Welcome to this month's book recommendation! Today we're featuring thirteen books for entrepreneurs because the new year is coming up in just under two months (!!), which means it's time to start thinking about turning a new leaf, making changes in our lives that will ultimately lead us to more fulfilling days, and maybe for some of you that means turning your hobby into something a little bit more. I know for me personally, I feel so excited to wake up every day and plug away at this little business of mine. There is truly nothing else in the world I would rather do for work, and sometimes I have to step back and appreciate it because I know not many people get to say they love what they do. Hope one of these books helps to inspire you to follow your dream. If we missed a favorite of yours, please let us know in the comments below!
1. The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte - I’ve heard so much about this book but have yet to grab it. I think that’s about to change. This is an inspiring read packed with soulful wisdom about how to get clear on what you want and meet with success.
2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau - The author, still in his early thirties, is one of those people who has a job that just sounds like a dream. Basically, he’s one of those people that travels all over and yet doesn’t have a “real” job. He’s just brilliant at turning ideas into income, and that’s what he explains in this book.
3. Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki - Focusing on interactions between people, this book seems like it would be perfect not only for business relationships but personal relationships as well.
4. Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso - A quick, funny, and educational read by the founder of Nasty Gal that proves that it doesn’t matter whether you went to business school or not - the true power is following your heart and knowing when to break the rules.
5. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht - Great read for those who aren’t sure about the power of social media. Aliza Licht, former DKNY PR girl, teaches us how to kill it on social media and take your brand to the next level.
6. ThinkerToys by Michael Michalko - How to think like a genius, navigate complex issues, and bring clarity to business and personal issues.
7. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington - In this deeply personal book, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group, talks about her struggles in time management, raising a family, and having a career.
8. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia - Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue that both business and capitalism are inherently good and talk about four founding tenets that entrepreneurs should follow in order to take capitalism to its highest potential.
9. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel - The author, an executive coach, talks about the unconscious mistakes many women make that could be holding them back in their careers.
10. The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan - An excellent book that doesn’t exactly focus on career, but I believe the lessons in the book will positively impact the workplace environment and your own belief in what you’re capable of.
11. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell - This is a great book that explains how our decision making skills are put to work in various scenarios and why some people are able to quickly come to the perfect decision while other consistently second guess themselves.
12. Ask For It by Linda Babcock - A guide to negotiating for everything you’ve ever wanted.
13. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday - This book reveals a formula we can follow that will turn our adversities into our advantages time and time again.
14. Peak by Chip Conley - In this book - part memoir, part theory - Chip Conley explains how to understand the needs of employees, customers, and bosses and how to use those needs to foster meaningful, long-lasting relationships that will help continue to build the business.