Entrepreneurship is not a destination; it is a journey – filled with hardships and stress. To make it even more complicated, hundreds of challenges show up every day. Some of them get effortlessly resolved, while others need a different level of attention and dedication. In such grave times, the entrepreneurs need the feel of a mentor or a peer who has done it earlier and found out solutions. Well, finding a mentor might not be easy, but surrounding oneself with experiences, lessons, and teachings from leaders and business owners who have done it in the past is easy. How? Through the influential books that these entrepreneurs have written.
Being a female entrepreneur presents a unique set of difficulties that the other gender does not face. For instance, women are expected to balance their time between family and business, provide care and emotional support to the family members, and even cook and clean the house. It is why a female entrepreneur can give the exact solutions that can help other female entrepreneurs.
Here are ten such books from female entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate you.
Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin
There’s a Boss Bitch in All of Us.– Nicole Lapin
Coming from a New York best-seller writer, this book is the ultimate guide for new as well as seasoned women entrepreneurs. The book has 12 chapters that take the reader on a career-changing road. The complete text can be divided into three sections. The first section talks about making a career choice. The second section helps the reader build an attitude of a boss, and the final section focuses on building business, finding the right people, and building effective professional relationships. The book has enough material to inspire the young minds, and motivate the struggling entrepreneurs. Lapin also presents her take on finances, and it is one of the highlights of the book.
Body and Soul: Profits with Principles by Anita Roddick
To Succeed you have to Believe in something with such a Passion that it becomes a Reality.– Anita Roddick
Anita Roddick is the founder of a well-known beauty brand, The Body Shop. She has beautifully penned down her journey in this autobiography that takes the reader through the ups and downs associated with entrepreneurship. What sets this book entails apart from the others on entrepreneurship is its take on the journey and the struggle. The book is filled with inspiring illustrations and photographs right from the author’s personal and professional archives. The book talks about the failures, people, strategies, and everything else that worked in favor of the author. The book also emphasizes why it is essential to have a passion for being a successful entrepreneur.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Tagging it as a ‘self-help’ book is disrespectful to the author, and the beautiful book that is called You Are a Badass. The book falls in the category of self-help and motivational stuff, but it is far from the regular books that one comes across in the niche. The author delivers a big, blunt pep talk that forces the reader to take action. The author successfully uses humor as a tool to deliver strong messages and the truths of living a good life.
The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon
Work Less, Create More, and Design a life that Works for You.– Emma Gannon’s Mantra
The book presents a somewhat different approach to life and career. In the book, the author advocates living a multi-hyphen life. It means that a person should not derive their identity through the job, title, or position in life. Instead, one should focus on investing in oneself, develop and design oneself, and choose how one wants to get identified. Emma Gannon presents exciting insights into the benefits of living such a life, and thankfully, also provides tools and strategies needed to live such an experience.
My Story by Jo Malone
Passion, Creativity, and Resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.– Jo Malone
My Story by Jo Malone is a story of how passion and determination can be combined to create a successful business. Malone’s story is that of rags to riches. Right from her traumatic childhood, to the sale of her first successful business and into the foundation of her next venture – the autobiography is filled with warmth and an absolute fineness that entices you to continue to read and to know more. The story inspires the readers to follow their dreams and focus on achievements, rather than the failures. Isn’t it what keeps the world going?
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
To live the lives to truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a third measure of success that goes beyond money and power and consists of four pillars: Well-being, Wisdom, Wonder and Giving.– Arianna Huffington
The book’s theme revolves around one lesson that Arianna has learned from her entrepreneurial journey – is it worth it? This book talks about the sacrifices that entrepreneurs make to achieve their dreams. The hustle that brings stress, and demands their attention – does it matter? Huffington presents many studies and facts to help the readers understand that living better should be the ultimate goal of life. An entrepreneur’s life does not mean to have sleepless nights, ruined social life, or failures in relationships. Instead, the focus should strike a balance between the sacrifices and the potential gains that they yield.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.– Shonda Rhimes
It may resonate with a movie script, but the fact remains, it is a reality. Saying NO to scary things is what everyone does. However, it does little good, since it does not bring any new experiences of life. Shonda Rhimes realized it and decided to inspire everyone with her little memoir of what happens when people start saying YES to things that frighten them. The book takes you on a few fun trips inside the life of one of the best writers of the time. Shonda mentions incidents, people, and insights that made her say YES to experiences that she had been ignoring before – how these experiences changed her perspective and personality. The author lets her guard down, manages a conversational tone, and sounds like a dear friend – a combination that is rare to find in books.
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
Insecurity competes, Confidence empowers.– Cara Alwill Leyba
Girl Code is a book that presents vulnerabilities that every female entrepreneur finds in herself – fear, envy, and judgment. The author offers the lessons in a rather exciting way – through interviews. Girl Code talks about the problems and how do they impact a female entrepreneur. The best part about the book is its simple and effective delivery. Readers often find themselves glued to the book and nodding in agreement. This book can help a female entrepreneur build confidence, deal with feelings of jealousy and fear, and reconnect with herself on a more soulful level.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
A lot of creative people do not turn their creative side into a business, due to the fear of being called an imposter or a wannabe. Through this book, Gilbert attempts to call out the creator in the reader and help him, or her get out of the closet. Gilbert lays down encouraging facts, ideas, and pep talk that connects with the readers and asks them not to let the art inside them die. The world will not admire every piece of art, but that is no excuse to escape from creating art. Irrespective of the people’s opinion or an award, an artist must let the art flow through him or her – and that is exactly what the book teaches you. Gilbert, with her fantastic sense of writing, has woven a book that no creator should miss.
What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler
This book is an array of articles written by women from different economic, racial, political, and cultural backgrounds. The articles talk about things that a mother tells her daughter and the importance of those things. The readers find themselves lost in the melancholy, joy, and suspense of the situations. It is inspiring to read how women promote love, equality, and sisterhood among their daughters, and why it is essential for the men to follow the same path. The book’s short lessons teach the readers to hold significant values in practical life – something that everyone needs.
The life of an entrepreneur shouldn’t be limited to business. An entrepreneur must enjoy social and family life as much as they enjoy hustling for their start-ups. However, life can be unfair, demanding, and lousy. Nevertheless, one should focus on finding the right things, learning from the failures, and giving it one more shot. These ten books are perfect for women entrepreneurs who feel disengaged or worn out.