Recommended Reading

The shortlist of books below have made an extreme and memorable impact on my mindset and professional growth.  I have written small insights of why I recommend you also read these books, if you haven’t already. – Mariel Diaz

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is the basis of many books written today. Have you heard of the movie The Secret? Have you heard of the Law of Attraction? Yep, those are best described in this book. It’s not about monetary wealth, though that is a part of it. This book is about being wealthy in mind, heart, life and bank.

I will teach you to be rich by Ramit Sethi is a manual and guide to money management. In my opinion, this book should be a Mandatory Course in High School. Period. There is no fluff, and while I’m sure Mr. Sethi could have come up with a less salesy title, the book does what the title promises, so good for him.

Do you fear the monotone voice of your college Accounting 1 professor when you think of business books? Fear NOT! The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan is adult girlfriend conversation at its best.  Understand the do’s and don’ts of earning, keeping, and growing your money. BEST BOOK on MONEY I HAVE EVER READ. I couldn’t put it down.

If you question your perspective on money, then let this book be your mentor. Embrace the fact that we aren’t always brought up with a healthy relationship with money, and this book is an opportunity to change that.

I followed Michael Hyatt’s blog for about 5 years when Free to Focus came out as a online course. I dedicated time each morning to go through the course over a 6 week period in order to work through it and implement changes. It changed my business and my personal life. I cannot recommend a better book and program than Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt to understand where you are spending your time, why, and is it worth it. If you feel like you’re treading water, then I cannot recommend a better book.

Getting to Yes was a case study and workshop that became a book. In college, I took a course developed at Harvard and this was the book for that course. If you think negotiation is about being mean, think again. This book (and the associated workbook) guides you to develop a mindset of reaching mutually beneficial agreements. The goal is to be friendly and wanting everyone involved to win, while also never leaving anything on the table by understanding that what is valuable to you, may not be as valuable to the other party and vice versa. Making a sale is a negotiation. If you’re in sales, you need to go through this project.

Maybe if I just list the contents, you will be motivated to read Rules for Renegades. I can’t tell you how many pages I marked in this book to refer back to because it is too many. Phenomenal read for a business woman:

Rule 1: Everything’s an Illusion, so Pick One that’s Empowering
Rule 2: An MBA is Optional, a GSD (Get Shit Done) is Essential
Rule 3: Problems + Pain = Profit
Rule 4: Build Power instead of Borrowing It
Rule 5: Rock Rejection and Finesse Failure
Rule 6: Learn to Love Networking
Rule 7: Only You can Lead Your Life
Rule 8: Work Your Money Mojo
Rule 9: Resign as General Manager
Rule 10: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

Elizabeth Gilbert got us with Eat Pray Love. She kept us (or at least stole my heart for good) with the Signature of All Things. With Big Magic, she blends her beautiful ability to tell personal stories with how to live a good life. She’s such a brilliant writer, and in this “business book,” she does not fail us.

If you’re having trouble developing your business’ identity, then please read Blue Ocean Strategy. Published by Harvard Business Review, this book walks you through creating differentiators in a way that celebrates what you offer and helps you see what you bring that others don’t. Opportunities are revealed in diagnosing your competitors, and when you think you don’t have competitors, you do.