The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I read it on the subway on my way to my fashion job (that I hated at the time) because I wasn’t sure where to go. To this day, it’s a quick and easy read whenever I’m feeling lost. It’s a positive spiritual message that’s been recommended by many before me. When the shepherd leaves the desert, all the shepherd needs is their internal compass, faith in themselves, and faith in love (not war).
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Don’t judge the book by the title, Lana Del Rey was recorded in an interview recommending this book for a similar sentiment I shared above. Hearing her express a similar feeling (after my experience) only helped validate. It was sitting on my bookshelf for a while because I thought it was a boring business textbook. It’s a great book to read when you need a shift of mindset because that’s where it all starts.
Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden.
I picked up this handy dandy business lesson in a Barnes & Noble bookshop when I was obsessed with breaking into advertising (before Mad Men came on air). It’s a random choice for recruiting, but a gentle visual aid to help problem solve by coming up with simple and effective counter-intuitive solutions. (This is the part of the song when I give a shout out to Host Hung for allowing me to remix the narrative *pretty please*)