49 must-read books for empowered professionals

Everyone I know these days is busy, and being a working professional is no different. Between our personal lives and managing our work, there never seems to be enough time. So when it comes to spending time enriching yourself and your business, you want to cut straight to the chase. You don’t want to waste your time, which is why I’ve compiled a list packed full of books that are guaranteed to be worth it.

In my list of 49 Must-Read Books for Empowered Professionals, you will find a variety of helpful books for your business and your personal growth. Whether you’re looking for success in your business or you’re just ready to get inspired, you don’t want to miss out on this list. Check it out!

1: The Significance Factor: 5 Steps to Discovering and Creating a Lifetime Legacy

the significance factor

The Significance Factor is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide on how to define your unique influence and take the necessary steps to make a lifetime impact. Eboni L. Truss challenges you to live your significance unapologetically through five key principles; decision, definition, dissection, direction, and domination. Eboni teaches you how to look past the setbacks and labels you have created for yourself and step into the spotlight that you deserve. You were created with a divine purpose, but it’s up to you to use the gift God gave you to live an intentional life that others won’t forget.

Whether you’re stuck in your comfort zone, or you haven’t yet realized your worth, this book provides the push that you need to move forward in to create a life full of potential, intention and of significance. Decide that you matter and start working towards a legendary life and death!

2: 30 Day Self Perception Makeover: A 30 Day Guide to Making Amazing Shifts in Your Life

30 day self perception makeover

It is sometimes easier to identify the negative aspects of yourself and try to “fix” them than to focus on your positive attributes and accomplishments. This book challenges you to look at not only those parts you see as undesirable and change the perception of them, but to really “see” the best parts of yourself –those pieces you may overlook or ignore. It helps you bring them to light so you can shine!! In the 30 Day Self Perception Makeover, you learn how to understand your own habits and what really goes into changing them for the better. The daily reading is short and to the point, and the valuable information is easy to put into practice it’s YOUR time to get what YOU want.

Cathlene Miner shares the real secret to manifesting the life you desire and it becomes possible to reach our own version of success. Cathlene shows you how spending just one hour a week can shift your life in your favor and start creating the life you desire.

3: Wake Up Paperback – May 7, 2009

Wake Up

What would your life look like if ‘WORK’ wasn’t a four-letter word? What if you could re-calibrate your mind to see what you do for a living – how you spend your life – as important, positive, exciting and FUN? This book, Wake Up! Jumpstarting the Life You’ve Always Had in Mind, is about making that leap-making a fundamental change in the way you envision your life. Discovering the way it could be. It’s about fine-tuning the circuitry in your head, making the changes necessary to face the adversities and challenges of every day without being defeated by them. Daniel J Manginelli has packed these pages with ideas for both changing the way you think and the way you approach your life. A different attitude, a different approach for getting more of what you want out of your life. You can change and still be true to who you are. You can be different. Your life can be fun. You can love what you do. Your life can make a difference. Are you ready to ‘Wake Up’?

4: A Woman’s Guide to Family Finances: Finding Real Money in an Unreal Economy

A Woman's Guide to Family Finances

A leading family financial expert combines financial planning and budgeting basics to present a comprehensive guide, filled with amusing anecdotes, practical advice, and encouragement, that covers such topics as planning for the future, safeguarding your family’s income, and getting out of debt. Original. A Woman’s Guide to Family Finances gives practical advice to any woman interested in getting control of family finances, whether she is married, single with kids or on her own. It also includes help for financial recovery for the deeply in debt and for the suddenly unemployed.

5: Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It

Cult of Power

An analysis of how discrimination against women is reflected by the attitudes of the nation’s premier golf club reveals how it is led by men who appear to support equality in their workplaces but conduct private campaigns of ostracism within the club, arguing that the club’s no-women stance perpetuates systems of gender discrimination.

Cult of Power is a must read for all girls and women about to enter the world of business. It is a powerful lesson in how men collude behind the scenes to keep women from power and advancement in the business world.

6: The Dominatrix Guide: Become a Badass in Business

The Dominatrix Guide

Learning to become a Dominatrix challenged me to stand in a place of power, not power over as you would assume, but power with and through, willing to push people past what they thought were their limitations and into seeing themselves as much more than they ever considered to be possible. It taught me what real confidence was, what being deeply client focused looked like and most of all how to use the energy instead of force to get what I wanted.

