Women Entrepreneur Books for Ladies on Top of Biz

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Being a women entrepreneur can be challenging, especially when dealing with entrepreneurial struggles, prevalent stereotypes, biases, and challenges that come along the way. Moreover, these women also have many other areas in their life to balance while creating and sustaining their businesses. It’s tricky to navigate these waters, especially if you’re starting a business or aiming to climb the corporate ladder. What helped these ladies to overcome every obstacle they faced? Many women entrepreneurs opt for reading books. There are countless books with valuable information for entrepreneurial success, empowering and uplifting women in business. These books help entrepreneur women succeed, regardless of the odds that come in the way of their entrepreneurial dreams.

The challenges of entrepreneurship aren’t a secret. Although there have been great strides toward equality in work and business, women still face challenges, especially when breaking into previously male-dominated fields in the corporate world. Hence, constant motivation is crucial for women entrepreneurs to keep going and feel empowered in business. Books play a significant part in this aspect. There might not be an exact blueprint that will tackle every problem faced by women entrepreneurs and their solutions. However, lessons and uplifting content in these books might be the key to your success as a women entrepreneur.

The books in the list below contain anecdotes, entrepreneurial advice, and valuable information that women entrepreneurs will find helpful for their journey. While many female authors and influential women wrote most of the books in this collection, there are also a few written by men. These learning tools will help women entrepreneurs to reach the top, so grab a copy of any book on this list!

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Women Entrepreneur Books # 1) The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

Women Entrepreneur Books: The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know by Katty KayBook Summary: The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback and updated with a new introduction

 

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few, or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world’s leading psychologists who explain how we can all choose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders in politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts leadership, success, and fulfillment.

Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That’s the good news. You won’t discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won’t find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and failing forward.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life with confidence.

A 5-Star Review: “Confidence and competence come from a strong sense of “Yes, I can do this, and do it well”. I was glad to read that experience of early problem-solving, like caring for younger siblings, teaches a youngster how to be competent in later life, when faced with situations that overwhelm the inexperienced person. To feel solid in your core, the early failures and self-corrections develop your ability to evaluate, accurately, and respond appropriately. This book interviews women performing at the top of their game, with honesty and candor. Well done!”

A Critical Review: “I was shocked this was reviewed so well. I’m a therapist. I made it halfway through before I was utterly disgusted. There are some WILD leaps in the research and their conclusions and some seriously bad reading of research. I specialize in PTSD and the women stated that CBT is an effective approach for PTSD?! I’m sorry, but that’s absolutely untrue. There’s a lot of self-congratulatory statements in here and some silly dithering over “test” results. It’s like there is no differentiation between hard science and pop psychology. This is pop psychology and not even good pop psychology. I’m sad because this is a real issue and it needs to be addressed-but this is not the book I’d suggest.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 2) Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

Women Entrepreneur Books: Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel HollisBook Summary: “Hollis’s writing is beautifully blunt, and she humbly thanks her fans for her success. Her actionable ideas and captivating voice will encourage women to believe in themselves.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

 

 

“I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are.”

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: Women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself. 

A 5-Star Review: “I read this book a few weeks ago and I had to jump on here and write a review for those looking to purchase now that it’s officually available. First let me start by saying I’m usually the person who will read a book in one day. But I spread this one out so I could savor it and really absorb what our pal Rach was saying. If you are a woman with dreams and goals then you should read this book. Even if you’re not a woman or you don’t have dreams and goals then you should still read this book. Rachel Hollis gives you information that, if you’re like me, you already know in the back of your mind. But she makes you think about it in a new perspective. And she encourages and inspires you to take action. A must read for anyone looking to do better in any regard. 10/10 I would recommend this to everyone.”

A Critical Review: “It’s like every motivational and self help speaker you ever listened to got quoted (but not necessarily credited) here.

And sadly, for a book published by a Christian publisher and authored by a professing believer, there is a noticeable lack of Biblical support, some profanity, and ideas that just aren’t compatible with the Christian walk.

I just can’t recommend this to anyone.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 3) Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Women Entrepreneur Books: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl SandbergBook Summary: #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A landmark manifesto” (The New York Times) that’s a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. 

 

 

In her famed TED talk, Sheryl Sandberg described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than eleven million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg, COO of Meta (previously called Facebook) from 2008-2022, provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

A 5-Star Review: “This book CHANGED MY LIFE. I had been working in the same position at the same company for the last 12 years wondering why I wasn’t being promoted or approached by competitors. Along with gaining experience over the years and building my own self confidence, I needed this book to push me to take the next steps. I know this sounds silly and self absorbed, but when I was reading it, it was like Sandberg was talking directly to me. She gave me insight into some of the things that were happening around me, and some tips on what I could do to change the course of my career.

Within a week of finishing it, I stood up to a male coworker who was minimizing and deflating everything I said in a meeting in front of my manager and colleagues. Pre book I probably would have just let it go and been deferential even though I knew I was right. I didn’t back down on my position, but I remained calm and logical, and was still friendly. He on the other hand became angry and raised his voice. I asked him why he was becoming so emotional about he topic, and that question disarmed him completely. He said “you’re right, I’m sorry.” Later he came to my office and apologized again. I know he didn’t like it, and I don’t think his apology was sincere, but I know I at least gleaned some respect from him and my colleagues.

