Female entrepreneurs not only face challenges associated with entrepreneurship itself, but also many cultural roadblocks that sometimes make our journey unfavorable. However, that shouldn’t be a reason to stand by or stop thriving, but rather become the very core of our strength. You may accomplish this by using knowledge as your weapon.
The unfailing path to knowledge is through the discipline of reading. Reading will amplify your mind with valuable information, and open your eyes to see your business from a 360 degree angle, thus allowing you to balance your intuition with facts. For that reason, these list of books represent our top pick of topics that as female entrepreneurs we should carry in our bag of weapons.
1.Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking, by: Susan Cain
Introverts are the ones who prefer listening over speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who prefer working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts like Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss and Steve Wozniak that we owe many of the great contributions to society. Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
How a book originally written in the 1930s could add value today? This may well be one of the most profound books and time-tested advice almost every influential leader has read today. Dale Carnegie gives you fundamental techniques in handling people, making people like you, winning people to your way of thinking and changing people without arousing resentment.
Female entrepreneurs and leaders are powerful and can create incredible success for the businesses they lead, and the author Cara Alwill Leyba states that we’re more powerful together when we connect with and support one another. This book is intended to motivate, inspire and to show the amazing things that can happen when female entrepreneurs combine their powers to make things happen.
4.Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
This is not one of those books that tell you great strategies for selling and planning your business. This book will make you forget about all of that, so you can develop a vision and take an approach that’s so radically different, that you won’t play in the same league as the readers of those other books.
5.“Become an Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are the Currency of the 21st Century,” by Claudia Azula Altucher
Entrepreneurship is more of a marathon than a sprint, and it requires the ability to think quickly, creatively solve problems and produce a constant flow of ideas. This book is more of a workbook, providing months of daily prompts to “flex your idea muscle.” By completing these exercises and pushing yourself to think differently, you’ll expand your ability to come up with novel solutions to any challenge that entrepreneurship sends your way.
6.Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg Mckeown
Life is not about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right
things done. This book will not give you a strategy to manage your time, or teach you to be productive by multitasking. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, and eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
7.The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss
If you have trouble with time management (like almost everyone does), you should totally read this book. This book has changed everything for renowned entrepreneurs, and it will teach you how to not be an entrepreneur stuck in your own business, but one that enjoys freedom and enriching experiences – a meaningful personal life; while running a successful and profitable business.
8.Let my people go surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard
Let My People Go Surfing is the story of Patagonia founder, who brought doing good and having adventures into the heart of his business life; it will deeply affect entrepreneurs. This is the challenge of doing more than changing or creating a sustainable business; it is challenging the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.
9.#GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso
The founder of NastyGal shares the honest story of the company’s growth, using her personal experience to share a few of the lessons she learned along the way. This book is less of a tactical “how to” for women who are starting or growing their own business, but serves as a story to greatly inspire you from a fellow female entrepreneur who made it big without shying away from her own femininity.
10.Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business From Scratch, Naturally by Miko Branch
If you’re selling or trying to sell your own product or clothing line, this is the book for you. Hair stylists and curly hair experts, Miko and Titi Branch, became pioneers of the natural hair movement by creating their own product line. Branch offers truth, in addition to providing helpful and practical business tips. When it comes to building a multimillion-dollar business from scratch with little money at the start, this book not only shows that it can be done, but also what it takes to get it done.
Kerenny has worked in Puerto Rico’s Finance Industry during the past 5 years. She holds a BBA in Finance and a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Graduate School of Business at University of Puerto Rico. In addition, Kerenny holds a Registered Paraplanner (RP®) designation from the College of Financial Planning (CFFP).