What I'm Reading - September

WorkPary is the hard work that the American dream is based on, driven by passion rather than necessity.
— Jaclyn Johnson
Kind is the New Classy.

So, it’s officially October. And it’s not lost on me that I am posting my September reading in October. The book is so good that I think you’ll all overlook the delay.

Have you heard of Create & Cultivate yet? If not, you are missing out. Jaclyn Johnson is the CEO & Founder of Create & Cultivate. Her company is all about “how to create & cultivate the career of your dreams” and they target millennials. Even if you aren’t a millennial the book has nuggets of knowledge that are good for you to know. Depending on what definition you read I fall into the old end of the millennials or the young end of Gen Y and I gained some new perspective from the book. The Create & Cultivate brand speaks to me. I love the blog, think the WorkParty podcasts are excellent, I drool over the events they host and I think the woman they feature are great role models. I’m super excited to share that I’ll be at their sold-out Vision Summit in Miami this December!

I don’t have an MBA. I didn’t go to business school. But I do have an unnerving amount of drive that allows me to take chances on ideas I have.
— Jaclyn Johnson

I think Jaclyn knows her stuff and is someone that (dare I say) I #fangirl over. She was blogging before blogging was even really considered a marketing tool. She shares her truth and raw emotion throughout the pages of the book. The great thing is everything shared is explained and broken down into action items. After reading WorkParty I think you’ll either feel a new zest for your current career or you’ll realize you need to take your side hustle to the next level and maybe even make it your career.

The book brilliantly covers both personal and professional aspects of her life. Let’s face it, ladies, as much as we’d like to keep them separate, they intermingle. Her book focuses on entrepreneurship because that is where her career landed, but the principles covered apply to corporate too.

WorkParty is a new approach to work for a new generation of women. We’re here to inspire the next gen of CEOs and bosses who can make all the change we’ve been talking about real. And we can do it on our own terms and have some fun in the process.
— Jaclyn Johnson

My Favorite Topics from the Book

  1. I love that the different layers of friendships that happen in work and are essential to your career are discussed in great detail. Reading this section think through your work friends and see if you need to branch out to strengthen your bench.

  2. Elevator pitches are important and take time to perfect. In the book, you’ll get 10 tips to help you start your elevator pitch on the right path.

  3. The book also introduces you to different powerhouse women that Jaclyn knows, so you get tips from them as well. The stories are great and they are from different industries.

  4. She emphasizes how important learning and admitting when you’ve faltered. Knowledge is power.

  5. She even discusses money, funding, hiring, firing and applying for jobs.

WorkParty was a book I looked forward to reading even when sleep alluded me in the wee hours of the morning. I’d give it a 10 out of 10. There is so much more to share, but I don’t want to spoil it. Once you’ve joined the WorkParty, I would love to hear your thoughts on this book or any others you think would be beneficial to this group. Leave your comments below.