I’m a big fan of business development and self help books and I’ve usually got one on the go either on my kindle or on Audible, in the car, as I travel to and from my shoots.
So, while I’m continuously finding little gems that have helped me with my business, my mindset and my life, I thought I’d share them with you as part of my FYI Friday series. So, in no particular order (although the last one is my favourite) here are my recent favourites…
The Million Dollar Blog
by Natasha Courtenay-Smith
If you have a blog, or are thinking of blogging, you need to read this book! And if you don’t have a blog, you need to read this book to find out exactly why you SHOULD have a blog! In short, read this book.
The Million Dollar Blog book is well written, easy to digest and contains a ton of real life stories that will have you so fired up about blogging, you’ll have to do list coming out of your ears.
I love my blog (you may have noticed, seeing as you’re on it right now) and don’t really need any encouragement, but I got so much inspiration from this book. Ideas, permission, confidence, motivation… It outlines lots of different types and styles of blogs, giving you easy to understand, actionable advice along the way.
MDB covers everything from getting started, to content ideas, to increasing your readership, to using social media, to monetizing your blog… Whatever stage of blogging you are at, this book will have something for you to take away.
She Means Business
by Carrie Green
I am already a member of Carrie Green’s Female Entrepreneur Association Member’s Club, so I’ve been following and admiring her journey for a while now. I love that she is so supportive, helpful, humble and down-to-earth, and that’s exactly what you get from this book.
Carrie’s ‘girl next door’ vibe oozes from the pages of She Means Business and the wonderful thing about that is that it makes you feel as if anybody can succeed.
Carrie shares her various beliefs and strategies for success, from goal setting, to visualisations, to dream boards and affirmations. She also shares the stories of various friends, family and entrepreneurs that have helped and inspired her along the way.
This is a really great book for anybody needing a little pick-me-up and some motivation from somebody who has truly ‘believed’ her way to the top. In Carrie’s mind, if she can dream it, she can do it! And I love that!
by Mark W. Schaefer
The great thing about this book is that it’s quite unlike any other business book I’ve read. Whilst most business books offer advice from similar angles, Known is all about just that, becoming ‘known’ and how that can help your business.
It isn’t talking about becoming a celebrity, or becoming Insta famous, or anything like that. It’s exploring the idea of becoming THE go to person in your industry. The one that gets interviewed and asked for quotes, when someone is reporting on something about your area of expertise. The one who is thought of before anyone else when an opportunity arises.
It outlines the stories of various professionals who are ‘known’ for what they do, and how this has impacted on their business. Whether their industry is small and very niche, or huge and more mainstream… It doesn’t matter. What matters is how you are known within that industry.
I really enjoyed this fresh, original take on building your business and took a lot of interesting ideas away from it. So definitely grab this book if you want to become ‘known’ for what you do.
by Alwill Leyba Cara
This is another one for the ladies. I actually listened to this book as an audio, in my car, on my way to and from shoots. So, one thing it really did was motivated me for my shoots and for work when I got back home. It made me so productive.
To be honest, there’s nothing groundbreaking in this book. It didn’t really teach me anything I didn’t already know. But what I did love is that it’s about women supporting other women, building each other up and rooting for one another’s success. It’s a lot about mindset and positivity, too, which is always a win, for me.
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch
by Denise Duffield-Thomas
I read this book a while back, and I’re-read parts of it all the time, because sometimes I feel like I need the boost and reminder. And it remains one of my absolute favourites. If you can get past the tacky title, I cannot recommend this book enough!
The first book in this duo, entitled just Lucky Bitch, is worth reading as a prequel to the second book, but it’s the Get Rich book that I found the most value in.
This book has completely changed my way of thinking. I’ve always been a big believer in positive thinking and the law of attraction, but for some reason, this particular book just felt like it went even deeper than that. It talks about the reasons you might not be making as much money as you’d like (hint; it’s probably more about your mindset than anything else), your relationship and history with money and moving past your ‘money blocks’. You will never, ever hear me say ‘I’ve got no money’ ever again, and that’s not because I’m rolling in it, it’s because of what that sentance attracts!