Hello! I feel like I start all my posts like this but I’ve missed being on here and writing about what I’m passionate about. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves during this crazy time.
Since we have so much time on our hands, there is this pressure to do something productive and to not just binge watch Netflix. This post isn’t a how-to-be-productive-with-all-this-time-you-have kind of post. This is something for those of you out there who share my passion for learning about business, leadership, and how to become financially intelligent.
Learning about business and entrepreneurship is a huge passion of mine that I want to share more on here. Since I am a business student in college, business pretty much consumes my life.
I know that there are people out there who have a passion and a dream to start a business just like myself, so this one is for you!
Here are 5 books for all you future entrepreneurs:
This is the first book that really made me feel like I could run my own business. In fact, this was the first “business” book I ever read or owned. I loved the way Sophia Amoruso really dove into her journey of selling vintage clothes to making a huge brand. This book is so empowering for anyone who wants to start their own business because it talks about taking risks, what it’s like to start from nothing and how to really develop that into a functioning business. I talk more about this book in my blog post: What It Means To Be A #GirlBoss.
How To Win Friends and Influence People is a book EVERYONE should read. This book is so much more than learning about entrepreneurship or business, it’s about human connection and the importance of really understanding people.
Carnegie stresses the idea of taking simple steps to show others that they are heard and appreciated. I think we really don’t realize the impact that a smile, eye contact, and empathy has on others.
Everyone can benefit from this book, especially in the business world. I’ve taken management and communication classes that have similar topics as shared in this book. It’s great for business leaders because it shows how to get people to want to be on your side, how to keep employees happy, and how to create lasting connections.
Overall, this book simply shows you how to be a kinder and more genuine human.
Investing has been a topic I’ve been fascinated by for about a year now. Trying. To. Get. That. Coin! In all seriousness, as a 20 year old I’ve realized that I need to start learning more about investing because now is the perfect time to do that. In specific, this book is about investing in stocks.
Before reading this book, I was so confused and overwhelmed by information about investing. I felt like I needed to have an accounting or finance degree to be a successful investor. I wanted a book that really made it simple to understand how to buy stock, which stock to buy, what price to buy it, and when to buy.
Danielle Town gives an easy to follow 12 month plan on how to get started with your investment practice. She is guided by her dad, Phil Town, who is an experienced investor. She breaks down investing terms, financial statements, and calculations to help you start making that money!
This may sound annoying, but take notes!! You see my little post it tabs? This book is filed with them along with highlighted text and notes. Write this information down, highlight it, do whatever you need to do. It’s going to be so much easier referencing back to an equation or useful advice if you’ve marked it or written it down.
If you are planning to invest in real estate or simply just want to learn how to be smart with your money, read this book.
The reoccurring theme in this book is financial intelligence. Robert Kiyosaki has great insight on why people live paycheck to paycheck, how to obtain assets that are going to make your wallet FAT and how to take care of your money. This is a really great book that made me change the way I thought about money and the power you have to make it work for you.
One of the biggest struggles I have about starting a business, is feeling like I’m not good enough. I have so many “what ifs” and “this person is so much better than me” thoughts in my head. This book is a huge wake up call to quit that toxic bullish*t and realize how much of a bad ass you are.
The main thing I loved about this book is the power of visualization. Really picturing yourself living your best life. If your best life includes living in the home of your dreams, really picture it. Is there a white picket fence? Are you overlooking the ocean? Is there a pool in the backyard or a huge sculpture of yourself? Whatever that looks like for you, jot it down, draw it, create a vision board. Do whatever you need to do to make it as real as possible.
And learn to love yourself. Very important part of this book.
Reading these books has changed the way I see leadership, money, and entrepreneurship. My challenge for you is to buy one of these books and take that step of going for your dreams. I don’t want to sound like the KNOWLEDGE guy, but its the only way to prepare yourself to achieve your goals.
Stay safe my friends! Stay inside! Stop hoarding toilet paper! Check on your friends!
Until next time.