Welcome to the inaugural splashdown of Talkabout Tuesday! Inspired by my love of "there's no right answer," I ask four entrepreneurs a single question and share their answers here.
But Talkabout Tuesday wouldn’t be complete without YOU. Please share your own thoughts in the comments!
Today's topic: What's on your bookshelf?
Giannina Granata Silverman, founder of Rocket Ranch Design and writer who's working on her first novel, looks to Eastern culture to inspire her work and life.
- "I love No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chodron. While her books are centered on Buddhism, they really are for everyone, and remind us to be present, love ourselves, and be compassionate to everyone, which is really a big deal in our fast-paced world where we tend to beat ourselves and others up for everything. A useful tool in business as well."
- "It takes courage to be still and really look at ourselves," Tami writes. "But doing so, we see the identities and personas we've been hiding behind. Dr. Kumar provides insight, wisdom and guidance in reclaiming our feminine power and connecting to our intrinsic worth and power that naturally arises as we stop pretending. Her pioneering work in Integrative Medicine gives us a framework to heal ourselves and mentor the next generation of women through this process of becoming real.
Elise Touchette, founder of Shine a Light Coaching, is one of those very real, down-to-earth women you instantly appreciate. On her bookshelf?
- "Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck is a favorite. It helps you gain your bearings when you feel like you have lost your way. It also includes exercises to help you rediscover your innate character and teaches you techniques to help you re-introduce who you really are into the world. And thanks to Martha's style, it's all done with some straight talk and a good dose of humor."
Beth Buelow, founder of The Introvert Entrepreneur is a coach, speaker and writer who's all about supporting – you guessed it! – introverts. She has been exploring habits – and how they work in our lives.
- "I recently read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, which challenges the idea that habits are hard to break Drawing on research studies and analysis of social movements, Duhigg outlines the Habit Loop (cue-routine-reward) and the impact it has on our life and work. The most fascinating – and potentially frightening – chapter focuses on how corporations like Target leverage our habits into profits."
So … what's on your bookshelf?