Episode #237: BIZ BOOKS TO READ IN 2020
TAYLOR BRADFORD: You are listening to episode number 237 of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. Today I’m talking about business books to read in 2020. On to the episode.
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Well, hello, welcome to Episode 237. I’m your host, Taylor Bradford. First of all, Merry Christmas, for those of you that celebrate and are listening on publish day, which is Christmas, and yeah, so Merry Christmas for those that celebrate that. So today, we’re talking about business books to read in 2020. I’m going to talk about the books that I read in 2019 that were life-giving to me. Then I’m going to talk about books to read and 2020. And I’m also going to share books from my community members and BGC friends and what they read and recommend, and so we’re going to have a big old book list, so get out your pen or take notes through a digital app, because this is going to help us keep moving forward, either in our lives or in our businesses. And so let’s dive in.
So we are going to start out with the two books that were life-giving for me and 2019. I’ve talked about them in the past. The first one is The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs, and it’s by Hal Elrod. And I’m just going to read a little blurb, so you kind of get the gist of this book. Okay, so the full title for this book is The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs: Elevate Yourself to Elevate Your Business. And this is what the synopsis says: Hal Elrod, “The Miracle Morning has helped redefine the mornings and the lives of millions of readers since 2012. Since then, careers have been launched, goals have been met, and dreams have been realized, all through the power of the miracle morning’s six’ lifesavers.’ These six daily practices will fuel your efforts to create and sustain positive change in your life. Now The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs brings you these principles in a whole new light alongside the entrepreneurial elevation principles and the entrepreneur’s elevation skills. These are essential skills that you need to create a successful business and personal life, develop a vision for your business, and become the influential and inspiring leader you were always meant to be.” This was such a great book for me. I actually read it at the very end of 2018 into 2019. I did really, really well in the first, like four months of 2019, just keeping up with this routine, and it’s kind of evolved through the year, and I plan on revisiting, basically those six ‘savers’ and they each stand for something. And but it was so life-giving for me because I was coming out of 2018, and I had a lot of really big goals for 2019, and I knew I needed more structure in my world. And that definitely gave me some more structure and really kind of just set my day up for as much success as was possible. So I highly recommend that book.
The second book that I finished was You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. This was actually also recommended by BGC community member, Ariana with AY Designs. This was also life-giving. It was life-giving in a way that you know, I’ve read financial books before and some of them you know, are just kind of written really blah-like, and Jen just breaks it down. She’s very conversational in her writing, and I was able to read the entire book without any issue, and that’s typically why I can’t read nonfiction is it’s boring as all get out. And that’s also why I only finished two business books in 2019. Now I consumed a ton of podcasts when I was traveling back and forth to Fort Worth, but I didn’t consume actual books in the nonfiction realm because most of the time, people’s writing styles are not really great, and I get bored super easily. But this one was a really great book. Let me give you the synopsis. So the full title is You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. And this is what this book synopsis is all about, “This book will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation over just a few years, from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account, to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious, personal essays with bite-sized aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results. You will learn how to uncover what’s holding you back from making money, give your doubts, fears, and excuses the heave-ho, relate to money in a new and lucrative way, shake up the cocktail of creation, tap into your natural ability to grow rich, shape your reality, stop playing victim to circumstance, and get as wealthy as you want to be.” Again, this was a really great book for me. It was very conversational, she’s very funny, and it was life-giving as well.
