As an entrepreneur, self-reflection, professional growth, believing in yourself, and creating systems are all essential for success. As a female entrepreneur, you sometimes need to find direction from those who have gone before you or who have already blazed the trail you want to be on.
There are many myths about women in general. Auto insurance for women is sometimes cheaper even though many people believe that women drivers aren’t as good as men. Other myths about women include that women can’t be as successful as men because they are too emotional, and women can’t have it all, being successful at a career and having a family.
Oh, girl, I beg to differ.
Sometimes we are our worst enemy. True, women are emotional by nature. Some of us cry when we get mad (which isn’t a weakness even though we may feel like it is). We sometimes are reactive instead of proactive, but the same holds true for some men. The best way to combat the enemy within is by reading the motivational instructions of others.
With so many around the world being impacted by the coronavirus and being quarantined at home, now is a great time to invest in yourself and your business. Staying productive around the house by reading up on business and brushing up on your professional skills would be a great use of time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the top five books that every female entrepreneur should read when they feel themselves slipping into the abyss of negative internal dialogue. So, pull up your big girl panties and consider reading these must-have books in your free time.
#1 – The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
Gary Keller’s New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller is an amazing guide for every aspect of life. Whether business, personal, or spiritual, The One Thing gives you simple ideas for narrowing your focus to the one thing you are trying to achieve. The book gives you permission to quit focusing on everything and achieving nothing and to focus on the one thing which is achieving your goal.
If your to-do list each day is exhausting just to read, chances are you are not focused on the one thing that will drive your business to success. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan share how the 80/20 Principle applies to business success. It definitely provides the motivation you need to put in the work towards narrowing your focus in order to achieve your dreams.
#2 – You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Another New York Times bestseller that will encourage you to achieve greatness and to start living the life you want is You are a Badass. Author Jen Sincero teaches her readers how to change their negative mindset and behaviors that keep them from achieving the success they are seeking.
One of the things that stand in the way of living the life you dream of is a lack of forgiveness. You have the choice to either forgive or to fester. Choosing forgiveness opens your life up to blessings. “It isn’t about being nice to them; it’s about being nice to yourself,” says Jen Sincero.
Keep this in mind — as a female entrepreneur, you are already a badass. There are many facts to embrace as a career woman that help remind you of your worth. Realizing you are a hardcore force to be reckoned with is just one of them.
#3 – Boss Up! by Lindsay Teague Moreno
Lindsey Teague Moreno is an entrepreneurial genius in my book. If you want a swift kick in the rear to motivate you and encourage you to take action, this is the chick to do it. Through stories about her personal experiences on her way to achieving success, she builds a higher level of confidence in each of her readers with regard to their ability to master their dream.
You can be a mother with a family and still have it all. She did it! She encourages everyone to find their one thing — their sweet spot, whatever that may be — and to think long term when planning and setting goals.
You may laugh, you may cry, but you will definitely feel ready to put your business plan into action after you finish this book.
#4 – Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
This New York Times bestselling author shares the “7 Elements of Great Storytelling to Grow Your Business” in this book. If you aren’t clear about what your business does, what problem it solves for the consumer, and doesn’t have a clear mission, then how will your customers know?
This question and more are answered in the pages of this amazing book.
There is power in your story. You just need to know how to tell it in a way that brings clarity and captures the essence of your mission in business. Applying the practical steps outlined in the book, you can build your storybrand to be impactful and understandable.
Being an entrepreneur comes with challenges. The last thing you want to do is to market your business in a way that leaves customers wondering whether or not you are the right business for their needs.
#5 – Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
I love this book because Marie Forleo took some of the most common problems that we tend to make bigger than they are and figured out that everything is “figureoutable.” There is an answer to most of your thoughts of self-doubt and the “buts” that keep you from being successful.
Maybe you need to put your tired excuses to bed. Quit thinking anything other than perfection isn’t progress. My female entrepreneur friends, this book will help to set you straight.
Improve Yourself as a Female Entrepreneur
No matter what your chosen career path is, there are so many great books to help motivate, inspire, and encourage you to greatness. The books highlighted in this article (in no particular order) are absolute must-reads for any female entrepreneur.
If you don’t yet have a library of motivation, stop what you are doing, and start one today. Your business will be happy you did.
Sara Routhier is a self-employed editor for the auto insurance comparison site, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com. She is passionate about empowering women to pursue their dream careers