My Secret to Confidence and Business Growth: A Book List

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When I started M. Laine Photography, I was terrified to be running my own business. I was a natural fit into the role of "artist," but the role of "business owner" was foreign and overwhelming. Fast forward three years, and all of that has changed.

I realized that, just like my goal to learn about the world by reading one book from every country, I could learn about entrepreneurship in the same way. I was initially skeptical of self-help books. Having never read one before, I expected them to be extremely dull and not offer useful advice.

I'm glad I was wrong about that. The books I have read have been enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly easy to read. 

Not sure where to get started? Set a goal to spend 15 minutes a day reading and watch your confidence and knowledge soar.

My top 5 reads for entrepreneurs

4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

This book totally changed my perspective on my small business. Why save the good times for retirement when you can have it all now?

Ferriss teaches how to create a business that runs itself on as little as 4 hours a week. Yes, really. He does it himself! This book is at the top of my list and should NOT to be missed. 

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck

Jab Jab Jab, Right Hook is a modern day must. Vaynerchuk teaches readers how to personalize your business social media accounts. I loved the real-life examples of brands excelling or missing the point on every social media channel.

Chapter five, which focuses on Pinterest, was the most helpful to me. If you don’t have a Pinterest business account, all the more reason to read this book.

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

If you don’t have a marketing bone in your body, this book is for you. It offers solid advice on how to stand out. It also offers motivation to encourage readers to keep striving and improving, no matter the stage your business is at.

The Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

Stop beating yourself up, and start focusing on what really matters. This is a great read for the people pleaser, the ones who can’t say no, and for anyone feeling overwhelmed.

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

Take a deep breath and give yourself some perspective with Chasing Slow. Although its not technically a business self-help book, I appreciate that Erin shows us her own hypocrisy, hard times and life choices to tell what really matters in life.

Whether you’re just beginning an entrepreneurial venture or are years into it, this book will breathe fresh air into your life.

Up next on my to read list 

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Present Over Perfect by Shuana Niequist

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss


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