If you know anything about me, you’ll know how much I enjoy reading!
My idea of an ideal vacation is stepping away quietly and reading for a few days. I’m an avid reader of all things business and personal development. I have a natural thirst for learning. I listen to podcasts, I play YouTube videos while I work, and I read every chance I get.
I want to talk to you today about my top 10 must-reads for creative entrepreneurs.
I’ve created a list of books that have made the most significant impact in my adult life and in the way I manage my business. I hope you check out these books and enjoy them!
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
This is an incredible book. Read it and see how to accomplish impressive things in your life and your business. You’re going to be blown away by the stories in the book! Darren Hardy talks about how you can achieve one small thing every single day, and how it will make a huge difference.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
This is for you if you’re ready to take your life and business to the next level. Before I read this book, I thought I wasn’t setting limits on myself and my personal growth. Then I read this book and realized that I set unspoken limits on myself and my business. If you’re trying to go bigger with your business and your life, you will find immeasurable guidance from this book.
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
I initially read this book about 15 years ago, and recently decided to read it again. I remembered why I loved it so much! If you want to ask God to bless your business, and you want Him to help you expand your business beyond what’s comprehensible for you, then you should read this book. Meet Jabez and see how God blessed him. Learn how to put the same prayer to work in your own life. It takes less than an hour to read this one, and you’ll be on your way.
Start by Jon Acuff
If you’re not familiar with John Acuff, he’s amusing. I have seen him in person talk at two or three conferences. He’s a lot of fun and very smart too. He’s built a business and like most of us, he’s overcome crazy obstacles as a solopreneur. This book is about how we often find ourselves stuck wanting to do something. We say we’re going to do something, but we never feel ready to start. There’s always a reason why we’re not quite prepared, so see what John has to say about just starting.
Do Over by Jon Acuff
It’s a simple concept, and it’s one that we all need to embrace. We all make mistakes. We change careers. We reverse the path that we thought we were meant to be on, and guess what? You get a do-over, and you get more than one do-over. John dives deep into this by sharing humorous tales. If you’re ready for a do-over in your life, but you need some motivation, then this book is for you.
StrengthsFinder by Don Clifton
This book was life-changing for me. I highly recommend that you read it, and then take the test because it reveals what your strengths are. Once I knew what my strengths were, I felt like I had new freedom to embrace who I was as a businesswoman. It really helped me define my brand and my mission.
The book is very intuitive because it tells you the good things about your strengths and what you can work on. Grab the code from the book after you purchase it then you can take the test. Let me know what your results are!
One Word that Will Change Your Life by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon
This is another book that I talk about in my program, and it’s a fast read, but a powerful one. The idea, in a nutshell, is that you decide what your one word will be. It’s a word you should stick with for a long time. It can be your business word or even your “word of the year.”
It doesn’t matter what you decide because the book teaches you how to be very intentional about choosing your own word in any circumstance.
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
If you piddle around every day, not getting things done, then you need to check out this book. It has the answers to all of your problems when it comes to not getting things done. It’ll help you determine the core issue behind your lack of productivity.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
You may have already heard about this book because Marie Kondo has been featured everywhere since publishing it. She writes about her culture and how it embraces minimalism. It’s compared to Americans who typically live out consumer lifestyles. Maybe I’m just talking about myself here, but I like to shop!
She teaches you how to minimize the stuff that you have and narrowing it down to what you really love. It’s a systematic process that’s very detailed. I believe that our personal lives are entwined with our business lives, so it’s important to keep both in working order.
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
I saved the most detailed book for last. This book is not about business so bear with me, because I promise you that this book was transformational. The author lived in Paris for some time, and she shares about what she learned from the Lady of the House.
The first part of this book is about diet and exercise. The author learned that French women eat lots of bread and pasta, but they eat whole, healthy foods and walk. A lot.
The second part covers style and beauty. The author lists 10 items that are interchangeable that you can always look your best in. I found this section interesting because she endorses a small wardrobe, so you’re not overwhelmed with so many clothes.
The third part is about how to live well. It was all about the little things. The Lady of the House had no TV. The table was always set. The food was always fresh, and they enjoyed a bottle of wine together. She encourages you to find the simple pleasures in life.
There, you have it. I hope you enjoy one or two or three of these books.