I later noticed in another meeting in which a female coworker and I were presenting, several male audience members kept interrupting us despite the fact that we were supposed to be teaching them the material. I finally stepped in and said “gentlemen, thanks for your insights but we’re going to hold questions and comments until the end.” They shut up.

I have finally recently been selected to attend a conference across the country with a select few other employees. I attribute this selection to my newfound confidence in my abilities and contributions to the organization, and I attribute that confidence to this book!

I think every working woman should read this (especially working mothers), and possibly more importantly, every manager, male or female, should read this book.”

A Critical Review: “What is so disappointing to me is her putting the onus on women to get ahead in corporate America. The author comes from a privileged background and had powerful men as mentors throughout her career. I don’t think women should depend on finding male mentors nor should they work hard to get a seat at the table at male-dominated businesses. Sheryl should be encouraging women to start their own businesses, businesses more in step with female values, and using her clout to make this happen.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 4) #GIRLBOSS

Women Entrepreneur Books: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia AmorusoBook Summary: In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.

 

 

Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.

“A witty and cleverly told account . . . It’s this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing.” —Los Angeles Times

“Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.” —Vanity Fair

“#GIRLBOSS is more than a book . . . #GIRLBOSS is a movement.” —Lena Dunham

A 5-Star Review: “As a girl looking to build an empire and become her own boss, this book contains some great advice and motivation. It is not a step-by-step guide by any means; it is Amoruso describing her journey from grungy, shoplifting kid to powerful CEO with witty humor and tips along the way. The book can inspire you whether you are simply looking to be a more empowered career woman (or guy, her advice isn’t really gender specific despite the title) or if you are truly looking to become your own boss.
It’s funny and down-to-earth and might just give you the motivation to start pursuing your goals.”

A Critical Review: “This book is creatively put together. And her life sounds comical in a depressing way. She is interesting. I see why they are making a show about it. However…

I wish I had known her company was being sued for wrongful termination of several ill and pregnant employees. Amongst other complaints and her own recent failures. I’ve read half of this book and for the first time in my life from purchasing a book I want to return it. She says in the beginning that it is not meant to inspire. What??? So I then assumed it was to merely entertain. But after reading how she scammed and stole and she basically brags about it. I’m having a hard time relating or let alone enjoying a book about a woman who grew up upper middle class, is now one of the wealthiest women in the world, and basically has never had much of a moral compass. This is what I’ve taken away from the first 5 chapters. Pass.

Unfortunately, it did not come with a paid return label and the shipping would cost almost as much as the book. Lesson learned.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 5) She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur

Women Entrepreneur Books: She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie GreenBook Summary: Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business?

 

 

There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success.

In this book, Carrie Green shows you how. Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face. Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:
• Get clear on your business vision
• Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
• Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
• Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
• Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
• Condition yourself for success

. . . and so much more!

If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.

A 5-Star Review: “Blown away by this book, it is perhaps my all-time favorite self-help/entrepreneurial book and I am going to read it many times before I am through! I had to get both the audio and paperback versions to use together, and the down to earth insight has me ready to go out and tackle the world. I know Carrie caters to women entrepreneurs (and yes, I am a man), but I would have to place her right at the top of my go to inspirations Down to earth, easy to understand, easy to relate to, and all around sound advice and inspiration. Sorry ladies, but as guy I thinks this book and this woman, … ROCK!”

A Critical Review: “I was disappointed but not surprised by the lack of substance this book provided. It’s a nice motivational book but it doesn’t really help you in starting your own business. The content on Carrie’s blog and website are very similar: a lot of encouragement but not very deep. I just started my business and I’ve gathered a lot of helpful advice and ideas for FREE online but I paid for this book and most of what I got from it, I could have found online at little to no cost. I think the book is nice if you’re feeling down about the direction of your business and need a boost but even still, the book didn’t necessarily motivate me. In fact, it disheartened me a bit because Carrie had this supportive network of people to help her and give business advice which most of us who are just starting our business do not have. Her so called “encouragement” was unrealistic for those who are starting a business from scratch and have no real support or mentors to reach out to. Majority of the book was just giving examples of business success stories from friends of hers and they too had some sort of support, whether it be from Carrie herself or family. Not everyone has that kind of luxury and privilege to have a group of people in high places who are behind you all the way and will reach out to help as much as they can. Bottomline, this book will make you feel good at the beginning but won’t give you a realistic approach to starting and maintaining a successful business.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 6) The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

Women Entrepreneur Books: The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. SengeBook Summary: MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES IN PRINT • “One of the seminal management books of the past seventy-five years.”—Harvard Business Review

 

 

This revised edition of the bestselling classic is based on fifteen years of experience in putting Peter Senge’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas of the Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.

Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning blocks that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations, in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create the results they truly desire.

Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will:

• Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
• Bridge teamwork into macrocreativity
• Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets
• Teach you to see the forest and the trees
• End the struggle between work and personal time

This updated edition contains more than one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies such as BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, and Saudi Aramco and organizations such as Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank.

A 5-Star Review: “I’m really enjoying “The Fifth Discipline.” It shines light on a few things that I couldn’t get a grip on, and it unveils things that I would have never recognized.

I can see why some reviewers call it redundant, I’d advise everyone to keep pushing. It is a bit verbose but you’d miss a few gems if you choose to skip over passages and or pages.

