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 4-hour work ‘week by Tim Ferris.

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.

How to get rich‘ by Felix Dennis.

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 Lean Startup‘ by Eric Ries.

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.

100$ Start-up‘ by Chris Guillebeau.

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.

Enchantment‘ by Guy Kawasaki.

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.

‘The Seed Handbook’ by Lynne Franks.

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.

Rework‘ from the founders of 37signals, Jason Fried and Heinemeier Hansson

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.

Escape from the cubicle nation‘ by Pamela Slim.

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

Zen and the art of falling in love‘ by Brenda Shoshanna

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

Honestly Healthy‘ by Natasha Corrett.

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!

7 thoughts on “Books

  1. There’s another couple of really useful books worth reading. The first is relevant if you’re thinking about/in the process of setting up a business, particularly in the creative industries, while the second is useful for anybody with a business.

    1) “How to Start a Creative Business: the jargon-free guide for creative entrepreneurs” by Doug Richards (former Dragons Den investor and business investor/educator) cuts out the technical terminology/dense text. He sets out a ten-point plan teaching creatives how to shape their startup business into a success by asking the fundamental questions any aspiring entrepreneur must answer. It’s interspersed with real-life case studies and by the end, you will have the foundation of a very solid business. I found this incredibly useful in really honing my USP into a short message and working on ways to make myself more visible to my target market.

    2) “But Are You Making Any Money?” by Marley Majcher. Despite the clear message behind it, this is a very warm, witty and enjoyable read (at times I actually did laugh out loud). Through her own trials and tribulations building a successful event planning business in the US, Marley has developed a simple but what has proved to me to be very useful, step-by-step process, that will help show where your money is going, fatten your bottom line and enable you to turn a real profit.

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  3. A Man is not a Financial Plan-
    Investing for wealth and Independence by JOAN BAKER

    Self-sufficiency and planning create choices and options especially when it comes to finances, since women are still under-paid in society and relations mishaps have a disproportionately worse effect on female living standards than males, for a variety of reasons, it is critical to female freedom and happiness to plan early for saving for retirement and other expensive life goals, starting and business, getting hitched and having kids, buying and house/ car, etc all cost thousands, or tens of thousands even hundreds of thousands.

    Joan Baker is a wealth coach and financial adviser who gives one-to-one advice to individuals about how to financially prepare to meet their life goals.

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    CASHFLOW QUADRANT from Rich Dad Poor Dad series, written by Robert Kiyosaki.

    The basic premise is that HOW you earn your living is a huge factor in the quality and characteristic of the life you will have

    I = Investor Makes money from the system, money works for you

    B = Business Owner with more than 500 employees

    Owns a system that people work in and operate on their behalf

    S = Self-Employed/ SMALL BUSINESS owns a job works the longest hours
    E = Employee works for the system and makes other rich

    Cash flow quadrant imagine a square divided into four
    E B
    S I

    Professionals in the E and S quadrants like accountants Doctors and Lawyers pay the highest taxes of all.

    Robert recommends earning AT LEAST 70% of you income from the right side of the quadrant. This is the minimum for all those who are FINANCIALLY FREE.

    Each sector of the quadrant represents a different mentality

    E- values security
    S- DIY freedom and independence
    B – Many Tax advantages build a great team you can rely on
    I Many Tax advantages

  6. The Chinese Century Oded Shenkar,

    This book is a rounded look at the potential, capacity and reserves that the Chinese have built up in the last three decades and powerfully makes the case that the Chinese have access to huge resources that other nations on the cusp of industrialization, in previous eras did not,, namely a huge reserve pool of cheap labour of 100s of millions, huge foreign exchange reserves of over $3 trillion, a long Imperial but not Imperialist history.

    The Chinese have always been very proud of the history and heritage of their long and ancient civilization, but they have never been quite so arrogant as to seek by military force to impose themselves upon other people’s and nations.

    China is not without defects and shortcomings however, this aspect i of respect for the self-determination of others is very much appreciated by Africans other who are tied of Western Dualism, of sometimes soapy yet heart felt humanism, and on another day and time bloody murderous and barbaric militarism.

    The author suggests that China’s rise will see the development of a more multilateral world order with no one country having overall dominance.

    A very necessary and good thing in my a opinion and a more mature thing for a complex world of 7 billion people, as opposed to Anglo- American financialized suicide, cultural decay and strategic incoherence.

    IT IS A GREAT READ, covering economy, history, and political geometries.

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