Behind the Scenes: Books that Helped me Hustle

I’ve been a reading machine lately. Well, a reading machine for me. I have this friend who is a crazy fast reader (love you, Lauren!) and has already read more than 170 books this year!!!! So don’t think I’m reading like that, because I don’t think I could ever reach that bar she has set so high. 😉

But I have been reading a lot and I just can’t get enough. I’ve been on a follow-your-dreams kick, which I’m sure you have easily noticed. But these books have really helped me kick my butt into gear, open my shop and learn how to grow my new business!

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
This book helped me really look at how I spend my time each day (and week!) to see how I can use my time better. We all have 168 hours in a week, and there are many people who use those hours well. So well, in fact, that we think they simply must have more time us… but they don’t! They have full family lives, successful careers, are in great shape, etc. The author gives super practical ways to log your time and assess how you can maximize what you love by minimizing what you don’t.

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business
 by Kari Chapin
This book was recommended to me by my friend Allison, who has an adorable Storenvy shop for embroidery that I honestly do “envy” very much. 😉 I had approached her with a few questions about starting a shop and she told me about the books she had read by Kari Chapin. This book is a very quick read, but was so helpful to get a “behind the scenes” look at how to come up with a business plan for people who have no idea what that means (AKA me). It’s a great book to lay down some basic knowledge for business newbies.

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff
I read this book about a year ago now, and I think this is what really lit the fire that has been burning in me since then. Jon is witty, inspiring, and downright hilarious. This book left me unsatisfied with doing what I’ve been doing… not in an ugly way, but rather in a motivated way to make a difference! He is the guy who inspired my 6am club habit, by the way.

What books have you read and loved because they inspired you?! Tell me in the comments – I’m always hungry for more good reads.

Also, do you have a Goodreads account? Let’s be friends and share books!