I’m really happy with this purchase. I bought “Systems Thinking for Social Change” before I purchased this one, and I couldn’t get through it entirely. It references “The Fifth Discipline” as well as “Thinking in Systems” by Donella Meadows, After previewing both I figured I’d start here. And I will read them all, this is such a fascinating subject.”

A Critical Review: “The Audio Book doesn’t follow along with the book. It makes through about 1 page and then its off in a completely different direction. Not a big deal if you are just casually listening, but if you need to know where and what chapter you listening to, or need a audiobook that follows the actual book, this is not the one. I just ended up getting the Kindle version for less than half the price.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 7) Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Women Entrepreneur Books: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin KleonBook Summary: Unlock your creativity.

 

 

An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.

Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you—what feels like a hobby may turn into you life’s work. Forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.

And finally, stay Smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.

“Brilliant and real and true.”—Rosanne Cash

A 5-Star Review: “Creative folks mistakenly believe that they’re coming up with all sorts of new ideas. But the fact is, there is nothing new under the sun. Austin Kleon makes the reader understand that the fact that everything has already been created is, in fact, a good thing. Kleon quotes the French writer André Gide who said, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” I wish I had understand that idea when I was the music director for a number of shows many years ago. At the time, I used to purposely not listen to other recordings of the shows because I didn’t want to be influenced by the conductors who had led the shows before me. Who was I kidding? I should have been honored to have had the chance to listen to them and steal from them. Kleon writes, “Just as you have a familial genealogy, you also have a genealogy of ideas. You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.” The way to expose yourself to the creative genius of those before you is by reading what they wrote and looking at what they did. From now on, I will always tip my hat the greats upon whose shoulders I stand, and hopefully I’ll be able to be a source of inspiration to others, too. This is a great book, a real “must read” for anyone who has any creative pursuits.”

A Critical Review: “I liked what this author had to say and enjoyed the material, but this was not a book. When I got to the end, I said “Where’s the rest of it? Where’s the useful stuff?” I went on a hunt and found the author on YouTube giving a TED Talk called Steal Like an Artist. There it was, the entire book in an eleven minute speech. Save your money and just listen to the speech.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 8) Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work

Women Entrepreneur Books: Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah TannenBook Summary: “Required reading…sharp and insightful…lively and straightforward…a novel and sometimes startling analysis of workplace dynamics.”—New York Times Book Review

 


In her extraordinary international bestseller, You Just Don’t Understand, Deborah Tannen transformed forever the way we look at intimate relationships between women and men. Now she turns her keen ear and observant eye toward the workplace—where the ways in which men and women communicate can determine who gets heard, who gets ahead, and what gets done.

An instant classic, Talking From 9 to 5 brilliantly explains women’s and men’s conversational rituals—and the language barriers we unintentionally arise in the business world. It is a unique and invaluable guide to recognizing the verbal power games and miscommunications that cause good work to be underappreciated or go unnoticed—an essential tool for promoting more positive and productive professional relationships among men and women.

A 5-Star Review: “I wish I would have read this book 20 years ago. It was an eye-opening experience. As a female executive working in a male-dominated profession, this book shed new light on interactions I’ve had with male colleages, bosses and employees where I felt something had been “lost in translation” but couldn’t put my finger on why. Put another way, this book teaches you the other gender’s “secret language.”

In a dream world, this would be mandatory reading for all men in the workplace. Males who are not aware of these communication differences are likely not hiring or promoting talented female employees because they misconstrue their politeness for passiveness, or their humble remarks (or even self-degrading remarks) for lack of confidence, etc.

As a working woman, reading this book gave me an advantage. After reading it, I find myself using a different communication style now with males at work than I do with females at work. At least now I am aware of how the “female” communication style I naturally use is probably being heard by my male superiors. Likewise, as a boss I’ve put this book, along with “Who Moved My Cheese?”, on the reading list for new hires.

Substantively, I felt the book could have used some major editing starting about half-way through where it became a bit tedious. But it’s worth the read for the important lessons learned.

Lastly, others have criticized this book for not offering solutions to the problem. The solution is awareness. If both genders are aware of these communication differences, the problem is virtually eliminated.”

A Critical Review: “Just received this item, which I ordered NEW, and it is quite obviously used.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 9) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Women Entrepreneur Books: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. DweckBook Summary: From the renowned psychologist who introduced the world to “growth mindset” comes this updated edition of the million-copy bestseller—featuring transformative insights into redefining success, building lifelong resilience, and supercharging self-improvement.

 

 

“Through clever research studies and engaging writing, Dweck illuminates how our beliefs about our capabilities exert tremendous influence on how we learn and which paths we take in life.”—Bill Gates, GatesNotes

“It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

A 5-Star Review: I’ve read this book almost two months ago and still clearly feel its impact in me. It’s currently THE book that I’d recommend anyone to read NOW if they haven’t yet done so.

While reading the book, I became aware of why 1) I’ve been having conflicting feeling about myself, 2) I get very frustrated with what some people say/think and get into frequent debate/argument with them with the intention to let them see that there’s another side to something, and 3) why some of my past relationships didn’t work out.

