Anyone who knows me will tell you that I firmly believe it takes an equal combination of art, science and good old woo, intuition or mindset (whatever you prefer to call that last category) to create, grow and scale the business of your dreams.
That means it won't surprise you to hear that anytime someone asks me for the best business book recommendations my list includes selections from each of the 3 categories.
These are the books I come back to time and again when I need inspiration, advice and support.
Andy Warhol once said that "being good is business is the most fascinating kind of art" and I couldn't agree more (in fact I even made that quote the tag line of my first business). Business is art and art is business, and if you're only focused on your art, or only focused on hard business, you're not going to get very far as an entrepreneur. You have to become comfortable with both.
As someone who leans more to the science side than the art side, these books have helped me connect to the art side of my business.
The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
Do The Work, Steve Pressfield
The War of Art, Steve Pressfield
I've heard it said more than once that there's no therapy or personal development that can hold a candle than starting your own business. It's a brutal roller coaster of self doubt, confronting your weaknesses and pushing through despite it regularly feeling like all odds are against you.
Therefore it's no surprise that entrepreneurs regularly find themselves heading to the self-help section when searching for help. These are the staples that have helped me find my way - and stay on course when the going got tough.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo
The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Creative Visualization, Shatki Gawain
The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte
I don't hide the fact that I have an MBA from one of the top business schools in the world where I had the honor of studying under Nobel Prize winners in economics, so it should come as no surprise that I turn to - and recommend - books that tackle the more technical and scientific side of business. These listed below are some of absolute best I've encountered.
48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene
Art of Propoganda, Anthony Pratkanis
Blink/Outliers/The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
Nudge, Richard Thaler and Cass Sustein
Scaling Up, Verne Harnish