35 Books for Creative Solopreneurs
I love to read, and because I don't have much time for my favorite hobby, I also love to listen to audiobooks. Gotta get my fix in somehow!
I don't love listening to self-help/nonfiction though, or at least I used to find the idea abhorrent. The idea of listening to someone talk on and on about how to "up your game," or become "more focused," ...blah, blah, blah... could have easily been a form of punishment for me.
That is, until I read a couple of business books (of my own free will, I might add!) this past fall. (I got sucked in, okay?!) They opened my eyes to a whole new genre which I can actually tolerate, as it turns out, and some of which I really (REALLY) enjoyed reading/listening to.
So, as with most things I get excited about, I dove in head first and created a list of books I want to read in this genre. And since I went to all that effort, I figured I should share the wealth of knowledge with you too!
3 Books I Loved!
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
by: Jen Sincero
Okay, obviously this one has some language in it, so if that's not your cup of tea, then I wouldn't pick this one up. However, if you can look past that, Jen has so many wise words to share, and it'd be well worth your time.
She's a little goofy, has some neat stories to share, and she narrates the audio herself. #loveit
by: Sophia Amoruso
Again, Sophia has a little bit of a potty mouth, but if you can overlook that detail, she's got some fantastic stories to share that will definitely help motivate you. After all, if someone deemed it necessary to make a TV show out of her story, it's a pretty entertaining one. Right?
She does not narrate her own audiobook.
She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur
by: Carrie Green
This was one of my first self-help-business-book reads. I started with the audiobook, and loved it so much that I bought the physical book and keep it on my desk.
She talks about visualizing and manifesting "your future history," a quote that really slapped me in the face, actually (in a good way). Her book is not only uplifting, it's also definitely motivational, and she also narrates the audio herself.
These are also bomb. Just sayin 🙌🏻
Donald Miller’s book was WOW. For someone that marketing doesn’t come naturally to, this was GOOD STUFF. He uses movies as examples for his points, which makes them SO MUCH MORE RELATABLE and not at all stale and business-like. The audiobook was a great listen too.
Rachel Hollis’ book was bomb. She’s funny & truthful with you in the best possible way. She narrates the audio, so of course I have the audio, Kindle & the hardback… I started with the audio, then I wanted to be able to read it when I couldn’t listen on-the-go, then I wanted to be able to mark it up with highlights… so, yeah. That’s me admitting I have 3 copies of that 1 book. 😂
Jen Sincero is an actual badass, and I love that she narrates her books. Her audiobooks are a great listen and the content is a tiny bit woo-woo but in a relatable way with real-world application. (I may, or may not, also have 3 copies of this book…)
Mark Manson, well. That book was a great read for a Type A personality, like mine. It was a good read and was definitely something I needed to hear & teach myself (when to turn it on or off too, as the situation calls for it). It’s not naturally in my DNA to not care about what I’m doing. Anything I’m doing is a project that must be finished & must be done well whether I’m cleaning the house, writing a blog post, or typing up an email. I put 100% effort into everything I do, which is exhausting & the situation doesn’t always call for that level of effort. Definitely had a few ‘woke’ moments for me.
Tribes has great info, but the audiobook wasn’t as easy to listen to, which is just the narrator. I still have to finish that one, but have no doubt that I will.
Christine’s book, The Income Replacement Formula, is reminiscent of Jen Sincero’s written voice so of course I liked it! The content is similar but the 7 steps do break it down into more actionable advice. Definitely worth a read!
I Also Want to Read:
With such good starts as the ones I just listed, I went on a search for more and here's what I found to add to my Biz To-Read list.
You can click any of the images below to read more about it (no aff-links) or visit my Goodreads Business Bookshelf to stay up to date and check out anything I've added there.
Well, there you have it! I'll try to update this list as I find new ones, but to keep up with the up-to-date list, you can bookmark my Goodreads Business Books bookshelf and find all of this info there too.
If you love books, but you've never heard of Goodreads, it's the most awesome (free) book-related resource out there, aside from the library of course, but they're not the same thing. They've got digital bookshelves to stay organized, lists-galore, book reviews, links to where you can purchase, give-away entries, ability to follow authors you love, and the oldies/classics are available for free right from Goodreads!
They've got an iOS app, and an optional Reading Challenge each year to encourage you to reach a goal that you set yourself! One year, I set a goal of 50 and reached 70 books! Whew; yeah that hasn't happened since then, but I do still average 30-40/year, which ain't bad if I do say so myself! ;)