I’ve been binging on a lot of inspirational content this month and felt the need to spread some positivity. If you feel like you could use the laughs, wisdom, or motivation, here are my five recommendations:
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Lilly Singh, also known as iiSuperwomanii, is arguably the most influential female Youtuber today. If you haven’t heard of her, you’ve most likely seen her face on a billboard in LA or NY or somewhere in a trending video on Youtube.
I’ve been a long-time subscriber of Lilly’s channel, so I was beyond excited to read her debut book How to Be a Bawse. The reason I recommend the book is that it’s not another autobiography full of sugarcoated advice. It’s Lilly’s honest reflection on life before and after Youtube and how she’s changed for the better. The book is full of wisdom and actionable advice, with Lilly discussing everything from her period of depression to the work that goes into being a successful leader and entrepreneur.
I loved the balance of humor, seriousness, and vulnerability of each chapter. Lilly acts as your personal cheerleader/drill sergeant and delves into the life lessons that contributed to her personal and professional success. While Lilly’s content appeals to a younger demographic, her advice is timeless and can honestly apply to anyone’s life, regardless of age.
I love Hasan Minhaj’s brand of humor. It’s honest, relatable, and thought-provoking. He’s not afraid to explore sensitive topics of conversation, such as racism, cultural identity, and formative high school experiences. Hasan talks at length about his life growing up in an immigrant family in California, and it’s one of the best things about his one-man show.
I highly recommend Homecoming King to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. Hasan is an engaging performer and a masterful storyteller—quick to book-end tear-jerking stories with hilarious one-liners and relatable anecdotes. He takes you on a bittersweet journey from his childhood to his adolescent years and finally to his life-changing audition for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. One moment you’re laughing; the next, you’re crying. And by the end of the show, you feel so…human. (You’ll understand what I mean when you watch the special.) As a fan of Hasan, I’m drawn to his refreshing comedic voice and can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
I just finished reading “The Purpose Paradigm,” by Laura Simms and read it all in one sitting. This is a book that will resonate with anyone who seeks a career change and/or feels unsure about what they want to pursue in life. Laura advocates a new approach to the word “career,” and how it is indeed possible to build a career that is both personally fulfilling and beneficial to others. Hint, hint: it all begins with purpose.
I’ve been a fan of David Bach since watching one of his personal finance classes on CreativeLive. I finally got a chance to read his best-selling book, The Automatic Millionaire, and I definitely recommend it to the millennials out there who need financial guidance. This book is easy to understand and full of actionable steps that you can start taking today. If you’re all about “setting and forgetting” when it comes to finance, then this book is for you.
I am an avid podcast listener, so I’m constantly on the lookout for new podcasts in a variety of genres. I stumbled upon RYHSY pretty recently, while looking for some guidance on pursuing a creative career. I didn’t really know much about Tiffany Han, but I’m glad to have found her podcast. She interviews a lot of interesting guests, from bloggers to career coaches to filmmakers, and they discuss topics such as collaboration, spiritual health, and reinvention. I haven’t listened to all the episodes yet but I’m really enjoying her content so far.