With the knowledge that one person can have both fixed and growth mindsets depending on the ability/beliefs, and that a mindset is like a framework, thus difficult (but not impossible) to change, I realized that since the things that I argue with people (family) tend to be fixed-mindset beliefs, I’ll just be wasting energy arguing about it— the person has to change his/her fixed mindset, thus, the issue is not really about the topic itself, but the mindset of the person, something which the person will have to personally want to change. This realization helped me preempt many arguments and, thus, our relationships is now smoother. If I ever want to even fantasize others changing theirs, I will first need to change my own fixed-mindset, which incidentally are all the internal conflicts that I’ve been carrying with me for years.

I also learned that almost everything that attracted me of my past relationships where their growth-mindset—their yearning to improve, their curiosity, their challenging me to improve. And that our fights were our fixed-mindset. Now I know what to pay attention to and when to let go. Since a mindset takes time and effort to change and I don’t want to attempt to change people (it’s already hard to change myself), I will need to let incompatible people go sooner rather than later. “The belief that partners have the potential to change should not be confused with the belief that the partner WILL change. The partner has to want to change, commit to change, and take concrete actions toward change.”

A Critical Review: “This book could have easily been summed up in an article but instead it’s a 240+ page book repeating essentially the same thing over and over and over. The book is about how your mindset, fixed or open, to challenges, beliefs, and overall life can have a great impact on how you adjust and what you become. As an example, if two children get an F on an assignment with different mindsets, the fixed will tend to think they’re dumb and lose interest while the open will know they can learn and view it as a challenge.

That’s it. I’m not being overly critical of the book or idea. That is the book stretched out using examples from sports, business, relationships, and pretty much areas where your mindset can help determine where you proceed when faced with a challenge.

I don’t know how someone could give this five stars. I don’t mean that to be rude but you’re more or less reading the same idea on every page.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 10) Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

Women Entrepreneur Books: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy KawasakiBook Summary: Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It con­verts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes skeptics and cynics into believers and the undecided into the loyal.

 

 

Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update. And when done right, it’s more powerful than traditional persuasion, influence, or marketing techniques.

Kawasaki argues that in business and personal interactions, your goal is not merely to get what you want but to bring about a voluntary, enduring, and delightful change in other people. By enlisting their own goals and desires, by being likable and trustworthy, and by framing a cause that others can embrace, you can change hearts, minds, and actions.

A 5-Star Review: “kawasaki may be an unlikable person who is rude, arrogant, graceless, and stupid in public speaking; but he nailed this book.

but this is the most solid and valuable business book i’ve bought.

it references ideas from many of the greats with enough detail to make it good for refreshing while not giving so much that it spoils the other works. incidentally, as it doesn’t do more than touch on other author’s ideas, it doesn’t go so far as to clarify the other works.

this book is appropriate as a first business book. if you have an employee who is trying to get the basis of business side social psychology, this book may be the best on the market. it is appropriate for people new to the workforce, new bosses, new sales associates, customer service associates, and even highschool graduates.

kawasaki makes fewer errors in the book than when public speaking. but if you can keep in mind that his opinions are bad, what is left is a cogent, coherent, and considerate analysis of most modern business literature condensed to a paragraph or two. it is sort-of a syllabus or synopsis of the literature with explanations of why the works matter, and the presentation of a key idea each work entails. generally these are either the core theme of the work, or the most important idea in the work.

the work clearly condenses hundreds of hours of exposure, consideration, and simplification. but what about the expert of business? should they get the book solely to have it on a shelf so you can loan it to a new hire or transfer?
it also works well enough as a synopsis that even if you know every piece of work being referenced, you can skim through this like a detached table of contents.

the value of the work is somewhere < 2 hours minimum wage. if you see it go down to $5 a copy (free shipping), you should pick it up. and buying multiples for a discount is probably worth it since it has such value and audience variety. getting 10 copies for ~$30 and just giving the redundant ones away is a decent idea.

-1 star because it had potential it didn’t rise to meet. the book is in the range of being required reading for every business101 class, and it is in the range of being required reading for every high school in the USA. but it doesn’t go into enough depth nor enough utility to hit that goal.

if the book had developed the other author’s ideas further through example, or if the book completely covered the other author’s ideas it would have full stars. the problem isn’t that the content wasn’t covered but the was an implicit connotation that it was. if the book stayed the same but shilled for the authors who are referenced, at least readers who are new to the field wouldn’t have the impression that the reference itself was complete as well as concise.

other reviews on here are complaining that guy didn’t give enough to actually help. it isn’t an all inone where each topic is considered down to the bottom of the barrel, but an allinone in that it references a wide raiment of material, but for the main lay audience that isn’t enough.
if someone messes up it is user error. if a large portion of users mess up, it is a failure of meeting the usecase. this book carries a curse of knowledge with it. if you know the things being referenced it is fine, but if not there isn’t enough of a reminder to follow up and read the sources to expand knowledge.

if i was the editor i’d make the repetitive but necessary edit of following every “this is from [book title]” with “peruse it for more.” or shift the desired audience so it completely contains and concatenates the genre of business influence.”

A Critical Review: “I’m left asking “but, how?” Guy gave few tangible examples of enchantment, most of the book is explaining what enchantment is…not specifics on how to do it if it doesn’t come to you naturally. Worth a read but could be much better…I expected more.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 11) Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené BrownBook Summary: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

 

 

Don’t miss the five-part HBO Max docuseries Brené Brown: Atlas of the Heart!

