In my opinion, I have done everything I was “supposed” to do with my education and career. I went to college, studied abroad, had internships, accepted jobs, relocated and eventually started my own business. To say the least, the last 20+ years have been adventurous. In order to obtain the knowledge that I felt was necessary to keep moving forward, I knew that I needed to continue to educate myself and stay on top of the industry. I needed to study, I needed expertise. I needed advice. I didn’t have time to go back to school, but I knew that I could actually gain valuable knowledge in the easiest place possible: the library (or Amazon).

Life moves fast. Technology moves even faster. I have spent countless hours to stay ahead of the game. Not only do I owe it to myself, but I owe it to be my clients. I need to give them the best version of me… ALWAYS! I can honesty say that wouldn’t be where I am without a few key books that literally changed my life/business. Please, take the time to read these. You will not regret it.

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself  Mike Michalowicz

Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

The Power of Moments – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Momentsshows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

Show Your Work! – Austin Kleon

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

Black Hole Focus – Isaiah Hankel

Black Hole Focus includes exclusive case studies frommedical practitioners, research scientists, lawyers, corporateexecutives and small business owners who have used the techniquesdescribed in this book to achieve massive success in their own lives. 

Rocket Fuel – Gino Wickman

From the author of the bestselling Traction, Rocket Fuel details the integral roles of the Visionary and Integrator and explains how an effective relationship between the two can help your business thrive. Offering advice to help Visionary-minded and Integrator-minded individuals find one another, Rocket Fuel also features assessments so you’re able to determine whether you’re a Visionary or an Integrator.

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Essentialism – Greg McKeown

Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

Believe me when I tell you, these books will change you. They will change the way you view yourself, your business and your future. Happy reading!