Okay, so let’s move into the books that I am slotting on my list for 2020 that I do feel that we should all read if you haven’t already done so. So the first one is called The Daily Entrepreneur: 33 Success Habits for Small Business Owners Freelancers And Aspiring Nine-to-Five Escape Artists. And it’s written by S. J. Scott and Rebecca Livermore, and this is the synopsis of the book, “Learn how to be successful and take your business to the next level. Does your business struggle to generate a decent income? Having trouble landing clients or attracting customers? Want to become a freelancer or start a side-hustle? Pay close attention if you said yes to any of these questions. Entrepreneurship can be exciting. It can also be stressful, frustrating, and full of challenges. Most entrepreneurs begin with a dream of financial freedom, but often the reality fails to match the expectations. The good news is the problems you face are common to most, if not all, entrepreneurs. In fact, if you study the lives of successful people, you’ll find that regardless of industry, they encounter the same challenges you face and find a way to overcome them. Their secret? They focused on building specific daily habits. Right now, develop entrepreneur success habits to take control of your business. It’s not that hard to become a successful entrepreneur. Really all you have to do is form the same habits used by the superstars and make them part of your routine. While these people often have the same fears and limitations as you, they’re able to take consistent action because they’ve trained themselves to do so. In the book, The Daily Entrepreneur, we talk about the power of habit-development and show how to use it to overcome your specific challenges. What makes this book different is it’s organized according to obstacles that we all face on a daily basis. You will learn the five challenges that hold back many entrepreneurs, nine steps for developing entrepreneurial habits, the number one focus for any new business, the secret to getting more time for your life and business, what successful entrepreneurs do to stand out from the competition, how to maximize your productive sweet-spot, how to get things done in the morning, even if you’re a night owl, seven habits to overcome stress and burnout, and an action plan for networking and building solid business connections. So this is the first book of my 2020 to-be-read pile, and it just sounds inspiring. So it is on the list.
The next one is called The One Thing by Gary Keller. The full title of the book is The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. And this is the description of the book, “People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching; sales teams are boosting sales; churches are conducting classes, and recommending for their members. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time, people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships. You want less. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of emails, text, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions, and lots of stress, and you want more. You want more productivity from your work, more income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. Now you can have both less and more. In The One Thing, you’ll learn to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track, master what matters to you. The One Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life: work, personal, family, and spiritual. What’s your one thing?” So that is book number two in the lineup.
The third book in the lineup is called Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, and it’s written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, and this is what this book is all about. “Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests, maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems, or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish, that you have forgotten your own limits and limitations, or maybe it’s all of the above. In the New York Times Bestseller, Boundaries, Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no, in order to take control of your life and set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself. It’s been updated and expanded for the digital age, and it continues to help millions of people around the world answer these tough questions: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? What are legitimate boundaries? How do I effectively manage my digital life so that it doesn’t control me? What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? How do boundaries relate to mutual-submission within marriage? Aren’t boundaries selfish? You don’t have to let your life spiral out of control. Discover how boundaries make life better today.” That sounds like another great book, especially if you struggle with setting boundaries in your life, in your business life, in your personal life, in your work life, whatever it might be. So that’s Book Three.
Book four is another along the lines of boundaries. It’s actually called EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, and here is the book description, “From New York Times bestselling author and nationally-syndicated talk-radio host, Dave Ramsey, comes a secret to how he grew a multimillion-dollar company from a card table in his living room. Your company is only as strong as your leaders. These are the men and women doing battle daily beneath the banner that is your brand. Are they courageous or indecisive? Are they serving a motivated team or managing employees? Are they valued? Your team will never grow beyond you, so here’s another question to consider: Are you growing? Whether you’re sitting at the CEO’s desk, the middle-managers cubicle, or a card table in your living room-based start-up, EntreLeadership provides the practical step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go. Dave opens up his championship playbook for business to show you how to inspire your team to take ownership and love what they do, unify your team and get rid of all gossip, handle money to set your business up for success, reach every goal you set, and much, much more.” I think this is an excellent book, it’s on my to-be-read list, and I hope it’s one that you also consider for 2020.
