The fact that women are becoming entrepreneurs is no secret. In truth, they are becoming bosses while also raising a family, engaging with their children, cooking, and working on a Master of Business Administration online. If you are the kind of person who thinks starting a company is a fabulous idea, these five books are essential for making your way without reinventing the wheel.
1. You may already know who Babara Corcoran is because of her Today Show interviews or because she is currently a member of TV's Shark Tank. If you don't know who Ms. Corcoran is, it's time you did. This lady is a "no-holds barred" millionaire real estate investor who began her career with $1,000 she borrowed from her boyfriend. In Shark Tales, this tycoon has advice and how-tos to assist you in making yourself successful. And she does not beat around the bush.
2. Sometimes women have a problem with being direct. Romi Neustadt wants you to stop being that way right now. Neustadt is also a lady who does not suffer fools gladly. Her advice is this: confidently connect with others when discussing your business; create and offer an all-in-one efficient and money-making system of operations and build the life you want. Her other suggestion is to stop over-complicating and letting negativity win. The book is Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business.
3. Most people know Elizabeth Gilbert because of her New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, but her new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, is equally as delightful. Here, Gilbert writes about "success, failure, and the drive to keep creating." She wants everyone to find the "strange jewels" that are hiding inside us all. If you have dreams you haven't yet followed or work challenges, or simply want to live life more mindfully, and with more passion, you'll find Big Magic every bit as inspiring as Eat, Pray, Love.
4. Shonda Rhimes has done a fantastic job of using her passion for creating success. Rhimes is the creator of the television shows Scandal and Grey's Anatomy. She is also the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Now she has written a book, Years of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. Reviewers call the writing "hilarious, poignant, and candid," as Rhimes shares her journey from motherhood to the stage. If you are burying your dreams and making excuses for not succeeding, read this book. You are going to learn how to explore, love, and, yes, applaud yourself at last.
5. If you have never read any of Anne Lamott's books, you have missed out on some seriously excellent writing, philosophy, and inspiration. Her book, Bird by Bird, must be included in all entrepreneurs' libraries. In it, Lamott offers insight into the creative brain and helps you find your voice as she continues to discover her own.
Get back to the lost art of reading a book, or get the audio and listen to these books while you commute. You've got no excuse; so start reading.