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I’ve ALWAYS loved learning and see in my adult life how that’s turned me into a book addict (true story – my hubby has tried to cut me off LOL). There’s just something about a good book or audiobook that gets me going. For the fiction books, it's so fun getting lost in the story and getting out of my own head.
With non-fiction, I love soaking up actionable info that I can take and implement.
For 2021, I’ve set the intention to read more, which hasn’t been easy to read – but it’s been really fulfilling and every book I read or listen to always gives me some sort of nugget to help me push myself forward. Or it’s given me a way to look at things differently too.
I’ve started listening to audiobooks while I’m driving or walking on the treadmill and that is really helping too! This has helped me read 3 books already. It's crazy because last year I think I read 8 or 9 books total! So pumped!
I wanted to share the books that have made a huge difference for me in my life and my business in the last 6 months.
4 Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read
- Do Less by Kate Northrup – Can I just say I love Kate and her realness? I think as women, trying to do everything like “a man” does it, pushes us back in time. If we’re being honest, we know our bodies, emotions and how we process and view things are totally different from a man. It’s not a bad thing, we were just created differently. And this book helps us to see how we can be productive within what works best for us and our energy levels.
- The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham – This was my favorite book that I listened to. What I loved is the no fluff, common sense approach he has and he’s managed a ton of successful companies. It definitely made me realize where I was lacking in my own motivation and not showing up how I can in my business.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear – This book is probably the one that helped me recognize how I was creating habits was wrong. And it made me understand more about habit stacking. It's so beneficial to helping habits stick! We were actually talking about this book on a training I was on last week and how much of a game changer this has been for a couple other people and me!
- Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday – I really enjoyed this book because he gave examples of people who let their ego get in the way and how it affected countries, businesses and relationships. You don’t realize how your ego shows up and how that creates tension, damages relationships
A book I started a LONG time ago but never finished was, “The Automatic Millionaire” by David Bach. And I’ve started reading it again and I’m recognizing that I want to set myself up for success. But MOST importantly, I want to set my kids up for success.
My husband and I grew up VERY paycheck to paycheck. And we were the same way when we started our relationship. We struggled. There was a time we got our electricity turned off right after I had our second child and I called my husband hysterical. I mean, how could I have let it get soooo bad. At that moment, I knew something had to change. And I vowed to never let it get so bad and to be so irresponsible again.
That was 10 years ago and we are in a MUCH better place. I want to make sure we are smart so we can teach our kids differently than how we learned. The book is so eye opening and I’ve already taken steps to put things in place for our future.
I’ll create a separate post & podcast talking all about the behind the scenes to that later!
What books have you read that have left a huge impression on you? I”d love for you to share them below!