By: Sarika Karra
Accomplishment comes from passion, drive, and the willingness to learn and pick up new information to hone your skills. There are many talented individuals out there who have learned from and written about their experiences (mainly what has or hasn’t worked best for them), or have created a way to make the process easier for others on the path.
Whether you’re starting or scaling a business, or trying to better establish your brand and voice as an entrepreneur or creator, here is a compilation of some of the most useful resources for any individual looking for better business understanding and ownership. This list will help direct you to the right kind of resource for your specific brand needs.
Magazines + Newsletters
2. Morning Brew
Morning Brew is another business newsletter that draws a younger crowd of professionals and entrepreneurs to discuss all things cutting-edge tech and business.
They’re rapidly growing into one of the leading daily newsletters that offers the most important industry news in bite-sized, 5-minute reads. They also offer spin offs of their main newsletter focused more on other industries, such as Emerging Tech (newest technologies) and The Turnout (relationship between politics and business).
3. Prof Galloway
This newsletter was created by NYU Stern marketing professor Scott Galloway and remains one of the most interesting hubs to learn all about digital economy, technology, and digital marketing strategies.
Dan Shipper explores how the most accomplished/efficient people in the world organize and perform at their jobs at such high levels.
Through weekly emails of conversations with successful individuals and compilations of original essays by Dan, this newsletter ensures that you learn what makes them tick and how you can develop your own systems for better productivity and quality of life.
5. The Groove
Award-winning art-advisor and author, Maria Brito, designed a newsletter to rapidly help unlock creative potential. Each issue of The Groove features the creative process of history’s most legendary artists and entrepreneurs, so you can apply it to your own life, business, and practice.
1. Why We Sleep
This popular science book about sleep by neuroscientist and sleep researcher, Matthew Walker, is filled with reasons why sleep should be the main priority in your life when looking after physical health. Neglecting sleep undermines a number of things — creativity, problem-solving, decision-making, learning, memory, immune system, heart health, brain health, mental health, emotional well-being, and even life-span, to name a few.
Though some of the reporting may be exaggerated, this book is a great overview of what sleep is, why we absolutely need it, and how to get more high-quality sleep. We all need the reminder that sleeping well is the best thing you can do for yourself.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This classic business book by Stephen R. Covey outlines a habit-based approach for discovering and sticking to your “true north” in order to achieve and accomplish your goals.
3. Atomic Habits
Success requires big-picture thinking in addition to attention to detail. Author James Clear offers a systematic approach to our day-to-day habits and how we can make small and consistent adjustments for a better quality of life.
Ultimately, our habits can help us overcome a lack of motivation or willpower, help us create new and better habits, and will help us design our environment for greater and easier success.
4. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
This is a particularly relevant read in today’s day and age, as we are constantly bombarded with various stimuli from the digital world. Cal Newport offers advice, specifically four “rules,” for cultivating a deep work ethic.
5. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight gives a raw and honest look into Nike’s early days and his struggles before the company took off. Knight has plenty of profound advice to share, especially on how to stay motivated in the face of adversity. He really reminds us that the journey is what counts, rather than the destination.
If you at all have a mild interest in Nike and its foundation, this is the book to pick up! It’s inspiring to read about the origins of what now is a prominent global brand.
1. How I Built This
In this classic podcast, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies out there. Listen along for the inspiring stories of innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists — and the legacies they left.
2. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss brings on an eclectic mix of prominent guests from all sorts of fields — art, business, sports, investing, etc., and deconstructs their best tactics, strategies, and routines for success.
3. The Strategy Hour Podcast
Hosts Abigail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams discuss all things marketing and strategy to get a creative business off the ground. Along the way, they share all of the ins and outs of their experience growing a successful online 6-figure business, and how to turn your side passion or hustle, into your main gig.
4. Women Taking the Lead
Jodi Flynn brings on prominent women in leadership positions to discuss how women can grow into and thrive into leadership positions of their own. This podcast talks about all the tools one would need to improve communication skills, develop collaborative relationships, create more time for fun, and rewrite the rules of success.
5. The Real Reel Podcast
Influencer, YouTuber, and entrepreneur, Natalie Barbu, pulls back the curtain on people’s digital highlight reels and speaks to people and entrepreneurs about their careers, the future of influencers, serial entrepreneurship, and much more.
And that concludes our list of resources! If you have any other great suggestions that we haven’t mentioned here yet, feel free to reach out to us so we can include it. We hope that this blog was helpful in helping you figure out where to turn to for better business advice and that Jemi helps you reach your online creation or brand goals. Check out our other blog posts for more with help on your blog or branding and as always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions by emailing email@example.com!