1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Recommended to me by my Dad, this book encourages you to always remember the reason you are working so hard. The author studied some of the most influential people in the world and found out what they all have in common. Read it and learn the qualities it takes to become innovative, influential and profitable all at once.
2. The 5th Age of Work by Andrew M. Jones
As a remote employee and a freelancer, this book makes perfect sense to me. The 5th Age teaches us how to thrive in the modern professional world, driven by freelancers, remote employees and artisans and urges companies to jumpstart collaboration and work with creative talent. Plus, it totally supports the notion that people should work when they want, where they want.
3. The Design of Business by Roger Martin
Roger Martin urges readers to approach business innovation the way a designer would: brainstorm solutions, rapidly prototype ideas, gather feedback from users, and repeat until ready. He shows us the top companies of the world that produced breakthrough products and services and how they come out on top every time.
4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Written by the kick-ass COO of Facebook, this book is extremely motivating! Sandberg urges women to abandon the myth of “having it all”. She describes specific steps to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment by seeking challenges, taking risks, and pursuing goals with gusto. Also recommended to me by my Dad, the book is thought provoking for men and women.
5. Remote by Jason Fried & David Hansson
I bought this before I started working remote and even then I loved it! It teaches us that in todays professional world, we no longer need to be under the same roof to be a successful team. Technology is rapidly creating virtual workspace opportunities, letting us work with creative talent all over the world. And, when you’re allowed the freedom to work where you want, productivity and innovation increases significantly.
6. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia’s story would be an inspiration to anyone. The Nasty Gal CEO talks about how she went from dumpster diving and petty theft to running a $100 million plus online fashion company, and how success starts by breaking a few rules and following your gut.