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

ONE OF GREATER GOOD’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“[Brené Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . Brené empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”—The Huffington Post

A 5-Star Review: “In Rising Strong, Brene Brown explores how to reset your life when you’ve experienced adversity. This book was very timely for me to read because of some tough experiences I’ve had n this last year. Reading through it gave me valuable techniques to draw on as I work through those experiences. It’s helped me work through some tough emotions and behavior patterns and provided me a way forward. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with some life changing struggles, who needs some guidance on how to move forward, but also to anyone who wants to improve how they work through difficult situations.”

A Critical Review: “I preferred “Daring Greatly” a lot more.
This felt padded, or stuffed with a lot of information that isn’t necessary to get the point (if you can find it) across. Chapters were close to thirty pages long and they didn’t need to be, imo.
Maybe I couldn’t connect with her life examples? Maybe I just didn’t care about her life examples because there wasn’t enough in them that moved me.
Whether nonfiction or fiction, you as the writer still have to hook your audience, which you do with emotions. This book just didn’t do it for me.
I was looking for information/tools that can help me, the reader, get through my soul-sucking life/day. Help me help myself so I can live a better life.
Disappointed. I was expecting something more akin to “Daring Greatly”. I have her “Wilderness” book too and I’m hesitant in getting any hopes up.
This gets donated to the local veterans library.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 12) An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah: A Memoir

An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah: A Memoir by Empress Farah PahlaviBook Summary: Farah Pahlavi has lived a life of extremes: a loving marriage to the Shah that ended with his death in 1980; a period of luxury in the court followed by years of exile and loss. Her story has been covered in the press and in countless books, but here she speaks out for the first time, and tells her own remarkable story. The only child of an Iranian army officer, Farah Diba was an architecture student in Paris when she became engaged and married the Shah. Pitched from her ordinary existence into a maelstrom of paparazzi and international attention, she quickly became an icon for her age-a beautiful, serene young woman, romantically married to one of the most powerful men in the world. She writes about her early years and about Iran itself and her profound love for it, of encounters with world leaders, of family life in the palaces of Tehran. She describes the divisions of Iranian society and the gradual shift of public opinion, fuelled by the rise in religious fundamentalism, which led to the sudden overthrow of the Shah in 1979. An Enduring Love includes a moving account of the year the Shah and his Queen spent wandering the globe, rejected from the United States and shuttling between Egypt, Morocco, the Bahamas, Panama, and Mexico. Farah Pahlavi details the years of exile after the Shah’s death, as she rebuilt a life for herself and for her children in the United States. Written with an affecting simplicity and directness, this is both a powerful human document and a fascinating perspective on an especially turbulent period in Middle Eastern history.

A 5-Star Review: “I love history, and this is something I lived through. Was very interested to learn more about Farah’s background. There were some places in the memoir that dragged, but overall it was something special to read about what she and her husband the shah accomplished during their reign. It was a dreadful time for them in exile and am appalled that there could be this kind of situation regarding his medical care. The book really conveyed the the pain of that time. She’s a remarkable woman.”

A Critical Review: “Also read The Fall of Heaven— books tell two very different stories both in substance and perception; learned a lot about Iran in the 1950s to 1980”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 13) She Takes on the World

She Takes on the World by Natalie MacneilBook Summary: Are you ready to create a business and a life you love? Packed with powerful business and life lessons, a savvy plan for success in our digital age, and the engaging real-life experiences of successful women entrepreneurs, She Takes on World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose is a business book like no other.

A 5-Star Review: “I bought this book after it was recommended by Better than Chocolate’s Amanda Aitken, a female entrepreneur whom I truly adore and admire. I have also followed Natalie’s blog and been on her mailing list for a couple of years now, and was excited to hear she had written a book.

The book arrived at the perfect time, at the point in my business (2 years in) where I am looking to expand my virtual team, work smarter not harder, and utilize more online tools so that I can run my business from anywhere in the world and without driving myself to the ground. I was work-vacationing in Croatia at the time I read the book and was truly excited to learn that Natalie runs a very successful business from anywhere she wants to (inc. Croatia!), which is something I am close to achieving but needed Natalie’s suggestions to truly allow this to be a reality. If this is your goal too, there is very actionable advice in the book to help you make this a reality, as well as a bunch of resources and links to point you in the right direction.

The closest book to this that I have read is Tim Ferriss’s 4 hour work week. I recommend reading both if you truly want to become a lifestyle entrepreneur. Tim’s approach is more extreme but you can certainly learn valuable takeaways from it; Natalie’s book seems to be much more grounded and achievable, and like me, it seems that Natalie truly loves her job and would actually be bored and depressed if she was only working 4 hours a week! I appreciate that Natalie is hard-working while also having a life and coming across as a normal 20-something year old that you would want to be friends with and hang out with on a Saturday night!

My favorite sections in the book are the chapters on Mentorship, Where to find a talented virtual team, Business compass and the blogpost ideas. I thought the section on social media strategies was the weakest – it is such a huge topic that it is beyond the scope of this book.”

All in all this is a solid book that will get you fired up about starting OR improving your business or passion project, whatever it may be. Strongly recommend!”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 14) The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten BoomBook Summary: “Every experience God gives us . . . is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see.”–Corrie ten Boom

 


Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God’s chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God’s love will overcome, heal, and restore.

