10 Books that Changed My Life
For those of you that know me, you are probably wondering how I can cull this list down to only 10 since I'm an avid devourer of books! Well it wasn't easy. There have been so many books that have changed me life; my work; the way I interact with others; my base knowledge of time travel; and more. So instead I tried to choose a well-rounded selection that focuses on building your business and designing your life.
I also want to add a note about the magic of reading. In our digital, social media age it's rare to get a moment where our brain is totally occupied and we are grounded in the now. With reading, you are holding a physical book, the words are filling your head and creating pictures, and the faint smell of the pages fills your sense of smell. You are totally occupied and it's a moment that is truly now and truly yours.
I hope that these books serve you as well and you walk away feeling nourished, alive and inspired.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
This book is all about embracing ourselves, all parts of ourselves. It will give you permission to be you and allow you to truly share that with others.
The Power of Now | Eckhart Tolle
This book fell into my hands before I was really ready for it. I have since come back to it and found the book truly life-changing. It's changed how I perceive the world around me, and I now gift this book to loved ones.
Essentialism | Greg Mckeown
This book will have you thinking about your priorities, and really is essential and non-essential. Reading this book has given me clarity and helped me to really prioritize my work and life.
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, BY DALE CARNEGIE
There is a reason this one of the top-selling books of all time and continually gets referred to those running a business! The great thing about this book(okay, one of the great things) is that the lessons learned can be applied to all of life. It's a great lesson on social graces and can help improve your communications in business, and otherwise. As you read it, you will probably be like 'well that's obvious!' yet so many of us forget these basic things on a daily basis. Like quit criticizing, stop complaining, think of others wants first... This book is a great refresh course in communication.
THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK, BY GABBY BERNSTEIN
This is another book that is about inner work and perspective. The lessons are seemingly simple, but do take conscious effort. My largest takeaway from this book is to approach all of life (even the struggles) with the mindset that this is an opportunity. An opportunity to reflect and look within, and find the lesson need to improve yourself. I love this approach to life because it gives you back the power to take charge of your life and your happiness!
As an entrepreneur you will face situations that are difficult to deal with. Learning to see everything as an opportunity for growth will give you the mindset that helps you quickly get back to doing the awesome things you do.
STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST, BY AUSTIN KLEON
This book is highly inspirational and a quick read! Meaning that whole time complaint, out the window! This book suggests that since everything has been done, you now freedom to just make things and do what you want. The pressure is off! The ideas in this book are bite-sized chunks of wisdom and you will put it down feeling liberated and ready to create!
THE WAR OF ART, BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
If you haven't noticed a theme, almost all of these books are saying 'get to work!' The War of Art is no exception. Steven talks about the resistance to work in this and that we all face that. It's important to show up and treat your dream like a full-time job. Take it seriously so it will take you seriously. It's a simple concept, but profound. I don't know a single person who didn't say 'wow' after finishing The War of Art.
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, BY STEPHEN R COVEY
While this book is full of incredible insights, my favorite is the idea of sharpening the saw.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln (unconfirmed)
No matter what we are doing with our lives, it's essential we commit to continued learning. We should always be improving our number one asset: ourselves.
The Four Agreements | Don Miguel Ruiz
Who doesn't love a one-hour read that is packed with truth bombs! It's practical and spiritual. This is a book I like to pick up every so often to remind myself how to live well and with integrity.
YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY, BY JEN SINCERO
Okay firstly, if you haven't heard of this lady go buy her other book as well, You are a Badass. Okay buy both, because honestly one of the biggest problems I feel we face (not just as entrepreneurs) is our relationship to money. We struggle to admit we want it (because hey, we all need to it!). We secretly worry we will never make it. We condone it as the root of all evil.
Can you see how all of this is very conflicting? Jen will help you gain a healthy money mindset with this book, which is essential if you want to make money in your business!