Psychology / Mental Health

The Language of Emotions” by Karla McLaren

Emotions are raw information, McLaren writes, and understanding what they are telling you will change the way you relate to yourself and others. This insightful book provides a deep and empathetic look at emotions typically viewed as “negative” in society (depression, hatred, anger, and the like) and reframes them as vital — and even life-saving — gifts for each of us.

The Drama of the Gifted Child” by Alice Miller

Inside each of us exists a child, a true self, that may not have been seen or heard by our caretakers growing up. This can lead to an unconscious emotional need to bury our true thoughts and emotions deep inside so we can survive in the real world. This, however, can lead to devastating personal and psychological consequences.

Skin In The Game” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A core message in the book is to pay attention not to what people say but to what they do and how much “skin in the game” they have. It’s easy to talk the talk, but what are you willing to risk for what you believe? This, Taleb writes, is the true measure of courage and authenticity.

Creativity and Leadership

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work” by Seth Godin

“You become creative when you ship work. Fall in love with the act of practicing, not the output. Creativity is leadership.” This book breathed understanding onto many fears and doubts that plague me as a creator without encouraging me to settle. I hope it will do the same for you.

Business / Finance / Entrepreneurship

The Freelancer’s Bible” by Sara Horowitz

This must-have book for freelancers covers the practicalities and challenges of being a freelancer with everything you need to know about managing and growing your business. It’s a resource I continuously return to when I don’t understand something about the world of freelancing.

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts” by Ryan Holiday

What do the most successful artists, creators and marketers have in common? They all know how to create work that lasts. This book dives into the four fundamentals that lead to a successful creative career: Creative Process, Positioning, Marketing, and Platform.

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” by Dorie Clark

Not where you want to be professionally? This book will serve as your roadmap to creating the career you truly desire. It comes full of tools, insights and stories that will help you figure out how to transition out of your current job or career into one that is more rewarding and fulfilling.

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive” by Dorie Clark

You may have great ideas, but do they sell? This book goes into the skills and know-how needed to monetize your expertise and capitalize on your best ideas. The end goal is an independent lifestyle that allows you to thrive professionally without relying on anyone’s approval or validation.

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen” by Donald Miller

“Clarify your message so customers will listen,” Miller writes. “The customer is the center of your story, not you.” Keep your brand message simple, relevant and repeatable.