Alright, the next book on the list is called Girl on Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rulebook and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business. It’s written by Cara Alwill Leyba, and here is the synopsis of this book, “From the bestselling author of Girl Code, Cara Alwill Leyba delivers Girl on Fire —the long-awaited follow up fans have been waiting for. The self-publishing queen started this conversation four years ago with Girl Code, her ode to women and their power, a book so successful that it has been translated in seven languages and continues to make a major impact on the world. Girl On Fire builds on this concept and shows you how to blaze your own trail immediately. You don’t need permission from anyone to live fearlessly and start living your dream. As an early voice in the female-driven movement, Cara continues to be a leader in the space, liberating women to trust their intuition and create their own opportunities. She empowers her readers to stop waiting for their big break and, instead, to publish their own books, start their own podcasts, host their own panels and design their own clothing lines; whatever their desires are.” So this next part is from Kara herself. Who would you be if you stopped following *their* rules? What would you create if you had nothing holding you back? Now that women entrepreneurs are banding together in sisterhood and realizing the importance of collaboration over competition, it’s time to take things to the next level. It’s time to rise up, together, and challenge the status quo. It’s time to question the way things have been done in the past, to write our own rules, and do life and business OUR way. The world needs us, as women, to utilize our voices now more than ever. We must step into our power, and we must let nothing hold us back. Business is changing rapidly, and there has never been a better time to choose yourself. Gone are the days of waiting to be chosen by an agent, a record label, a company, or a publisher. Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for their “big break” —they create it. They don’t wait to be featured in a magazine, or picked up by a publisher, or given a chance to speak on a stage. They promote themselves on platforms they create, they self-publish their own books, they launch their own podcasts, they create their own events and build their own stages. Now is the time to show up for ourselves. We all have the ability to design a life and career beyond our wildest imaginations without permission, selection, or validation. Girl on Fire will show you how to do it. This book is for every woman who has had a vision that others might not understand. It’s for every woman who is sick and tired of playing by the rules. It’s for every woman who has known she was meant for more and has waited far too long for someone to give her the permission she thought she needed.” I hope this one’s on your list. It is definitely on my list. And just reading that just kind of pumps me up and I hope it does you, too.
The next one on the list is 12 Rules of Being a Powerful Woman by Sarah Ordo. Here is the book synopsis, “Ready to be the woman you were always meant to be. 12 Rules for Being a Powerful Woman is a guidebook for the woman of today that is ready to transform her life, step into her power, and change the game for herself. Packed with uplifting rules, inspiring quotes from trailblazing women, mindset transforming daily mantras, and a spirited manifesto, this book will have you ready to live each day as a truly unstoppable woman. It’s time to become the powerful women we have always had inside of each and every one of us…and to look good while doing it! Get ready to have unwavering confidence. To give yourself permission. To realize your true inner strength. To have a renewed sense of who you are. To embrace your undeniable beauty. To have a fire ignited inside of your heart. Its time to become the powerful woman you were ALWAYS meant to be.” Another great-sounding book, and it’s on the list for 2020.
Alright, the next one up is Be Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose by Jean Case, and here is the book synopsis, “This book is a call to action for those seeking to live extraordinary lives and bring about transformational change. When National Geographic Chairman Jean Case set out to investigate the core qualities of great changemakers, past and present, from inventors to revolutionaries, she found five surprising traits all had in common. They weren’t wealth, privilege, or even genius. It was that all of these exceptional men and women chose to make a “big bet,” take bold risks, learn from their failures, reach beyond their bubbles, and let urgency conquer fear. Throughout Be Fearless, Jean vividly illustrates these principles through storytelling—from her own transformational life experiences to Jane Goodall’s remarkable breakthroughs in understanding and protecting chimpanzees, to celebrity chef José Andrés’ decision to be a “first responder” and take his kitchen to the sites of devastating hurricanes to feed the hungry, to Bryan Stevenson’s ambitious efforts to end incarceration inequities, and more. She shares new insights to stories you might think you know—like AirBnB’s tale of starting from scratch to transform the hospitality industry, to John F. Kennedy’s history-making moonshot—and gems from changemakers you’ve never heard of. Weaving together storytelling, practical tips, and inspiration, Be Fearless will teach you how to put the five fearless principles to work so that they too can spark the sorts of remarkable breakthroughs that change the world.”
