One Year In 52 Books: My Four Books On The Go This Month - #AmReading April

Laura Mariani

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: books can be your best friends, keeping you company and helping you to dream, and your pocket mentors - every page a mini-lesson waiting to be absorbed - #amreading April

Hello again, my lovely readers and reading community.
This month I'd love to share a mix of non-fiction/business books, groundbreaking pivotal fiction in women's history and some inspiration. Life is a never-ending journey, with experiments and lessons at every corner and a book to match them - ready?


The average CEO reads 52 books per year - that's one book every week. My four books on the go this month - #amreading April - are:

#amreading April - My take on the books

The first book is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, #TheWomanAlchemist for this month. Wollstonecraft is the mother of modern feminism. This book was Wollstonecraft's declaration of independence, attacking the prevailing view of females as docile and submissive whilst detailing the principles of emancipation instead: an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and women to become defined by their profession, not their partner.
Even though this book was published in 1792, over 200 years ago, it remains startling modern. Who would have thought we would still be arguing about the same thing now? I know, shocking!
The Road Less Stupid by Keith J Cunnigham was part of the prep work/gift I received when attending a seminar with Tony Robbins. Keith also was one of the guest speakers; he is hilarious and can translate complex financial principles into easily understandable ones. The book enables business owners, regardless of the size of the business, or the industry, to run their business more effectively, make more money, and dramatically increase the likelihood of keeping that money, learning the principles and strategies of making significant decisions and minimizing risk. A book for business people indeed.
The Rise of the Youpreneur by Chris Ducker is particularly useful for solopreneurs, self-employed/freelancers, and creatives alike, as the book's central theme is around personal branding. Let's face it, when the business is small, people buy into "you", not just what you sell. People buy from people they know, like and trust. The book helps you to discover and define your authentic self (brand) and offers practical steps that you can work through and implement to build, market and monetize your business. Moreover, it's written - in plain English, with no overcomplicated acronyms or business jargon.


And finally, The Alchemist by Paolo Cohello, the book that inspired me to start my own business and the name of my company. What I learn from this book I still carry with me, every day:
  • Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself
  • Recognise the good in everything and Embrace the present
  • Be unrealistic
  • Decide what you want and Focus on your own journey
What about you? Have you read any of these books? What do you think?


PS: My new book, 90 Days To Reboot Your Career, is now OUT! You can buy it from Amazon, major booksellers.

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