Now, it is my honor to bring those gifts home for you in a way that you too can integrate the lessons from the dungeon to grow a that profitable business that fills you with joy. To support you in the journey of your business and being able to lean way in on the challenges that are going to come your way as you grow.

7: Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World

Surviving the Dick Clique

Surviving the Dick Clique is finally here! This book opens with a very strong and colorful definition of the dick clique that will lead you into chapters about Holly Caplan’s experiences as she rose through the male-dominated corporate ranks in the medical device industry. It reviews her 20 years of stories, lessons, and rules for the coming generation of women who dive into the deep waters of this still unchartered territory of the dick clique. Let her experiences and rules apply to whatever male-dominated industry you may be venturing into or living in now. It is raw, honest and sexy and will definitely make you laugh.

8: The B.A.B.E.’S Guide to Winning in the Workplace: You Don’t Have to Compromise

The B.A.B.E.'S Guide to Winning in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is an ugly reality in many workplaces. Yet, no one teaches young women how to navigate this pitfall of the modern workplace. Oftentimes, young women are uninformed of the legal definition of sexual harassment, and thus can be easily targeted and unaware of how to respond. Since HR advocates for the company’s best interest, women are often left without an advocate or a guide. How can we expect women to successfully navigate the workplace without knowing their rights and how to assert them?

The B.A.B.E.’S Guide to Winning in the Workplace is an essential manual for millennial women entering the workforce because it inspires and educates women to the challenge of sexual harassment, and provides them the tools to empower themselves to succeed despite this reality of the workplace. Attorney Reese shares her experiences as a woman in male-dominated work culture and how she learned to advocate for herself in the face of sexual advances from her superiors. Through these experiences, Reese provides inspiration and education to her readers who may be facing similar situations. Using her lessons and the examples of twelve Biblical women, the B.A.B.E.’S Guide takes readers through the important life lessons that can be learned from the challenges that they faced, as well as practical applications of these lessons to modern, everyday life. This book provides tools for navigating the workplace to B.A.B.E.S who want to thrive in their careers without compromising their morals, values, and integrity. If you or someone you know are entering the workplace or dealing with adversity, get a copy today.

9: How to Be a Woman in Business (while Being True to Yourself)

How to Be a Woman in Business

How to Be a Woman in Business is a provocative, quick read for all women whether you’ve just started a career in business, or already logged a few miles and are ready to get re-inspired. Author Cheryl O Donoghue, a successful businesswoman, and certified business and life coach, interviews seven fascinating women and shares practical insights, lessons learned and real-life stories that will encourage you to become the self-empowered businesswoman you were meant to be.

Learn how to recognize and apply success strategies from relatable women; determine your financial value at work and ask for promotions and salary bumps with confidence; create more productive business relationships; overcome obstacles in the workplace; develop a heightened sense of self-awareness.

10: You are an Abundant Babe: Skyrocket your self-belief, integrate the secrets to success, and tap into the abundance that is meant for you

Viola Hug narrates how she skyrocketed her self-belief, “I have been through the grief of losing a parent, suffering from victimhood and a host of mental health issues, over six-figures in debt, and so much heartache. These days I live with more joy than I ever thought possible, I am successful as a woman entrepreneur, I inspire oodles of people, having the most loving and amazing relationship, and most powerfully, I change and transform people’s lives. I reflected on my journey and what it took to get from my personal lows to the life I live now. I identified key components to upping my self-belief, really integrating and applying my “secrets to success”, and tapping into the abundance that I am designed for. You too can do it. You are an Abundant Babe.

11: Get Out of Your Own Way at Work…And Help Others Do the Same: Conquer Self-Defeating Behavior on the Job

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work

Get Out of Your Own Way at Work shares practical recommendations for employees and managers on how to overcome self-sabotaging behaviors that can compromise career advancement and satisfaction, in a guide that addresses forty self-defeating actions including fear of change, failure to delegate, and expecting too much.

12: Local Small Business Marketing: Best ways to promote a local business or service

Local Small Business Marketing

Do you have a local small business and want to know the most effective strategies for promoting it? If so, then this is the right book for you. In this Local Small Business Marketing book, you will learn the most effective online and offline marketing strategies that every small local business should use to generate leads that eventually convert to clients.

