Mavenly + Co. Book Club: The Defining Decade

It’s the beginning of a new season and we are taking advantage of this amazing fall weather by curling up with another great book for the Mavenly Book Club.

Last month we discussed "The Defining Decade" on Facebook Live with ladies from all across the country. We were thrilled to have such great conversation surrounding the book, and I think we can all say that we took away some great insights.

I first read "The Defining Decade" a little over a year ago and found that reading it again at another place in my life was an entirely new learning experience. It was so great to have conversations with other women about these topics and learn even more from hearing new and different perspectives.

Here are just a few takeaways from the first Mavenly + Co. Book Club chat:

When it comes to confidence at work, give yourself time.

When it comes to work, Meg Jay has a lot of useful information for twenty-somethings navigating their careers. One of my favorite topics during the Facebook Live discussion was confidence at work. It’s very common to feel unsure or a little lost when we first start working in the “real word.” Sometimes we can feel like we are supposed to have everything figured out in the first few years of our careers, but it’s so important to step back and remember that confidence at work takes a long time. All of the uncertainty is totally normal, especially in our twenties, but it’s important to not let the feelings of uncertainty get in the way of what you want to accomplish. As some say, fake it until you make it, or at least don’t be so hard on yourself when you aren’t feeling the most confident. Give yourself time to learn, make mistakes, and eventually you’ll be excelling in your craft.

Building weak ties and identity capital are game changers in work and life.

We talked about the importance of weak ties and identity capital, two terms Dr. Jay discusses at length in the book. We found that these topics in particular can be total game changers in our twenties. Weak ties can lead us to opportunities we love, but sometimes it’s hard to reach out at first. Asking for help is sometimes uncomfortable, especially when you feel like you have nothing to offer in return. But taking that first step is so important, and more times than not, we’ve found weak ties to be helpful in connecting us with amazing people and opportunities.

Identity capital is also a revolutionary idea when it comes to how we define ourselves. We talked about the importance of investing our time and making intentional choices on how we spend our time. We actually do have control of what defines us if we decide where we want to grow and learn, and most importantly, what we value. Hobbies and activities that are interesting and valuable can ultimately help you find your place in the world.

October Book Club: Design Your Day

This month we are reading "Design Your Day" by Claire Diaz-Ortiz.  A former early Twitter employee, Diaz-Ortiz was also named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She created the “DO LESS” method which outlines some simple guidelines on setting goals, creating strategies to reach our goals, and how to make the most of our time. Join us on Facebook Live on November 2nd at 8 P.M. EST to chat with us about how to be more productive, set better goals, and live life on purpose.

Feel free to join in on the conversation as you read the book and share your thoughts with the hashtags #MavenlyBookClub and #DesignYourDay.

Happy reading!