“A groundbreaking book that shines a clear light on one of the darkest moments of history.”–Philip Yancey, author, The Jesus I Never Knew

“Ten Boom’s classic is even more relevant to the present hour than at the time of its writing. We . . . need to be inspired afresh by the courage manifested by her family.”–Jack W. Hayford, president, International Foursquare Church; chancellor, The King’s College and Seminary

“The Hiding Place is a classic that begs revisiting. Corrie ten Boom lived the deeper life with God. Her gripping story of love in action will challenge and inspire you!”–Joyce Meyer, best-selling author and Bible teacher

A 5-Star Review: “After reading this book, it hit very deeply for me on a certain level, that might not be familiar for most. When I was 19 I was convicted of my first crime and was sentenced to six years in prison. I don’t remember doing most of my crime, but I do remember it happening and being blameless to the fact that I was the one who did do it. What hit me most about this book, is what they felt and were subjected to during processing and quarantine. Obviously the conditions aren’t as bad now as they were then, but I remember having to be stripped and naked in front of hundreds. I remember being told I was a number and not a name. I remember having my food thrown away for looking the wrong way in line. I remember countless times having everything I owned being torn through and then discarded because the Correctional Officer wasn’t happy that day. I know that people will say that our situations aren’t the same. I asked for my punishment by breaking the law. I deserved to be treated like that for my crimes (they were robberies without a weapon while I was on cocaine at 19). I needed to be locked up and so on and so on. But the thing I can say the most from this book, is that everytime she talked about the helplessness and selfishness that comes along with imprisonment, it hit me so hard. When she talked about love and compassion for others, being the only true form of currency you have in prison, those words rang so true to me. I’m writing this to let anyone who has ever been incarcerated know that this book should be read. It puts into perspective what you are truly worth and what you should give to others, even your enemies. I hated authority for so long, but realized that, love is the only way to win. So I would recommend this book to everyone who needs perspective, especially those who have been incarcerated before. Thank you Corrie for your endless love! Give Betsie a hug for me.”

A Critical Review: “The ink print in this book is so light that I refuse to even try to read it. I love this story and its a shame I can’t read it. I don’t have any problems with my eyes either. I’ve noticed this with many printed books lately. Why are they printing with such low ink? Horrible way to try to save money. I don’t even want to order books online anymore, will wait till inside a store to see the print level first. Shame on these companies.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 15) A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61)

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61) by Eckhart TolleBook Summary: 

 

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” —Oprah Winfrey

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.

A 5-Star Review: “To be honest, I hated this book the whole time I was reading it and immediately after. I thought it was poorly written, repetitive, preachy, and idealistic. But lo and behold, 6 months later I am still thinking about it all the time. Like it says in the intro, you are either ready for this book or you’re not. If you’re ready, it will open your eyes in a way that is impossible to reverse. Try to read it with an open mind and a willingness to deeply examine your own mind in ways that may be very uncomfortable to you. It will be worth it.”

A Critical Review: “This book touts to be teaching truth. I know its not all true. This author has concluded that our thoughts and emotions are only our ego. This implies that the soul is but the part of us that sits back observing without feeling. I might agree that many self centered thoughts are from the ego self, but emotion is something even the angels in heaven feel as well as our deceased loved ones. I know because I have had a NDE myself years ago. My son in law was shot in the back 8 times, flat lined three times and was in a coma for 3 and a half months. Emotions do not die with the body. I also know that other NDE’rs have validated that we are still us, emotions and all even after we cross over. This author has never claimed an NDE and says it all comes to him through intuition. I think it was simply something he came up with based on his own understanding and comfort zone. Not necessarily true for everyone.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 16) The Magician’s Way: What It Really Takes to Find Your Treasure

The Magician's Way: What It Really Takes to Find Your Treasure by William WhitecloudBook Summary: Mark Vale is besieged by financial and marital turmoil when he meets a group of contemporary alchemists. They take him on an astonishing journey and teach him to transform difficult situations into golden opportunities.

 

 

Mark learns from wonderfully unlikely characters, from a billionaire to a beautiful topless waitress, and manifests an enormous financial windfall. But can his material success hold his family together? Mark embarks on the ultimate quest to understand how our values influence events.

Author William Whitecloud brings a dazzling range of knowledge and experience — from a childhood in Swaziland immersed in supernatural worldviews to hermetic philosophy and esoteric speculation on the financial markets — to bear on this practical and magical look at what we really want, and how to get it.

A 5-Star Review: “This book describes everything I have been travelling through in the last 5 years since having a head injury that resulted in me losing everything and finding what was trully important. After years of deconstruction the last year of construction have lead me deeper into the fears and limiting beliefs and from the interaction of a few magicians I have started to learn this new way of being. Creating what I want in the world and manifesting. It feels like he puts everyrhing that has been going on inside me into this book. So many lose ends that I have been figuring out are put together in this book. At the right time when your heart calls this book is the book for you. I used to be an avid reader and this is the first book I have read to the end since my accident. It feels good to be reading again.”

