Hours spent fixated on your computer screen, in pursuit of your entrepreneurial goals, can leave you feeling not only drained but overwhelm! With so many ideas on your mind and items on your to-do list, not to mention your other big girl responsibilities, who wouldn’t need some motivation? Hey, I hear ya!
Words from others, faced the similar challenges, can bring new focus and the incentive you needed to keep your head in the game. Below you will find 7 Must-Reads to Motivate Creatives, Bloggers, and Entrepreneurs to help get you back in the game!
1. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
NastyGal founder, Sophia Amoruso, is no stranger to aspiring creative entrepreneurs. #Girlboss is often on either the “To-Read” or “Read” book list. In this guided business memoir, Amoruso unapologetically shares how she became #girlboss. Her book inspires creatives by recounting her journey from selling vintage clothes on eBay to the corporation she owns and operates that employs an army of employees.
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had the time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a fun along the way.”
2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
As if I didn’t love Elizabeth Gilbert enough after reading Eat Pray Love (I mean seriously!) along comes best seller Big Magic. If I am being honest, you should know that I am perhaps the only person in the world who hasn’t finished the book. Gasp! You may ask why and that answer is simple: I am savoring it!
“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
3. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Changes the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown, Ph.D.
We all know putting yourself out there, glaring imperfections and all, can be anxiety provoking for the strongest of heart. We create to share a part of ourselves and naturally want our endeavors to be well received. However, to be strong, we have to be willing to expose our vulnerability. We need to lean into it and dare greatly in our lives, in order to grow.
“When we bury the story we forever stay the subject of the story. If we own the story we get to narrate the ending.”
Brown is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution and more.
4. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
This was the first book I read about blogging. If you have ever gone to Target and have loved the Oh Joy! home décor and nursery collections, then you know THIS is THAT Joy!
Blog Inc, is a handbook on how to start and grow a blog. It also encompasses design tips, content inspiration, overcoming writer’s block, monetization, social media to promote your blog, affiliates, expert interviews and much more.
“Success will most likely come with a fine balance between articulating your vision and taking into account your client’s needs.”
Cho is also the author of Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy and Creative, Inc.
5. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
The title is motivating enough, but when I got into reading Jen Sincero’s, You Are a Badass, I knew I found gold with no holds barred motivation. Sincero is a best-selling author, speaker and success coach that spells out how amazing the talents we possess.
This is how she rolls:
“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.”
BAM! Read it once and I swear you can feel your blood pumping faster through your veins. Read it twice and fully embrace it – you will be emboldened!
6. Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
Motivation to live a creative life can come from other forms. If you really need to unplug, read something outside the box and takes you to places you have never been, I would recommend Rita Golden Gelman’s book Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World. Talk about an adventurous lady who followed her passions!
Gelman is a prolific children’s writer who at the age of 48, left her world and possessions behind to travel as a female nomad. Imagine leaving the world you know behind to travel alone and fully immersing yourself in other cultures to learn how those cultures. After obtaining an anthropology degree and on the brink of divorce, Gelman did just that, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, and Borneo to name a few.
“My spirit gets nourished in faraway places. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a biological need, perhaps a biological flaw, that compels me to seek the excitement and challenge that comes from being in a place where nobody knows me.
“Other times I think that my compulsion to settle into communities that are different from the ones I know is related to my passion for experiential learning. I learn best and most happily by doing, touching, sharing, tasting. When I’m somewhere I’ve never been before, learning goes on all day, every day.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the travels and tribulations of Gelman. I was inspired by her courage to live the creative life she always dreamed.
7. 52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhart
52 Cups of Coffee meant something more to Megan Gebhart than the fact that she may have a thing for coffee.
As described on her blog, “When Megan Gebhart graduated college in 2011, she knew she couldn’t resign herself to life at an aimless 9-to-5 job climbing the corporate ladder. So instead, she challenged herself to have a single cup of coffee with a different person every week for a year to see what lessons she could learn about life and careers.”
I found Gebhart’s challenge to such a great idea. Meeting strangers over coffee may be a bit like a blind date, but what came out of it was insight, from a diverse group of people, over a bevy favored by creatives. (Sounds like a perfect match to me!)
If you have found books that speak to you and your creative pursuits or generally motivate you to live the kind of life you always dreamed of, please list them in the comments below. I would love to hear your recommendations!
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