What makes this list of books by female entrepreneurs different than the hundreds already out there? Happy you asked! It focuses on the lessons that these inspiring authors went through in order to succeed. You’ll also learn how you can do the same. Often times as women with ambition, we can feel disillusioned. We’re brainwashed to believe that there is one correct path to building a successful business. Or that we have to do all the same things they have done before us.
There is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to being an entrepreneur. So, this book list is here to remind you of that. Every woman has her own story, and it’s that story that makes her unique and interesting. Their failures and struggles are what allowed them to be strong female leaders. Browse through the list below to see which person’s path resonates most with yours! Before you start falling into the comparison trap, it’s important to remember that you’re still growing. We all are, even the women who’s names are on the covers.
by Jordan Lee Dooley
So many people are throwing around the words “life purpose” like it’s just as easy to know as your first name. In this book, Jordan Lee Dooley helps women to overcome the pressure to prove yourself and show up for what you were made to do. She shares childhood stories that will move you to tears and break down your barriers in order to break through. She shares her secrets for owning your everyday life through intentionality and how to discover deep down what makes you thrive.
by Marie Forleo
Take it from a renowned life coach with two decades of experience behind her: everything is figureoutable. In her best-selling book, Marie Forleo shares how one simple belief can help us overcome any obstacle and create unstoppable success. Her work has actionable tips at the end of every chapter that encourages you to look inward and shift limiting beliefs in order to grow in your life and business. You’ll also read about inspiring stories of people that have implemented this belief to transform their lives and you’ll feel a strong pull to do the same!
by Alexis Jones
How to Speak your Truth, Discover Your Purpose and #BeThatGirl: Alexis Jones shares it all. Not only does this book share the author’s amazing story of triumph after a near-death experience, but it also shares many other stories from other thriving entrepreneurs. Alexis is a true inspiration for having built a global community through her non-profit I Am That Girl, with the mission to empower women to love themselves and each other unapologetically.
by Miki Agrawal
Proclaimed as a manifesto for the modern woman, Disrupt Her teaches you to be the warrior gate-keeper of your mind. Specifically how your mindset is the key to pushing boundaries and disrupting industries. She’s a true inspiration for women to question the status quo and to use an authentic expression of yourself to carve your way in business. Miki Agrawal inspires you to live in a childlike state of curiosity in order to create a life you LOVE. As she puts it; there are only 20 000 days of your adult life, and she’ll ignite a fire in you to make every one count.
by Jaclyn Johnson
Part work, part party: Work Party is the story of Jaclyn Johnson’s route to building Create & Cultivate. The multi-million dollar online platform and legendary C&C conferences are the epitome of millennial business women’s dreams. Getting to what it is today wasn’t without it’s struggles or lessons. Which is why, Jaclyn vulnerably shares the secrets to her success: being nice, taking risks and working with integrity. Her motto is to take your career or business to the next level on your own terms and she shows you how to have fun along the way.
by Sophia Amoruso
No list of books by female entrepreneurs would be complete without this book by the OG #Girlboss herself, Sophia Amoruso. Her long string of trials and errors, failures and falling flat on her face make for the powerhouse woman she is today. She shares it all with a flair of sass and sarcasm to all others aspiring to be female leaders one day. From starting a small eBay shop to growing a multi-million dollar brand Nasty Gal and eventually, Girlboss Media, Sophia really is raw about what it takes to stand up for yourself in the business world.
by Romi Neustadt
From the author of the popular book “Get Over Your Damn Self”, comes Romi Neustadt’s latest book of genius “You Can Have it All”. Her mission is to empower female leaders to build a successful business while living a life they love by focusing on one level of achievement at a time. Her book even includes spaces for you to fill in the blanks on your deepest desires and biggest goals. Including a success stories from a variety of women, this book is sure to motivate you to follow the prompts and start making changes in your life.
by Maria Hatzistefanis
Founder of the popular beauty brand Rodial, Maria Hatzistefanis shares her lessons in becoming an overnight success. The secret? Years and years of having big dreams, risk taking and creating buzz. In her very authentic voice, she demystifies the actual behind-the-scenes of creating a powerhouse brand that disrupted the skincare industry. Her tales of uncertain times and rollercoaster rides along the entrepreneurial journey will encourage you to never give up on your dream, no matter how hard it may feel right now.
Have you read any of these books by female entrepreneurs yet? Feel free to comment below any others you feel would fit on this list of leaders sharing their life lessons. You might also enjoy scouting: Books to Adopt a Mindset of Success.
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