No two women entrepreneurs are alike. We come from a multitude of different cultural and economic backgrounds, have experienced a variety of challenges and possess varying levels of kickassery.
But with every single female business owner we’ve met, there’s 1 thing we all seem to have in common; we never stop trying to learn and grow.
Ask any women entrepreneur what they’re currently reading and you’re almost guaranteed to get a book that’s sure to inspire and enlighten.
And, in the spirit of inspiring and enlightening, we’ve put together a list of books that have energized and excited our own entrepreneurial minds.
1) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
In this hilarious, inspiring and occasionally foul-mouthed book, author Jen Sincero serves it to you straight. She helps you to extinguish that negative self-talk and stop the self-sabotaging behaviors that are keeping you from creating a life you truly love.
2) Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran and Bruce Littlefield
This book by Shark Tank star, Barbara Corcoran, reads more like a novel than a self-help book. Full of heart, this book intertwines tales from the author’s childhood with lessons learned building her 6 billion dollar empire.
In this book, written specifically for women by one of the most successful tech-entrepreneurs in the world, author Sheryl Sandberg discusses how women can actually have both a fulfilling life and a brilliant career. She addresses the common denominators that tend to hold women back from achieving greatness in their careers and how to flip the script on those perceptions.
4) Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
This refreshing book will have you defining yourself based on your own ideas of success and happiness instead of trying to follow societal norms that have you measuring yourself based on other people’s expectations. Stop talking yourself out of your dreams and get this book!
In this brilliant book, author Brené Brown dares you to see leadership as it should be – based on courage and heart, not on power and money. Learn to see leadership in a new light, and learn the traits that can make you into one of the great leaders of the future.
If you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole while navigating the world of entrepreneurship, this book is for you. It’s specifically meant for those who are not following the beaten path to success, but building it step by step in their own way. Success is not only for those with elite educations and trust funds.
7) Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
I’ll let author, Cara Alwill Leyba’s words speak for themselves on this one, “Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better. Let’s start building each other up. Let’s live up to our potential and start ruling the world.” Pure awesomeness.
8) Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue by Lu Li
If you are just starting out, or even if you’ve been an entrepreneur for dozens of years, this book is sure to inspire with the amazing advice and wisdom shared by other female entrepreneurs.
9) The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, Booth Moore
Co-authors Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor started their company, Juicy Couture from a 1 bedroom apartment with $200 to their names. This is the story of how they turned the quest for the perfect t-shirt into a multi-million dollar company.
10) Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny
The 7 strategies you learn in this incredible book, may just change your life. The book is based on hundreds of interviews with successful women entrepreneurs. Author Barbara Stanny takes the lessons learned from these interviews and turns them into a roadmap to success.
Think we’ve missed a great book for women entrepreneurs? We’d love to hear what you’re reading. Let us know in the comments what some of your favorites are.
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