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- Essentialism, by Greg McKeown: These are wise words for anyone who feels unfocused, burnt out, spread thin, overworked, scattered, unsuccessful, or like they say yes to too many things. I was always an Essentialist (at least at heart), but McKeown takes it to another level, bringing together examples from the business and spiritual worlds of people who are accomplishing more by doing less. It's the remedy for FOMO (the fear of missing out), the essential message being that you can actually live a happier, more productive, more fulfilling, more impactful life doing less, not more. You can read my blog post about it here.
- Marketing for Hippies, a blog and website by Tad Hargrave: Of all the marketing consultants and teacher/coaches out there, (and I have come across a LOT of them) the smart, strategic, and kind Tad is my favorite because he teaches people how to market and sell in a way that feels incredibly honest and authentic. We do NOT need to use crazy marketing and pressure tactics and proven formulas and miracle cures to be successful. Tad proves it through his excellent blog and classes, and his work on defining your niche, the Niching Spiral. I've written some posts for his popular blog too, what an honor!
- Leap First: Creating Work That Matters, audiobook by Seth Godin (and really anything by Seth Godin): Well, not only was Seth my canoe instructor at summer in the early 1990s (for real!), but he's one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time meshing cutting edge business wisdom with our own personal and spiritual growth. Leap First asks us to put ourselves and our art out into the world, again and again and again. Godin dares us to be courageous, creative, vulnerable, and stop worrying if it's perfect. Looking for some inspiration to get you going? Listen to this short audio program.
- Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert: I fell in love with Liz Gilbert after reading Eat, Pray, Love years ago, but her most recent book about the creative process is a total gem for entrepreneurs of all kinds, especially those with artistically creative endeavors (although it is seriously applicable to us all). She too encourages us to simply put our creative work out there, and the persistence and many "failures" that takes, that creativity is our birthright as humans, there is nothing to be ashamed of, and that creativity itself is actually a spiritual force that lives through us. I loved listening to her read the book aloud on Audible.
- Coyote’s Guide to Connecting With Nature, by Jon Young: The work I've done both personally and professionally over the years with Jon Young and the 8 Shields Institute has had a huge impact on my life, as well as the process I take people through as I coach them on starting and growing their businesses and organizations. At the core, our disconnection from nature has resulted in the massive challenges we face in society today. This book outlines a nature-based model used to rebuild healthy community and culture in service of reconnection and healing. This work is powerful. I also highly recommend doing any program the 8 Shields Institute offers, in particular their transformative nature connection and village-building experience, the Art of Mentoring.
- Anything You Want - 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur, by Derek Sivers: Super engaging, hour-long audiobook from the CEO of CD baby. Wonderful words of wisdom from his own experience growing a tiny company into a huge one.
- Get Rich Slowly (online program), by JD Roth: I admire JD Roth's honest communication style as well as the huge range of teachers he has pulled together in this program. I learned so many different ways to look at managing money, wealth, earning and saving from both practical and psychological perspectives. If you are disorganized about money, don't have financial goals, need to start saving for retirement and/or earning more money, this is a great place to begin. You'll learn all the basics and much more.
- Overcoming Under Earning, by Barbara Stanny: This book will help you uncover the hidden beliefs that could be stopping you from earning the money you desire. Earning money is all about your attitude says Barbara Stanny. The book is chock full of exercises, because she developed the book from a course she taught dozens of times. One example of a powerful question she asks is: What do I gain from NOT earning more money? Food for thought! Recommended reading if you feel stuck at your income level or have a sense that you've got "money issues." (PS - We all have "money issues").
- Brene Brown: Required reading or listening for anyone who is sometimes scared of putting themselves out there (so pretty much everyone). Brown's research on shame, vulnerability and courage and shows how our real growth is truly in our ability to simply share ourselves vulnerably, no matter what the outcome, success or failure. This makes us who we are. You can listen to her TED talk or this amazing interview with Krista Tippitt in On Being (one of my favorite podcasts ever).
- Tara Brach: Buddhist teacher and psychologist, Tara Brach has helped me through some of my hardest times. Her focus on tending to and being compassionate with our inevitable fears, anxiety, and beliefs has settled my nervous system and brought me closer to who I really am. Her weekly podcast is a huge gift to the world. It consists of free dharma talks and guided meditations. Other meditation resources I recommend are any teachings, classes, retreats, or guided meditations by enlightened spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, somatic meditation teacher, Reggie Ray, and also the Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. If you need help getting into the habit of meditating everyday, do one of their 21-day challenges. They're inspiring and grounding, plus it's free and easy.
- Crossing the Unknown Sea, Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, by David Whyte: Swoon. I adore David Whyte's poetry on a deep level (here is reading his poem, The Journey). He is a true spiritual teacher, and when I discovered, during a sabbatical, his prose about work, purpose and life direction, it shifted my orientation and how I ultimately proceeded in starting this business. This is a great book to read if you are pondering your next steps.
- Zen to Done, e-book by Leo Babauta: There are lots of productivity resources out there, but this one is super simple and straight to the point. What he basically acknowledges is that productivity is all about forming good habits, which takes time to do. So he walks you not only through 10 great productivity habits, he also shows you how to create habits in the first place, one at a time. Very streamlined and easy to understand... a great way to learn to become more productive without a lot of pressure.
- Kelly Diels: Writer and marketing consultant: writer/marketing consultant: If you have ever felt disgusted by the marketing that comes out of the coaching and personal development industry, and you KNOW you don’t want to do it that way yourself, I suggest you check out Kelly. She is brilliantly critiquing what she terms the Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand, how it undermines women, and how to market without leveraging oppression.
- The E-Myth Revisited, Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it, by Michael Gerber: This is one of the first business books I read, and it really helped me understand the difference between working IN your business and working ON your business. This book's main premise is to start your business as though you were going to franchise it. Create structures and systems from the start that will make it clear and easy for others to come on board and help you operate it. Even if you have no intention of selling your business, the advice in this book is invaluable. It's especially valuable for businesses leaving the "solopreneur" phase and starting to hire more staff.
- Marie TV, Create a Business and Life You Love, Marie Forleo: Five minute videos that get right to the core of some really big questions. Marie is smart, funny, and nice to look at. How to Get Paid When You Hate Asking for Money and How to Insult Proof Your Ego are examples of the topics she covers. I recommend getting on her list, some of her videos are bound to be useful for you in just the right moment.
- MarkManson.net: This guy sure is smart for a 30 year old. I'm continuously amused and impressed by his thought-provoking readings on a huge range of life topics. One of my recent favorites is No, You Can't Have it All. They range from love to purpose and everything in between. He's got kind of a dirty mouth and acts like he's not spiritual, but that's what makes it so great.
- And finally, three of my favorite New York Times articles of all times. I can't stop sending these to people. Relax! You'll Be More Productive and The Busy Trap both pointing at how damn busy we are and how it's really not helping us at all. Depressing and enlightening at the same time. And a newer one... The Cost of Paying Attention about how advertising has made silence become as scarce and necessary a commodity as clean air or water.