The BEST Reads for Creatives, Entrepreneurs & Small Biz Owners

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We LOVE a good book at Plan | Brand | Grow headquarters and we’re slowly building up a wonderful little reference library of inspiration and wisdom in our studio! We can honestly attribute so much of our personal/business growth and mindset changes to reading, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite titles, and we hope you’ll find them as useful, interesting and enjoyable as we have…

PRESENT OVER PERFECT – Shauna Niequist

A collection of essays focusing on how Niequist transformed her life, leaving ‘busyness’ and a frantic lifestyle behind to rediscover herself as a mother, wife and writer. It’s an honest account with a compelling vision for a new way to live: being mindful and present in every moment, and trying to stop the unfulfillable quest to be ‘perfect’… HANDS UP if you’re a creative/entrepreneur who can relate! This is a great one for personal reflection during times of overwhelm.

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BRAND – Fiona Humberstone

Interested in learning more about branding and the deeper psychology behind it? Whether you’re a designer or a DIY’er, this is a brilliant guide to getting your business / blog’s visual identity in line with your brand’s story, processes, values and ethos.

STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST – Austin Kleon

A quick, enjoyable and easy read – perfect for a quick dose of inspiration! Kleon shares the ten things he wished he’d known when he was starting out – straight-to-the-point pearls of wisdom that can be applied across many creative fields (his other books are great too!)

GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE – Rachel Hollis

Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be! Each chapter of this book deals with a ‘lie’ that Hollis unpacks with the insight and kindness of a friend, helping women recognise the limiting mindsets that damage self-confidence and keep them from moving forward. One especially for the Girl Bosses out there – and be sure to follow it up with her new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK – Mark Manson

Manson’s reaction to the self-help industry – focusing on his own experiences that show how life’s struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful – a goodie for personal and business growth.

IT’S NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE, IT’S HOW GOOD YOU WANT TO BE – Paul Arden

Another quick, inspiring and thought provoking read focusing on Arden’s career in advertising but applicable across the creative spectrum. Arden shares wisdoms on problem solving, responding to briefs, communicating, positioning yourself in your industry, making mistakes and creativity – a diverse range of notions that can be applied to many aspects of modern life / business.

CREATIVE INC. – Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho

The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business from the authors of Blog Inc. and Mom Inc. – so many insightful and practical wisdoms shared in this book, especially for our freelancer/creative friends, and/or those who are yet to take the plunge, a must read!

THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM – Adam J. Kurtz

Perfect for when you feel overwhelmed or need a shot of inspiration – this book is simple, relatable, quick and creatively put together with ample food for thought and practical advice – pe

BOOKS WE STILL WANT TO READ:

  • In The Company of Women – Grace Bonnie
  • Being Boss – Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
  • Creative Confidence – David M. Kelley and Tom Kelley
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On – by Jonah Berger
  • You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

We’ll be updating this list regularly and would love to hear from you if you have any great recommendations for us, drop us a line here

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