This article was written by Stephanie Burns, Contributor
I once had a professor in grad school tell us that he’s more interested in how we interact with the content of our text books than what’s actually inside the text book. That’s always stuck with me and makes me wonder how I’m interacting with the content I’m reading – fiction or otherwise. Am I passive? Do I relate? Will I change? Will I take action? Do I agree? Do I disagree?
Books change us, they are designed to make us think. Here are the top 20 books I recommend you read this summer with the challenge to be present and aware of how you are interacting with the content you consume and how you can carry it forward.
1. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
A game changer for anyone who doesn’t know what to say, how to say, or even bring up what they should or shouldn’t say when it comes to race. Ijeoma Oluo breaks it down so real conversations can be had and lasting change can be made. A great book for anyone, but especially great for leaders who need to facilitate conversations amongst their teams or communities.
2. Panic! Germs And The Truth Inside American Mouths by Dr. Gladys McGarey, Dr. Nicholas Meyers, and Aimee Tariq
A toxic brain and body will never serve you in business. This practical guide offers a real look at how to truly tackle nontoxic living, and is is co-authored by three of the top experts in health: the mother of holistic medicine Gladys McGarey, world-renowned leading health coach Aimee Tariq, and President of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine Dr. Nicholas Meyers. Despite their significant research and medical acumen, the book is written in an easy-to-follow manner, and quite fascinating.
3. Master Your Mindpower by Stéphane and Shalee Schafeitel.
All of the power we have as humans rests within our minds. But, how do we access and harness this power? Success Training Company co-founders Stéphane and Shalee Schafeitel offer a guidebook featuring stories from their own lives, client transformation stories, and practical and tangible mind power strategies. You’ll walk away knowing exactly how to activate the power you have within you — for mental toughness, achieving big goals, and letting go of mental and emotional barriers that have hijacked their energy for too long.
4. Her Big Idea by Haley Hoffman Smith
An entrepreneur herself, Haley Hoffman Smith learned firsthand the life-changing power of pursuing a big idea — and wants other women to feel the same igniting sense of purpose. In a book addressing the inequalities that women and minorities face in venture capital, she delicately balances inspirational, get-out-of-your-seat content with real, eye-opening research. Even better, half of the book’s proceeds go to the Her Big Idea Fund, which she started in partnership with Brown University’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. The fund awards grants to women of all ages and backgrounds to pursue their own big ideas.
5. You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
A followup to “You Are A Badass,”Jen Sincero writes another hilarious self-help book centered around getting rich. She details her painful, broke past – making me nod along in agreement every time she told an embarrassing story. Finally committing to her desire for wealth, Jen changed her life and she did it fast. Pairing story with strategy, Jen has created another badass book.
6. How to Turn Your Digital Footprint Into Leads by Imran Tariq
Mastering online authority can seem nebulous at best, reserved for only those with large webs of connections and a big budget. Imran Tariq, an online authority and marketing expert, proves that wrong, with a detailed how-to guide for readers ready to master digital marketing for business success. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about online sources of traffic and how to bring leads into your funnel is disclosed in this punchy and insightful read.
7. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Activist and writer Glennon Doyle assesses how women around the globe can become Untamed in pursuit of their true content and passion. Shared through honest and vulnerable stories of her own life and how she became untamed, her beautiful words paint a picture of freedom for all women who have sacrificed who and what they want to do and be in the world. Since its release, it’s steadfastly leapt to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, uniting women in motherhood, passion, grief, resilience, marriage, and love.
8. Close Your Eyes, Lose Weight by Grace Smith
A world-renowned hypnotherapist, Grace Smith has helped thousands around the world to rewrite and uncover their limiting subconscious beliefs. Now, she brings her power about weight loss and healthy eating for those who struggle with it. For me, there is endless chatter in my head about my body image and weight, which takes up bandwidth for my business – if you can relate, this is a great book. In addition to her actionable yet delicate advice for mindful eating, overcoming addictions, and healing body dysmorphia, her knowledge of hypnotherapy and rewriting the subconscious mind are interwoven throughout the book for real transformation.
9. Meant For More by Mia Hewett
We often feel that we are meant for more, but aren’t sure how to unlock that next level. Mia Hewitt is a human potential expert who has helped herself and now helps others to maximize their potential and life visions. Alongside her own riveting story, this book reads like a guiding hand, helping each reader to unearth their own power, purpose, and the success principles required to live in that calling in all facets of life.