In this small business marketing book, you will learn about some of the top online marketing strategies for your local small business like SEO, the right way to do social media marketing, and even how to get publicity. You will also learn some of the top offline marketing strategies for your local small business or service like flier marketing, business card marketing, how to get on the radio, how to promote your business by creating a successful local event or workshop series, and many additional strategies.

13: Winning in Baseball and Business: Transforming Little League Principles Into Major League Profits For Your Company

Winning in Baseball and Business

Do you want to know how your business can score a home run? Earl Bell, successful businessman, entrepreneur, and Little League coach is just the coach you need to take your business to the Major Leagues.

Now for the first time, Earl Bell reveals his coaching secrets in Winning in Baseball and Business, a book that uses metaphor to show that everything you need to know in business you can learn from lessons in youth baseball. The book is divided into two sections-the first about Little League, the second about how to apply baseball principles to your business. Earl’s love of both games-baseball and business-shine through as he talks about strategies, goals, how his Little League team achieved hall of fame results, and how you can do the same for your business.

As an added bonus, twenty stories of successful entrepreneurs from teenagers to historical business icons are included as inspirational models. After reading Winning in Baseball and Business, your game will never be the same.

14: The Passion Belief Method: Own Your Value and Earn Your Worth in Business

The Passion Belief Method

Dolly Parton once said, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Many people today have no passionate connection to the routine work they do day in and day out. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In The Passion Belief Method, entrepreneur success strategist and in-demand life and business coach and speaker Megan Tull offer practical exercises and methods to help you find your gifts and turn them into work you can be truly passionate about.

Megan, who became a single mother after being widowed at an early age, used her passion for raising her young son as the starting point for creating a business that allowed her to stay closer to home but to also triple her income in the first year. Now Megan leans on her experiences to teach you her 5-Step Passion Belief Method. Filled with true stories from Megan’s many clients and inspiring quotes from other high achievers, speakers, and writers, The Passion Belief Method will teach you how to unlock your inner gifts, overcome your fears, and visualize what you want and who you’ll be when you have it—then bring that into being.

15: Leaving the Corporate 9 to 5: Stories from people who’ve done it (and how you can too)

Leaving the Corporate 9 to 5

Although the people interviewed all share the experience of leaving a full-time job to pursue something different, that ‘something different’ that they have chosen has manifested itself in varying ways. The stories include those who have moved into a different sector; gone freelance; launched their own business; created a portfolio career; or taken a leap of faith, not yet knowing what the next step would be.

In her book Leaving the Corporate 9 to 5, Anna shares additional perspective from her own experience of leaving her corporate job and also coaching her clients through the process, drawing out key insights to help you create your own career transition story.

16: Your Business, Your Rules: Live, Work and Make Money Your Way

Your Business, Your Rules

Is the corporate grind crushing you? You’ve been thinking about escaping but you don’t know the exact steps to make it happen. You don’t want to follow a plan from a so-called expert that forces you to do things you hate. After all, that’s no better than work! Why not instead, dig into what you really want for yourself. Choose your own adventure. Because there is a way to make it happen.

Your Business, Your Rules reads like a blueprint for getting to the feeling you crave in your soul.”

17: The Happiness Formula: three foundational principles to multiply happiness

The Happiness Formula

In the day and age of information overload with the world of data, facts, and stats at your fingertips, what is the right answer, the correct combination of attitudes and actions that will enable you to live the life you have always wanted, without having to give up too much of what is pleasurable? “The Happiness Formula” will work for someone who is a “leader” regardless of title and whether you lead only yourself or thousands. The Happiness Formula is designed for someone who is ready to apply the actions and attitudes of a “leader” because he or she is mature enough to take on responsibilities that impact others. It is for the person who is willing to spend some time getting educated. It is for the person who will listen to advise and implement best practices even when these behaviors might be new or even hard. It is for the person who has lived long enough to know that there is something more powerful at play shaping the course of events and has a mustard seed of faith in God. The Happiness Formula works for the person who knows “good is the enemy of great” and is ready to have peace, joy, love, and freedom – HAPPINESS – as they apply The Happiness Formula to any and every area of their life: IQ + EQ + GQ= HQ

18: Your Lion Inside: Tapping into the Power Within

Your Lion Inside

Is the Glass Ceiling Also a Mirror? To create a culture that values what women in the workplace bring to the table, what comes first: collective change or individual change? Do they have to change first? Or do we? As long as we believe “they” are the problem and the answer is “out there” – above us, below us, beside us – we will never fully embrace the real source of our power to create the life you are meant to live. How do you see yourself? That’s the leverage no one is talking about. Change your words – change your world. The way you see yourself each day IS the answer you seek. See Your Lion Inside.

