Three Books that Changed My Life (2019)

After college, I get the chance to spend time for myself and learn new things through interesting books. Here are the three books that changed my life in 2019.


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

#GirlBoss is written by Sophia Amoruso; the CEO of the fashion brand, Nasty Gal. This book provides the fascinating story of Amoruso and how Nasty Gal was created. She also shared some tips on how to effectively get the job you want, start a business and eventually become a girl boss.

She has so many inspiring quotes in the book, but the one that I like most is “No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” I’m glad that I’ve become aware of it earlier in life.

I’d say that it is still an effective read even after 2 years of having it.

Mindset by Carol Dweck

This book makes you realize that mindset is a powerful belief. Your way of thinking is influenced by either validation or development. You’ll learn how to be confident in your decisions, and how to effectively converse with the people around you (family, friends, school, work, and business).

One of the most interesting phrases is “Everyone is born with an intense drive to learn. But as children start to evaluate themselves, they become scared of opportunities.” It’s quite sad but challenging at the same time. It allows you to think of ways to help children be open for opportunities.

Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

This book by Peter Drucker is a pamphlet-like book that teaches you everything about managing yourself and others.  It provides you with details such as how to pick a career or how to help a manager or a colleague with projects.

One of the most memorable phrases is “People are either readers or listeners. There’s no in between.” You understand better by either reading or by listening. That is something to keep in mind if you’re an employee or a leader. The book has been published long ago, but every teaching is still timely.

I’ve only read this book once, and I think this is THE book that everyone should have.


Now that I’m out of college, I have to keep learning by myself. One way to incorporate continuous learning into my everyday life is by reading. For the first half of the year, the books that have helped me discover new things are #GirlBoss, Mindset, and Managing Oneself. All these books have taught me self love, a new perspective, and positivity which are very timely for a new graduate like me.

Which books made an impact on your life?

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