#BeBoldForChange: The Cinderella Syndrome: 3 Books to Start You on your Journey

For many women all over the world, today is the first day of the rest of their lives. The Cinderella Syndrome seeks to change the mindset of many traumatized and oppressed women especially in vulnerable communities like Africa, where many women keep wishing for a fairy godmother or an overnight change without considering that the answer to their problems just may be locked within them.

For the oppressed and marginalized woman, the first step to effecting that change is renewing your mind. Here are 3 Books to get you started:


To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A beautiful classic, this book deals with a 6 years old protagonist who is portrayed as a feminist icon, and who refuses to accept society’s standards, instead pushes for both races and gender equality. The novel is set during the Great Depression, and even till date, the protagonist’s life lessons are applicable for the modern-day readers.


The Art of War By Sun Tzu

In Laying Plans, Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline. These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious; he who knows them not will fail.

The Art of War therefore uses military tactics to deal with real life situations and is important for any career seeking or woman in business who aims for success. Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying and thereby achieve great results.


The Authentic Sale: A Goddess’s Guide to Business by Rena Cohen-First

Drawing on wisdom culled from professional and educational experiences, the author encourages female readers to go from supporting roles to the front lines, in part by tapping into the power represented by Greek goddesses, such as “Athena the Wise” and “Demeter the Primordial.” In Cohen-First’s opinion, the prevailing wisdom about the field is from and geared toward men, but women also have unique strengths they can bring to sales. Aiming to help readers overcome challenges, she explores how to tap into one’s authentic self by giving insights into the structures of solid business practices, taking control, handling objections, dealing with customer expectations, and moving the sale forward.

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