Whistles Book Club: Five self-improvement reads for September


Often touted as the new New Year, September is a great time to take stock of the year so far and set your goals for the remaining few months.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together the best in the new wave of self improvement literature (yes, it’s a thing) helping you to reset and refocus post-summer, and alleviate those back-to-work blues.

1. Step Up: Confidence, Success and Your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes A Day by Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the battlefield that is career hunting, interview prep or wrangling that promotion at work, then Step Up is the perfect book to kick off your Autumn with. Packed with top tips on how to improve your work/life balance and advice on how to have those awkward conversations with your boss, plus helpful hints on how best to network. Broken up nicely in to 10-minute a day career workouts, this bitesize approach to self-improvement will slot effortlessly into your morning routine.

2. Born For This by Chris Guillebeau

We’ve all had moments in our life where we’ve questioned what our real ‘purpose’ is – what we were born to do. From turning a passion into a pay slip, finding your dream position within a company and developing a side hustle – this book by the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup is the ideal book for finding what you were born to do.

3. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Sometimes when our careers, relationships or finances don’t exactly to plan, we a moment to take stock and work out our next steps. Option B is the only book you need to learn how to deal with adversity, build up your resilience again and find joy when it seems unattainable.

4. Grit by Angela Duckworth

According to Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but passion and perseverance, otherwise known as grit. She focuses on six key factors which will make you more gritty: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation. Almost sounds easy!

5. The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

It’s easy to just throw on something for work, but sometimes not dressing the part can impact on our motivation levels at work. The Curated Closet will change your attitude and approach to clothes and leave you with a wardrobe that empowers your strive for success.