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By Josie Alexander
When you’re working hard every day and going home to take care of your husband and your kids, days can seem never-ending. Every other minute someone is wanting your attention. There seems to be no peace. Those days can be difficult and it may seem like the reason you wanted to start your own business isn’t worth it anymore. So how do you stay inspired and determined on these days? One word: books.
Not only can they allow you to take a moment for yourself, you are doing so and helping your mind (reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp), and your
There are some wonderfully inspirational books out there, which were written by intelligent and eloquent businessmen and women. So when you need a little bit of a pick-me-up, check out some of these books to help you get through the day.
- The Connected and Committed Leader by Laura Lopez
Crystal Brown Tatum the CEO and President of an award-winning public relations firm called, Crystal Clear Communications found this book to be both inspirational and knowledgeable. “This book changed my viewpoint on effective leadership,” she says. “I entered the business arena as a single mom with no classroom or practical business knowledge. This book helped me transition my parenting and household leadership skills into useful career skills. Lopez delivers leadership strategies that include bringing your heart to work, being authentic, being consistent, being humble among other characteristics that people are naturally born with. By embracing these insights and effectively using them professionally, the reader can develop into an effective and motivational leader.”
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
This is a great book that helps readers become influential leaders in their field by asking one small question, “Why?” This childhood question that we used to pester our teachers and parents is something that we can use to become better bosses, CEOs, managers, and leaders. The answer to this question will help you discover a passion and reason that will fuel your drive toward true success.
- Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
This one is an oldie but it definitely stands the test of time, having sold 20 million copies worldwide (as of 1970 – when the author died. As of today it has sold more than 70 million copies. The book is based on 13 steps which will help you gain wealth or any goal that you set your mind to.
- The Coolest Quote Book Eva by Shereen Faltas
Amazon calls this book a “very cool inspirational quote book with a sassy twist.” If you’re looking for something a little quirky with a lot of personality (that will also help inspire you to reach for great heights), check this one out.
“[The Coolest Quote Book Eva] has helped me defeat feelings of loneliness that sometimes come along with the territory of being a new entrepreneur. The book feels like a little piece of her soul and with words from iconic people which have helped guide me through this enormous transition from Corporate Hot Shot to entrepreneurial lonewolf.” Raquel Castillo, American entrepreneur, designer, dancer, and writer
- The 4-hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris
This book specifically targets your priorities and assumptions about what it means to be successful. In the book, Ferris’ goal is to help you make enough money to be able to spend the rest of your life being happy (and actually living).
- Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
If you’ve listen to Levitt and Dubner’s podcast (Freakonomics), then you might have already heard most of what is in this book. However, if you haven’t heard their verbal wit, this book will be a delightful surprise. This book will help you take some wonderfully backwards ideas and incorporate them into your lives, in order to achieve success and make better decisions.
- Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
If you recognize the name but don’t know why it sounds familiar, Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook. This book is important for any woman who wants to be a leader in her field. It is eye-opening, somewhat sad (to realize exactly where society still stands on women and power), and honest. It will help your entire life (not just work but your home-life too). This book may not necessarily be uplifting but is important.
“Sheryl’s book opens women’s eyes to the reality they live in and gives them practical methods for combating the treatment most women in business receive.” Jessica Greenwalt, founder of Pixelkeet, cofounder of CrowdMed, and cofounder of Gallevent.
- #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso
This book is equally as eye-opening. Some consider it flawed at times (not as eloquent or too preachy) but if you look at its core, #GIRLBOSS will give you some solid advice. Some say that it is targeted toward young women in their early twenties but I say that any woman can draw some great tips and guidance from it.
Connie Chang (minority woman and self-taught programmer who founded TastyTime.com) suggests that businesswomen and those who want to be entrepreneurs read a plethora of books. “I recommend books on business (obviously), sales, marketing, technology, communication, organizational management,” she says. “In particular, I also recommend psychology books. This category may seem out-of-the-blue, but business is all about understanding people and helping them with their needs, whether they realize that need or not! Lastly, I recommend reading books written by or about those who’ve walked the path of an entrepreneur.”
If you don’t have the budget to go out and take a class on marketing or if you don’t have the money to see a keynote speaker at a business conference in Paris, consider going to your local bookstore for a book on entrepreneurship instead. Run yourself a bath and nestle-in for a healthy, inspiring, and therapeutic read.