What Does a Career or Business on Your Own Terms Mean?

To me, it means to define how your career, business and life has to look like first and then create it. It has noting to do with finding a job and has all to do with creating opportunities.

This is why I get my coaching & mentoring clients into the mindset of an entrepreneur before we start doing anything else.

It does not matter if you want to be an employee, partner, freelancer or business owner, everybody has to think and act like a leader to succeed today.

Let me share with you my top 9 books that I have read and used to create a career on my own terms.


1. Tribes – We Need You to Lead Us

This is one of my all times favorite books from Seth Godin. Seth has the ability to inspire me with many of his books but this one truly stood out to me. This is the one that gave me the inspiration to start my own community and create a business based on my values and principles.

I must have listened to the audio book for more than 10 times by now and every time I do, something else inspires me because my situation is different.

This is one of the books that kept me going in the tough times of my business where it would have been easy to go back into my comfort zone. It helped me to stay on the right track, one that is based on my values and my passion.


2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action 

If you are still looking for your passion, if you are still looking for that core inner motivation, this books is for you. Even if you know what you are most passionate about, this book will still inspire you to think different.

Start with Why inspired me to think different about my business and my career and to base every decision on my Why. This is one of the reasons why I have been so successful with starting and establishing my business so fast.

It’s a must read for everyone who is serious about their career or business.


3. Book Yourself Solid

This is my bible for business foundation. I built my entire business on this system and therefore made sure it’s build on a solid foundation. I’m a big Michael Port fan and adopted many of his ideas into my coaching & mentoring program.

Thanks to BYS, I was able to define a clear filter so I only get to work with ideal clients who inspire me and who are the perfect match for me.

If you want to start your own business, this is the first book you have to read and more importantly, work through.


4. $100 Startup

I came across Chris Guillebeau first when he published this book and have probably read it 3 times by now. It’s one of the more strategic books on my book shelf.

The part that I love the most about it are the stories about other people who started their business. Most of them never wanted to become an entrepreneur but they “accidentally” started something great and moved forward step by step along the way.

$100 Startup helped me with the more conceptual things in my business, especially launches and communicating benefits over features.


5. Thank You Economy

Gary Vaynerchuk is a phenomena of itself. He is one of the most self-expressed and bold guys I have ever seen on stage.

In the Thank You Economy he talks about the new economy and how valuable a simple thank you has become. It showed me that there are many more people out there building their business on a solid foundation based on their values.


6. Crush It! Why NOW Is the Right Time to Cash In on Your Passion

This book is a wonderful expression of Gary’s boldness and there is no fuzz in it. If you like directness, this is a book for you.

It has a lot of thoughts and ideas around social media in it since Gary is deeply involved in this topic.


7. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

This is the first book I have read about lifestyle entrepreneurship and location independency. I think I have read it 4 times or more. Even though I don’t agree with everything in the book, it’s a great inspiration to see what is actually possible in today’s world.

It’s actually less about only working 4 hours per week and more about building your own business around your lifestyle.

Even though I have read it many times during 2010 and 2011, I was not really able to imagine becoming a lifestyle entrepreneur. Building a business that supports my lifestyle while at the same time gives me all the freedom of location and time independency was unreal for me back then.

Now, every time I order my Chai Tea Latte at a Starbucks some place around the world and the barista asks me “You don’t seem to be from here, what do you do?”, it makes me realize that I am actually living my dream every single day.


8. 18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures

This is a free eBook to download. It’s the inspirational story of how Corbett Barr built his online business within 18 months to six figures while also traveling for a big part of the time.

I am very certain that I will soon publish my own story in such a format to inspire more people to create something on their own terms.


9. 279 Days to Overnight Success

This is the inspiring story of how Chris Guillebeau created a career in social media on his own terms. It’s also a free eBook to download.


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