A Critical Review: “I hesitated to write this bad review. What persuaded me to do it was another lengthy review saying James Redfield move over. That was one of the reviews that really got my hopes up and misled me. Since Amazon clientele use these reviews to consider their purchases beforehand I am going to add my opinion here for perspective. First of all I thought it started out fantastic. It was a great first 5 %. The author tells a story about a childhood snakebite that was compelling. He uses that as a comparison to launch into the rest of his tale. After that things start to go downhill because the twofold intention is in conflict. He’s telling a tale about a man while also using that tale to illustrate the use of his “magic” principles, but ends up sacrificing good story telling for the hidden purpose of demonstrating the “magic” principles

The story never gets good because the lead character is written in a two dimensional way for the purpose of demonstrating the principles. I had hope for a while that I was going to like this character and get invested in his outcome. I didn’t. He kept doing stupid things that were on the level of an “about to get kicked out of a fraternity” boy like drinking 8 cocktails at a business lunch before making sales calls. But hey it was okay because he got saved by the topless waitress with a heart of gold who has hidden healing talents before she later goes on to blackmail him. Really? Yes, that’s really this silly story.

It seems that the lead character had to be more of a loser than most because the author’s vehicle of teaching the magic principles was having the lead’s friends lecture him on the principles such as visualizing the goal. And yes they get really preachy.

The principles are interesting. I found some nuggets of wisdom in this story. In spite of the unbelievable, childish and overall dislikeable lead character in this 2 dimensional story I still would have given it more than 1 star because of the nuggets of wisdom if the author had finished the damn thing. But as soon as the author had adequately demonstrated the “magic” principles he ended the book with the main character leaping into refreshing mountain spring with a friend. Will he repair his relationship with his wife? Will he tell her about the incident leading to his blackmail? The wife dislikes him about as much as I do so maybe he can’t save the relationship anyway. Will he report the blackmailer or pay her? Who knows? The readers don’t know because the vehicle of the story is left hanging as soon as the underlying purpose of teaching the principles is met.

I wanted to like this book because some moments were lovely but they were rare in the swampy morass of this uncompelling story and bludgeoning principle repetition.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 17) Girl On Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rule Book, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business

Girl On Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rule Book, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business by Cara Alwill LeybaBook Summary: From the bestselling author of Girl Code, Cara Alwill Leyba delivers Girl on Fire —the long-awaited follow up fans have been waiting for.

 

 

The self-publishing queen started this conversation four years ago with Girl Code, her ode to women and their power, a book so successful that it has been translated in seven languages and continues to make a major impact on the world. Girl On Fire builds on this concept and shows you how to blaze your own trail immediately. You don’t need permission from anyone to live fearlessly and start living your dream.

As an early voice in the female-driven movement, Cara continues to be a leader in the space, liberating women to trust their intuition and create their own opportunities. She empowers her readers to stop waiting for their big break and, instead, to publish their own books, start their own podcasts, host their own panels and design their own clothing lines; whatever their desires are.

From the author:

Who would you be if you stopped following *their* rules? What would you create if you create if you had nothing holding you back?

Now that women entrepreneurs are banding together in sisterhood and realizing the importance of collaboration over competition, it’s time to take things to the next level. It’s time to rise up, together, and challenge the status quo. It’s time to question the way things have been done in the past, to write our own rules, and do life and business OUR way.

The world needs us, as women, to utilize our voices now more than ever. We must step into our power and we must let nothing hold us back.

Business is changing rapidly, and there has never been a better time to choose yourself. Gone are the days of waiting to be chosen by an agent, a record label, a company, or a publisher.

Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for their “big break” —they create it. They don’t wait to be featured in a magazine, or picked up by a publisher, or given a chance to speak on a stage. They promote themselves on platforms they create, they self-publish their own books, they launch their own podcasts, they create their own events and build their own stages.

Now is the time to show up for ourselves. We all have the ability to design a life and career beyond our wildest imaginations without permission, selection, or validation. Girl on Fire will show you how to do it.

This book is for every woman who has had a vision that others might not understand. It’s for every woman who is sick and tired of playing by the rules. It’s for every woman who has known she was meant for more and has waited far too long for someone to give her the permission she thought she needed.

A 5-Star Review: “Holy Crap. This book! ⠀

Cover to cover in one day, and then I spent this morning listening to the rain going back to answer all the questions. 🌧⠀

To briefly explain why I’m so obsessed with Cara, she’s a self published author dedicated towards inspiring women. She published Girl Code, which was then picked up and republished by Penguin Random House, and got a book deal for her book, Like She Owns The Place. ⠀


What I love so much about her, is that after getting the author’s DREAM, she went back and self-published Girl On Fire, and in this book explains why you don’t need other people to choose you to be validated in your work. ⠀

I’ve struggled with this for Future Boss Lady, and I personally self published because I just couldn’t stand to sit around and wait for someone to believe in me. I believed in FBL so much that I knew it needed to be out there, book deal or not. ⠀

Reading Girl on Fire made me feel so secure in that decision and made me feel inspired to do it over and over again. ⠀

I HIGHLY recommend this book for writers and self published authors, but I also recommend it for anyone that needs to feel uplifted and inspired. ⠀

Cara says so many profound and beautiful things that just fueled my soul, and I closed this book feeling energized, excited, and ready to take on the world. ⠀

This book could not have come to me at a more perfect time, and I hope anyone and everyone gets a chance to read it. ⠀

Follow Cara at @thechampagnediet , she also has a podcast called Style Your Mind, and you can grab her book on Amazon! ⠀

I can’t thank you enough Cara, you are a freaking rockstar! ⭐️”

A Critical Review: “This book in certain ways is set up like her previous book Girl Code filled with advice from a female who is an entrepreneur in many ways.She talks a lot about her story,give various helpful business suggestions especially for those people wanting to start a business,and at the end of each chapter has questions for the reader to answer.How it’s not like the first book is the fact that she doesn’t interview any female entrepreneurs,but just focuses on her own story,offers helpful suggestions,and encouraging journaling.She did mentioned powerful influential women both in the past and now.This book is also a book to encourage women who have low self-esteem especially regarding having there own business.

