Summer is finally here! And this year we actually get to go out and do stuff! Yay! I hope you’re planning some downtime for yourself this season, because MAN did we earn it!
But even if your body is beachside, our entrepreneur brains never really take a vacation. That’s why I think summer is one of the very best times to work ON your business (instead of in it)…because things are likely slowing down long enough for you to catch your breath, see what’s working (or not), and learn something new that will help you finish the year strong.
To that end, here are the Top 5 books I’d suggest for your summer reading list, so you can soak up some inspiration with those rays!
#5 EXIT! by Julie Gordon White
Whether you’re in startup mode with an eye toward selling your business far in the future or you’re at the end of a journey and want to sell the business you’ve nurtured for decades, you will find this book both useful and comforting.
In EXIT! 12 Steps to Sell Your Business For the Price You Deserve, Julie Gordon White demystifies the selling process, ensuring that you will be able to sell your business for the maximum market price, whether selling today or 10 years from today. The book begins with the reasons businesses change ownership, how to determine the best time to sell, and how to value your business in 30 minutes or less. You’ll learn how to get ready for market, prepare the necessary financial statements, and decide whether going with a broker or “By Owner” is best for you.
While the concept of selling a business can be crazy complicated, this is a surprisingly easy afternoon read and by the end you’ll have a clear overview of the process, know how to market for buyers, how to manage the offer and due diligence process, and how to exit problem-free and with a bank account full of cash!
#4 Magic Blue Rocks by April Shprintz
If you’re taking the kids on a road trip this summer and you’re a fan of audiobooks, this one has something special for everyone!
In Magic Blue Rocks: The Secret to Doing Anything, April Shprintz shares six short but powerful stories from her life that are aligned with so many of our own entrepreneurial journeys…how you can be headed down one path and get blindsided, or be excelling at something you thought you wanted, only to realize it’s not your real purpose in life (and the wrangling you do with yourself about whether to pursue your true calling or not).
This book will show you how to use the power within yourself to have the life you’ve always wanted, and April is such an amazing storyteller that you’ll come away from this book believing, wholeheartedly, that even your wildest dreams aren’t too wild, your biggest goals aren’t unrealistic, and that no matter what anyone else says—if you believe you can do it, you’re right.
#3 The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles helped me to understand the Law of Attraction and the creative plane SO much more clearly and directly than The Secret explained it, which is where I got turned on to this classic. I figure any book that’s still in print 111 years later has value to offer you, too!
Here’s the premise: It’s impossible to live to your absolute fullest potential unless you have the things that your mind, body, and soul thrive upon. And to have these things, you must have the money to buy them; therefore, to live life fully, you need to get rich. Luckily, there’s a literal science to it, as sure as math or physics.
If you can overlook the antiquated language, Wattles will show you how to overcome limiting beliefs and negative circumstances in order to attract YOUR definition of wealth and success. This classic will help you transcend a scarcity mindset, unlock the incredible potential that lies within you, and create a life of unlimited abundance.
#2 The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur by Christine Kane
If hustle culture is not your thing, then you need to know Christine Kane. In The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur, she shares the insights that have helped her and thousands of other creative entrepreneurs find success without losing themselves, proving that soft skills plus solid strategies equals real results.
Throughout the book, you’ll be encouraged to follow your intuition to come up with your own reliable, unique set of best practices for your business. The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur is your unconventional plan to build the business of your dreams and be wildly successful by being unapologetically YOU.
Listen, I know you’re supposed to be on vacay, but I have some homework for you. Make a point to print out the supplemental guides Christine talks about in the book, and then DO THEM. Trust me on this. Especially the Sunday Summit.
#1 The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
What if I told you that the advice that worked 100 years ago is still the most effective path to success today? And that shifting your focus from getting to giving not only feels amazing, but is actually the most financially rewarding way to succeed in business as well? Well that’s exactly the premise of a little story that completely changed the course of my business (and life!).
The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious, aggressive, yet very frustrated young businessman named Joe who learns that you CAN actually give your way to success…as naive as that may seem. The authors stress that when you take your focus off yourself and what you stand to gain, and put it on the other person and what you can offer them, there’s no limit to where the relationship can grow.
So there you have it! Five great reads to keep you engaged in your business while you’re taking it easy this summer.
For me, curling up with a good book is even more delicious with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand. If that’s your jam too, I invite you to join me for the Boozy Business Book Club inside my Girl Boss TV membership. Each month I share key takeaways from the business books that have had the biggest impact on my clients and me, along with our stories of putting the ideas into action and a discussion guide so you can, too.
Because knowledge is not, in fact, power…unless you act on it.
It’s a small investment of time with a gigantic ROI—After all, as Jim Rohn says,
“The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.”
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