19: From Empty to Overflow: 5 Radical Actions Women Leaders Use to Rejuvenate, Grow Profits, and Inspire People

From Empty to Overflow

In this short read, From Empty to Overflow, Jenny DuFresne provides the tools for women leaders to step away from the outdated mindset that they must do it all themselves. Instead of attempting to lead from a state of depletion, you can learn to lead from your overflow–lead happy, balanced, and healthy.

Among the management skills, effective leaders need, personal time management is one of the greatest skills needed when looking at strategic management success. If you master the art of taking care of yourself, stepping back as a company owner, and teach this critical management skill to your leaders, you move from the overwhelm, stress and burnout cycle everyone in your company experiences to a vibrant work environment where everyone is bringing their best selves to work.

20: The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

The Worst Business Model in the World

There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. The question is, what kind of entrepreneur will you be? If your sole purpose in life is amassing money, you may want to try a different book. If you crave the flexibility to be passionate, original, and unabashedly enthusiastic about what you do, create work that could excite you on a daily basis, and still earn you enough money to not have to worry about money, The Worst Business Model in the World may be calling your name. It’s about doing what you’re passionate about and good at and taking the strategic steps to create a business around that passion. It’s about leaving a 9-5 job behind not knowing if you’ll match your income level but confident that you’ll exceed your happiness level. Backed by interviews with more than 100 entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, The Worst Business Model in the World provides strategic advice for the real problems entrepreneurs face, whether you’re a veteran entrepreneur or on your way to becoming one. Author Danny Schuman lays out a roadmap to help you stay stubbornly and blissfully independent, so you can spend more time doing what you love and less time doing what you hate. Featuring 24 insights, each with an actionable tool, this book will help fill your wallet, feed your heart, and lift you up to the place you really want to be, so you can do all the things you’re good at with less pain, enough profits, and more joy.

21: Fall in Love with Monday Mornings: The Career Woman’s Guide to Increasing Impact, Influence, and Income

Fall in Love with Monday Mornings

You can create the career and life you truly desire. You can find a way to fuel your passion. Most of all, you can live life adventurously and surround yourself with an inner circle of champions who continually lift you to new summits. Imagine a life and career where possibilities and opportunities are endless. Fall in Love with Monday Mornings shows you the way.

22: Personal Best: 1001 Great Ideas for Achieving Success in Your Career Hardcover – March 1, 2000

Personal Best

Personal Best is a great book to have as part of your career and success library because as your life situation changes over time, so will the relevance of different parts of this book. The book is easily readable, structured by bullets and short paragraphs. Yet is still manages to provide substantive guidance, relevant research, and helpful resources.

Joe Tye’s shares how the 12 Principles of Military Strategy apply to career management and job search are worth the price of the book.

23: Overcoming Mediocrity: Resilient Women (Volume 5)

Overcoming Mediocrity

Overcoming Mediocrity is a project, developed by Christie Ruffino and the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, Inc., intended to provide women with a platform to share their stories of encouragement, inspiration, and prosperity. This fifth book in the series is a unique collection of stories from resilient women who have overcome great odds to create their own lives of significance. These stories are aimed to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

24: Woman Act Now

Woman Act Now

Dream big! Believe you can do it! Execute your ideas and succeed! Woman Act Now teaches you how to: Manage your confidence, identify your inner strengths, develop personal branding, get specific about your vision, and increase your effectiveness in achieving your goals. Learn how to be a woman of execution, accountability, and purpose. Overcome criticism, procrastination, and self-doubt as you launch your ideas and live your dreams in the now! Your future success depends on the things you are doing today. Act now! Let your ideas live. They’re in you; let them breathe life and watch as God begins to use you and your talents to bless others in this world.

