Top 30 Influential Books Every Fearless Female Entrepreneur Should Read

Featured Contributor: Da'ryl Victoria of DreamchaseHERs

In my wildest dreams, I want to be the dopest version of myself buuut, influential like.. Oprah. — big dreams right? We’ll I’m actually crazy enough to think that one day it’ll happen. Until then, she’s one of my “mental mentors”. 🙂

During this journey of becoming an entrepreneur I’ve had hundreds of ideas. Some of them you see big names doing now, however, I didn’t know where to start. I used to get upset when I seen other people doing things I had written in my “business journal” many years before. Frustration would rush over me because I would feel like they “stole” my ideas! How dare they get the praise and glory for something that I thought of back in 2010? What did they have or do that I didn’t? It was simple. They acted upon those ideas rather than letting them remain dreams– they made it a reality.

How sway? How!!

I would repeatedly ask myself, “how did they do it?”

While not understanding that sometimes the answer is with someone who has come before me and went through it already. So then I made a list– A list of everyone that I had admired in business throughout the years. After that I began doing research on each one of them. 

I couldn’t control my desire to become as successful as they were. I wanted more. And this is when my “mental mentors” began giving me the most incredible, life changing, thought provoking, honest, and inspiring gift I could ever ask for — knowledge.

Here are my Top 30 Influential Books that I feel every fearless woman should read while on her journey to becoming an entrepreneur or badass bawse. 

& P.s. — * The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading these books. I was not financially compensated in any way. *




Year of YES: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun, and Be Your Own Person

By Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, The Queen of Thursday Nights. Grey’s Anatomy? Scandal? How To Get Away With Murder? Pick your poison.

In one year Rhimes changed her life by using the power of “YES“. Sounds simple right? It was. As one of Hollywood’s biggest Creators and Producers Rhimes was at the top of the invite lists to some of the biggest parties, media appearances, and speaking engagements. – “No Thanks.”

As an introvert and mother of 3, Rhimes had her plate full and stepping outside of her comfort zone didn’t fit into her schedule. Then her sister hit her with a one year challenge — Say: “Yes”.

Read as Rhimes takes you on a journey through her biggest year ever. The Year of Yes




Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It In Your Career Rock Social Media

By: Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht is the sh*t incase you’re unaware. The Fashion Executive, Twitter beast shares her experiences on this “learn from my mistakes” journey.

Licht gives you the real, and inspires you to put on your big girl panties and get shit done.  — love it!




You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

By: Jen Sincero

Want to change your life and become the dopest version of you possible? You Are A Badass gives you the spark you need to get started right where you are.

At a point in life where you feel like it’s time to reinvent yourself? Start here.




How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model For Work and Life

By: Joanna Barsh

What makes a great leader? How do remarkable women lead? This book shares the power of “the woman” and how changing your mentality can change the power you possess.

” The book’s personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing–to work.”




Her Place At The Table: A Women’s Guide To Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success

By: Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D, Judith Williams Ph.D, Carol Frohlinger JD

Do you know your place at the table? Do you know your worth? At some point in time a lot of us begin to question where do we fit into all of this?

This book is a leading guide to learning how to negotiate and navigate your career.

Read countless stories and gain valuable information to assist you with making an impact in your life.





By: Sophia Amoruso

I absolutely adore this book. I love Sophia’s unapologetic approach to giving you the truth of what it takes to be a #girlboss.

Read about her journey to building one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies… Nasty Gal.




The Power Playbook: Rules For Independence, Money, and Success

By: La La Anthony

La La Anthony is a power player and creates her own rules on her journey to success.

I love this read because La La gives you solid, sincere, advice and tools to creating the life you deserve. — get on it!




Be You & Live Civil: Tools For Unlocking Your Potential & Living Out Your Purpose

By: Karen Civil

Karen Civil is everywhere, but everyone’s biggest question is “what does she do”?

The Cultural Artige’, Media Maven, and Philanthropist shares her story and takes you on a journey of what it took for her to unlock her potential, and build an empire.

Karen opens up about major events, and turning points that lead her to living out her purpose — something we all can identify with.




Contagious: Why Things Catch On

By: Jonah Berger

I occasionally indulge in topics like “How to start a movement“, or “How do things become contagious” on youtube which helps me understand the way things catch on– kinda.

In October of 2013, Rapper Nipsey Hussle announced the release of his  $100 mixtape “Crenshaw“. Wait, What? $100 for a mixtape? not a real album? (I hope it came with chuck taylors and concert tickets) — Sounds insane right? In fact, It was genius! What gave Nipsey the inspiration behind the idea? — Contagious.

