Summer Reading for Mama Entrepreneurs
For many of our members, summer is a time for slowing down the pace, kicking back, and getting in some good books. Who are we kidding, more likely it’s catching a few pages here and there while simultaneously applying sunscreen, making sure everyone’s hydrated, and shuttling to camps or play dates!
Regardless of how you sneak your downtime, summer is a great time to catch up on some business, inspiration, and personal development reading. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of books recommended by our mama members, featuring: mindset support, productivity and time management strategies, marketing wisdom, and probably the most fun books you’ll ever read on the subject of finances.
Each of these books come recommended by a number of our members – and we’ve included some actual feedback to give you a sense of what to expect from other mamapreneurs! The only problem is deciding which one to start with…
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
“Love this book because it really gets you thinking about mindset, believing, manifesting and surrounding yourself with other like-minded people who can help you mastermind your business to the next level.”
This is a classic business book. It’s written in the 1930s so don’t expect any modern views of women or ways to use new technology, but it covers foundations of a business mindset that have stood the test of time.
Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes
“It is excellent and fun to read and really gets at the heart of living authentically with acceptance and listing to your own inner guide.”
For any fans of Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal (to name a few), Shonda Rhimes’ name will be familiar to you. The Year of Yes will help you kickstart a new way of thinking about how you approach opportunities, setting boundaries, difficult conversations, and more aspects of everyday life. (If you’re curious to learn more, Amy Porterfield shared her lessons learned from the book in her podcast episode here.)
Productivity & Time Management
Essentialism, by Greg McKeown
“This is a great one. It’s about a way of life and long-term sustainable approaches.”
Essentialism helps you define what matters most to you and what is essential in your day-to-day, so you can get rid of everything else. It’s not about sacrificing or going without, nor is it a productivity strategy or hack that gets added to your schedule. Instead, Essentialism will help you embed better decision-making into your business and your life to leave you feeling more fulfilled and successful.
168 Hours, by Laura Vanderkam
“it's changing how I view time management. It's well written, funny, hopeful and challenges you to really look at where your time goes.”
When someone asks you how you are, is your default answer “busy”? Do you get through your workday, not really sure of what you accomplished or feeling farther behind than when you started? This book draws on the strategies successful, happy people use to find balance and have it all.
Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
“Love this one - really helps you focus on why you're doing what you do.”
According to Simon Sinek, all the great leaders think and act the same way, and it’s different than how everyone else thinks. He gives a great overview in this Ted Talk, including many examples you can extend to your marketing efforts: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” His premise extends into how you can create a great culture within your growing business as well.
Building Your Story Brand, by Donald Miller
“This book will help you to better understand the importance of your brand's message and how to approach it from the perspective of what your target consumer is seeking.”
This book comes up again and again in our private member community as a must-read. Even experienced business owners and marketing experts have described his approach as “brilliant”. In a world where we are bombarded with messaging and content, being able to connect with your customers is what will set you apart – and this book will help you do just that.
Worry-Free Money, by Shannon Lee Simmons
“She takes a very different approach at how to manage your money. She dives into why we create bad habits for our financial situation, not only what to do about it.”
Shannon Lee Simmons is a mama entrepreneur we love. She has a fresh and approachable way of talking about money. This book focuses on personal finances, but let’s be honest. If our personal finances aren’t in order, how can we expect our business finances to be?
You Are a Badass at Making Money, by Jen Sincero
“I've read it multiple times. Like the money + mindset focus along plus it's a little fun/cheeky.”
Fair warning, you have to be ok with some swearing before you start reading Jen Sincero’s books! Many of our members find her approach to mindset and self-help refreshing – and yes, definitely a little cheeky. If money mindset has you stuck, and you’re looking for a lighter read this summer, this book is for you.
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