By Charndré Emma Kippie
As women in the 21st century, we often get consumed by multi-tasking. We attempt to tick all the boxes and do it all in one day. This is especially true for the women running their own businesses. Women in today’s day and age wear a plethora of other hats; mother, wife, sister, friend, student – the list goes on and on.
Despite establishing a successful business, there are days when maintaining momentum can be tough. Sometimes the ‘hustle and bustle’ of powering on can become overwhelming and one tends to lose focus of one’s purpose and bottom line. This is why so many of us battle to find the inspiration needed to keep the engine running.
In times like these it’s important to surround yourself with as much positivity and stimulation as possible. Socialise with other successful women in your community, or simply open up an inspiring business book to get your energy up and your creative juices flowing. You’d be surprised by how much you can learn from reading about other people’s experiences. You may even be re-energised and motivated by their discoveries and successes.
In an effort to assist you with finding your groove again, here are top 5 empowering books for women entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or already have an established business model, these reads will undoubtedly spark a ‘eureka’ moment.
Make The First Move by Whitney Wolfe Herd
CEO of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe Herd, is popularly known for launching the ‘feminist dating app’ which puts women in the driver’s seat of online dating. Adopting this approach for her debut book, she shares some nifty secrets of her trade, advising women on how to become more purpose-driven and assertive in all areas of life. In this book, she discusses assertive behaviour at work, tips for discovering your ambitions and potential, and intentionally surrounding yourself with a network of supportive women. This read is definitely a 21st century manifesto for being proactive and present in all avenues of life.
Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue by Lu Li
As inspiring as this read can be, it is just as honest and relatable, with personal stories from a business fundi. This insightful book, written by Lu Li, CEO of Blooming Founders – a business incubation platform designed for early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams – is a striking combination of motivation, wisdom and tons of actionable insights; learn about successful expansions and what investors are really looking for. If you’re an emerging woman entrepreneur or intrapreneur working at a larger organisation, the amazing advice contained in this ‘business Bible’ will stand you in good stead.
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
As the title suggests, this modern mini guide book serves as a toolkit for working women who need an extra ounce of edge. An entrepreneurial how-to guide, this pocket sized read is convenient and uplifting for the young creative woman in need of a heads up. Little Black Book includes novel ideas and takes a no-nonsense, practical approach to being a business woman on top of your game. From managing your financial affairs, the art of networking and keeping your mind and body on track, Uwagba has truly thought of it all, providing a go-to resource that will empower young women to pursue and develop the career and business they want.
Leap Frog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs by Nathalie Molina Niño and Sara Grace
This unapologetic read is for women entrepreneurs and anyone who doesn’t believe in conforming to the ‘norm’. Providing fifty proven hacks to leapfrog over obstacles and succeed in business, this book is witty and captivating, exposing loopholes and shortcuts for demolishing hurdles in the way of you achieving your goals. This book teaches women how to get ahead in systems and environments that are not necessarily designed for women to succeed. With grit and determination, this is a read that is conveniently broken down into manageable chapters which are meant to inspire and motivate readers. If you’re looking to level the playing field, and improve your confidence, influence, and effectiveness, then this book is for you.
American author, motivational speaker and blogger, Rachel Hollis, has put together a fool-proof plan for business women to reach their greatest potential. This read is a helpful guide for assisting women of all ages with getting rid of the negative internal self-talk and limiting beliefs they’ve internalised based on societal standards. The book clearly illustrates how women can stop defining themselves in terms of how others may see them. Hollis includes helpful advice for women on how we can modify the way we process thoughts and redress negative thoughts and behaviours in order to foster growth and self-esteem. The idea is that once we conquer our minds, and speak positivity into our lives, we will be better equipped to achieve our goals.
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