The Worn ladies are voracious readers, so we thought we’d share with you our favorite books that will help you to be a bigger badass in business. A good reading list focused on a woman’s perspective in business is shockingly difficult to come by, so we’ve compiled our own here made up of books that will get you motivated, organized, balanced, inspired, and even give you a reality check. Check them out and let us know what you think.

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1. Rousey by Ronda Rousey

We’ll start with a book that has nothing to do with business in the traditional sense but everything to do with fighting your way to the top, never taking shit from anyone, and believing in yourself no matter what the haters say (which is exactly what it takes to succeed in business.) This book will make you roll around laughing and also make you want to seriously consider boxing. There’s no doubt you’ll be motivated.

Essentialism book cover by Greg McKeown
2. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

When you’re running your own business, or a team within a business, you do not have time to focus on anything but what is truly essential. That’s where Essentialismcomes in. This book will teach out how to ignore what is not important and hone in on what is, freeing you from a life of mental clutter. Take this to the next level with your wardrobe, your haircut, or whatever you have in your home and be liberated.

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3. Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Finally, a woman’s perspective on how to manage your workday and keep balance in your life while you work your butt off toward your goals. Fantastic tips include: have walking meetings (why sit in a room when you can walk and talk?) and don’t use your phone as your alarm clock (you’ll be tempted to read emails the second you wake up which automatically puts you in work mode.) if you’re addicted to your iPhone and you’re looking for balance somewhere in your overflowing inbox, you’ll enjoy this.

Lean in by sheryl sandberg
4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This is basically required reading for any woman in business. You don’t have to agree with what Sheryl says but you do have to respect the conversation. Sheryl put herself out there in a major way writing this book and it sparked a discussion that will influence women in the workplace for years to come. Sheryl argues that you should sit at the head of the table, act like what you have to say is important (because it is) raise your hand high, and don’t be afraid to interrupt.

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5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

This is the book that inspired us to start F*it. After reading this book, we were so floored by the rawness, honesty, and emotional roller coaster so well depicted in this book about what it really takes to be a CEO that we ran to find the equivalent by a female CEO – except there isn’t one, yet. While we’re waiting, this is the best book about how to actually (in the real world, where things go wrong a lot) run a business where you’re doing everything for the first time, you have to fire your best friend, you just ran out of money, and your partner might divorce you. That’s the real world and this book is BRILLIANT.

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6. Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo

You won’t get far in the world of business without being a confident speaker. This is an essential skill that you’ll need to promote yourself, close a sale, motivate an employee, or give an interview. This book breaks down the steps Ted speakers go through to perfect their stories on stage.

how to stop worrying and start living by dale carnegie
7. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Carnegie

Dale Carnegie is most famous for his book How to Win Friends and Influence People which is a classic but this book is focused on those of us who aren’t exactly comfortable with a lack of control or might suffer from anxiety or worry – which starting your own business is likely to induce. Here Carnegie shares steps to take to mentally samurai yourself so that any situation is manageable. Plus, according to Warren Buffet actually uses these tips too.

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