It’s no secret that continued learning through reading is a core factor of success, but what do super-successful individuals consistently have in common across the board? They not only read, but they also read A LOT.
Warren Buffett reads 600 to 1000 pages a day (yeah, okay that’s extreme, but…), Bill Gates reads about one book per week, Mark Cuban reads about 3 hours a day, and Oprah Winfrey promotes deep reading through her monthly book club and endorsing horizon-broadening literature.
Here at She Can Coterie, we started a monthly book club as well and constantly share recommendations and insights we gain from the books we read independently.
Each quarter, we’ll be sharing a list of the books our team has read and recommends for the coming few months that you need to add to your reading list — if you haven’t already.
Our Top Recommendations for Your Summer Reading List
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz. Our CEO, Mandi, recommends this read and says that this book was foundational in helping her secure and solidify a strong money mindset and financial strategy.
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. Our leadership team read Dare to Lead together this spring. So many of our best practices now incorporate the Dare to Lead concepts and tenets. Whether you’re in a position of leadership or not (and if you’re running any kind of business, you are!) you need to get this book in your hands pronto.
Good to Great by Jim Collins. Our Marketing Director, Kaylan, recommends reading this one! No matter who you are or what you're doing, this book will take your pursuits to new heights not by offering strategies but by simply offering new perspectives and new concepts on what makes organizations, teams, systems, and people in passionate pursuit of something larger than themselves — great.
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Another recommendation from our Marketing Director. This book shows the importance of crafting a memorable experience for clients and team members by detailing the immense power little moments can bring to everyday life.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. Recommended by our Pinterest Strategist, Ari, this book helps you break down limiting beliefs and restricting mindsets, helping you cultivate inner peace and belief in yourself.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Our Content Manager, Leah, recommends this one! She says this book has helped her declutter her life, slim down the noise, and help her focus on what is most important in life, family, and work.
How to Get Your Reading In
First things first, get clear on why reading — consuming literature — is important to you. What effect will this have on your life and business? Conversely, what effect will neglecting to read and learn have on your life and business?
Next, remember that you don’t ever have to even pick up a single physical copy of a book. You are totally free to listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and even videos in order to get your literature in. Listen while you work out, while you do the dishes, while you pummel through recurring work tasks — and if you listen at 2x speed, you’ll be amazed at how many books you can consume in one month, even one week!
Buying books can get costly — we totally get that. That’s why so many of our team members adore their local libraries! You’ll likely be surprised by how many books on your reading list your library is stocked with — and if they aren’t, ask your librarian if your library partners with Hoopla or OverDrive. These are apps you can download to your phone with access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks that you can borrow just like a physical book off a shelf. All you need to do is have a library card!