I love lazy Sunday afternoons at the beach with Philippa Gregory, Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks as much as the next girl, but when it comes to growing my business, I devour non-fiction books any way I can. I’ve been known to listen to them on my iPod while exercising or doing housework and study them with my highlighter during soccer practice (dork alert!). If you are ready to take a break from romance and mystery novels, here are a few of my favorite business-related books (in no particular order):
12 Books for Christian Mom Entrepreneurs
This is the book that helped me shift from viewing myself as a self-employed, solopreneur to a business owner. And it made me realize that I needed to start treating my business like a “real” business if I wanted to see it grow.
Social media books are typically outdated by the time they are printed because technology changes so quickly. But this one speaks to the relationships rather than the tools, so the advice is timeless.
If you don’t know how this book could possibly relate to your business, trust me and read it. Most of us fall in one camp or another – Mary or Martha – when it comes to priority management. This book will help you identify the Mary and the Martha in you.
I was blessed to meet Julia Cameron in person a couple of years ago and am a huge fan of her mission to encourage creativity through practical daily habits. Even if you only get through the first two chapters of this book and put her practices in place, you will be forever equipped to tap into your creative genius.
My copy of this book is so dog-eared and faded that I was afraid to pull it off the shelf to take a photo. If I remember correctly, I bought in in college or shortly after graduation. My name is printed neatly on the inside cover in handwriting I hardly recognize anymore. But the lessons on the pages are classic, simple and invaluable for any business owner and writer.
This book is a recent addition to my favorites list. I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey’s books and radio show and I was excited to see him release a book on entrepreneurism and leadership. Dave truly delivers what he promises – practice business wisdom from the trenches.
OK, so this isn’t a business book…but Mark Batterson doesn’t distinguish between business and personal requests when he teaches you how to pray like the legendary Honi the Circle Maker. So if your biggest dreams and greatest fears have anything to do with business, you’ll find a way to apply his teachings to your work. It’s a must-read book for any Christian!
Wondering what your God-given talents truly are? Sometimes we go through life following a path set before us without giving much thought to the strengths God gave us. This book will help you examine your talents and develop those strengths so you can be the very best version of the person God designed you to become!
So here’s a guy who takes the concept of boundaries to the extreme. He resisted email (and probably smart phones) for decades. Why? Because those tools distract him from focusing on his priorities. Some of the examples are dated but the core ideas will survive the test of time – and give you a better system for managing time!
I had the good fortune to not only read this book but also work one-on-one with the author for a year to build the International Christian Mompreneur Network. If you’re looking for a way to leverage your time and multiply your income, the network business model might be a good fit for you. You can get a free copy of the book here!
If you’ve ever felt unworthy or ill equipped to lead others, Tribes will help you recognize your potential and responsibility to step up as a leader. Seth Godin explores the changing landscape of a tribe – which he defines as a group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader and an idea. You’ll be empowered and encouraged to carve out your little corner of the world (digital or real life) and lead the tribe God placed in your path.
Want to know the beliefs and habits of the rich and prosperous? Rabbi Daniel Lapin shares practical wisdom he discovered by studying the characteristics that have helped Jewish people excel in business for centuries. He defies stereotypes, dispels myths and approaches sensitive and controversial topics surrounding faith and wealth. And his ten commandments for making money not only help you to prosper financially, but also help you to improve other areas of your life and share the blessings with everyone around you.
What about you? What’s on your reading list? Share your favorites with me here!