Alright, the next book on the list is Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis, and this is the book description, “What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better—and smarter—solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that. Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per-piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have the freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis. Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home on a small, lush island off of Vancouver, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output, and more growth. In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.” The reason this one is made the list is, for me personally, I am strategically growing my businesses with a lot of intention. I do not foresee any of my businesses, except for the one that has yet to be launched, I don’t foresee them becoming these big conglomerates, because I feel like there would be too much lost in translation. And so I want to keep them in a context where I still feel like I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing with them. And so I’m curious about how Paul has done this in this book. I’m curious about keeping it to the company of one, but knowing that I still need help to grow to levels that I want to grow my businesses in. Again, I don’t want to be a conglomerate; I don’t want to be a fortune 500 with the existing businesses. Now, that’s a different story when I look at the business that’s about to launch in January. So I want to make sure that I understand how he did and made the decisions that he wanted to basically be a company of one. I want to understand that, so that is why this is on the list.
Alright, the next book on the list is called The Shift Stirrer Method: A Five-Step Mindfulness Method to Get Your ‘Crap’ Together and Shift Your Perception and this is by Tinamarie Clark, and this is the description of the book, “Are you constantly feeling stuck in your own shame cycle? Do you sabotage relationships, jobs, and opportunities? Are you experiencing the same negative feelings, thought patterns, and emotions, time and time again, yet have no idea why? Then Tinamarie Clark’s Shift Stirrer Method introduction workbook is for you. The Shift Stirrer Method is a five-step mindfulness method to get your crap together and shift your perception. It is a thought-provoking and awareness-building workbook, leading you from suffering to shifting. We all have stories and experiences that STIR us and keep us feeling down, stuck, and unhappy. This method is designed to peel back your subconscious layers so you can shift out of old patterns and be free to move through life with greater ease. Filled with simple exercises, you will be guided through your Shift Stirrer journey. This intro to the Shift Stirrer Method workbook is a perfect starting place to dive deep into the method. The Shift Stirrer Method Workbook includes: 5 Step Method with guided lessons that walk you through each step of the Shift Stirrer Method that teaches you how to identify negative thought patterns that arise in your day to day life and exercises which include guided prompts, journaling space, and personal mantra development to help you work through your first identified STIR story. The Shift moves you through your first Shift Stirrer Method experience, shifting from living anxiously to living with ease.” If that sounds like your cup of tea, that is why it is on the list. I know a lot of us still struggle with getting in our own way, and maybe this book will help you get out of your own way.
The next book is I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones. And the full book title is called I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl. Here is the synopsis of the book, “In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you’re not broken, nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it. Stop listening to that voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough. Stop worrying that you don’t have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter. Stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life. And start living the life that you truly want (now!), the one you didn’t think you had the courage to imagine, but the one that’s absolutely possible! Including stories from thirty incredible women, Alexis has compiled everything she’s learned into one complete guide to being That Girl, the best version of you.” I think this sounds like an amazing book, which is why it made the list.
Alright, the next book on the list is Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein. The full book title is Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams, and this is the book description, “In Super Attractor, Gabrielle lays out the essential steps for living in alignment with the Universe, more fully than you’ve ever done before. “I’ve always known that there is a nonphysical presence beyond my visible sight,” Gabby writes. “All my life I’ve intuitively tuned in to it and used it as a source for good. . . . What we call it is irrelevant. Connecting to it is imperative.” Super Attractor is a manifesto for making that connection and marrying your spiritual life with your day-to-day experience. In these pages, you’ll learn to move beyond dabbling in your practice, when it’s convenient, to living a spiritual life all the time; take practical steps to create a life filled with purpose, happiness, and freedom; feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold; release the past and live without fear of the future; tap into the infinite source of abundance, joy, and well-being that is your birthright; bring more light to your own life and the world around you. This book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. You’ll learn how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that can elevate everyone around you. After reading this book, you will know how to fulfill your function: to be a force of love in the world.” That just sounds, all of that sounds inspiring, and I think that it will resonate with some of you and I think that some of you, it might be a turn-off, but I’m including it because it has piqued my curiosity and it’s going to be on my TBR list for 2020.