After reading it I decided that I would send it to a former client of mine who has her own business,plus the book before it Girl Code.I however didn’t get much out of the book maybe because I don’t have a low self-esteem regarding having my own business and have been a business owner for years.I did enjoy the book Girl Code however because of the different interviews Cara did.

This book as well as the previous book are good books if you are wanting to start a business and needs some helpful suggestions,and powerful encouraging words to get you going and you don’t mind journaling here and there.I highly reccommed before reading Girl On Fire read Girl Code first because in Girl On Fire she makes reference to Girl Code often.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 18) The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose by Oprah WinfreyBook Summary: Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.“

 

 

That journey starts right here.

In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.

Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.

Paired with over 100 awe-inspiring photographs to help illuminate the wisdom of these messages, The Path Made Clear provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.Age Range:Adult

A 5-Star Review: “The help that comes when you’re seeking guidance on how to move forward in your calling is amazing. This book came out on a day where the resistance I was feeling within myself felt overwhelming.

It was as though I was pushing the break and gas pedal of my life at the same time and with the same level of pressure and passion. I wanted to move forward, but I also wanted to stop.

Only an hour into this book and one question after the other, one fervent prayer after the other, so many answered. I bought both the audiobook and kindle version so I could listen and study the words of these wise leaders. I encourage you to do the same as there’s not only soul knowledge within these pages, but hope.

XO, Brie”

A Critical Review: “Bought this on kindle and was disappointed to see how little content there is in this book. It’s only about 200 pages and half of them are just pictures of flowers. Was hoping for more insight from Oprah but it’s just a selection of short quotes from people. Maybe nice for a gift but not actually a useful book.”

Women Entrepreneur Books # 19) Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs

Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs by Nathalie Molina NiñoBook Summary: For women entrepreneurs (and anyone sick of the status quo), this smart, unapologetic collection delivers fifty proven hacks to leapfrog over obstacles and succeed in business.

 

“A must-read for any woman who has a great idea and the nagging thought that doors are closed to her; Molina Niño helps to blow them open.” —Publishers Weekly

Think the most critical factor for becoming a great entrepreneur is grit, risk-taking, or technical skills? Think again. Despite what every other business book might say, historical data show the real secret ingredients to getting ahead in business are being rich, white, and male.

Until now. Leapfrog is the decades-overdue startup bible for the rest of us. It’s filled with uncompromising guidance for winning at business, your way. Leapfrog is for entrepreneurs of all stripes who are fed up with status quo advice–the kind that assumes you have rich friends and family and a public relations team.

Refreshingly frank and witty, author Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, and a proud daughter of Latinx immigrants. While teaching budding entrepreneurs at Barnard College at Columbia University and searching the globe for investment-worthy startups, she has met or advised thousands of entrepreneurs who’ve gone from zero to scalable business. Here she shares their best secrets in the form of fifty “leapfrogs”– clever loopholes and shortcuts to outsmart, jump over, or straight up annihilate the seemingly intractable hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don’t have family money, cultural capital, or connections.

A 5-Star Review: “If you are an entrepreneur or think you could become one, here’s a new book you will love. Nathalie presents 50 hacks to jump ahead in entrepreneurship, particularly when you’re not a privileged white man. Leap Frog is all about getting ahead in a system that was not necessarily designed for you to succeed.

Many of her hacks put into words things I did intuitively in the early days of She’s the First. I didn’t fully recognize my strengths in those areas until reading this book. 10 years into entrepreneurship (or 20, if you count the origin as my first playground business!), I STILL found wake-up calls in Nathalie’s book. A profound question she asks is: Why do you spend so much time thinking about what failure looks like? It’s harder–and more important–to think about what crazy levels of success look like.

What really sets this book apart from all others on the business bookshelf is REPRESENTATION. Nathalie is Latinx and cites examples of mostly non-white entrepreneurs, which is a welcome break from most of the books I’ve read. She writes with a race-gender-class lens that calls out how the rules of the start-up world just don’t work for the majority of people with brilliant ideas and solutions.

Because the hacks are in 50 digestible chapters, it’s a substantial but fast read that you’ll be turning back to time and again when you need a jolt of encouragement.”

A Critical Review: “Essentially the book is full of workshop questions that you could find on YouTube or other business start up work shop classes. I was disappointed because it was like describing a pie and it’s recipe with out including any ingredients or exact measurements. I got it and I was disappointed. It talks more about the authors experience than anything else.”

Female entrepreneurs don’t have to face the challenges of entrepreneurship alone. Many successful women who found their way to the top of the business world have shared and documented their experiences in books. From finding confidence and business strategies to effectively executing them, these books provide the wisdom and actionable advice you need to succeed in your path. Some of these essential reads are on our list, so let any of these books inspire and help you grow as one of the top women entrepreneurs.

About Amy Altieri

I'm an Integrative Health Coach for career-oriented, busy women in search of finding balance, wellness, and lifestyle transformation in an overworked, stressful, and boundary-blurring world.

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