25: Nine Lives: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet

Nine Lives

Nine Lives offers a candid look into the hearts and minds of nine extraordinary women business owners from around the country.

There is Judy Rosenberg who, on a perpetual diet, grew up with a gnawing, aching sense of deprivation. The cookies she coveted, the cakes she savoured all seemed just out of reach. So what did Judy do when she grew up? She started a chain of bakeries driven by her pure appreciation for that which is self-indulgent and beautiful.

There is Rebecca Boenigk, the CEO of the only woman-owned business ever to trade on NASDAQ who found that the quarterly numbers “dance” wasn’t to her liking and bought her company back from the public market.

“The stories the women told were awe inspiring, funny, mind boggling and sometimes painful,” Cantando wrote in the preface. “There were tough moments when the women opened up about still-raw details of their past yet, time and again, these brave women said that they were willing to swallow their discomfort if other women could learn from or be inspired by their struggles.”

26: Daily Dose of Direction for Women in Business: A 90 Day Journey to Direct and Guide Women in Business to Succeed

Daily Dose of Direction for Women in Business

Daily Dose of Direction for Women in Business is a 90-day journey to direct and guide women in business to succeed. It will give you business tips to help you increase your impact, influence, and income! With impact, influence, and income, there’s nothing that will be impossible for you! Come take this 90-day journey with us. It will truly direct and guide you to succeed!

27: Happiness Happens: A 10-week guide to reconnect with who you are, dream a new dream & make magic happen!

Happiness Happens

In Happiness Happens, author Emily Capuria, LISW-S, CHHC presents a 10-week process of self-discovery to teach you how to align who you are and what you want with how you live because this is how happiness happens!

This is not another “let’s sugar-coat all the things, paint it pink and ride on unicorns” kind of book. While positivity, gratitude and perspective shifts are vital, the buck definitely does not stop there. This book is about making the adjustments you know you need to make, while also learning to embrace your reality and the many contradictions in your life. It’s about reconnecting to who you are at the core, dreaming a new dream and creating an amazingly beautiful life–albeit a messy and imperfect one–that is a true expression of you.

28: The Breakthrough Factor: Overcome Your Emotional Barriers & Break Through To Success

The Breakthrough Factor

The Breakthrough Factor will assist you to release the past and build the skills, habits, and mindset required to break through barriers and transform your life. Jeffery Combs shares powerful insights gleaned from his alcohol and drug addiction recovery, his failures, and successes in entrepreneurship, and his success and addiction coaching. If you find yourself at a place in life where you are committed to achieving peace and prosperity, Jeffery will walk you through the process of understanding why you do what you do, uncover past events that created your conditioned behavior, and show you how to let go so you can become the person you deserve to be. By the end of this book, you will know how to make breakthroughs a way of life.

29: Listen Up, Leader!

Listen Up Leader

It’s a fact! Leadership is the single most important organizational factor separating the winners and the “also-rans?” It’s the key to your business success. And who better to identify what makes a good leader than the people being led. That’s what this handbook is all about!

Unique in both content and format, Listen UP, Leader! Provides powerful insights into what employees want and need from their managers, supervisors, and team leaders. It pinpoints the behaviors and attributes necessary to be the kind of leader that employees will follow to new levels of performance.

30: Frustration: The Breakfast of Champions: Turn Powerful Emotions into Career Success

Frustration: The Breakfast of Champions

You have the power to turn everyday frustrations into the biggest motivators for change in your life. Frustration: The Breakfast of Champions is a winning strategy to strengthen your emotional intelligence and better understand the choices you make. By combining your frustration with empowering emotions, you can turn what you thought was negative feedback into positive ways to find solutions at work and at home.

Let author Vicki McManus Peterson show you how to use frustration to fuel your resolve to push further, and surround yourself with the resources to succeed more! Understanding this concept will propel you ahead of your co-workers and competitors that insist on viewing frustration as a signal to give up. Get ready to wake up every day with a winning mentality and start living the life that you are made for by taking care of yourself, your health, your relationships, and your finances.

