the first book changed my life

It’s been a hot minute since I posted what I’m reading!

I feel like the past month, I’ve had many of my friends text me along the lines on “what book was that in your stories the other day again?!” so I figured I’d make a full on post! Check out my last Book Club post here.

I talked about my book taste a bit here but as a quick refresh, I don’t read a ton of fiction. Most of it is self help, biographies, business related, or cook books.

Today, we’ll focus on business since that’s the majority of what I’ve been reading!! I’ll do a post on my fav cookbooks later though 😉

Let me know if you give any of these a go!! They have all been game changers for me.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

essellesse book club: business edition

Company of One by Paul Jarvis: I cannot stop talking about this book. We live in a noisy world focused on growth but this strips all of that away. High pressure, high stress, & high profile isn’t always better and this book really gets into it. I have so many of the pages to this scanned in my Evernote {love love love this app btw} with notes I took. More isn’t always better and it’s comforting to hear someone else saying the same thing, especially in this world of numbers we live in. There’s a lot of different case studies in this ranging from small businesses to companies like Facebook & Starbucks. A must read for all bloggers!!

The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon: This was a book Erik has been urging me to read for years but I shrugged it off. He said it was one of the books that changed his life. The other day, I realized how negative I really was and how these thoughts were really hurting me. I read it in one night and it has stuck with me since. It may come off as a little juvenile: it’s two dogs talking to each other with some cartoons, but don’t let that fool you, the message is strong. It’s been about two weeks since I’ve read it & being positive {& seeing the benefits from it too} gets easier and more effortlessly. I also subscribed to the author’s newsletter for some positivity in my inbox. This is a super fast read and can easily be finished in a night so you can apply everything the next day! 😉

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman: this one was #influenced by Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential. Basically, every day, it shares a stoic principal with a short blurb on how to apply it. You start it on the day you get the book and go day by day with it. I bought this in April & I have already felt a huge difference both in myself & outside of it {re: business, friendships, relationships, etc}. Practicing stoicism is something that has changed my life and gave me clarity. If we are being honest, I don’t think I’ve ever truly experienced true clarity until this year and this book is what I have to thank.

Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor: this one is probably the most dense of the four. It’s a great book to introduce the world of venture capital. I’m not pitching to VCs lol but I figured understandinghow to get capital will help me scale my business and change the way I think. At the end of the day, to raise venture capital, you need a compelling story – so this will help you think of what yours is. Economics isn’t my strongest subject at alllll lol but I understand it much better and it helps me think of my business and brand with economic principles in mind.

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Enjoy!! Let me know if there’s any others I should add to my list – any books you are reading and loving lately?? I’m ALWAYS looking for something new!


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