Doing some last-minute holiday shopping? If you're looking for a book that will inspire the entrepreneur in your life, I have some suggestions -- both as a small business owner whose first job was at a library, by the way, and lifelong lover of books.
1. You Are a Badass Every Day, by Jen Sincero
This book, published earlier this month, is the author's latest `Badass' book. The subhead promises to show entrepreneurs "How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable."
I haven't read it yet, but I was a big fan of Sincero's You Are a Badass at Making Money, which would also make a great gift for your entrepreneur. I interviewed and wrote about Sincero earlier this year. Her core belief is that money is currency, and currency is energy, and that you have to be mindful of your own energy. If you tell yourself, your friends and anyone who will listen that you're bad at making money, the universe will agree, and you won't make any money.
2. Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms, by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
This is the first book by the hosts of the "Being Boss" podcast especially for entrepreneurs in creative fields. If your entrepreneur is looking for affirmation, a pep talk or practical advice for how to grow their business and otherwise be "boss," this is the book.
The layout is eye catching, and the content is short, digestible and actionable. Your entrepreneur could easily read this book over the holidays while sipping apple cider or eggnog.
3. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
This book is by the author of The Happiness Project, which is how Rubin made a name for herself. I met Rubin, whose podcast is called Happier, and heard her speak at an event in Charlotte last spring. She talked about the four tendencies, and it was fascinating. By understanding if you -- and the people around you -- are an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel, you can communicate better and build stronger professional and personal relationships.
I'm an Upholder, which means I meet both outer and inner expectations. We're the people other people, like Rebels call uptight. Rebels resist both outer and inner expectations. Obligers meet outer expectations, sometimes at the sake of inner expectations. These are the people who don't keep promises they make to themselves -- like getting to the gym every day, for example. Questioners meet inner expectations but have to be convinced to meet outer expectations.
Bonus recommendation: In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney. The subhead says it all -- "Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs."
And here's what the Los Angeles Times had to say about it: "Bonney continues to inspire as she offers what she calls 'visibility for powerful women in business.' Whether they're artists, chefs, tattoo artists or writers, creative women of all colors, ages, sexualities and experience share their fears, mistakes and successes."
OK, this book is on my wishlist. (Note to self: Email this column to last-minute shopper husband.)