31: The Business Alchemist: A Fable to Free Your Money Flow

The Business Alchemist

The Business Alchemist by Laurie Hacking is an engaging adventure story filled with wisdom, healing of the past, connection, magic, humor, spiritual laws, and business principles. This book is not only for entrepreneurs and businesspeople but for anyone, even a hawk, and a butterfly, not in the flow of receiving abundance. If you are in need of inspiration and hope, this is a must-read

32: How to Avoid Bag Lady Syndrome (B.L.S.): A Strong Woman’s Guide to Financial Peace of Mind

How to Avoid Bag Lady Syndrome

How to Avoid Bag Lady Syndrome (B.L.S.):A Strong Woman’s Guide to Financial Peace of Mind tackles women’s unique financial concerns-in an engaging, witty, and matter-of-fact manner. Drawing on thirty years of experience with thousands of female clients, Lance Drucker provides you with the tools and information you need to feel confident that you can make smart decisions that will help you achieve peace of mind about your financial future. Whether you live close enough to actually meet with the premier team at Drucker Wealth Management, or on the other side of the country, when you put this book down, you will be armed with new knowledge and practical advice that you can put into practice immediately to make your dreams a reality.

33: Leading Ladies: Inspiring stories of women who found their purpose with passion

Leading Ladies

Have you ever felt trapped in a job? Has life dealt you a blow, forcing you to rethink the way you live? Have you wanted to start something new, but let the fear of failure hold you back? In 2015, I quit the world of finance to focus on my family and find a new challenge. It was not easy, but it felt like the right decision. In her book Leading Ladies, Rohini Rathour shares inspirational stories of 32 women who bravely strove out on their own and followed their hearts. These are ordinary women who made courageous decisions to change their lives. They represent different age groups, life experiences, and aspirations, yet the one thing they all have in common is passion and a strong sense of purpose. Learn from each woman’s unique experience and perspective. They each offer you personal insight, discuss the challenges they have had to overcome, and also share some of the things they wish they’d known at the start. This book will change the way you view your life and energize you to take that next step with confidence.

34: Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes: Lessons for the New Workplace

Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes

Confounded by the new workplace? You’ll appreciate these aphorisms, tips, and observations from business expert Richard A. Moran in his book Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes. Based on the aphorisms from Never Confuse A Memo with Reality, Moran’s bestseller from 1993, this edition has been updated to reflect our zany new protocols, habits, and devices. A great gift for the graduate in your life, for a friend embarking on a new job, or for anyone dumbfounded in an office-or, as Moran asks, “What’s an office these days?”

35: Why People Don’t Believe You: Building Credibility from the Inside Out

Why People Don't Believe You

Jolles argues that credibility is as much about attitude as it is about aptitude. So-called “soft skills” like pitch, pace, and tone of voice, are actually some of the most crucial factors in determining how people perceive us. As he puts it, “it’s not the words, it’s the tune” that really makes us memorable and credible.

Why People Don’t Believe You is about finding the necessary magic to help others believe you. It requires an unshakable belief in yourself, so Jolles starts there. With that as a solid foundation, you can move on to the specific tactics and practices that will make you credible and convincing. But these can be tough to practice in the face of the inevitable setbacks we all face, so he also offers advice on maintaining courage and confidence when doubt naturally creeps in. He concludes with a discussion of sustaining your newfound credibility for the long haul.

There isn’t a soul on earth who hasn’t questioned themselves at some point. And most of us are just one or two brutal rejections away from questioning all that we are. Why People Don’t Believe You helps readers cultivate a robust mental framework and a set of what Jolles calls “performance skills” to tackle these doubts. You are good enough -and after reading this stirring book, you’ll be ready to make the world believe that as well.

36: Life in 4-Part Harmony: Get Everything in Your Life to Work with Everything Else in Your Life

Life in 4-Part Harmony

Life In 4-Part Harmony is a personal energy management resource. It combines research-based practices with ancient wisdom so that you can create a rhythm that works perfectly for you. You’ll find support to tailor your personalized, daily renewal plan. With a few well-placed strategies, you can replenish, find your flow, and power your day every day. You’ll bring your best to what matters most to you.

You’ll create an inner harmony that extends into everything you do. Ultimately, you’ll elevate your purpose and boost your sense of fulfillment. You’ll not only improve your productivity, but you’ll feel the way you want to feel while getting it all done.

