5 Books for the Creative Entrepreneur's Reading List

Daring and Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur - By Lisa Messenger

If you want sound advice from a CEO and founder who has walked the walk, this is one uplifting must-read. A playful mix of storytelling from the beginnings and peaks of the entrepreneurial journey of a media mogul as well as actionable advice for aspiring creative, risk-taking business owners. Pack this one for a read on your next business trip, you will not regret it.


Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days - By Jake Knapp

Have you heard of the "design sprint"? The author of this book makes this model that many of today's innovative tech companies use to develop disruptive products accessible to just about anyone. If you're on the brink of bringing your creative idea to life (or possibly shuffling between too many ideas) this read will take you through the step by step sprint process to test it before launch.


Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance - By Angela Duckworth

Passion and perseverance - two qualities that creative entrepreneurs know very well. Want to know how much grit you have? This book gives you a grit scale to put your passion and perseverance to the test. Then, read the stories of ambitious go-getters and what set them apart from the dreamers to actually living their dreams.


Rising Strong - By Brene Brown

A few setbacks in your creative business have you feeling a bit down? Pick this book, and yourself, up. A storyteller and researcher on vulnerability, Brene Brown, gives a how-to in being compassionate to yourself and accepting failure as a learning lesson for living a brave life. This is definitely a book for creatives who feel all the feels.


Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guide to Building a Business with Impact - By Jocelyn K. Glei

A collection of short stories and essays from some of the brightest and accomplished creatives, makes this book an easy read with a lot of substance. Think of this one as having a collection of mentors at the ready that you can digest quick tips from in each chapter. If you are building a creative business in the interest of social good, this one will be particularly interesting.


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