If you want to grow your knowledge and skills--especially as an entrepreneur--check out the books below that will help you get to where you want to go.

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Since I was a little girl

There wasn't a time that I didn't have my head in a book or a one under my arm.

My 101 year old grandmother (yes, you read that right) and I laugh and say, "If we had a dollar left between the two of us, we'd spend it on a book instead of food!" (She reads a dozen or more books per week--no kidding.)

Want to start a business, learn how to change your mindset, or build better habits?  Reading will light the way!

The most successful people in the world read.

Books have changed my life.

Books have the power to change your life, too.

Annie and one of her beloved rescues, Maverick, lying down in the grass and enjoying the book, Atomic Habits, by James Clear


I hope they impact your life in big ways like they have mine.

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Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential, parenting, business, school, relationships, by Dr. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Learn how to have a growth mindset
Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success
by Carol Dweck

I am passionate about teaching people how to master their mindset. Carol Dweck gives us the information and tools to raise our children, manage our teams, and build our relationships based on a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. With a growth mindset, we are more likely to reach our goals, grow in our knowledge and abilities, and improve both personally and professionally.

Well written and not full of hard-to-understand scientific jargon, this book should be on everyone's shelves. Learn how to create a love of learning and the resilience we need to accomplish more in every arena of our lives.

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The 5 Second Rule
by Mel Robbins

Are you looking for just one new habit that could affect every area of your life? Kick the procrastination habit, become more confident, increase your productivity, feel more control, conquer anxiety and more.

This one strategy is something that you can apply to literally everything in your life. From getting yourself to do simple tasks like folding the laundry that's been on the dining room table for days to the really big audacious goals like starting a company or writing that memoir. 

Learn this technique based on science that works and apply to all aspects of your life.

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On Becoming Fearless
by Arianna Huffington

What do women fear most? Do women fear different things than men? Is there a path to becoming fearless? And how do we become fearless, powerful women of character, integrity, strength and leadership . . . and still retain all the beautiful qualities that make us women? Can we lead the world with feminine, sacred energy and take our rightful place as cherished partners, competent CEO's, honored board members, and beloved mothers, daughters, and sisters?

I believe we can. And the wisdom and experience of women like Arianna Huffington help light the path on the road ahead for us.

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The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

~~Dr. Seuss

The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brené Brown, Ph.D.

This is a great book to help you leave what you think you should be in the rearview mirror. Just drop those expectations and ideas of how you're not enough or not worthy and leave them in the dust.

You are Enough. This book will start you off here and then take you through why it's so important to embrace this message. We'll dive into courage, compassion, authenticity, boundaries and how to be enough . . . starting right now as you are. 

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by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Living in challenging times means that we all need to invest in ourselves and improve our ability to cope, deal with stress, navigate relationships, and heal from present and old pains. You can develop a mind and the neurology, however, that grows your internal strengths such as grit, gratitude, calm, and thoughtful decision-making. Now, perhaps more than ever before, these skills may be the most important that you will ever acquire. 


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Everything Is Figureoutable
by Marie Forleo

Whether you want to start your own company or side hustle, improve your relationships, start living healthier, or get organized, Marie has one basic belief: “Everything is figureoutable”.

It all starts with a mindset that you can find the answers, the solutions, and the resources. And changing your mindset is everything. You will laugh, have your heart touched, and be hit with some big “aha’s” as you work through a roadmap towards getting what you want in life.

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The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor

In 1998, the field of positive psychology was essentially born. The research and science answers questions like “What makes people happy? Does resilience matter, and how can you approach setbacks and crises in a way that encourages your growth and helps you find solutions? Are successful people happy? Or are happy people more successful?”

Told with lively stories, lots of wit, and humor in clear and easy-to-understand advice, this book will open your eyes into how to think differently and show up in the world in a new way to get more satisfaction and success out of anything you do.

In a world of increasing stress, negativity, and emphasis on work burnout and the "hustle" mentality, this book is a must-read for everyone who wants to be "in" the world, yet not be consumed by the demands of modern life.

