Book Club: “Successful Women Think Differently” by Valorie Burton

This book club recommendation is a personal one. In August of 2014, I went to a women’s conference at a church I regularly frequent called Victory World Church in Atlanta. Having just been laid off in July, I was in a contemplative mindset, searching for my purpose and next steps. The conference couldn’t come soon enough. The theme alone spoke to me “Dream Big”.

One of the speakers at the conference was a dynamic woman named Valorie Burton. She was confident, a wonderful storyteller, real and very transparent. I rarely buy books at conferences. I usually like to do a bit more research and think on it. Not that day; I stood in line for 15 minutes and walked away with not one but two of Valorie’s books. The first one I started in on was “Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make you Happier, Healthier and More Resilient.” Who couldn’t use a little of all of that? I love this book. It came at a very important time in my life.

If you are participating in this blog’s BetterMe15 challenge then I highly suggest this book as a companion reading. Her exercises, charts, questions and stories are thought-provoking and inspiring. In fact, a few of our growth goals were inspired by my reading this book.

Below are a few tips that I think will help you to have a great experience when reading Successful Women Think Differently:

1. Don’t rush through it.
I can read a book in 1-3 days if I enjoy it. But I decided that this book would be part of my morning ritual. I also made a decision to digest it slowly, savoring every bite by actively doing every activity she suggested and answering every question asked. It could take 2-3 mornings to finish just one chapter. In all I think it took about 4 weeks for me to complete. Also make sure to find a quiet place and time to read.

2. Be ready to be truthful.
This book is like having your very own personal coach. She asks a lot of questions and starts you off with examples of women she’s worked with or even herself. I at first noticed some of my answers were “canned” For example, when asked what are you afraid of? I wrote down failure. Not a bad answer and definitely truthful but then I decided to delve deeper. Who was I afraid to fail? What were the results of failing that I feared? My exercises became much more impactful.

3. Think outside the box.
Lastly, think outside the box when you do the activities and answer the questions. For example, in one chapter she asks you to think about a time in which you were successful and what did you do, how did you think to help. How could you apply that in the future.

At first, I thought about career goals and projects I’ve completed but none of them really meant much to me. Then I thought, my husband. Wait what? I know, it sounds weird but thinking on it further the process of finding my husband revealed a lot of lessons that I could use in any type of future situation to lead to success. If you are itching to hear more about that then check out my post “How Finding a Husband Taught Me The Keys To Success.”

Again, this is a great read. So check it out and let me know your thoughts and any key lessons that you walked away with!

Available for purchase on Amazon.