37: Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Soul Proprietor

Art teacher Jane Pollak’s career shot to a new level when she was invited to the White House to decorate an egg for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Not long after, this wife and mother were running a full-blown home business, speaking internationally, and appearing on television. A primer on the daily lessons that business ownership teaches, Soul Proprietor explores how to maintain a balanced and joyful life while striking out on an entrepreneurial mission. Ultimately, Pollak’s story illustrates that structuring a business to reflect personal values is the true key to success.

38: How to Sell to Men Without Wearing a Low-Cut Dress

How to Sell to Men Without Wearing a Low-Cut Dress

SEX SELLS! That’s How You Have to Compete in a Man’s World or is it? As a saleswoman in business today, you might find the sales process cruel and frustrating when pitching products or services to men. You do have options when pressured to do “whatever it takes” to impress them. Blunt discussions and tell-it-straight tactics in How to Sell to Men Without Wearing a Low-Cut Dress reveal how you can subtract the sexual sizzle and still advance your sales career. You will discover- • Common mistakes women make selling to male buyers • Tactics for selling to men that will not ever involve baring skin • Basic motivators men require when purchasing from a woman • Safe, not sexy, ways to communicate with men in sales situations • The essential role of confidence-do not leave home without it Drop the worn-out strategies and learn how to conduct business that will enhance both your self-esteem and your bank account. Deborah Gardner tells it all.

39: #BossMoms: The Inspirational Guide for Mompreneurs on Building Your Empire and Managing Your Family with No Regrets

BossMoms

Written by Deletra Hudson for mothers everywhere who seek to fulfill their purpose in every aspect of their personal and professional lives, the ten stories in this anthology carve out inspiring and practical paths to reaching the exalted status of #BossMom!

Every author is a boss in her own right, specializing in a certain area of success: one mom will teach you the tenets of unbeatable customer service, while another will show you how she engages her own children in entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Others will help you cultivate your winning mindset, uncover your purpose, build strong relationships, and still be the best family woman you can be.

Mompreneurship leaves no woman behind. Read, engage, learn from, and trust in these testimonies—if you have the will, the courage, and the desire to see better lives for yourself and your loved ones, you are already in the making of a Boss Mom!

40: 42 Rules for Working Moms: Practical, Funny Advice for Achieving Work-Life Balance

42 Rules for Working Moms

Written by real working moms, ’42 Rules for Working Moms’ is a compilation of funny practical advice on how to survive as a ‘working mom’. These real-life experiences are fun, personal and sure to be appreciated by working moms everywhere. Gone are the sugar-coated nicey-nice images you just can’t relate to. In 42 Rules of Working Moms, you get real insights into what matters, what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Laura Lowell brought together a diverse group of working moms: different cultures, industries, ages, relationships, and perspectives. The contributors possess years of experience balancing their personal and professional lives. They come together to share their hard-earned lessons with other working moms.

42 Rules for Working Moms is for any Mom who struggles with how to switch gears, or who wants to learn: What successful working moms know that you don’t? Why it’s ok to be selfish. Why we need to lose the guilt. Why you can never give up.

41: WORK SMART: Your formula for unprecedented professional success

WORK SMART

Marisa Murray’s book is designed to help you create a culture of sustainable, proactive and durable effectiveness that leads to enduring success instead of a culture of burnout through hard work. It starts with taking charge of your own success by rejecting anyone else’s definition; instead of creating your very own unique version. Many coaching and mentorship programs use a “more effort/more discipline” approach to pursuing success that often includes more hours, more stress, more responsibility, more fatigue and more overwhelming.

Work Smart will provide you with solutions and approaches that will activate your career and fulfill your desire for meaningful and enjoyable work. I promise that if you apply these principles, you will easily achieve your goals and be flooded with new opportunities beyond your wildest dreams.

42: The Missing Piece in Business

The Missing Piece in Business

Every business woman understands how hard and challenging it is to run a business! There is no doubt there have been times when you have been tested to the max, either in your health, or when you have felt “Is this really worth it”. The Missing Piece in Business brings you plenty of raw and truthful experiences from 26 awesome women business owners worldwide. They finish each and every chapter with a helpful and valuable business lesson for you to apply immediately in your own business. Here’s to your success!

43: Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work

Humor That Works

If you want to increase team productivity, relieve stress, and be happier at work, you could hire a bunch of workplace consultants, invest in scream therapy, and put Pharrell Williams on repeat—or you could just read Humor That Works. Written by Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, this a business book on humor. No, that’s not an oxymoron. It really is a business book and it really is about getting better results by having more fun. Because people who use humor in the workplace are more productive, less stressed, and happier. No joke; sources included.

