6 Motivational Medias to Spring You Toward Success

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Female-focused books, podcasts and documentaries to help propel you toward your goals.

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants,” said Coco Chanel, one of the most influential fashion designers in the world. We can’t help but agree. Whether you are interested in fashion design or finance (or any other field), you deserve to follow your passions and be the best version of yourself.

The only problem? Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday lives – those bills won’t pay themselves! – that we forget to focus on our dreams. If you need a little inspiration this spring, check out these female-focused motivational books, podcasts and documentaries designed to help women succeed personally and professionally. One of these just might be the spark you need to supercharge your life.

Books

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

How often do we say “sorry” for things we shouldn’t? Rachel Hollis, author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face, wants women to leave that bad habit in the past. Her newest release, Girl, Stop Apologizing, is a gentle reminder to believe in yourself, stop striving for perfection and own what you want out of life. This book challenges all women to live up to their full potential by letting go of the excuses that stand in the way of their dreams.  

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Balancing motherhood, work, friends, marriage and personal interests is a challenge for many women. Who better to learn from than someone who has gracefully done it in front of all of America? Empowering and relatable, Becoming is a thought-provoking, humorous story of the former first lady’s life.

Podcasts

Women Rule featuring Anna Palmer

Discover new role models and learn how real women climbed the ladder of success on the Women Rule podcast, led by the co-author of POLITICO Playbook, Anna Palmer. Every Wednesday, Palmer interviews American women about their personal stories, challenges and professional insights. If you are looking for real-world advice from female leaders, this is the best place to find it!  

#MOMGOTTHIS featuring Michelle Park and Stacy Igel

Nobody works harder than mothers, which is why they are the perfect people to motivate you. Moms Michelle Park and Stacy Igel host this podcast, released every Monday through Thursday, sharing those #MOMGOTTHIS moments. Each week features a new mom, who shares tidbits from her career, life, recipes, balancing tips, product recommendations and so much more. Practical tools and encouraging advice for all types of moms are in full supply here.

Documentaries

Seeing Allred about Gloria Allred

You’ll want to stand up and fight for your fellow females after watching Seeing Allred, a film about women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred. In this Netflix original documentary, watch as Allred takes on actor Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump, who have both been accused of sexual violence. Whether you agree with all of her politics or not, one thing’s for sure: this powerful woman is not afraid to defend her beliefs. We can all aspire to her fearlessness.

RBG about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She’s 86 years old, has a Sam Adams beer named after her and is nicknamed “The Notorious RGB” due to her fierce advocacy for women’s rights. In other words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pretty awesome. Learn more about this fascinating woman, the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who has served for more than 25 years in RBG. This documentary reveals Ginsburg’s personal journey to success, how she became a pop culture icon and how she supports what she believes is right, no matter what.


Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and swimming pools. She has her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.