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Roseline is a small business owner and the hive @ central librarian at Burton Barr Central Library.

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These books keep me going as a small business owner. 

Year of yesYear of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person

by Shonda Rhimes

If you are worried whether you are ever going to be good enough in business, Shonda will get you all powered up and say, “Yes! I can do this!” I did not know Shonda before listening to this book (you’re right – I got the audio version). Despite being a very successful TV executive, the author is surprisingly honest and accessible in this book. I feel that I could have been in her kitchen and told that if she could do it, I could too. It is an invitation to living your authentic self.

Good to great : why some companies make the leap-- and others don'tGood to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don't

by Jim Collins

I also recommend its companion book, Good to Great and the Social Sectors, to those who work in non-profits or governments. This book inspires me to aim for excellence right from the beginning. It may take longer for me to see the result, but once there, I no longer have to worry about my competition. It offers a great reminder to me to be patient.

Dare to lead : brave work, tough conversations, whole heartsDare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts

by Brené Brown

The message in this book is long overdue. I often wonder if all leaders are courageous, we will have quite a different institution today. Doing businesses from the heart is not easy. Following her advices in this book will keep you sleep well at night and love what you do every day.

The AlchemistThe Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

by Paulo Coelho

You follow an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasures buried in the Pyramids. There are many adventures along the way, including finding his true love. A quick read that is also extremely satisfying and uplifting.

The go-giver leader : a little story about what matters most in businessThe Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
by Bob Burg and John David Mann

New to business and don't know where and how to find your customers or clients? Try the idea presented in this book. Even if you have been in business for a long time, read this book and find your next customers or clients. This is the best book to begin if you want to grow your business through word-of-mouth.

The Millionaire MindThe Millionaire Mind

by Thomas J. Stanley

Do you ever wonder how the millionaires are different from you and me? Are they very lucky or super smart? Based on research and data, this book gives road maps to achieving a millionaire status by anyone who is willing to do the work. It is not as difficult as you think.

The greatest salesman in the world. Part II, The end of the story : featuring the ten vows of successThe Greatest Salesman in the World

by Og Mandino

Sales in my opinion is the most rewarding profession when you do it right.  This book teaches you why. Sit by a fire, with a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of wine, in hand. Enjoy the story. By the way, I play the audio version in my car, over and over, to remind me of what I do every day to be of service and what immense rewards it can possibly bring. 

The richest man in BabylonThe Richest Man in Babylon

by George S Clason

This book offers easy to follow financial planning principals told in a parable, accessible even for young adults. I gave this to my son when he was in college and he saved up more money in his first two years out of college than I had ever done when I first started working. Even if you are already rich, you can still enjoy this business classic and be encouraged by your sense of well-being.

The 12 week year get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 monthsThe 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months

by Brian P. Moran

You do not have to be in the same industry as the author to practice a 12-week year. This book will get you think differently about your time and start having a new attitude toward your work life. It is a perfect book for highly motivated over-achievers, because finally you will find time to rest and relax.

How to win friends and influence peopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

This is a classic that you should not ignore. When you know how to build bridges to reach people, you will be able to go far. Otherwise, you will limit to a one-man island, no matter how good you are with what you do. Also read "How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age" by Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. to learn how to apply Carnegie's time-tested advices in today's digital age.

The art of asking : or How I learned to stop worrying and let people helpThe Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
by Amanda Palmer

It is a beautifully written memoir, reminding me no matter how successful people are, asking for help is hard but it does not have to be. No matter you are on the giving or receiving end, you will learn something and be thankful for, even for the smallest gift in life.

The happiness advantage : the seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at workThe Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

by Shawn Achor

Success in business does not bring joy to your life, however, living a joyful life will help you succeed in business. The author taught these seven principles in Harvard’s Happiness Course and to companies worldwide. Now you can take these lessons for free (that is if you check out this book from yours truly, the Phoenix Public Library).

12 rules for life : an antidote to chaos12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan Peterson

Fierce competition in business can be really discouraging. This book gives me hope and reminds me why it is important to always do the right things. To some, the author can sound boring and preachy in this book, if you do not appreciate his reasoning. It is a book for an inquisitive mind, a book for the rebellious, smart child who asks why for every rule you give him.

The E-myth revisited : why most small businesses don't work and what to do about itThe E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

by Michael E Gerber

"E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs. 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work." This is a must-read for a business owner who wants to know the difference between owning a business and being self-employed.

Be our guest : perfecting the art of customer service​Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service

by Disney Institute

There are many books about customer service but this one is my favorite. It is comprehensive, and the practices can be applied to many businesses. You will be inspired by the magic that powers the Walt Disney Company.

The miracle morning : the not-so-obvious secret guaranteed to transform your life before 8AMThe Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 AM
by Hal Elrod

There are many books about ways to get into habits that increases productivity. Even though before 8 am I am usually barely awake, I like the author's unconventional approach to getting up in the morning. This book includes techniques for both physical and mental motions. It is worth a try to see if they work for you. 

by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hasson

Before I became a business owner, I had a totally different idea about work and the value of my time. Working eight hours a day, forty hours a week, and fifty weeks a year, was the only way I knew. This is a short and quick read offering 37 tips, many of which you probably already know. Still, it is a good to be reminded that I am in charge of my own work life and there is always new ways of doing things.  

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