Alright, the next book is Women Who Launch by Marlene Wagman-Geller, and the full book title is Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings. And here is the description of the book, “Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, and entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment. Juliette Gordon Low showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sarah Josepha Hale authoress of Mary Had a Little Lamb convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks, while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussycat ears and the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it.” In Women Who Launch, readers will find the stories behind renowned companies, brands and organizations and the diverse women who launched them; empowering quotes from strong women and those who refuse to be kept down; motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.” This sounds like a pretty fantabulous book if you ask me.
Okay, so we have three more on the list, and then we will move into the ones you guys have read and highly recommend.
Okay, next up is Good Morning, Good Life: Five Simple Habits to Master Your Mornings and Upgrade Your Life. This book is by Amy Landino, and this is the synopsis of the book, “Not a morning person? Not a problem! I want you to wake up on your terms and no one else’s. Morning routines. We hear about them all the time. We see them on social media feeds and in online videos. We read about them in memoirs and self-improvement books. So, what’s the big deal? What’s so important about what we do every morning? In Good Morning, Good Life, Amy Landino— the world’s #1 productive lifestyle coach—reveals the truth about mornings and how to create daily rituals that are truly right for you. Discover how to decide on a ‘why’ that will make you want to jump out of bed every day; defy the morning missteps that keep you from starting the day on the right foot; rise for a new day well-rested and prepared for what the day has in store for you; shine each morning doing what makes you feel like your best version of you (rather than what the rest of the world says to do), and thrive throughout your journey with some bonus productive lifestyle tips for the rest of your day!
Landino is best known for her work as the award-winning host of AmyTV on YouTube and as the host of the self-improvement podcast, Detail Therapy. Her practical and uplifting coaching approach carries over in Good Morning, Good Life with a lot of customizable tips (and even more personality!)
This is a can’t-miss read for anyone who is ready to go after the life they want!” And it just sounds inspiring. And yes, I did read Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs. This one is now on the list because I do allow myself to wake up without an alarm. I do find that’s very important. I sleep eight hours every single night and want to be able to rise with the sun, and I do. And this just sounds like a very inspiring book to help me keep forward progress on getting stuff done in the morning in a way that makes sense for me so that I can have a productive day.
All right, next on the list is Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas, and the full book title is Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms. I’ve already read several books by Denise, and she’s a fabulous writer. And here’s the book description, “Denise Duffield-Thomas, money mindset coach and best-selling author, will show you how with her trademark humor and down-to-earth wisdom. In this book, she shares invaluable business advice and counterintuitive millionaire mindset lessons (no blood, sweat, or tears necessary), which will set you on the path of abundance – without all the hard work. You’ll discover how to find the business model that works perfectly for your personality, learn about key concepts – such as the Golden Goose and the Keyless Life – to help you work less and earn more, and become a marketing pro without feeling like a sleazy car salesman. Plus, Denise talks you through the smaller – but no less important – details of being an entrepreneur, including how to deal with awkward money situations and find the most effective ways to price your offers. Full of reassuring and practical advice, Chillpreneur challenges the old, boring assumptions of what it takes to create success in business, so you can create financial independence with ease and grace.” And again, I love Denise, and I love what she’s written already in the world, which you can check out. This one is made the list for 2020.
