As women who are in business or boss babes as many like to call it, we do often feel very alone in the world that is greatly dominated by men. This is not a post to highlight what’s already very obvious in the entrepreneurial world. As a woman, I feel we need to show support to other women especially those in business. In doing so I wanted to share some awesome entrepreneurial books that I have read. These books are so helpful respectively, and also yield a lot of insight into some questions that boss babes frequently ask. We can never stop learning and growing, and the best way to do that is by reading loads and loads of books, while surrounding yourself with the right people.
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
There is so much I can say about this book. It made my first list because this book is a must read if you’re a boss babe or just need an inspiration in your next career adventure. James Altucher writes like an old friend and his self-depreciating style is raw, honest, and the kick in the pants every entrepreneur needs.
My favourite quote from the book is :
‘’The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent, so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure’’.
This book inspires me on a personal level because there is a lot of familiarity in my past and present entrepreneurial journey. Let’s just say the story behind this book is so good that it went on to become its own Netflix series. (If you haven’t seen the series on Netflix, you definitely should). Although Girl boss the show won’t be returning to the small screen, the book based on Sophia Amoruso’s success is just as good to hold you over. The chances are that you’ve heard of this book already, and it’s all for a good reason. If you’re unfamiliar with Sophia’s story, she’s the founder of clothing giant Nasty Gal and has since moved on from the brand to launch Girl boss as a media company. The book breaks down her journey from selling vintage clothes on eBay to starting her empire at Nasty Gal. Today, Sophia has left Nasty Gal, but she’s a cultural icon for anyone looking to create their own path for success.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Stephen Covery is a writer than inspires me with how raw and straight forward he is in his writing abilities. A classic book about leadership and success that will get your mind working in the right direction for success of course! There’s a reason it has sold millions of copies: the lessons are timeless and they work. My personal favorite is the “Win-Win” habit, which says that one of your first priorities should be to create a product or service that benefits your customer, and then worry about the rest. This is very important in the retail business as well and I find this book very useful.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Lauren Weisberger definitely out did herself with this book. The Devil Wears Prada is so good and inspirational that it went from the palm of our hands to the big screen, and everyone can admit that they know a Miranda Priestly. The story follows journalism graduate Andrea, who landed a job as the assistant to magazine editor Miranda Priestly, and suddenly her world turned upside down. She went from answering phone calls to joining Miranda in Paris and making a name for herself in the publishing world. The whole story is a lesson in how hard we have to work to get to where we want to be, no matter how tough our boss is.
How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke by Scott Gerber
Gerber gives you the no-bull reality on turning your business idea into a viable enterprise capable of generating real income now. Gerber has experienced firsthand how you can sabotage your own business. Never Get a “Real” Job will help you avoid the costly mistakes that can take down your enterprise at any time, helping you to get off the ground, establish your business, and keep it successfully up and running.
He gives you insights from a fellow young entrepreneur on how to start from absolutely nothing—building a viable business model from the ground up. Along with straight-shooting advice on creating contacts and cultivating clients, he offers practical, affordable, step-by-step instructions on how to constantly analyze, refine, and target your business offerings. while minimizing wasted time and keeping you on track.
It would be great to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share some other entrepreneurial books you’ve read.
Till my next post, stay fabulous
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