It’s been a (very) long time since I’ve pushed out content like this. In the beginning of blogging, all I was doing was making recommendations of how to do this or where to get that. Every blog I was publishing was about products, books, places, or things I recommended doing to make the surface of your life better. It wasn’t until about a year into beginning this journey that I was ready to begin really opening up about about myself and my life. The blogs became deeper and more about life than recommendations about life. I began sharing my experiences, emotions, and fears with you. Since opening up, I’ve grown both personally and as an entrepreneur. Which can only mean— I hope— that these recommendations hit a little harder. These are books that I’ve consumed that have made me a better person and a better entrepreneur in my twenties.
You can also find self-help books I’ve recommended previously if you’re on a journey of intentional living, but not necessarily on one of entrepreneurship.
Four Books for Every (INTENTIONAL) Entrepreneur in their Twenties
One | The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
As young people in our twenties, we’re taught to believe that we’re already “stuck in our ways.” That change becomes more and more difficult as we get older, and if we want to change, we have to do it now. And while the sentiment of that is true, the overall message isn’t. In this book, The Defining Decade, Meg Jay discuss the power and complexity of our twenties. She argues that change is possible throughout the decade, as long as we’re open to it. Most people think that our twenties are for all of the fun and screwups. And while both of those things are true— we should be having fun and we should be making mistakes— our twenties are the decade we decide who we’re going to become. She shares powerful examples of people who have overcome adversity to change their life for the better.
I absolutely loved this book. It was something I read long before becoming an entrepreneur, when I was in one of the darkest moments of my life. It reminded me that change was possible. I still held the power to change my life. It’s something I often think back to now five plus years later. I recommend this to someone who is feeling like change is no longer possible. For the intentional entrepreneurs, if you believe that you’ve reached a limit to your success, The Defining Decade will tell you differently.
Two | Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Also something I read back in college, Zero to One was an inspiring book that reminds the reader no idea deserves to be left behind. As an entrepreneur, or someone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get swept up in the idea that no idea is ‘new.’ That every market is saturated with an over abundance of options and anything you think of, someone else has already done it. This book is all about finding the inspiring way your idea stands out from the others. That every idea or concept deserves a completed thought.
This book is told heavy on the side of invention, but even still, the holistic message remains true for entrepreneurs. As young people in our twenties, it’s easy to think that our ideas deserve no merit. That they’re not enough to actually become something. Because, how could we possibly know enough to be successful? Zero to One reminds us that opportunities for success and change are all around us. No matter how small the idea, and no matter who the thinker, we can achieve success.
Three | Mind Change by Heather McKean
The two previous books approach the conversations around entrepreneurship in a very literal and factual manner. They’re not spiritual, and both carry more masculine energies when it comes to conversations about entrepreneurship: meaning very matter of fact. Mind Change by Heather McKean is different to these books. Here’s where the recommendations become intentional, spiritual, and Universal. The two previous books will offer you fantastic real world advice on things like networking, building, etc. Mind Change is here to explain to you how anyone at any age can change their mindset to change their life. This is my number one recommended book to anyone looking to live a more intentional and successful life.
Mind Change isn’t just for an entrepreneur or someone in their twenties. This book is for someone grieving, someone stuck, someone feeling bored, angry, or scared about life. This book will give you the tools to change your mind, therefore your life. So whether you’re an entrepreneur or someone who happened upon this blog, you need to read this book.
Four | We Should All be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers
The last and final book is an empowering read on the mind, heart, and financial freedom of women in business. As women, we’re taught that no matter what business we build or field we work in, we’re never as ‘capable’ as a man. We Should all be Millionaires isn’t just a book on how women can gain smart financial freedom, but it’s about how women rise to the top. Women deserve a seat at the table, and our voices deserve to be heard. In this book, you’ll learn about legitimate steps you can take to reach financial abundance and maintain it.
I recommend We Should all be Millionaires to every woman, entrepreneur or not. This book reminds you of the voice you have and the power you hold. Rodgers reminds us that we are capable and our ideas and businesses deserve to be built.
These books are not just for entrepreneurs in their twenties, that is just simply who I’m recommending them to. Each of these books hold truths to the journey of life and of entrepreneurship. Each one will teach you something different on being a better person and a more successful one. Being an entrepreneur in your twenties is a difficult journey. But it’s one that can be incredibly rewarding if you’re doing it right.
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