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High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard
High Performance Habits
by Brendon Burchard

Start living your life with High Performance Habits, and you will be amazed at your success, happiness, well-being, confidence, and vitality.  These habits can help you achieve long-term and sustained success and vibrancy no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality.

This book is for anyone who wants to get more done, have more connected relationships, and dramatically increase the joy and confidence in your life.  Brendon calls this a "science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life".

Read the book, and for a deep dive, I can take you to the next level of your personal best as your personal Certified High Performance Coach. After going through the coaching program myself as a student, I became trained to share High Performance principles with the world.

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Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
Dare to Lead
by Brené Brown, Ph.D.

If you are wanting to show up more courageously as a leader in your community, your business, or in your relationships, this book will show you what leading courageously looks like.

Brené says this: "When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it's necessary to do good work."

Our culture has often taught us exactly the opposite, operating on invincibility, fear, and the idea that leadership and power has to be finite, limited, and scarce. In order to lead in the 21st century, our concept of leadership will need to radically change so that we rise to a higher level and bring others with us.

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Atomic Habits
by James Clear

Clear does an excellent job of bringing us research-driven concepts for building good habits in our lives.  Based on ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience, this is an easy-to-understand guide on how to transform your habits and patterns into the lifestyle you truly want--kicking bad habits to the curb and replacing them with new ones that are healthy, productive, and beneficial. This book is for athletes who want to win, leaders who want to optimize, or anyone who wants to lose weight, quit smoking, be more productive, or live a happier life.

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Real Artists Don't Starve
by Jeff Goins

Do away with the myth of the "starving artist".  Jeff Goins shows us how real artists THRIVE.  For all of you who became doctors, lawyers, and bankers but your heart really always loved to paint, make films, write, or take photographs:  this book is for you. Don't settle just because of society's expectations of you.  You've only got one life to live, and you can actually make a living doing what you long to do most.  Stop worrying and start learning that real artists make a good living. Buy this book and get started doing work that you love . . . and make money doing it. 

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The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

"To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation." -from The Alchemist

This is a novel about a boy named Santiago who travels to faraway places to discover himself. His journeys include lessons and wisdom that teach us to find our Purpose, follow our dreams, have perseverance, and enjoy the adventures along the way.

If you enjoy a fiction book that imparts deep wisdom, then you will want this book on your shelves.  A parable of how to live your best life, The Alchemist remains my favorite fiction book ever.

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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down and commence living on its hint.  What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. 

~~Henry David Thoreau

You Are a Badass
by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero makes "self-help" a cool pursuit and takes the stigma out of wanting to improve yourself and live your best life ever. With lingo that we can really relate to peppered with amazing wit and humor, she teaches us the principles of having confidence, believing in ourselves, and having gratitude. You will also get a kick-in-the-pants wakeup call to embrace forgiveness, kick procrastination to the curb, and start kicking ass in life. Keep this book on your shelves when you need to be reminded of why your greatness should not be wasted.


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You Are a Badass at Making Money
by Jen Sincero

After reading You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend following it up with with Jen's second Badass book on money. You've learned the Badass mentality. You understand how a limiting mindset, self-doubt, and your beliefs are stopping you from living a great life. But many of us (especially women), have a lot of misconceptions and hang-ups about money that hold us back from the financial security we are seeking. Get ready to relate to that green stuff in an entirely new (and lucrative) way. Stop having a scarcity mentality and get ready to welcome abundance and prosperity into your life.


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You Are a Badass Every Day
by Jen Sincero

My autographed copy of this book sits proudly on my shelves and reminds me of the night I met Jen. For one thing, I didn't realize she was so dang tall! But more than that, it was an evening of being reminded how every single person in that room was their own unique brand of badassery. This little pocket-sized book should go everywhere with you. Once you are on the Badass path, keep it with you to stay motivated with quotes and tips about confronting fear, how to show up in the world, procrastination and excuses, crushing goals, and living your best life.  Buy one copy for yourself and gift another Badass a copy. Because hey, we need all the Badasses this world can handle. 

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