Why Read Books?
It is not an overstatement when I write, ‘MUST READ BOOKS for entrepreneurs’. I hate to break it to you, but if you want to accomplish big things and you do not read, it is going to be a very difficult up hill climb for you.
Books are kind of like short cuts. They offer stories, examples, experiences and lessons that can be learned from the comfort of your home. Although nothing beats hands on lessons, some things can be avoided or lessen the blow by reading from people who have been there and done that.
I love all kind of genres but I always make time to read books that will challenge me and build my perspective on different areas of my life. I will also be sharing a bit about how these books helped me. For the most part these books opened my eyes to new perspectives about how to live my life. I hope you find some value in this and decided to read at least one of these.
I don’t know who or where I would be without reading the books mentioned in this post. They gave me so much insight along with many growing pains. These books are always the ones I recommend when people tell me of their struggles or of the ways they want to improve themselves. Which is why I chose to list them as, must reads.
Don’t underestimate the power of reading, all the greats do it.Evelyn Espinoza
Must Read Books to help you with People
Personality Plus by Florence Littauer is at the top of my list. I struggled while reading this book because it made me question who I was and who I wanted to be. The author spent 7 years researching and writing this book. It details different personalities traits as a way for you to understand yourself more. To help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses and also help you relate with others. Instead of feeling frustrated with others you come to understand who they are and why they do the things they do. This book helped me come out of my comfort zone and face my faults. It helped me feel at peace with who I am and gave me some direction to where I want to go. If you feel lost or confused and want to understand yourself better, then this book has a lot to offer.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman can be applied to any relationship in your life. Love is a universal language but not everyone receives and gives love in the same ways. After reading this book, my relationship with my partner grew for the better. We started to communicate better, therefore we had less arguments and we started to show each other the ways we need to feel loved. For example, I feel loved and appreciated when he cleans up around the house and finishes some errands for me. Before, he thought I felt loved by all the gifts he would buy me but it wasn’t what I needed. This book really opens your eyes to how you treat your loved ones. Give it a read if you want to make sure you are helping those in your life feel loved and appreciated.
Next, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a book that took me months to read! One of my weaknesses is that I am horrible at building relationships! It seems like others can make new friends on a whim and start conversations with anyone. I don’t aspire to be that way but I do envy the people who can do that. I am not as forthcoming and open with others. This book helped me change the way I view and treats others. Even though I feel like I still have a long way to go, I feel more relaxed with people. There are so many people in our lives, from our families, friends and coworkers, it is important to learn how to treat others and how to handle certain situations.
The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a must read for every introvert out there. If you would like a sneak peak, the author also has a TED Talk on YouTube you can check out. I recommend this book to extroverts as well because we all have a friend or a family member who is introverted and this book can help shine some light on them. This book gave me so many “ah-ha” and “oh my goodness, this is so me” moments. It helped me realize there is no need to be ashamed or apologetic about my quiet self. If you are an introvert reading this, you will definitely receive a change in perspective.
Books to help you understand money
Next, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a must read! Some people get thrown off by the title and think this is such baloney! There’s no way that you can just think and grow rich. In a way those people are right. It is not something that happens overnight, growing “riches” takes a certain mentally. People who grow riches know and live by different rules. You do have to think differently and it is definitely something you can learn. “Riches” means something different to everyone, not everyone wants the same lifestyle, like in the book, you need to decide what you truly want in life before starting the journey. This book helped me realize I can create any life I want by putting my mind to it and starting one step at a time. Nothing is off limits.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki is a book that proves to you that there is no one right way to achieve what you want. I gotta tell you though, whatever your desire is, is going to take work, there is no shortcut. This book helped me in the time when I had just decided to drop out of college and live with my boyfriend. I spent weeks thinking about it and all I knew was that I was unhappy. I was 19 years old and felt so out of place. Everyone else was in school and here I was with no direction, money, car or job. Even through all that, I was able to start a couple of businesses, get different jobs, and most importantly find the direction I wanted to go in.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason– I feel is such an understated book. It is small but don’t be fooled, it is packed with rich financial advice. Unlike other money books this one is far from boring and delivers the ‘secrets’ of money through parables. This was actually the first book I read based on money. I used to struggle reading books on finance because I thought they were boring or just not for me. That only people who had lots of money or followed the stock market read books on money–I know, my perspective was twisted to say the least. This book broke through my limited beliefs on money and jump started me to take control of my money, even if I wasn’t making much at the time.
The Wealthy Gardener by John Soforic is the fastest book I ever read based on finances! The parable between the farther and the son creates a helpful and insightful view at building your prosperity. The lessons explained are relatable and have you wanting to apply them in your own life. This book got me more in tune with my money goals and helped rid me of any underlying limiting beliefs and guilt I had about making money. This book should be read at least once a year.
