Six months ago, my life was upside-down. Like many professionals, I felt trapped within cubicle land and all I could think about was escaping the soul-sucking abyss, more formally known as Corporate America.
Over the years, the corporate life had made me far less of a creative, and more of a zombie. Deep down I knew I was living out of alignment with my true self. But didn’t quite yet have the confidence to break free. Like Neo, I had taken the blue pill and didn’t know how to recover from it.
Longing to tap into my own creative gifts and talents, I began to crave a career path more aligned to my soul mission. I dropped the credit savvy financial life and entered a reality full of world-building, character development, and creativity. The bland, sterile audits I once generated for local financial firms soon became bold new sentences and paragraphs. And it wasn’t long before this very blog post was born. Below are three books that have helped me break free from corporate America
UnF*Ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life By Gary John Bishop
Unf*ck Yourself is one of the first books that brought me back to life from the Corporate environment. Joining the ranks of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, You Are a Badass, and F*ck Feelings comes this refreshing, BS-free, self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations.
UnF*Ck yourself helped me get out of my mind and into my heart. Encouraging me to live life on my terms, and most importantly creatively, this book helps free your mind from the chains that most corporate environments place upon you. I highly recommend this book to all those Creatives out there seeking a practical guide to following your passion.
Escape from Corporate America by Pamela Skillings
I remember as if it were yesterday as I gazed at this lovely book upon my desk within my 8 by 8-foot cubicle as I processed claims. Throughout my corporate journey, self-love reading has become my new mantra and self-help books are my new superpower. For me, the creative and spunky worlds that I discovered between the pages of books become a source of freedom.
This is a great book for all those Creatives out there who feel their corporate career has left them stressed out, burned out, or just plain depleted. Written by career expert and corporate escapee Pamela Skillings, Escape from Corporate America inspires the cubicle-bound and the corner-office-cornered to break free and create the career of their dreams–without going broke. So the next time you feel like escaping the Cube life, simply pick up this book and gain some amazing perspective that will surely guide you along your path to freedom.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
What if I told you that the right book can bring any once defeated soul back to life from the corporate environment? I read this book while recovering from my corporate black hole and I must say that this little book is very refreshing.
In this amazingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, and help you create a life you totally love.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass thus jump-starting you on your escape from Corporate America.