5 Books Fearless

Whether you’re searching for a beach read for your last summer getaway or looking to start fresh with some autumnal inspiration, books can be a great way to help you embrace fearlessness. A fearless heroine in your favorite novel or the autobiography of someone jumping off the metaphorical high dive can give you that extra push you need to be fearless in your own life. 

1. Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words

Writing poetry, unfortunately, can often seem like the strangest, scariest, least accessible art form (unless you are a 14-year-old in the middle of your first heartbreak). Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth. Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy is a wonderful guide to finding inspiration poetry for experienced poets and a newbies alike. It isn’t full of heavy theory or jargon, but instead gives examples of Wooldridge’s own experiences a poet and uses the anecdotes to shape lessons, prompts, games, and other inspirational guides. Putting your own thoughts and feelings into words on a page can be scary for anyone, but Poemcrazy gives you the tools to embrace fearlessness and come out the other side as a poet.

2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)

Sometimes fearlessness doesn’t mean climbing to the top of Mount Everest or swimming with sharks. Sometimes fearlessness just means being yourself and not conforming to everyone else tells you you need to do to succeed. Not only is Mindy Kaling a supremely funny lady, but she is a prime example on how far being yourself can take you. Besides validating a lot of the thoughts that you have racing through your head on a daily basis, the fact that Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me exists reinforces the age-old truism: be yourself. Hollywood already had a Jennifer Aniston and a Paris Hilton. What it needed was a Mindy Kaling. So stop hiding behind the facade you’ve put up because you were told you were suppose to be something you’re not. Be fearless and be yourself. 

3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette chronicles the events that led up to the disappearance of the quirky Bernadette Fox, wife of Microsoft executive Eugene and mother to precocious teen Bee. The novel, by Maria Semple, is full of interesting, multidimensional characters that ultimately make the reader think about how we all judge people too quickly; a sound reminder that nothing is ever black and white. Most relevantly to this article, Where’d You Go, Bernadette lets us all know that everyone fall into ruts and make mistakes, and coming out of those ruts can be the hardest thing we ever do. Apologizing, starting fresh, and boldly moving forward with you life, however scary that may be, can make all the difference. Where’d You Go, Bernadette a fun, accessible satire that is perfect for that last beach read of the summer. Semple’s story will not only leave you laughing, but just might give you the courage to start digging yourself out of your own rut and taking that jump into your exciting, scary future.

4. Jane Eyre

As a woman of the Victorian era, Jane, as the titular character in Jane Eyre, exudes fearlessness and independence. Jane defies many of the norms for women of the era. Throughout the classic novel, Jane acts on her disinterest to be bound or dependent upon anyone but herself. Though the code for women of the time is quite clear, Jane’s makes her own decisions based on her own code and feelings. Whether she’s turning down a marriage proposal or running away from a everyone she knows, Jane makes decisions throughout her life that are unheard of for a woman of her position. Ultimately, Jane’s desire to follow her heart and gut lead her to an outcome where she is truly happy as an equal in her relationship. Jane’s fearlessness was an inspiration in centuries past, and continues to be a source for inspiration to women today.    

5. #Girlboss

The Lean In of 2014, #Girlboss is taking the world by storm. If you take part in our Book of the Month Club here at GenTwenty, you’ll already have read #Girlboss, written by NastyGal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso, back in June. But for all of you that haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, there couldn’t be a better inspiration for fearlessness in your life than Amoruso. Fearlessness, according to #Girlboss, is all about hard work and trusting your instincts. There are times to break rules and be crazy, and there are times to follow the rules and put your head down. As long as you trust in your gut, you don’t need to fear what The Man tells you about success or what you should and shouldn’t be doing. At the end of the day, Amoruso tells you anything is possible as long as you’re prepared for hard work.

There is no such thing as an exhaustive list of books. What books have helped you embrace fearlessness in your life?
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