If you’re looking to get some career inspiration in the new year, ramping up your reading list is one of the best places to start.
Take a look at my favorites: a list of sensational women who offer resources, ideas, and inspiration for getting ahead in your career and developing your business.
1. Farnoosh Brock, Prolific Living
Brock, who recently left a very successful corporate career to pursue her goal of helping others to lead passion-driven lives, draws on her own experience to write about living life to its fullest, trusting your instincts, and following your dreams. She doesn’t tolerate senseless self-pity—and she speaks authentically here, because she’s been through personal struggles herself. Instead, Brock offers practical advice on getting to know yourself, finding your path, and staying motivated in your corporate job. This is a must-read for anyone who needs a little push and a lot of inspiration!
2. Penelope Trunk, Penelope Trunk
Penelope Trunk, co-founder of Brazen Careerist, has been touted the queen of unhindered commentary—her personal blog’s tagline is “advice at the intersection of work and life,” and she pretty much covers it all. Trunk is smart, brutally honest, transparent, and a little bit nuts—and she can be very controversial (her blog posts range from “Don’t Do What You Love” to “Choose Sex Over Money”). But agree with her or not, she ultimately offers some interesting nuggets of advice for just about everyone.
3. Kat Griffin, Corporette
This award-winning blog (named one of Forbes’ Top 100 Websites for Women this year) is a fashion and lifestyle resource for “overachieving chicks.” The site was born after its founder recognized that young professional women in demanding careers needed somewhere to go—other than fashion magazines—for wardrobe advice they could actually use. In addition to shopping tips and trend alerts, Corporette covers the tricky workplace style questions, like what to wear to the office on the weekend or how to dress when you’re laid off and looking.