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Business Books Don’t All Suck!

February 1, 2013

Somewhere along the way I got a clue and was lucky enough to come across a few people in cyberspace who are farther along the clue-train than me. One such lovely lady is my favorite tranquilista, Kimberly Wilson, who hosts a podcast entitled tranquility du jour. Through her “featured tranquilista” interviews, she has introduced me to all sorts of really groovy gals who are helping me get my mojo moving.Her second book, Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play, covers some of her philosophy about the path of the creative entrepreneur.

Michelle Goodman was the first author of a business book that doesn’t suck I came across thanks to Kimberly. Her book, The Anti 9-to-5 Guide, which I devoured, began to open my eyes to possibilities I hadn’t before considered. I also love her other book, My So-Called Freelance Life.

I don’t remember now how I first learned of The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, but I am so glad these two women came into my life via their lovely book. Truly, it’s fantastic. They helped me overcome my fear of budgets and phrases like “start-up costs” and “occupational license,” which, incidentally, I have come to know intimately.

I have an ongoing relationship with the beauty that is Lisa Sonora Beam’s The Creative Entrepreneur. Not so much a book you sit and read as it is a workshop for yourself, as a creative business person, and your business aspirations. It’s a beautiful book chock full of nuggets of gold to be mined for your own entrepreneurial success.

These ladies got on the clue train much earlier than I, and I am so glad to have these virtual mentors. Like my own Harriet Tubman, these ladies of the Women-Rock-Creative-Businesses Railroad are leading me to the promised land of milk and honey…or in my case, Pinot and dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher, of course). Oh, and dudes will like the books, too.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2013 4:11 pm

    Hey Enterprising!
    Thanks for these titles! One you might like is: START WITH WHY by Simon Sineck. It’s a total business book, but it’s pov can be 100% applied to the arts. It’s all about the theory that when you start with WHY, the HOW and the WHAT pretty much take care of themselves.

    • The Enterprising Actor permalink
      February 4, 2013 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to check that one out, too!

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