 

44: Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face

Unfinished Business

In a thought-provoking and spirited dialogue on contemporary issues, two women Julianne Malveaux and Deborah Perry on opposite sides of the political spectrum–one Democrat, one Republican–critically analyze and debate ten important issues confronting modern women, including reproductive rights, taxes, crime and violence, education, equal pay and benefits, and child care. Find the details in their book Unfinished Business.

45: The Princess Rancher

The Princess Rancher

Kelly Williams wasn’t born into ranching. Before she ever learned to ride a horse, her life was one of globe-trotting and high comfort as a national food distributor. But when her marriage fell apart, it set her off on a new path that would lead to open spaces, tangles of barbed wire, and the sweat, dust, and tears of cattle ranching. Through it all, the thing that remained constant was Kelly’s love for food, and her memoir serves as an ode to the age-old tradition of the men and women who toil from sunup to sundown to put beef on our dinner tables. It’s a story of risk, reward, and reinvention that captures a disappearing, American way of life. The Princess Rancher narrates her journey.

46: Adventures in Franchise Ownership: 4 Pillars to Strengthen, Protect and Grow Your Business

Adventures in Franchise Ownership

Written in the style of a business ‘tell-all’, Adventures in Franchise Ownership lays out what successful franchises do that you won’t find in most owner’s manuals and includes franchisee Christy Wilson Delk’s good, bad, and really tough days before her successful exit 15 years later. Franchisees, like most small business owners, experience times of extreme frustration, lapses in motivation, and often exit before reaching their potential and their goals. Based on Christy’s real-life franchise ownership adventures, this guide explains how her 4 Pillar to Pillars Approach helps all franchise owners get to the top tier of their franchise system and includes advice from 16 top performers representing over a dozen market segments. With humor, candor, and relatability, Christy fills in the gaps of the franchise Owner’s Manual by providing a constructive framework for finding professional satisfaction and attaining the financial success franchise owners everywhere want and deserve.

47: Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner: Fresh Perspectives on Profitability, People, Productivity, and Finding Peace in Your Business

Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner

Small Business Owners deserve better than what the marketplace is delivering to help them succeed. The 21st century requires Small Business Owners to show up differently to win at business. In this life-altering business book, Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner, you will learn fresh perspectives on Profitability, People, Productivity, and Peace to dramatically simplify and boost your business performance in one swoop. As successful Business Owners and Practicing Experts, our authors understand the power of blending best practices and unconventional techniques to grow a business. We’re sharing our winning formulas to help you determine which activities truly drive profit, how to develop and nurture people as your greatest asset, discover new approaches to become more effective and efficient and build a peacefully performing business so you can step into your potential. Small Business Owners no longer need to let their business success be determined by chance. A new way of conducting business is here.

48: Turbo-Mom’s Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time

Turbo-Mom's Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time

Turbo-Mom’s Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time is a concise go-to resource-written by Kristin Delfau in a light and humorous tone. Saving money and time can be easy and fun! This book provides well-researched straightforward advice and guidance with the “big stuff” like insurance, taxes, and investments direct from the tax and financial professionals without putting you to sleep. You will also get quick and easy ways to save on the everyday decisions, like grocery shopping, home repair and improvements, and looking your best without spending your retirement savings or kids’ college fund. Written in an easy to follow Q&A format with lots of Kid-activities, sidebars, real-life examples, worksheets, as well as online resources, with this book saving time and money is a snap.

49: Becoming an Online Business Manager: 10th Anniversary Edition

Becoming an Online Business Manager

Becoming an Online Business Manager is a perfect read if you want to become an online business manager and get your pick of the well paying, high-end clients who really are leading their markets. This book discusses what an online business manager does and how to know if it’s a fit for you (take the Online Business Manager Assessment). This book also covers why clients are willing to pay top dollar to hire an online business manager and how to make potential clients clamor to work with you, how you can double or more your income without working more hours and much more.

 

Grow your business and your mind!

That’s all for now! With this massive list of brilliant books, I hope you found something helpful. Remember, it’s never too late to explore new methods to give your business or personal life a boost.

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