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#400: My Favorite Books & A 400th Episode Giveaway

October 14, 2021

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The books that built my business — library card not required.

This episode is a celebration for bookworms and those who consider themselves “podcast people” alike. 

I wouldn’t say I’m a bookworm by any stretch of the imagination. (More of an audiobook and podcast girl, myself.)

But I DO know that books have played a major role in the growth of my business…not to mention my growth as an entrepreneur and, well, person. 

And to celebrate this special 400th episode of Online Marketing Made Easy, I’m sharing the top 12 books that have fundamentally shaped how I’ve grown my business, taken care of my mental well-being, and given myself a break from the everyday hustle. 

If you’ve ever wondered, “What books should I be reading as an entrepreneur?” I'm sharing why these books are at the top of my list. 

Including topics, like:

  • Business systems that free up your time to work in your genius zone (or log off early, lace up your sneakers, and hit the trails…whatever the day calls for)
  • Why fear feels so lonely
  • How one of America’s richest self-made women deals with setbacks (and A LOT of them)
  • My most recent exploration: how to achieve more by doing less *praise hands*
  • Saying no to opportunities because of the fear of being in front of people
  • A little something special for my fellow Enneagram 2’s  ;) 
  • How to know if you should keep pushing for something you believe in or keep working towards becoming your own boss or starting your own business
  • The single book that got me to a place where I was finally hitting my goals…and struggling less along the way to achieving those goals

If any of the above made you said, “Gimme that book rec, Amy!”, dive on in, my friend. 

Open a tab up to Barnes and Noble, Audible, or your local bookstore of choice and click to listen! 

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [03:11] I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate my 400th episode! Head to my Instagram post and share something you've learned or love about Online Marketing Made Easy to get entered to win!
  • [04:39] Atomic Habits by James Clear. This book contains a system and step-by-step approach to creating habits and achieving better results.
  • [06:31] Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones. Not everything we say it's going to be received with open arms. Still we need to be ourselves through and through.
  • [08:30] Believe IT by Jamie Kern Lima. She's so raw and real about the number of setbacks that she has had. But, her setbacks will give you hope.
  • [10:16] Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt. This book will help you focus in your personal life and your professional life. It also helps you understand your unique gifts and add value to your company or career.
  • [12:20] Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I can relate to Shonda and wanting to say no to opportunities. This book taught me to get out of my comfort zone and do it.
  • [14:21] Radical Candor by Kim Scott. This book is for anyone who struggles with saying the things that need to be said. Hard conversations can actually be a form of respect.
  • [17:05] Becoming by Michelle Obama. This book is a gentle reminder that we have to be true to who we are. She talks about following your heart and no matter how scary something is to keep going forward.
  • [18:49] Essentialism by Greg Mckeown. This book forced me to look at the things in my life and to pair them down to what was the most essential. It's permission not to do all the things and to focus on the present.
  • [20:29] The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The principles in this book make the difference between realizing your true success and just settling.
  • [22:54] Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book is about you and your ideas being a big deal. We all have so much to offer, and we can either choose to go for those things or just dismiss them. 
  • [24:09] The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. At one time or another, all entrepreneurs become fearful. This book will help you identify and recognize that fear.
  • [25:29] Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. This brilliant book talks about leadership in a raw and vulnerable way. Lean into this book on those days when imposter syndrome feels bigger than you.

Click here to listen!

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