Whether you’re in need of something uplifting, informative or practical, you can find all this and more in these 5 amazing reads.

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams… It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” Few writers can inspire and empower like the legendary Shonda Rhimes. In the “Year of Yes”, Rhimes transforms the valuable lessons she’s learnt along her life’s journey into practical advice you can apply to yours. After all, professional success starts with looking within and cultivating habits that serve you. Don’t hesitate to say “yes” to this read!

Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran

Taking chances almost always makes for happy endings.” “Shark Tales” by Barbara Corcoran is an easy, uplifting read from the unique Shark Tank “shark” we know and love. This book tracks her long and difficult journey of how she turned $1,000 dollars into her billion-dollar business (with over 20 jobs in-between). If you’re looking for some sincere, straight-forward wisdom on how to transform your failures into stepping stones for success, this read is for you.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it.” Your desire to succeed and achieve greatness are probably the main driving forces behind your business- we hear you. However, too much overstimulation can leave you feeling burnt out, which can put your personal and professional growth at a standstill. You don’t need to always be running on empty. This book helps you let go of guilt, unhealthy expectations and unnecessary stress, before they overwhelm you.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

What would you do if you weren't afraid?” This list wouldn’t be complete without “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg- a book that has transformed into a global movement aimed at uplifting female entrepreneurs and professionals, and challenging gender stereotypes. Sandberg, who is the current COO of Facebook, offers advice based on her years of experience, and takes you through the process of taking up your rightful seat at the table of success.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

"Are you happy with who you’re becoming?” There can be great wisdom in fictional stories, and "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue is the perfect example of this. It follows the story of a Cameroonian couple who move to New York City, shortly before the 2008 financial collapse. This beautifully written story explores ideas of resilience in the face of challenge and change; must-have skills for every entrepreneur to develop.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

You receive from the world what you give to the world.” You may be tempted to overlook this self-help book from 1989, which at first glance seems to have nothing to do with entrepreneurship. Not so fast- this book is so impactful that Oprah Winfrey herself credits it for “changing the trajectory of her living”. In this book, Zukav speaks about the “law of motion”- a simple yet powerful concept that can impact the way you make decisions, in business and in life. The only way to grow further and achieve greater things as an entrepreneur is to feed your mind with positive, uplifting and educational content. Now that you know these books are a great place to start, go ahead and pick one up. Happy reading!

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