We have collected a list of books that we have found inspiring and very useful. Whether you are an entrepreneur or aspiring to become one, or just looking for inspiration and direction, all the books offer a different point of view in life and some practical advice on how to move forward and build a life you want for yourself.
Books on business and entrepreneurship
The ultimate book for creating the lifestyle you want. Life is not about working hard and dreaming of retirement, you should live your dream now and create mini-retirements as you go along. Decide what you want to do and then work backwards to generate the income to need to live your dream. Published in 2007, the book has spent more than four years on the The New York Times Best Seller list, has been translated into 35 languages, and has sold more than 1,350,000 copies worldwide. It started a location independent movement and has inspired many authors such as Chris Guillebeau. Even if you don’t want to travel and explore the world, this book is a must read as it will change the way to think about work and what options you have creating the life you want.
We love this book. The tittle makes most women embarrassed to even pick it up in the bookshop. (Luckily there is no embarrassment factor shopping at Amazon!) But why? Why shouldn’t women be aware of the ideas and practises for making more money? This book deals with the reasons why you want to get rich, how rich you want to get, and are you willing to do what it takes. It is a great guide for understanding equity and negotiations. And it is written with the most brilliant wit that keeps you laughing all the way through!
The idea is that you should test your innovation as soon as possible by launching a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to see if there is a market for your idea. You can test the waters, take less risk and develop your product with the help of your target audience. This is the principle we are using for creating the DrivenWoman network, hence the early research event on 8. May 2013 in London.
Fantastic book on how to launch a company on a shoestring. Chris has studied hundreds of microbusinesses to find the best practices that work, including invaluable advice for the unexpected entrepreneur from creating your one page business plan to launching your product and raising more money. Very practical book with lots of inspiring examples.
Chris is also the author of ‘The Art of Non-Conformity‘, ‘A Brief Guide to World Domination’. It defines common assumptions about life and work and gives you the tools to life differently. A good book to read when you want to practise getting out of your comfort zone. Chris now hosts a popular World Domination Summit in Portland every year in July.
A must read from the former Chief Evangelist of Apple. This book is about being aware how we threat people around us and how we can enchant everyone we meet. It can be applied to customer service, designing enchanting products or just simply to becoming more lovable person to get what you want.
This is book is about a feminine way to create a business. You will lear now to use visualisation techniques to dream up your business venture.
The book challenges the conventional thinking about building a business. The book has lovely one page, easy to digest nuggets of ideas on why you should not build your company for selling it, why you should pick a fight with your competitors and why meetings are toxic.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to leave your job and start a business based on your passion.
‘Laptop lifestyle’ by Gregg and Fiona Scott.
Work anywhere and live the way you want.
Books on life and love
This is the most amazing book about loving your life. The lessons can be applied to your relationships but also simply to living every day so that it matters and loving what you do. This is a must read for anyone in a relationship or for anyone looking for one. It is the best book to read in a divorce and would prevent many divorces if couples would read it together when getting married. If you only read one book this year, read this one!
Books on healthy eating and wellness
Natasha explains the ‘Alkaline Diet’. Foods are broken down into two classes – acid and alkaline. Our bodies function best when in an overall alkaline state, PH 7.365 and yet much of our current eating trends and diets are very acid-forming in the body, leading to internal stress on the digestive and other systems. The book helps us to learn how to prepare food that improves our digestion, balances our hormones and increases our energy. All recipes are really tasty, and yes, healthy. What’s not to like!
Please add comments and reviews to the ‘Comment’ space below. And if you read any of these books and have views, do comment. We will start a book club to share books in the DrivenWoman meetings. Yes, real books – what a lovely retro idea isn’t it!