By Maddison Vernon
Every entrepreneur or solopreneur knows the journey on the way to success can be long and tedious. It requires inner strength, love, compassion, self-forgiveness, tenacious self-belief and I am sure a whole lot more of magic potions.
That’s a lot to ask of anyone, but of course you would have it no other way. Yet, for days when your strength is wavering or you are asking for extra support or guidance I have created a go to list of books that every entrepreneur needs to read on their journey.
Depending on where you are and what you need books will speak to you at different times, but trust me they are all as important as each other.
1. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
The journey to your business that you envisioned at the beginning that sparked your desire is a long and twisting road. One that will change many times and if you don’t focus on enjoying the process and the journey it can get tiresome pretty quickly.
The Desire Map I believe is paramount to your business success, as building your own business isn’t about the ‘one day’ it’s about living and experiencing life in the exact way you want to everyday. The Desire Map will help you uncover how to enjoy the journey and not just focus on the destination.
2. Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield
Starting to feel the call to go from ‘sort of trying’ to going full into your dreams? Ready to quit playing small and step up to the game than it’s time to go pro.
Turning Pro is not all about buying bigger programs, and more important software (that can come later) but this is really about turning pro in your mind.
3. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield Thomas
Working for yourself is exciting but you soon realize the perils of how much money you make each month is determined by you. This can become your biggest strength but when you are starting out it’s pretty scary.
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch helps you unpack your own money stories that are holding you back from charging your worth, living a first class life and attracting the abundance you desire.
4. Spirited by Rachel MacDonald and Tara Bliss
Struggling with comparison-itis, future-tripping or feeling like the not-good-enough’s are catching up to you?
This book has it all! Depending on what I was struggling with in the early days and how I was feeling, depended on what month I reached for to calm my own inner mind and remind me of my truth, my guiding message. Perfect for those early day gremlins.
5. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Stuck with having to do the work constantly and feeling like you just aren’t getting anywhere? Looking around for that ‘quick fix’ but know there aren’t any shortcuts in this entrepreneurial game?
The Slight Edge is perfect for you. This book will remind you in matter of fact language the power of waking up each day and showing up. How putting in consistent effort today and everyday, even when you can’t see the results will lead to your biggest impact in the future.
6. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Just landed your dream deal, signed that big contract and surpassed your expectations of the month? Quick before you pick a fight with those you love it’s time to read this book.
The Big Leap describes how each person has their own level of success, happiness and abundance they are allowed to achieve. When you start to exceed in one, or all areas of your life, you will self-sabotage to bring yourself back to where it is comfortable. This book talks you through strategies to help you lean into more success, happiness and abundance.
7. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Carving out your own dreams in this world are difficult, learning to face no’s, rejections and feelings of not good enough are constant. When the sound of all of that gets too much Daring Greatly is going to be your friend.
Daring Greatly reminds you of the truth that you are in the arena, doing what you love, putting in the work daily. It teaches you strategies and practices to best protect yourself from those moments of shame attacks.
Maddison is a passion-fuelled coach, writer and speaker who works with young women to help them finally escape their own mind jail to finally live the life they want to and reach their BIG goals. She is the creator of the 21 Days to Break Free from your Mind Jail program, helping you reprogram and let go of the stories that stop you from having a life you love and reaching your dreams. You can find her HERE.