Marissa Orr's book Lean Out rests on a table beside a ham sandwich

Marissa Orr’s Lean Out helped me make sense of my own ambition

Did Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In make you want to cry out in despair? Me too. Marissa Orr’s Lean Out, on the other hand, made me want to shout out my wholehearted agreement

When I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In a few years ago, I wanted to cry, rage and throw the book across the room. It made me feel irrelevant, odd, and lazy because I don’t care to have a big career where I bust my ass 12 hours a day in profit-serving work that would infest my life like a non-native species were I to rest for a minute.

On the other hand, when I read Marissa Orr’s Lean Out, an open response to Sheryl Sandberg’s book, I certainly shed a tear or two while turning pages. But for a completely different reason. I felt recognized, heard, and validated.

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Cover of Becoming by Michelle Obama, featuring a portrait of Obama with a warm smile.

There’s a reason Michelle Obama is the most admired woman in the world

In her book Becoming, the former First Lady of the United States reveals herself as a hard worker, a servant of the people, and a daring leader

Though memoirs are a bit outside my mission here, I made an exception for this candid story of how one hard-working little girl matured into the world’s most admired woman.

Becoming, which came out last year, is set to become the bestselling memoir of all time, with more than 10 million copies sold as of March, 2019. It had to be good.

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The Culture Code makes office dysfunction seem fixable

Dan Coyle’s bestselling book shows how simple changes can boost creativity, productivity, and life satisfaction

The Culture Code is not a business book, and that’s precisely what makes it a great business book. It reminds us that the skills of connecting with people are universally applicable and simple to learn. Whether you’re a volunteer fundraiser, a newbie soccer coach, or a global CEO, the techniques explained in this book can help you help others.

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