What We’re Reading

 

David:

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

By: Seth Godin

Since it was first published almost a decade ago, Seth Godin's visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers around an idea, this book will demystify the process.

 It's human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads).  Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Social media gives anyone who wants to make a difference the tools to do so.

 With his signature wit and storytelling flair, Godin presents the three steps to building a tribe: the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead.

 

Cynthia:

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

By: Cara Alwill Leyba

Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, and "side hustlers" (those with a day job who are building a business on the side). It won't teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business is all about.

"I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group of women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It's almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power-playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all - and you can, too. There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bulls--t, and when we truly have each other's backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works. There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let's start sharing what we've learned to make each other better. Let's start building each other up.”

 

Top 5 All-Time Favourite Books

  1. Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
  2. Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead 
  3. Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan 
  4. William J. Bernstein, Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults
  5. Charles D. Ellis, Winning the Loser’s Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing