No matter where you are in your career, there is always an opportunity to learn more.
While you might not be available to take extra classes at the weekend, or spend a fortune on an expensive certification program, there’s one tried-and-true solution for sharpening your mind.
The benefits of reading are well-documented, and actually quite amazing.
Did you know that when you read, your brain is making connections and using neural pathways that other stimuli can’t reach? Reading a book is like going to the gym, for your mind.
It’s no wonder that business magnates like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates are ravenous readers. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year, while Warren Buffett famously reads up to 800 pages a day!
Meanwhile, founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has previously said that his entire knowledge of rocket ships were primarily learned from books.
While the reading habits of successful men are well documented, there’s less accessible information when it comes to the favorite books of female entrepreneurs.
That was until Fundera put together this infographic featuring the nine books that you should add to your Amazon cart, according to this round-up of amazing women in business.
Sheryl Sandberg makes an unexpected choice in Tina Fey’s Bossypants, while Glossier’s Emily Weiss selected Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things.
“There’s a great chapter called “Nobody Cares”” Weiss writes on her website, “He talks about how he was running Netscape and one of his investors looks at him one day and tells him, “Ben, nobody cares—just do your job.” You can make a million excuses for why something didn’t go well, but ultimately, just fix it and get on with it. Be a solutions person.”
Audrey Gelman is another New York businesswoman with a cult following. In 2016, Gelman launched The Wing, a women’s co-working space based in Manhattan. Less than a year later, The Wing has raised $8 million dollars in Series A funding, and is set to expand in three new locations.
Gelman’s recommend read is a classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. “Jo March is such a difficult and headstrong character, driven but also ambivalent and often the person standing in the way of her own happiness. I love all the different parts of Jo, including her devotion to her sisters.” Gelman recently told Girls At Library.
Check out the infographic to read the recommendations of other trailblazing female entrepreneurs: