4 Books That Will Help Silence Your Inner Critic + Banish Imposter Syndrome

This month, as we explore all the different areas of imposter syndrome, you may be wondering what next steps you can take in banishing your own. We’re avid readers here at Glitter Guide, so it’s only natural our first step is to turn to books.

If you’re looking for a good read to help you silence your inner critic and beat imposter syndrome once and for all, read on!


Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

If you struggle with self-doubt and fear, this is a must-read. Shonda Rhimes, arguably one of the most successful women in the entertainment industry, shares her own personal struggles with self-doubt and how it was holding her back from living her best life. Her story is so inspirational and relatable, you’ll find yourself jumping on the “YES!” bandwagon right alongside her.


The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young

The inner monologue inside our head can be brutal. It can tell us we don’t belong, we aren’t good enough, no one wants us there, etc. And as this book shares, you’d be amazed to learn the successful women who share the exact same inner thoughts. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women is a great read for anyone who desperately wants to get out of their own head and manifest the life they deserve.


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Chances are you’ve seen this wildly popular book floating around the internet or on the shelf at your local bookstore. And with good reason! You Are a Badass is an incredibly accessible read for anyone who needs a hand in boosting their confidence and understanding their own greatness. You’ll put this book down feeling empowered, energized and ready to take on the world.


Chasing Perfection: Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt and Maximize Success by Sue Hawkes

The number-one trigger for imposter syndrome is perfectionism. Because that unattainable goal makes you doubt your capabilities and your greatness. This book will help you dismantle that fixed mindset and create a certainty of self that is unwavering. You’ll discover a whole suite of tools that will help you take actionable steps toward conquering self-doubt and maximizing success.

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Main and featured image via our home tour with Arielle Vey

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram