Sharing Time :: Books We Love For Personal and Business Growth

by contributor on May 15, 2013

in Guest Editors 2013, Resources

During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!

Introducing Destri from The Mother Huddle :: The theme for this month is Advice For Starting and Growing a Creative Business :: Stop listening to the advice of those that say it can’t be done, and seek the advice of those who are successfully doing what you want to do.

Destri :: The Mother Huddle

Books

Today I thought it would be helpful to share some of our favorite books. Books that motivate us, instruct us, and inspire us in our creative businesses. Just like last week, I will share my favorites, and then ask you to share yours with me.

I never realized the world of inspiration and motivation that can be supplied in a book. To be honest, I didn’t even like reading until my early twenties when I found myself without a TV or car and a box of novels my mom had sent me. Having nothing else to do, I picked one up and read straight through the night. I’ve always had a book on my night stand since.

Up until two years ago my list compromised fiction and historical fiction. Then I read a list, much like I will present here, of must read books for the new entrepreneur. I read one, that lead to another, I saw more “must read lists” and before I know it I am an information/inspiration book junkie. They keep me motivated, and on particularly hard days, I can pick one up and find the inspiration and enthusiasm I need to keep going. Every creative entrepreneur should have a pile of books like that.

My favorite Books That Help Me Stay Motivated, Educated, and Inspired

Do The Work by Steven Pressfield - Favorite quote from the book:

“A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and over think and hesitate.”

I can be a bit of a procrastinator and this book provides a serious kick in the pants. It is written with someone trying to start or finish writing a book in mind, but anyone trying to accomplish anything in a creative field will relate to it. It may be a little unorthodox to some, I am sure ten years ago I would have had a very hard time getting into it. But most in the midst of creative entrepreneurship will love it.

Start With Why by Simon Senek - favorite quote from the book:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

This book opened my eyes in a big way. It made me realize that if you share your story… your why, you can create a following that will love to support you, simply because they connect with it. This is essential for a creative business, because they almost always have a very powerful “why” behind them.

The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield - favorite quote from the book:

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

Again, like Do The Work, this book is a little unorthodox, but that is why I love it. I think the very idea that you can be successful and make a great living doing something you love is unorthodox these days. Steven makes an excellent case as to why it is vital that we find “our art” and live it. This book also introduces you to the resistance most creatives experience, and how to fight against it.

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte – Favorite quote from the book:

No really, just stop it. If you’re going to realize your intentions, what you stop doing is just as important as what you want to start and continue to do. This is where “quitting” crosses over to enlightenment. Stopping = the white space. Stopping = room to run free and create from the deepest place of being without restraint or compromise. Stopping = more time for what matters most…. Stopping what’s distracting, draining, or aggravating doesn’t require any heavy lifting or extra stamina – just love and self-respect.”

I think the one thing I can say about this book, is it gave me permission. It also made me stop and really identify what it is I want to accomplish in my life. I was really surprised with how much this book helped me change the way I look at all the things in my life. It made me want to live more authentically and hold myself accountable for my own happiness.

There you have it, my four go-to books that have influenced my creative business and life. I have a few self-help books that I love, but that’s an entirely different list!

Now, I would love to hear your favorite books. I would particularly love to find some books that help with the practical building stones of a successful creative business. Taxes, accounting, contracts… the stuff I tend to avoid reading about :). I would love to go to book that I can just pull out when I have a question. Do you have one?

Destri

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1 Seanna Lea May 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I don’t have a business (an empty Etsy store doesn’t count unless it is empty because someone bought all of your stock), but the one I like for my very slow process of getting there is Tara Swiger’s Market Yourself. It takes a lot of the pieces I need to work on and lays them out in easy to follow language.

2 Lou May 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

So Sorry and sad to hear the passing of Kathreen and her husband. Our sympathy goes out to the Ricketson family.

3 Pip May 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

Love to your family x

4 Kirsten A May 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

Sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the Ricketson family! I’m so sorry for your loss

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