If you’re looking for a book you can sink your teeth in to, and binge on practical advice, inspiration and motivation then these five books are a must read for every boss babe – no matter where you are on your business path.
1. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are, but to be who we are.”
Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has yet again sparked a global conversation around what it truly means to be yourself, in an age of increasing polarisation and disconnection. Braving the Wilderness is her tome to introduce the concept of four practices that challenges everything we believe about ourselves and each other. If you’re a fangirl of Brown, and not sure what it really means to show your authentic self in business (how much is too much?), then this book will not disappoint.
2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
If you have an idea for a business and a passion to get it off the ground, this book is for you. As the title suggests, the book highlights 50 entrepreneurs that have all made more than $50,000 from their startup that cost less than $100 initially.
While the book focuses on helping startups, it also offers tips on how to manage your money to scale the business and therefore useful for entrepreneurs at various stages of business. It’s an easy read and offers simple and super practical ideas on how to take action on your idea from wherever you are – perfect for the Woman Rising.
3. Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction by Matthew Kelly
Work-Life balance. Does it really exist and is it possible to find the perfect equation to achieve balance? In Off Balance, Matthew Kelly believes we’re not really striving for “balance” but satisfaction in our personal and professional life and with satisfaction comes the sense of balance –we are happy with where things are at – not spending time doing things we’d rather not do.
The book is jam-packed with tools to help you identify what tasks are priorities in life and what are non-negotiables. Understanding how tasks are defined then allows you to create a more achievable list of things to do, instead of allowing overwhelm to overtake you and thus achieve “balance”. At the end of the day, Kelly’s aim is to teach us how to focus on what is important and how to focus on doing those tasks in order live a more fulfilled life.
4. Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential by Shannon Kaiser
The subtitle, 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential pretty much hands you a roadmap for turning your life around from “woe is me” to “wonderful on your own terms.” More specifically it’s for those of us who have big goals and dreams, but lack the confidence to make them happen.
Adventures for Your Soul, isn’t a specific business book, however by providing helpful tools and strategies to help us overcome the personal limitations we place on ourselves, we can transfer these lessons in our entrepreneurial life to achieve our beautiful business dreams.
5. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
“There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullsh*t, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works. There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better. Let’s start building each other up.” (amazon.com)
Yet again, it seems the best business books – for women – are not about business specifically but showing us the importance of saying “No” to jealously, permission to celebrate ourselves, and other women and tools, to reconnect with our inner confidence to build a business and life we love. Now, that’s one code we definitely want to crack!
What business books do you love? Share them in the comments below.