Entrepreneurship is a commitment, point blank, period. The majority of your time and energy will be funneled into your new endeavor and, as a result, you'll need to find ways to stay inspired, motivated, and open to learning something new. One of the best ways to remain in-the-know and open to growth is to set aside some time each day to dive into a great book.
That's why we've compiled a list of our top 8 books about entrepreneurship, staying motivated, and finding your passion. These books have moved us, changed our perspective, and helped us to grow into the great people and entrepreneurs we are today. Without further ado:
1) You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero || "In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word."
2) Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results by Jack Mitchell || "Filled with accessible advice, personal case studies, and tips any businessperson can use, Hug Your Customers is an energizing blueprint for customer and employee retention, increased per capita spending, and groundbreaking success."
3) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho || "A short, simple, and whimsical story worth the read! The Alchemist follows the story of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd, as he journeys to find the greatest treasure in the world. Little does he know that his treasure is actually found deep within."
4) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carneige || "Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you six ways to make people like you, 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking, 9 ways to change people without arousing resentment, and more!"
5) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson || "In this generation-defining self-help guide, Manson cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better."
6) The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller || "In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track, and master what matters to you. The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life - work, personal, family, and spiritual."
7) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth || "Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance."
8) Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon || "You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side."
What did you decide to pick up? Let us know in the comments below!