Must Read Books on developing your mindset
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson is about change and the different ways of dealing with it. Change is something that is reoccurring, whether we like it or not change is inevitable. I realized I wasn’t handling all the changes in my life as great as I thought I was. That my bad attitude and negative vibe was not doing me any favors. I kept trying to blame my problems on other people. In reality the changes that were occurring in my life were not their fault in any way. Soon, I realized some of the changes where not all bad. When I stopped resisting I realized I had nothing to fear and I was able to see that these changes were guiding me where I needed to go in life. After a while I learned how to control some of the changes by the decisions I was making.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey, took me the longest to read and I think in part because of all the information it has. I mean, you do go through 7 habits in great detail. This book really helped develop many of my strengths. It got me into the right head space to tackle on new habits I’ve been wanting to build. On top of all of this, I also noticed that the psychological principles the author describes helps build every area of your life. For our lives are merely made up of habits.
The Weekly Coaching Conversation by Brian Souza is such a fun book! I read this book and just absorbed all of the information as a sponge without water. Not only was it entertaining but it gave me many ah-ha moments. If you are planning on becoming a great entrepreneur or creating something, it is important to develop yourself as a leader and this book helps you jump start that. I remember reading this book and finding many things that I wanted to enhance about myself, this book truly opens you up to change to help you reach your potential.
Once Upon a Cow by Camilo Cruz, is small but mighty. Excuses get the best of all of us, but what is worse is when we stay ignorant to the excuses holding us back. They keep us stagnate and also from taking control of our lives. Excuses are rooted in our fears and limited beliefs. Before I read this book I used to blame all of my problems on other people but this book opened my eyes to something different–that I am capable of directing my life. It’s important to acknowledge your excuses, especially if you want to accomplish the goals you have set.
Books on developing your inner-belief
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwarts. This is a must read if you want to accomplish anything in life no matter how big or small. I remember reading this in the point of life when I was lost, scared and just had no idea what I was doing. I had made big decisions that took me off the path I always thought I wanted but found out wasn’t my passion. So, yeh if you think you don’t need belief to reach your success I am telling you, you do. You need to believe in SOMETHING! And this book helps you to believe in your dreams, your goals, your mission and most importantly yourself. ‘Thinking big’ looks different for everyone, it really depends on what you want out of life and reading this book will help you realize your life will become as big as you think it.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is definitely a fun and interesting read. I had heard about it many times before I bought it and finally sat down to read it. I don’t know why I took so long to get started, maybe I thought the title was a bit cheesy but whatever the reason, I am now recommending it to you. This book definitely helped me get out of my shell more and made me realize I do not have to apologize for who I am. I think we all have an ‘inner-badass’ and it’s okay to be that person, without shame or reservations. This book will help you tap into your badassery and use it to fuel your journey to prosperity.
Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols and Janet Switzer, really hit me in the feels. I knew I had to read this book, especially since I admire Lisa Nichols and all she has built. When I moved in with my partner, Eric we started with nothing. If it wasn’t for his mom helping us, guiding us and giving us her support we would have probably ended up in the streets (that’s a scary thought to go into it). Anyway, I felt that something was ‘off’ with me. That I wasn’t reaching my full potential and I didn’t know how to tap into it. Lisa Nichols helped me realize I was operating from a scarcity mindset and I needed to believe in myself more. Abundance now will definitely inspire you and help you realize you are the only person in your own way.
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo is a blessing! I had been following Marie Forleo for the longest time and when this book came out I knew I had to have it. Her philosophy will help you realize that you are more than capable in accomplishing all that you want and more. That everything really can be ‘figured out’. This book proved to be more valuable than I thought. The stories and experiences in this book became a perfect reminder that we are all human with fears and insecurities. Even with all the hurtles life throws at us we can find a solutions to any of our problems.
Life is always going to be a little weird and challenging but books can help you find your strength and confidence.Evelyn Espinoza
Not just for entrepreneurs
I know, the title writes, ‘for entrepreneurs’ but I am using the term very loosely. These books are for anyone who wants to accomplish something. For the creatives out there who wish to build something great and for those who want to further their lives. So, don’t take it too literal. If you want to improve on yourself in any of these areas, these must reads books for ‘entrepreneurs’ will do the trick.
Now, I didn’t read all these books at once. It took time and I will admit some books took me longer to get through than others. I am most grateful to the books that I struggled with because it meant I was pushing through some comfort zones. I was learning and digesting what I read, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to finish a book as quickly as you would like.
The people around me started to notice changes. They would ask me what I was doing differently or would ask about “sudden” changes they were seeing in me. Maybe to them it was sudden but to me it took countless minutes, hours, days and months of reading and reflecting. It took many sleepless and worried nights– nights where I just cried and felt like I knew nothing about myself or my future. These books gave me the information and perspective I needed to find my place and move forward. No matter where you are in life these books have a lot to offer and can bring to light so much about your life and help you move onto the next level.
Let me know in the comments which ones you have read.
Until next time,