The cheat codes to life are hidden in books, and as an entrepreneur, the more you can learn from other’s mistakes, the better. As an entrepreneur’s industry evolves, it’s imperative we have a solid foundation of knowledge to build on with the latest topics of our trades.
Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder
Let’s start with the basics of your business: mindset. Before you can have a successful and profitable business, you must be in the mental state to receive those blessings! A mix between a spiritual foundation and the connection between manifestation and mind power, Catherine Ponder’s Dynamic Laws of Prosperity is the perfect read to start your entrepreneurial journey. Ever had an idea or challenge that hasn’t seemed to manifest or solve itself? The issue may not be the plan but it may be a negative feeling you’re holding on to. Explore and experience prosperity through several elements like forgiveness and mind power.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
After learning the power of your greater purpose, now it’s time to affirm it. Jen Sincero’s “You are a Badass” fully dives into the awesomeness of you. Never take for granted the victories you have won because it took a badass to achieve them. Look deep within to figure out what you want in life, then grab it by the reigns and go for it! No matter the environment or situation, a business badass prevails because they know their worth.
The Richest Man in Babylon
Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: money. As an entrepreneur, your passion should drive you, not your pockets, but that still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a solid foundation about the green. Another spiritual-based book, George S. Clason’s “Richest Man in Babylon” breaks down money into seven principles, but before utilizing those principles, Clason insists every man should put aside 10 percent of their earnings for tithes/charity, and another 20 percent for yourself (savings). The seven principles Clason later builds on are: building a savings account, controlling your spending, investing wisely, refraining from ‘get rich quick” investments, investing in a home, ensuring a future income (insurance), and improving your ability to earn and increase streams of income. Fully understanding these money principles create a solid foundation for any future business moves.
The Myth of The Nice Girl by Fran Hauser
Now that you have the mental and monetary foundations, it’s time to review the rules of being a relatable but assertive boss. “The Myth of the Nice Girl” by Fran Hauser is the go-to guide for every entrepreneur in leadership. Often times in positions of leadership, women are accused of being either “bitchy” or just a complete pushover. “Myth of The Nice Girl” helps navigate you to the perfect medium. Build on your strengths and improve your weaknesses in management. Learn how to handle some of the best and worse situations as a boss. You don’t have to sacrifice your niceness to get things done nor do you have to be mean about it. You can be the greatest boss to speak with when things are good or bad.
Crushin’ It by Gary Vee
From learning how to be the greatest boss to now learning how to be the best marketer, Gary Vee’s Crushing it gives a crash course of how to conquer each social media platform through the anecdotes of other entrepreneurs and insider tips. Vee’s straight forward approach makes you seriously reevaluate the efficiency of your current social media marketing strategy. Also covering the basics like your social voice, Vee gives a step by step flawless guide on how to dominate social media.
Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark
Social Media marketing is great, but it’ll only get you so far. It’s time to buckle down and explore different guerilla marketing tactics engagements to build your brand. From Podcasts to Public Speaking, Clark explores different facets of marketing to maximize the awareness and monetary value of your brand. Warning: there is a lot of subconscious white male privilege in this book, however, once you get passed through moments, the book has a plethora of excellent tactics to apply to your business or brand.
Work Party by Jacklyn Johnson
Now that you know the main keys to the entrepreneurial lifestyle, it’s time to execute all while partying it out! Create and Cultivate Founder Jaclyn Johnson amazingly gathers the details of her entrepreneurial rags to riches journey to show work can be fun! Even through the tears and shameful number of empty ice cream pints in the kitchen, you can find the joy of ownership, hard decisions, and eventually, huge payouts. But with work, comes sincere sacrifice and fierce determination. When you put your all in your business, entrepreneurship can easily become a work party!