No, really – business books can be fun!
If you’ve ever cracked open a biz book thinking it would be the most empowering read of your life, only to slam it shut less than 5 minutes later (and put it on your nightstand with the best intentions but definitely will never attempt it again) then keep reading! This list I mean, keep reading this list.
Even if the goal of picking up that book was to learn something new, is it too much to ask for that learning to be at least mildly entertaining or engaging?
I’m no MBA, I’m simply an entrepreneur who loves reading and learning but doesn’t love obnoxious corporate jargon. Tell me stories!! (If you’re into stories too, you’ll probably want to see my list of current favorite inspirational non-fiction next.)
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Here are my picks:
To sum it up: I’m kicking things off with a classic. Lean In is in no way new on the business and motivation scene, but it is not to be overlooked. A powerful and engaging read, this book is geared toward women in the workplace and addresses a lot of the obstacles that women in particular face in business today.
Perfect for: Getting motivated to make your next big move.
To sum it up: Some say woo-woo, others say genius. Badass has a reputation for being a little “out there” in terms of practical application, but scores big in the positive mindset space. Funny, uplifting, and an all-around easy, entertaining, and motivating read.
Perfect for: When you need a pep talk, a good laugh, or a dose of positivity.
To sum it up: LTM will give you just the kick in the butt you need to reach that next level in your business, or to just START. Witty, practical, and hella smart, you’ll feel like you’re getting solid advice straight from a friend.
Perfect for:Any time you feel completely stuck and wish your sister/best friend could point out your next steps for you.
To sum it up:When running your own business or brand, the day-to-day can become overwhelmingly crowded with new decisions and old patterns. The Power of Habit spells out why we do what we do, how habits develop, and how we can change them or create new habits to optimize both small and big routines in life and business.
Perfect for:When you need to create, redo, or optimize systems in your business.
To sum it up: Make no mistake, the StoryBrand road map will become your branding Bible. Donald Miller’s captivating writing style makes this read just as enjoyable as it is informative.
Perfect for: Polishing your branding message to better reach your audience.
To sum it up: This one reads like a novel, but you’ll be learning entrepreneurship without even realizing it. It’s a gritty, self-made story that’ll have you wanting to start a business the second you’re done reading.
Perfect for: The book version of Beyoncé’s “Who Run the World (Girls)”
To sum it up: If you’ve ever dreamed of quitting your desk job and becoming a digital nomad, this is the book for you. Jam-packed with practical and applicable advice, 4-Hour Workweek is the ultimate work-from-anywhere guidebook.
Bonus: This is the one book on the list that can be read in any order, like a reference book rather than a novel.
Perfect for: Anyone with an automated online business, or a goal to start one.
To sum it up: If you’re a creative person, you need to get your hands on an Austin Kleon book. He works illustrations into nearly every page of his writing, and the end result is a fun, visually appealing, but surprisingly motivating creative read.
Perfect for: Finding the motivation and the means to get your work out into the world.
What are you reading?
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