The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want (AMACOM , 2016)

This book is an absolute must-read and a huge eye-opener about the way work and our economy are evolving. The author makes a powerful case that the Gig Economy is here to stay and there’s simply no turning back. Yet she presents this as an opportunity rather than something to be afraid of or intimidated by. Although the book talks about both the pros and cons of the Gig Economy (in terms of the fact that there are both winners and losers), it convincingly presents the pros as far outweighing the cons and is extremely energizing in walking readers through the various ways of taking advantage of these pros. My all time favorite: the last line, which reads, “When we ask kids of the future what they want to be when they grow up they won’t have an answer. They’ll have a list.”

BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide To Being Your Own Boss (Wedge15, 2013)

Gloria “gets it”. She recognized that the apparent financial security in large (and small) organizations has evaporated, and that financial security (as well as personal happiness and fulfillment) is now based on individual skills and networks. The world has become inverted.

This book compellingly demonstrates that the risks of embarking on an entrepreneurial career are not overwhelming, and that the greater risks are staying trapped in the “status quo”. The book provides an excellent balance between “encouragement” and “practical how to”. I hope that many, many Millennials will read this book and follow Gloria’s suggestions. It will provide not only greater personal fulfillment (and financial success), but if enough people read this book it will have an impact on youth unemployment and the general vibrancy and creativity in the economy. Bravo!

Start Something That Matters (Spiegel & Grau, 2012)

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.

We’re all looking for a ‘meaning’ for what we do nowadays, and it’s easy to get lost sometimes. This lil book is like a bible for the newborn entrepreneur of this generation who are savvy, socially responsible, optimistic despite the beaten path in front of us. Sometimes Blake sounds a little too optimistic almost too innocent, some of his success stories just seemed too easy and he seems to have too much luck. But this soon became clear to me that this is all because he has always started with and hold true to a. Genuine purpose in whatever decision he makes. I am very glad I discovered Tom’s, discovered Tom’s blog, and hence discovered this book.

Rework (Currency, 2010)

This as a really interesting book. Great insight on how to be a dynamic leader and chase vision/inspiration. I highly recommend it to anyone who has or plans to start a business in any field. The chapters are short but packed with tools that will help you focus on the real priorities of having a sustainable business and work environment. Glad I picked this up!Recommend this one to any professional.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (New York, NY: Avery, 2012)

This book is very insightful and life changing. It has very informative ways on seeing and living life in a different way and perspective.

I hadn’t realized how many walls I put up until I read this. Brené is empathetic and engaging in her writing. I finished the book wholly inspired to use her ideas in my own life to better connect with the people around me. Definitely recommended this book to everyone.
Strengthfinders 2.0

Strengths Finders 2.0 (Gallup Press, 2007)

Learn about yourself! Are you where you should be in life? You will learn about where your excellence lies in self and where you can prepare for a successful and most of all happy life.
This book helped me identify my strengths and the test was invaluable. I now have a greater understanding of how to motivate my team and ensure they are working on projects in sync with there dominant theme.

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches (New York, NY: Howard Books, 2011)

Absolutely insightful, worth the money. It’s practical and well-founded at the same time. Great read for anyone who wants to be a better leader, future business owner, better boss. I really learned a lot from this.

I appreciate all the anecdotes, analogies and examples to get the points across. I don’t agree with all the examples, but I can agree to disagree because all the points are solid. Read and be a generous leader.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Portfolio, 2011)

People don’t by what you do, they buy why you do it. A terrific dissection of what makes a brand, product or service rise above the competition by emphasizing the WHY behind our motivations to succeed, versus the WHAT approach which is a less than passionate, less inspired approach to product or service focused more on making a quick buck than delighting and inspiring the customer.