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Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurial Moms

idi By idi Published on April 29, 2016

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This article was updated on September 30, 2016

Looking for something to get for your entrepreneurial mom for mother's day that will inspire her to reach for the stars? The reading list below is what she needs!


Mark H. McCormack, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American business, is widely credited as the founder of the modern-day sports marketing industry. On a handshake with Arnold Palmer and less than a thousand dollars, he started International Management Group and, over a four-decade period, built the company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with offices in more than forty countries.

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Three women entrepreneurs share what it means to be a woman on the entrepreneurial path. This is an inspiring book about the indomitable female spirit combined with how to get started launching your idea into a business. The content is broken down into easy-to-approach, well explained steps that are practical to implement. The book came about through Victoria and Beth’s co-founding of the Ladies Who Launch website, which they expanded into an incubator program providing mentorship, structure and expertise to women interested in starting a business but unsure how to get started.

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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. 

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The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms. As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com--deemed the best place online for kick-ass spirituality, Danielle LaPorte's straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts: Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself: Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone: Screw your principles (they might be holding you back). We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It's the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it's what leads to true fulfillment.

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What if companies viewed becoming world-class less as the product of successful recruitment and retention efforts and more as the outcome of a relentless focus on the growth in capabilities even personal development of "all" the people who make up the company? What if a company did everything within its power to create conditions in which individuals could overcome their own internal barriers to change, transcend their blind spots, and see errors and weaknesses as prime opportunities for personal growth? Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey have found and studied such companies in Deliberately Developmental Organizations.

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The inspiring true story of Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran--and her best advice for anyone starting a business. After failing at twenty-two jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using the unconventional lessons she learned from her homemaker mom, she gradually built it into a $6 billion dollar business. Now Barbara's even more famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ABC's hit reality TV show. Shark Tales is down-to-earth, frank, and as heartwarming as it is smart. After reading it don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking, "If she can do it, so can I." Nothing would make Barbara happier.

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Mothers face plenty of difficult decisions in a very unique way as entrepreneurs; they have to deal with their career and children, family and business. And they do it so well. But good advice from people who went through similar challenges is always welcome.

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