And finally, by Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable. So most of you know, and those that don’t, I did B-School, which is Marie Forleo’s business school called B-School, comes around once a year. I did that back in 2015, and I love everything that Marie has ever done. I invested a lot of money in that program, and it helped set me up to launch Boss Girl Creative, and so I’m really proud to see that she has written a book called Everything is Figureoutable, which it is. Here is the book description, “From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, an indispensable handbook for becoming the creative force of your own life. While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it’s “a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward.” If you’re having trouble solving a problem or reaching a dream, the problem isn’t you. It’s that you haven’t yet installed the one belief that changes everything. Marie’s mom once told her, “Nothing in life is that complicated. You can do whatever you set your mind to if you roll up your sleeves. Everything is figureoutable.” Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how. You will learn the habit that makes it 42% more likely you’ll achieve your goals; how to overcome a lack of time and money; how to deal with criticism and imposter syndrome. It’s more than just a fun phrase to say. It’s a philosophy of relentless optimism. A mindset. A mantra. A conviction. Most important, it’s about to make you unstoppable.” And that rounds out the list of 2020 books to read, to help you grow your business, change your life move you forward.
And now, let’s dive into what the community has read this year and highly recommends. First up is Boss Up! by Lindsey Teague Marino. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book, that’s what it said, and this one is recommended by Rachel at The Texan Travel Nanny. Number two is Influencer by Brittany Hennessey, which is recommended by Joy at HEA Novel Thoughts and also recommended by Sarah Cronin. Number three is Business Boutique by Christy Wright, and it’s recommended by Kathy at Penny Lane. Number four, Burn Your Portfolio by Michael Janda, and it’s recommended by Ariana at AY Designs. Number five, Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, is recommended by Amy at Bloom Virtual Solutions and also recommended by Sarah Cronin. Number six, Make it Happen by Laura Casey, which is recommended by Amy at Bloom Virtual Solutions. Number seven is You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, which is recommended by Sarah Cronin and also Naomi Martinez. Number eight, Fear is My Homeboy: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Judi Holler, recommended by Sarah Cronin. Number nine, 100 Days to Brave by Annie Downs, recommended by Sarah Cronin. The next one is Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Others Will Listen by Donald Miller. That book is recommended by Roseanne at June Girls Create. Next up is Radical Candor by Kim Scott, which is recommended by Danielle at Businessese. Danielle also recommends Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. The next one is Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden, which is recommended by my good friend, Dawn, at HD Liquid Catering. Last two on the list are Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, which is recommended by Natalie at Keep Weddings Weird and Renegade Bridal and Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, which is recommended by Camille at Friday We’re in Love.
That is a fabulous list that you guys have recommended, and you’ve got a lot of reading to do in 2020, for sure. There were several of those books in your recommendations that will go on my own list, and all of these books will be linked in the show notes for this episode, Episode 237. They’ll also be listed in the transcripts so that you can, for sure, get all of the books and get your own to-be-read list for 2020 ready to rock and roll. Again, thank you so much for those that contributed to today’s episode. That means a lot to me, for those that emailed me, messaged me, responded to my Facebook post. It really does, it means a lot to me, and it crowdsourced today’s episode, which is amazing.
Thank you again to today’s show sponsor, which happens to be the Inner Circle. Brand new name, tiers are still the same for now. And if you want to be a part of it, you don’t want FOMO in 2020, because there’s going to be more things added for my Inner Circle community members. Pop over to patreon.com/bossgirlcreative to get yourself involved. The financial support means a lot to me, and it helps to continue to support this show so that I can keep on keeping on with weekly episodes of the podcast, which are always free, and then all the additional content that I plan on bringing to the table in 2020. Most of it will go into the Inner Circle, so you want to be able to have access to that. Again patreon.com/bossgirlcreative. I will be back next week with another episode it will be Episode 238, and it will be published on January 1st, 2020. I hope you had an epic 2019. I hope you had an epic decade. It’s time to start a new one. Let’s get going. Let’s get this list of books figured out so that we can all have an amazing, an amazing 2020. Until then, bye, guys.