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One of the easiest ways to succeed in any venture is to have a mentor you can talk to and ask advice from. Unfortunately this isn't always possible but one can still have a mentor through reading books. Here are five books aimed at women who want to soar like their authors.
Body and Soul: Profits with Principles—The Amazing Success Story of Anita Roddick & The Body Shop by Anita Roddick
Forty years ago, Roddick opened a small shop in the UK selling all-natural cosmetics in refillable bottles. By 1992, she had 700 Body Shop stores cashing in $231 million in sales. She was a leader in banning animal testing and using business as a tool for social change and to promote human rights and environmental protection.
Let IT Go - The Memoirs of Dame Stephanie Shirley
More than 50 years ago, the pioneering tech entrepreneur Shirley started an all-female software company that ultimately was valued at $3 billion. In the book Shirley reveals the play-by-play of starting the business in her living room to having a global company employing thousands. She donated most of her wealth to autism research.
The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor
These two women built a coveted empire from the ground up, taking a small maternity jeans manufacturing operation in their apartment to the runways in Paris. They give the important insights about being an entrepreneur such as finding the right partner and creating an environment which is inspiring.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
A suspenseful, dramatic rags-to-riches success story where Corcoran, one of ten kids from a working class family, borrowed $1,000 while a diner waitress, to start doing real estate out of her NYC studio apartment and built that into a multi billion dollar real estate empire.
Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth Book by Mika Brzezinski
Although Brzezinski may not be the traditional definition of entrepreneur because of her MSNBC role , she built a career on inspiring women to self advocate and get paid what they’re worth. It is a personal story of being overworked and underpaid and finally quitting before she got what she really through determination and persistence.