What I am Reading–January

makeyourmarkIf you followed along last year, you know that I read and report on a business book a month.  You can catch last year’s books on my bookshelf to the right on my homepage.

This month I am reading Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact by the folks from 99U.  I love reading articles at 99U so I knew I would love their book as well.  It’s a quick read and a good sized book.  Smaller than most books (easily fits in a purse or bag) but edgy with lots of color and short chapters.   I also like that it has insight from a lot of entrepreneurial thought leaders…tons of great advice.

Here’s what Amazon says:

Finally, a business book for makers, not managers.
Are you ready to “make a dent in the universe”? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart?
To find out, we asked the bright minds behind companies like Google X, Warby Parker, Facebook, O’Reilly Media, and more to share their startup wisdom. Featuring hard-won wisdom from twenty leading entrepreneurs and designers, 99U’s Make Your Mark will arm you with practical insights for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team—and ultimately—making something that matters.

What I am Reading-November

girlbossThis month I tried something new, I am listening to the book on Audible instead of reading the book.  Pretty good so far.  I finished Lena Dunham’s new book, Not that Kind of Girl on Audible last month and really enjoyed the book read to me by Lena herself. So, I thought I would try my next business book on Audible…so I chose #GirlBoss. I am more than half-way through the book and its pretty good.  Sophia Amoruso has a great success story to tell about persistence and hard work.   By all ‘normal’ standards, she should be homeless today but she’s running a very successful company with 350 employees and growing.

I would recommend you try this book on Audible, the narrator is not Amoruso but her voice is nice and steady.  I had a lot of dental work done recently so I listened to the book during my root canal.  The book held my attention through all that drilling!

Here’s what Amazon says: The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.