10. Don’t Let Your Struggle Become Your Standard by Jose A. Flores
At a young age, Jose A. Flores was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and felt insecure for most of his life as a result. Until one day he committed to transformation. He decided that life is for the living, and dedicated himself to overcoming his struggle to live a life of his wildest dreams. In addition to the inspiration his story possesses, Flores’ book offers galvanizing encouragement to readers looking to breakthrough a struggle in their own lives.
11. The New MBA: How to Build a Business That You Love and Take Control of Your Finances Without Losing Who You Are by David Schloss
Beginning in business can be hard — simply because every new entrepreneur is on a learning curve. David Schloss is an online marketer and social ads expert who decided to put pen to paper and share the real truths and learnings of his many years in business. The end result? A young entrepreneur’s handbook to everything business and finance, written in a helpful tone with all the details necessary. Schloss is the mentor you never had but always wanted.
12. Known by Mark Schaefer
Visibility is key for any business owner and Mark Schaefer has written an amazing book on how to be seen. He outlines some of the most important ways you can create a personal brand, stand out and be known. A practical guide, with a companion workbook, enables you to really plan out the personal brand of your dreams – so you can essentially become a celebrity in your industry.
13. Conference Crushing by Tyler Wagner
Attending a conference or a big networking event can feel quite intimidating, no matter how many times you’ve been an attendee. Building relationships with strangers can be broken down into 17 rules of networking, thanks to book expert Tyler Wagner and his hard-earned event-going experience. This is a great read for anyone looking to increase their ROI from any big conference or networking event, with relationship tips that will last a lifetime.
14. Build An Empire: How to Have it All by Elena Cardone
Elena Cardone is beloved by millions, and gets real about the behind-the-scenes in her marriage to also famous entrepreneur Grant Cardone. Intended to be an inspiring read for all women ready to build their empire and have it all in career, family, and love, Cardone combines her best advice from her own life with details from her own experiences.
15. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
Becoming an entrepreneur is scary enough without having to figure out the financial piece. Profit First is a very simple roadmap for any entrepreneur making a few bucks to a few million. Michalowicz spells out exactly how to handle all of your finances so you always have money in the bank, your taxes are paid and you have a very healthy balance sheet. It also helps that he’s really funny.
16. Freelancing on Fiverr by Alex Fasulo
Alex Fasulo caught national attention when she rose to the top of Fiverr Pro, making well over six figures as a freelance writer. Since many hopeful writers are lost as to how to get their freelance careers off the ground, Fasulo created an ebook telling all: how she did it, how she would do it again, and how hopeful writers and freelancers can follow in her footsteps, using freelance hub Fiverr.
17. The T.I.M.E. Method™ – A No Bullsh*t Guide to Creating An Abundance of Time by Monique Lindner
One of the most common stressors is feeling overwhelmed and busy. There always seems to be a shortage of time — for family, friends, leisure, work, you name it. High performance and leadership specialist Monique Lindner created the T.I.M.E. method to help herself and clients get back almost half of all of their time, so they have more time for relationships and what they’re building. She shares all in this straightforward guide.
18. The Seven Figure Agency Roadmap by Josh Nelson
True to its name, Josh Nelson has created a seven figure agency roadmap for new entrepreneurs looking to build sustainable businesses, and all entrepreneurs who are looking to scale. Rooted in his own experience and what he’s learned along the way to building his own seven figure agency, the book details what to look out for, what to implement, and the most important must-knows for all agency owners with a seven figure goal.
19. Customer Finding by Huey Lee
If your business had an ever present stream of new customers, how many of your problems would be solved? There’s no reason you can’t find and sell to more customers, thanks to lead generation expert Huey Lee. Lee has created a strategic guidebook to do just that: find leads, convert them to customers, then do it all again. A practical, action-taking guide.
20. The Best Seller Method by Rory Carruthers
Finally, if you too are looking to venture into authorship, there’s a science to it. Rory Carruthers is a seven-time #1 international bestselling author and he shares the details on how he did it all — and how you can, too. Today, authorship denotes massive credibility. Add in the ‘bestseller’ note and that credibility skyrockets. Learn how to activate that in this book.