Seven Books That Inspire Action
Seven Books I Love That Inspire Action
Action. Seems so simple but yet it can be unbelievably hard. We have great ideas yet our minds can’t move out of their own way! We over think things, we over research things, we make a ton of excuses, but we're going to do it. Just after we finish whatever it is we seem to think must be done first.
I’ve created a list of seven books that really pushed me to just get out there and take action. I officially started my Red Motorhead website at the beginning of 2015. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, still to this day I make changes. But over the last few years, I’ve become more clear on the direction I want to take my blog as well as the path I want to forge for my own life. Red Motorhead describes me as an individual so why not share all of my passions?!
I am still learning, changing, and expanding all of the time, but thanks to the list below I have taken action despite feeling unprepared or knowledgeable. And because I have taken action I am far more knowledgeable than I would be if I let being clueless hold me back from taking action… I hope that makes sense.
P.S. I included links to Amazon in the book titles for each of these books.
1 & 2 - The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map - Danielle LaPorte
My first two favorites are by Danielle LaPorte. I turn to these books every year, sometimes more than once a year. Danielle writes with soul which I feel helps me figure out what I really want. She has a way of asking the right questions and really hitting you in the feels when it comes to business and creating a life you truly want to live. Everyone should read these two books and honestly put thought into the questions and ideas she covers throughout them.
3 - Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
Truly a magical book about inspiration, creativity, and ideas. Big Magic takes a spiritual approach to creativity and how ideas come to us, which I loved! I was definitely inspired to answer inspiration’s knock after reading this book. I also felt far less down on myself for not following through with certain ideas I've had in the past. If you are looking to awaken the magic of creative living but are struggling with following through, Big Magic will change your approach and help you allow the ideas to flow.
4 & 5 - Crush It! and Crushing It! - Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk’s is one of my favorite business gurus to follow. At first, you will probably think he is a pompous asshole if you watch him on YouTube. But take some time to watch a few of his keynote speeches, then you will start to really like him and realize he isn’t actually that bad. I have three of Gary’s books and I would like to eventually have all of them. He has amazing advice for creating your own brand and most importantly, providing value to others. Gary's books Crush it! and Crushing it! are perfect guides to helping you get off your ass and start building a name for yourself through social media. Note: “Jab Jab Jab Right Hook” would be good to read after these two as it explains what types of content you should post to each media outlet!
6 - The Art of Non-Conformity - Chris Guillebeau
It’s been a few years since I read this book, but I need to read it again! If you are unsatisfied with where you’re at and know there has to be more to work-life then this book is for you. It will give you the kick to the nads you need to get out there and do something you enjoy. “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”- Chris Guillebeau
7 - Turning Pro - Steven Pressfield
Probably the most powerful short book I have ever read. The concept is so simple yet difficult at the same time, change your mind. Yup, change your mind and turn pro. Basically, start acting like you’re already a pro at what you want to become. Do what a pro would do, think like a pro, act like a pro, and you will become a pro.
I hope this list is as helpful for you as it has been for me! I love book recommendations so if there is a book you’ve read that has inspired you please share in the comments!