Summer is in full swing and kicking. The sun is burning hot, the days are extra-long, and you’re probably stuck in an office somewhere wishing you were beachside sipping a cold drink. You’re definitely not alone.
Or maybe a beachside vacation isn’t what you’re thinking of at all. Maybe you’re dreaming of a way to make bigger changes in your life than a temporary adjustment of scenery. If you’re an aspiring or budding entrepreneur, changes and opportunities probably rule your mental landscape throughout most of the day—and it never hurts to get a bit more inspiration.
Whether you’re a successful entrepreneur already or you would like to dip your toes into some new waters, grabbing a few books on the topic is never a bad idea. In fact, more than one individual has picked up new ideas or renewed passion from the right kind of book at the right time. Maybe that’s just what you need this summer, instead of a sunburn.
Below are 3 great choices for entrepreneurial summer reading—the kind of books that offer a bit of inspiration and a whole lot of guiding wisdom.
- Originals, Adam Grant
For anyone who has tried to go against popular opinion, Grant’s book is destined to be a new favorite. In Originals, Grant discusses the challenges of improving the world and the risks inherent in completely supporting ideas in a bid for progress. More, Grant offers real advice for novel thinkers who have a goal but can’t find the right way to make their ideas heard and seriously considered. The books includes real stories of change and innovation across multiple industries, and the deeper insights on how more than one underdog found a way to challenge the status quo. Amazon reviewers gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
- Grit, Angela Duckworth
From the outside, many successful people appear to have it easy. Or, perhaps they make it look easy. In reality, the path to achieving larger, greater goals is hell, and those who survive the trek, according to Duckworth, tend to have one thing in common: grit. Duckworth defines “grit” as a combination of passion and perseverance that can shape your life more than any other quality, circumstance, or characteristic you possess. As a respected psychologist, Duckworth offers an in-depth and personal analysis of the qualities required for success and the concept of “genius.” Amazon reviewers gave this book 4.4 out of 5 stars.
- The Achievement Habit, Bernard Roth.
At our cores, human beings are creatures of habit. In his book, Roth argues that “design thinking,” a process developed by Roth and other Stanford innovators, could be used by everyday individuals to reach their goals and improve general living habits. Design thinking embraces certain patterns of thought that can become habits if reinforced regularly, such as an inclination for action and tracing problems to their root cause, etc. Once they become habit, these approaches can help men and women in many areas of their lives, from weight loss to job productivity—and once achievement becomes habit, success is likely to follow. Amazon reviewers gave this book 4.3 out of 5 stars.
If you’re craving growth and change, either personally or professionally, the books above are right for you—and there are plenty of other options to choose from as well. Don’t let a lack of inspiration or a momentary lapse in direction knock you off course from achieving your goals. Instead, seek the advice of other innovators and forward thinkers by reading about their own challenges, misdirections, and rerouting adventures. You might find just what you need to get back on track and avoid any further delays to achieving your goals.
About the Author - Ashley Choate is a native of Jacksonville, FL where she lives with her son, dog, and three cats. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University with a BA in English and holds an MAED in Adult Education and Training. She lives for reading and writing, learning and teaching, and figuring out the day-to-day traumas and joys of mommyhood. .
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