Some things I have no restraint for: tacos, pottery, jewelry, and books. Quite regularly you will find me (post-tacos) wandering the aisles of Russell's, Chapters (yes, I'm not sorry, I do occasionally buy from Chapters), or Munro's books. You creative entrepreneurs are busy, so I'll get to the point.
Here are my top 5 books I recommend for creative entrepreneurs:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
An absolutely no-bullshit pocketbook on resistance and creativity. You can read a page a day or sit and devour the whole thing in a couple hours. The line that got me hooked: "The more important the work is to your soul's evolution, the more resistance you will feel towards pursuing it".
Who I recommend this for: Artists, writers, makers... but really everyone.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
MUST READ. A book that was recommended to me back in 2011 by Moksha Yoga Co-Founders Ted Grand & Jess Robertson. Since then its a title I have heard over and over, and it wasn't until a few years later that I understood why. Its a little fluffy in the way its written, but for that reason it makes the bigger concepts of business really simple to understand. Ever heard someone say that they are working on their business, not in it? This book explains why that is so important.
Who I recommend this for: Anyone who loves creating something so much that they think they want to open an entire business doing that, but does't have a business degree, the time or money to get one.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
21 Days to Resilience by Dr. Zelana Montminy
As someone who has gone through a diverse range of trauma in her short 28 spins around the world, resilience is the one quality that I am continuously fascinated by and it the first tool I check in with myself for when shit hits the fan. What I love about this book is that is doubles as a weekly journal. Its structured to help you actively build resilience in your life, not just learn about why its so important to build it as a skill. Its like the difference between theoretically understanding why yoga is good for you, and actually doing the yoga.
Who I recommend this book for: Anyone who is looking to see the tough times as opportunities, experiences anxiety and/or depression, and is into self awareness & improvement.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Last, but so so not least. This woman is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and has worked in some of the largest corporations we know. She talks about her experiences as a woman in male dominated industry and what she has learnt about the courage to lead. This is not the next feminist manifesto- it is a very real account of gender inequality and a tool for how women can be empowered and respected leaders in our community.
Who I recommend this book for: BOTH Men & Women
Enjoy- and please share if this was helpful!