9 Books for Creative Entrepreneurs in 2019
You are defined by what you put out in the world. Whether that’s your communication skills, your attitude, or your work. People look and will decide whether to stop, start or continue to interact.
In high school, we read books and wrote essays for grades. Similarly, we read books we didn’t particularly like, or maybe we did enjoy them, but perhaps those books didn’t particularly set us up for a career as a creative entrepreneur. Equally important is to ensure you have a little structure in your life with what and when you read. Undoubtedly, reading is important for everyone whether you’re a CEO or working a 9-5, whether you’re an athlete or you play soccer in the park, whether you're a creative or someone who wants to create. What you don’t know you should be reading.
Countless articles are written about how great Steve Jobs is, or that we should learn from big names like Coca Cola and Nike, or how to be like Mother Theresa (she wasn’t a great person). Clearly, it’s a challenge to relate to these stories when you’re a different person who’s creating a business in 2019. Undoubtedly there are lessons. However, most case studies cannot be a simple copy and paste.
What was the last book you read?
Most of the books below are not on typical ‘must read’ lists. Those you can find through a Google search. These books are ones you might not think to read right away, or they might at first appear unrelatable. Ultimately, these are books with deep universal messages, tips and tricks you can apply right away. Moreover, it's good to read a book you’re not typically drawn to. Since most of us can’t directly relate to Jobs, nor does he have a lived experience anywhere near yours, my list is a bit different but mighty. Books I recommended to friends, who truly liked them, applied the tips, and also got something tangible out of it.
Books to buy, or borrow from your library today
1) The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity
is a self-help book by Julia Cameron (1992). A classic, just read it. It covers the mind, body, and soul and a lot of practical advice.
2) You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,
by Jen Sincero (2003) - helps you get out of a mental funk. This very popular book gets you to think differently instantly and it’s a great audiobook too!
3) How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936 – apparently 15 million copies sold. I think this book is on everyone’s top list, need I say more?
4) The Road to Recognition. The book created to accelerate your personal branding success.
By Seth Price and Barry Feldman. One of the best and easy to digest branding books and content marketing how-to. All done in alphabetized chapters. The best part is they do a great job of underscoring staying true to yourself and your story.
5) It's About Time!: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them
(1997) by Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire. I personally find books from the 90s hugely interesting, effective, and simple. This is one of them, and it obviously tackles how to accomplish things you rarely get off the ground. Paralysis, worry, stress, de-motivation – it touches on a lot.
6) Daring Greatly
by Brene Brown. (2015). Brown has a Ph.D. in social work. I thought I would throw in a book about self-development and self-awareness from an emotional and psychological perspective. Taking care of yourself will really determine how can you and your well being help you navigate the world. This book talks on vulnerability and exposing ourselves in genuine ways and that how what we feel matters.
7) Perfect Phrases for Dealing with Difficult Situations at Work.
By Susan Benjamin. (2008). Most people don’t necessarily have the work or volunteer experience to be able to communicate effectively. I like these ‘Perfect Phrases’ books; they’re simple, to the point and can be applied right away. As with all professions, communicating and working effectively with others is vital in maintaining collaborations and a clientele.
8) 3 Things
by Bryan Espiritu, which began on Twitter in 2014 as a public version of his, "notes to self" and it touches on business, fun, personal and self-care themes. Hailing from Toronto, an unwavering creative who’s insisted on integrity by avoiding being chained to mediocrity with his unique and personalized approach to putting his pen to paper. Also, follow him on social media for additional insights. https://shop.thelegendsleague.com/products/3-things-book-1-100
9) The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It.
By Kelly McGonigal. (2015). Everyone experiences stress, personally or professionally. However, stress doesn’t have to lead larger health complications, and stress doesn’t have to seep into all aspects of your life – there must be a balance. Do you sleep well? Are you mindful and present? This book paints a different picture of stress. Stress isn’t just something to avoid or cure – it’s more than that. You can cultivate it like an emotion or skill to provide focus, energy, growth, and learning.
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