Food prices have gone up along with many other things due to inflation. We are in a huge time of change and I am at the beginning of a kitchen remodel. Finances are getting real for us all.
Now is the time to update your budget, make sure savings is in a high-yield account if you don’t need it right now, only keep the cash on hand that you need, get your passive income up, and ask for that raise.
Here are some books to read to get your mind right and ready for this time.
Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole
By: Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche
This is a simple book to follow but it is not easy. She lays out all the steps and you may need to go back and read a few times when you get to different financial stages of your life. It is basically a financial coach in a book.
How Women Rise
By: Sally Helgesen , Marshall Goldsmith
For those who work in the corporate environment (or for a large nonprofit) can probably relate to this book. Some may be annoyed on the issues brought up. Some people have said the book is just restating it is a man’s world and women just need to fit in to get ahead. I have seen women making 6 figures in the nonprofit space operate like this and get ahead so I feel like there is validity to the points just from my subjective personal experience. I don’t necessarily like it which is why entrepreneurship is a path I prefer. Blessed to have choice.
A huge point the book makes that I found really impactful was the point on building connections, which leads me to my next book recommendation…
The Introvert’s Edge to Networking: Work the Room. Leverage Social Media. Develop Powerful Connections
By: Matthew Pollard
I have always hated the word networking. Ever since college, they thrust this word on me saying things like “you will be a failure if you don’t network”. And you know what, maybe they are right but I feel like in all the cities I have lived as an adult, I have made some deep connections and memorable moments with folks not doing sleazy networking. I was just my introverted self and so I appreciate Matthew sharing how he has made success work for him being an introvert. To me, I have changed the term networking to just making friends and building connections with people. It feels more genuine for me. You have to find what works for you ultimately.
Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career
By: Nicole Lapin
This book is for women in their 20s and takes you from start of career even into entrepreneurship and climbing the corporate ladder. She covers it all. It is quite a fun read. It may also be good for folks at any age looking to start a business. She goes into all the legal details and admin things that are super important, like registering the business and trademarks, etc.
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
By: Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
This book is really just to get you mentally prepared for the road ahead. I love Daymond’s grind mentality while I also balance it with self care practices. As a woman who has gone through burnout and experienced anxiety and panic attacks and the physical pain that comes from being stressed, it is essential that I balance working hard with rest. Sometimes rest just means sitting for 20 minutes looking at the trees, birds and squirrels. Since I am so great at taking the time I need for myself, I can appreciate books like this that remind me what hard work can materialize and to keep myself focused to make things happen. I live in a world where both of those things can take place.
Overcoming Underearning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life
By: Barbara Stanny
I love the point she makes about making a decision. This is so true. A decision means you are focused on the goal and relentless about the outcome.
What would you do if you had one year to live and did not have to worry about money?
How Successful People Win: Turn Every Setback into a Step Forward
By: John C. Maxwell
This is another book to get your mind right. While the book makes it clear that no one wins at everything they try, it also explains that any setback can be used as a step forward. John outlines how to turn losses into gains and demonstrates the eleven elements of what is needed to succeed in the face of problems and losses.
How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
By: John C. Maxwell
This book will inspire great ideas. The author talks about looking at the past to gain better insights into the future. This is life and the so-called career journey. You live, you learn, you grow and hopefully become resilient in the process.
It’s Rising Time!: What It Really Takes for the Reward of Financial Freedom
By: Kim Kiyosaki
Kim Kiyosaki provides a guide for women who don’t want to depend on someone else for their security and well-being. She explains how to rise above obstacles, find courage, overcome confusion, and build confidence.
This book delves into personal challenges, and setbacks that women face and provides a guide on how to take action and live the life they yearn for and deserve.
As women, it is important for us to realize our financial dreams and not just get by. This book gives you real-life stories of women entrepreneurs and how they are doing business and investing.
Have you read any of these books?
Which ones were your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.