Fall and books go hand in hand. Whether you’re reading them in cozy corners or finding time to get a few pages in during your commute, they help remind you that new opportunities arise with every new season you step into. Fall is no different.
As Latinxs, it’s no secret that we can sometimes struggle with imposter syndrome or have a hard time envisioning ourselves in roles we’ve never seen someone who looks like us take a hold of. While those may be knee-jerk reactions to current realities, they don’t have to be your second (third or fourth) responses.
Books are the bridge to help remind you that you’re navigating it all at a great pace and ultimately that you belong in the space you’re occupying. Whether we’re talking about a college classroom, a startup incubator, or a legacy corporation — you belong and these career books are here to help you navigate that belonging.
An addition to everyone’s library in 2018 — Michelle Obama’s memoir is a reminder that no path is linear and that it’s okay if you take a while to move from doing what others think you should do to living your life for yourself. Whether you’re picking this book up for the first time or fifth, it’s a good grounding, weekend read that will remind you you’re where you need to be.
In Leap Frog, Nathalie Molina Nino gives every POC entrepreneur the guidebook they’d always been looking for. Molina Nino, who is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and she knows what it’s like building a business in a world that caters to those who are white and male. Reading Leap Frog will help inspire you whether you’re in the ideation phase or the fundraising stage.
Instead of tip-toeing around realities WOC experience when then they are building their careers, Minda Harts stares them down directly and then teaches how to navigate their way through — racism (Whether it’s overt or not), biases, white privilege, and microaggressions, among other realities. This book does for its readers what connecting in person or online does for people in general — reminds you that it’s not all in your mind and you’re definitely not alone.
Brene Brown has become a frequently referenced leader whenever conversations are brought up around vulnerability, resilience, or leadership. She uses stories to help humanize the data she’s researched throughout her career and in the process helps readers figure out the power they have within themselves to challenge lies they tell themselves and rebuild after setbacks. After one read it will become your go-to in building a life you respect and love.
These four books will carry you through all of fall and hopefully offer all the momentum you need to start the new year off on the same right foot.