Wilderness” is already a New York Times Best Seller and one I would whole-heartedly recommend.
Really, I’d read a recipe book front to back if it had her name on the cover.
You are a Circle – A Visual Meditation
This is a great book to purchase if you’re a creative and want little bursts of inspiration. I incorporated this book into my morning routine and it has been such a welcome addition. After I make my coffee and complete my journal writing, I open the book and flip through it. Each page has an affirmation for creatives about fear, your craft, and how to move forward in your creativity. There are also circles on the opposite page that you can stare at in a meditative practice.
It’s a great way to get your mind right for a day full of inspiration and work.
I sincerely hope if you’re at that same crossroad I was just one year ago, that you pick up one, two, or all five of these books. I promise you they will ease your mind, and allow you to feel more confident to go in the direction of your dreams!