According to Fortune, now-a-days successful women entrepreneurs are not only matching their male counterparts; in many ways they’re outperforming them. As a reference point, a study of global entrepreneurs found that companies helmed by female entrepreneurs in 2016 had 13 percent higher revenues than those run by men, and finished nine percent above the average for all entrepreneurs surveyed. Even with all of our success, there’s still much we need to learn in order to close the workplace gender gap, especially with the rise of millennial entrepreneurs, or “millennipreneurs,” who are starting more companies, managing bigger staffs and targeting higher profits than our baby boomer predecessors.
To accommodate this boost in ambition and confidence, I’ve researched which books some of the most successful female CEOs consider to be their favorite career books of all time (with the help of Forbes and TechCo). These seventeen reads will keep you motivated, inspired and aware of how ridiculous all 89034 of your excuses for not charging what you’re worth sound.
1. Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice, and Build Your Dream Life by Lisa Sugar
Lisa Sugar founded PopSugar in 2006. How did she do it? By figuring out what her dream job was, taking risks and believing in herself. In Power Your Happy, she shares her personal and business story with the same great accessible writing style that made PopSugar such a huge success. She gives advice on a variety of topics– from starting a company to handling breakups to becoming the world’s best boss. If you were a fan of Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht, you’ll love this business memoir, as well.
2. Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business by Romi Neustadt
If you loved You Are a Badass, you’ll love the no-BS vibe of this book, too. In Get Over Your Damn Self, Romi Neustadt offers you the same direct, anti-nonsense coaching she’s given to tens of thousands to help you acquire the skills to confidently connect with anyone about your business, create a lucrative and efficient turn-key system of operations, and manifest the power that’s already within you to build the life you’ve been wanting– all while molding your mindset so you stop over complicating it all and stop letting the negative voices in your head win.
In a crazy, media distracted world, I Am That Girl explains that the important questions often get lost. Examples are of these questions are as follows: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? With the support and avid advocacy of Hilary Duff, Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush and a handful of other famous actresses-turned-girlbosses, Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, speak their truth and discover their true purpose.
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