I love reading, always have. While most of my life I’ve been a fiction kind of girl, since starting the entrepreneurial path, I’ve dived into many many nonfiction books. I’m sharing a few that have really stood out to me and made an impact on my journey thus far. Also, for each quote I shared, I probably could have shared a dozen more 🙂 I love quotes!
This is the book that really made the concrete connection for me to start Bloom Hustle Grow. I was still at the point of trying to figure out my business direction, and after reading this book, I found my path. So much of it is simple and I’m the kind of person to think…ok that’s not news or not groundbreaking, but this book did so much for me. It changed my state of mind, and it helped beyond words to have someone lay out so many of the doubts and fears and insecurities that I felt. Each chapter I felt like I was yelling Yes, Yes, Yes…all of these things and it gave me such a feeling of peace and purpose.
Read this book if: you are struggling to find your direction, suffering from self-doubt, or need a reminder on why you started your path.
Words of Wisdom:
“I used to think a calling was something you just knew you had, and if you didn’t know then you weren’t called. But I’ve come to understand that’s not the case at all. A calling is what you have when you look back at your life and make sense of what it’s been trying to teach you all along.”
“Fear, indecision, not knowing–these are the obstacles that keep you from moving forward. And they never go away. But if you are going to find what you were meant to do, you will have to act anyway.”
“At times, you may commit to the wrong thing, which is fine, because it’s better than the alternative–nothing. Committing to the wrong thing is better than standing still.”
Ok, I already have a whole blog post written on this one, but I love it that much 🙂 Main takeaway, she breaks down personality into four types when it comes to building habits and approaching goals: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. She then goes through different approaches to building habits and how the different types can best use these approaches. In addition to her book, she has a podcast, Happier, where you can learn more about the four tendencies and how to work better within your tendency.
Read this book if: you find it hard to keep on a schedule or build habits (personal or for your business). If you are just starting on your entrepreneurial path, you may find it much harder than expected to work from home and stay on task than you thought it would be, but don’t worry it’s not that you are lazy, you just need to figure out how to make it work. If you are struggling with a routine, give this book a try.
Words of Wisdom:
“To shape our habits successfully, we must know ourselves. We can’t presume that if a habit-formation strategy works for one person, it will work just as well for anyone else, because people are very different from each other.”
“It’s helpful to begin with habits that most directly strengthen self-control; these habits serve as the Fountain for forming other good habits. They protect us from getting so physically taxed or mentally frazzled that we can’t manage ourselves.”
“My idea of ‘this is the kind of person I am’ is so bound up in my habits and actions that it’s hard for me to see. But eventually, I realized that my sense of identity makes it easier or harder to change a habit.”
“It’s common to hear people say, “I’ll start my new habit after the holidays are over/I’ve settled into my new job/my kids are a little older.” Or worse, the double-remove: “I’ll start my new habit once I’m back in shape.” Tomorrow logic wastes time, and also it may allow us to deny that our current actions clash with our intentions.”
Runner-up on building habits: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This book as written in the 1930s though the title is something you would expect to see in the same stacks as a Tim Ferris book. I enjoyed this book, and was surprised that I agreed and thought a good amount of the principles really made sense and connected in a concrete way. There were a few chapters that totally lost me, but overall I got a lot from the book. I certainly will try to apply some of the ideas and principles he has set forth. After the first 30 pages of the loaned copy, I decided to buy my own copy. The central concept is basically around mindset and how your view determines your path (fate).
Read this book if: you want to be successful. 🙂 Seriously, if you struggle with the idea of success and going after what you want, read this book. I would recommend this as a read to anyone.
To find out some of my favorite parts of this one…follow me on Instagram. Every Tuesday of this month, I’m sharing some Think & Grow Rich wisdom. Here is this past Tuesday’s post:
This book is a nice short read, but packs a great message and some very practical tips. As the title implies it is focused on artists, but could really be applied to anyone trying to forge their own business path. Basically we are all trying to creating something.
Read this book if: you are struggling with the concept of originality and overwhelmed with the feeling that everyone is doing the same thing.
Words of Wisdom:
“If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.”
“The writer Wilson Mizner said if you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy many, it’s research. I once heard the cartoonist Gary Panter say, ‘If you have one person you’re influenced by, everyone will say you’re the next whoever. But if you rip off a hundred people, everyone will say you’re so original!’”
“…if you try to devour the history of your discipline all at once, you’ll choke. Instead, chew on one thinker–writer, artist, activist, role model–you really love. Study everything there is to know about that thinker. Then find three people that thinker loved, and find out everything about them. Repeat this as many times as you can. Climb up the tree as far as you can go. “
“The manifesto is this: Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use–do the work you want to see done.”
“Establishing and keeping a routine can be even more important than having a lot of time. Do the work every day, no matter what.”
To me this book mirrors many similar concepts as Think & Grow Rich. I did read them back to back, so it may be that is was fresh enough for me to make the connection. If you have read both I would be very curious if you made any connections (comment below!). That might need to be a future blog post. But for now…this book is a great one for working on mindset, going after what you want out of life and letting go of fear. It’s written from a perspective of a writer, but again most of it can be applied to the entrepreneurial path (even though she directs it at creative work).
Read this book if: you need a pick-me-up in terms of going after what you want out of life. If you are plagued by fear, doubt, and insecurities grab this book. Gilbert forcefully reminds us that insecurities are normal and you got this 🙂
Words of Wisdom:
“I’ve had to keep defining and defending myself as a writer every single day of my adult life–constantly reminding and re-reminding my soul and the cosmos that I’m very serious about the business of creative living, and that I will never stop creating, no matter what the outcome, and no matter how deep my anxieties and insecurities may be.
“Everything reminds us of something. But once you put your own expression and passion behind an idea, that idea becomes yours.”
I will be sharing some more favorite passages from Big Magic on Instagram in May 🙂
If you don’t have a library card you are wasting money. I am shocked at how many people don’t utilize their local library. Most local libraries offer digital downloads now, so you don’t even have to leave your house to take advantage of it. Save yourself some money and use the library. While I have bought all the above, half of them I read first as loaners.
What books would recommend to a fellow entrepreneur? What books made their mark on your path to entrepreneurship? Do you have a library card? 🙂