I love reading so I was thrilled to be invited by Annabelle Corton, host of Talking of Books, on Dubai Eye to share my three must read titles that have helped me with my entrepreneurial journey. If you missed the live interview you can listen again here or read on to see how many of my picks give you great advice for a successful business and a great life.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
In Big Magic, Elizabeth asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion.
- Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo
Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED brings together the world’s leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school–a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years and she’s the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, an online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, evenwhen that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.