My brother once told me that you don’t pick the book, the book picks you. And I would take any opportunity to call out his bull sh*t but I honestly believe there’s truth to it. Have you ever started a book you just couldn’t put down or alternatively, had to give up on after the first few chapters? My new found reading obsession has made me a regular patron of the public library and led me to a first: finding a book that although I’ve read from start to finish, I’ve decided is worth investing in for my own collection.
Ever since Sallie Krawcheck’s opening “aha!” moment in the book’s introduction, I’ve not only been unable to keep the book down, I want to make a note after every other page. I think I’ve called my Mom after every chapter to tell her about the “aha!” moment I’ve had as I discovered a kindred spirit in this women. Someone who speaks my language, sets high but meaningful expectations and doesn’t settle for mediocrity. The book, Own It, is written by a woman, about women and most importantly for women in a time where we need to continue to be our most powerful selves.
I first heard of Sallie Krawcheck’s book through a Vogue article about her startup, Ellevest. I had recently finished writing about my thoughts on money and thought the article fitting. Although, her approach was a different one: she was calling out what she calls the “gender investing gap” and how she was stepping up to do something about it. I recognized a true boss right away. Not only does she break down the numbers to demonstrate where women are missing out on earning as much as men, she also dives deep into other topics including workplace diversity, negotiating a raise, the importance of mentorship, sponsorship and networking all from the perspective that women’s innate strengths are what make us powerful and valuable in the workplace. I’ve learned where I have been successful in my career path and where I need work but most importantly how I can continue to learn and grow while being equally recognized and rewarded.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book today! If you do, please let me know what you think in the comments below: