One of the biggest statements that I believe to be true is that leaders never stop learning. And I also think that should be true for creatives & entrepreneurs too. The second we stop learning, the second we stop trying new things….the tank goes empty pretty fast. We feel stuck. We feel in a rut. We feel like all of our good ideas are gone. And really, nothing could be further from the truth….we just need something to create that spark in us again.
Usually for me, that’s just to hear a new idea or a new way of thinking about things, and suddenly that creative part of my brain lights up and I’m off and running with a hundred new ideas. I’m also a big believer that if there are parts of your life that you want to get better in, then you should seek out & learn from people who are excelling in that area. And because of all that, I am a voracious reader. I have so many books in my office, I don’t even know what to do with all of them.
And I think that’s exactly why most people don’t make the time to read for their lives or their businesses….it’s not because they don’t want to, they just don’t know where to start. They don’t know which books are worth it & which ones to pass on. So in light of that, I decided to start the J&M Book Club: a once a month post letting you know which books I have been reading & loving, and books that you might want to check out too! Let’s jump right in with August’s list!
1. Savor. This is an incredible 365 daily devotional that I have been LOVING! Shauna Niequist has such an incredible way of being real and raw and letting her guard down so that you can let yours down too. She’s like that super honest, nonjudgmental friend that you can be totally yourself around. And every time I read something from her, I feel like I’m sitting on my couch with her talking through life’s sticky times over a glass of amazing wine.
2. The Best Yes. Another new favorite! I think every #bosslady, entrepreneur, creative, busy mom, and pretty much every woman should have to read this book! It’s all about the “disease to please” and saying no to good things so you can say YES to the best things. “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.” Enough said!
3. The Gifts of Imperfection. Brene Brown is pretty much a rockstar to me. I love everything she writes, and one of the most profound things I ever learned from her is that “the two most powerful words we can say to someone else are ‘me too'” Me too, I’ve been there, oh girl do I know that feeling. These words are like salve to a wound, and that’s the kind of friend I want to be. In this book she talks about the power of vulnerability and authenticity, two things I always want to grow closer to.
4. Selling the Invisible. I have read & re-read this book so many times! Anyone who is in a creative, service based business (i.e. anyone who isn’t selling widgets) should read this book! It’s all about how to stop treating this thing that we’re doing as a commodity, and how to build in those intangible, irreplaceable things that are the difference between truly powerhouse brands….and everyone else. Seriously, a must read!
5. The Millionaire Next Door. I’m not going to lie to you, this book is pretty dry. It’s a LOT of statistics and research and data. But at the same time, I want to be the link in the chain that changes my family’s legacy with money. I want my kids to grow up understanding & respecting money. I want them to see the powerful, amazing things their parents were able to help do in the world and for others because of the choices they made with their money. And if that means buckling down & reading through what other folks have learned, then heck yea I’m going to do that.