Most female entrepreneurs I have connected with are avid readers of self-help books related to personal growth.
Not just females but all entrepreneurs are in constant search for some inspiration and knowledge as it is not easy to set up a successful business without the correct mindset.
A practical way to develop this mindset is by starting a reading habit, especially literature related to self-development.
In this context, self-help books provide much value and wisdom.
They are full of actionable advice on everything related to success, business, productivity, manifestation and so many other things.
After I started my business I began to take personal growth seriously which meant reading dozens of self-help books.
So in this post I am sharing a list of all my favorite self-help books for female entrepreneurs.
Even otherwise if you want recommendations on personal growth do go through this list and bookmark it.
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10 Best Personal Growth books for Female Entrepreneurs
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Now finally 10 best self-help books for female entrepreneurs
1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”Sophia Amoruso
When Sophia Amoruso released her book #GIRLBOSS, it became a pop-culture rage.
Sophia practically started with nothing, faced some very tough challenges along the way and built her empire worth $250 million.
Now that’s some girl power!
This book is a must read if you are struggling for some motivation.
For female entrepreneurs this is an amazing inspirational read which shows you can create a successful business from absolutely zero.
2. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Motivational coach and best-selling author Jen Sincero doles out some actionable advice, with a few ahem… swear words in ‘You Are a Badass’.
It’s easy to see why this book has become one of the best self-help books for female entrepreneurs
Besides the humour and engaging writing, style Sincero gives some very practical advice on meditation, loving yourself and forgiveness
The language used is straightforward and full of sass, and if sarcastic humor is your cup of tea you’ll love reading this one.
Get your You Are a Badass here.
3. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
This book is hilarious, honest and not like your regular self-help book.
Each chapter deals with a lie, most of us as women have come to believe and live with.
It was heartening to read the honesty with which the author lays bare her personal struggles and how she overcame it.
Rachel honestly seemed like a girlfriend who tells you every step of the way, “Listen babe, this is how I totally goofed up. Don’t be me.”
This book however has received a lot of mixed reviews.
But personally I feel there are many takeaways from this book that can be used as positive reminders when your chips are down.
Get your copy of Girl Wash Your Face here.
4. She Means Business by Carrie Green
Carrie Green has some impressive credentials.
She is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, a global network of over 380,000 women from around the world; she is an entrepreneur and a best-selling author.
Now coming back to this book ‘She Means Business’, Carrie presents a comprehensive strategy on how you can launch your business along with a 28-day challenge to get you moving.
If you are a digital content creator there is a lot you can learn from this book.
Get your copy of She Means Business here.
5. Atomic Habits by James Clear
“ Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.”James Clear
Do I sound too dramatic? Okay! but it’s true.
If you haven’t read this book I urge you to stop whatever you are doing and just give it one read.
The basic premise of this book is if you want better life form better habits, as your habits are critical to your success.
This book lays down all the practical tips of forming good habits with replacing bad ones.
Atomic Habits takes a scientific approach towards habit formation and explains it with various interesting concepts like:
- Habit loop
- Compound effect of habits
- 4 laws when forming habits
If you are serious about personal growth you must read Atomic Habits.
6. The One Thing by Gary Keller (with Jay Papasan)
This book by Gary Keller will always remain special for me. This was the first self-help book I had read.
Why I recommend this book for female entrepreneurs is because as women multi-tasking is like our second nature.
While that may be a compulsion in your personal life, when you are working you must maintain your focus on one thing at a time.
The One Thing is all about concentrating one thing at a time, getting it right before moving on to the next set of tasks.
Three biggest takeaways from this book for me has been
- Start with the most challenging task in the morning
- There is a difference between being busy and being productive.
- Take action now because later you don’t want to reflect at life and regret not doing things you love.
7. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
Girl Code, has nothing to do with coding though, is all things girly and feminine.
This book asks female entrepreneurs to embrace your feminine side and be unapologetic about it.; even if that means going against the traditional code of behavior expected of a female in the big bad corporate world.
However the best lesson in this book is that of women empowerment.
Cara says, it is absolutely normal as if you are a little jealous of someone doing better than yourself.
Acknowledge that emotion reach out to that person, congratulate her. This simple action will lift your spirits as well.
Who knows you two can have successful collaboration in future and end up being best friends!
8. Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas
As a believer in Law of Attraction this self-help book was perfect for my bookshelf.
The pertinent question this book answers is why most women undervalue themselves? Most female entrepreneurs will be familiar with this feeling.
It’s due to the fact that there are certain inherent money blocks we have within us which stops us from unlocking our full potential.
In this book Denise gives you simple strategies to overcome your limiting blocks and beliefs when it comes to money.
Grab your copy of Get Rich Lucky Bitch here.
9. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is for all those who need some inspiration to get over a creative block.
But perhaps the single most important takeaway for me has been to accept my creative inclination.
Even if I am not a best-selling writer or I don’t get invited to famous events and practically no one knows me, I have a gift I can write and that simple fact is so powerful.
It is one of those books that moves you deeply from within.
The author urges you to get started with your creativity because there is no perfect time really to make your ultimate masterpiece.
Get your copy of Big Magic here.
10. Smart Women Finish Rich By David Bach
I had read David Bach’s ‘The Automatic Millionaire’ and loved it!
So when I got a chance to read ‘Smart Women Finish Rich’ I just couldn’t help but get the book.
This is especially geared towards women to be better at personal finance.
It lays down a step-by-step guide to understand money better and master your personal finances.
Why I recommend this book for female entrepreneurs is because this book will help you understand better where you stand financially; in terms of your income, assets and liabilities.
Hopefully you liked this list of self-help books! As female entrepreneurs our possibilities are limitless as there is a massive surge of women-owned businesses globally.
All we need is a little push, inspiration and a bit of magic.
Cheers to us!