This book will change your life, or at least the way you market your brand. Learn tips and gain insight on how things become viral. Some of the most outrageous marketing strategies have lead people and companies to enormous success.

Let me just ask you this: Where were you when Beyoncé dropped her album out of thin air?




Normal Gets You Nowhere

By: Kelly Cutrone

Does it ever? Who follows the “rules” anymore? Who made up these damn “rules” in the first place?

“This book is an invitation to rethink who you are, what you value, and what you want from life, Normal Gets You Nowhere goes beyond how to reinvent yourself and create your own brand, and investigates what it means to live in this world as a tuned-in, caring individual with a passion for making a difference.”

Again, who wants to be normal?




The Geek’s Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People

By: Garth Sundem

Pinky & The Brain were way ahead of their time — World Domination? Yes, please.

But, what does it take to achieve world domination? Open this book and find out.

May the force be with you.




Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient

By: Valorie Burton

One thing I’ve learned along this journey to entrepreneurship is that you can’t manifest a new life with old thinking. So, it’s safe to say the same lesson applies in business.

This book is awesome! Valorie gives you 9 key rituals to guide you in achieving ultimate success. – Thank you!




Rising Strong

By: Brené Brown

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”

I’ve heard this quote a million times in my lifetime and it leaves me to question: How great are our comebacks to our setbacks? Facing obstacles, hitting road blocks, and being patient as you wait to “make it” can cause frustration, stress, and the desire to give up. Brené Brown takes you through a series of how to rise stronger than ever before.

” living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.”

So what truly matters? How far you fall? or How strong you are when you get up?

It’s time to rise up. — read on.




The Alchemist

By: Paulo Coelho

This is possibly the greatest book of all time. Yeah, I said it!

The Alchemist is an amazing story which relates to the challenges, omens, test of faith, and uncertainty we experience while on our life journey.

I highly recommend that you open this book and live through Santiago’s as he travels on a journey to his personal legend. We all have one. Are you on a quest to yours?





The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom ( A Toltec Wisdom Book)

By: Don Miguel Ruiz

This is another read that I absolutely live by! The Four Agreements is one of the most important books to read in your life time.

Grab a pen and paper as you learn about Toltec Wisdom, and The Four Agreements that help lead us to personal freedom.

  1. Be Impeccable with your word

  2. Don’t take anything personal

  3. Don’t make assumptions

  4. Always do your best




Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By: Elizabeth Gibert

Why do we live in fear? I was once told that fear is : False Evidence Appearing Real. — or in the words of the rapper Fabolous ” The fear you feel is not real” hmmm. … either way, great way to put it.

I used to find myself operating out of fear. Fear of failing, fear of succeeding, fear of stepping out of my comfort zone, and fear of being me. Why do we live with these fears?

This book is pure inspiration. Elizabeth Gilbert dares you to be fearless, courageous, free, curious, and brave.

Ready for all of that? I thought so. Enjoy!




Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business From Scratch—Naturally

By: Miko Branch

Miss Jessie’s is known as the company that revolutionized the hair care industry.

Sisters Miko and Titi Branch share their experience of creating a successful hair care business from scratch– naturally.

Learn how to create a brand that serves it’s demographic and change the way we build our business’ from the ground up.




Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

By: Simon Sinek

Do you love your job? Are you the boss? — if so, do you feel as though you’re a good leader? Do you “eat” last?

” When it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader’s vision and their organization’s interests.”

Again I ask.. As a leader, do you eat last?




The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

By: Ryan Holiday

This is another great read on how to turn trails into triumph. — says the title of this book, right?

Well, it’s true. How often are we willing to do what it takes to turn our setbacks into our most rewarding and gratifying comebacks? Are we millennials too spoiled and expect instant gratification? Are we too scared to take risks due to the possibility of failing? Why do we like to take the easy way rather then the tougher way? Why are we so scared of obstacles?

According to this book — its the way to go.

I mean, there’s an art to overcoming shit… right?




Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship At A Time  

By: Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

Networking and building relationships can be a challenge to some, especially introverts. — trust me I know.

However, the question stands: Why would you want to “eat” alone? When it comes to building yourself and the life you want to live, it’s vital to keep positive people around you. So why would you consider anything different when it comes to business?

This book teaches you step by step how to build your connections, and the value behind them.




The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join The New Rich

By: Tim Ferris

The title alone was enough for me to stick my nose in this book. A 4-Hour Workweek? Sign me up!

Tim Ferris breaks down “The How”, “The Why”, and shares the tools necessary to have a 4-hour workweek mentality. —Get on it!!!




Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for A New Generation

By: Andrea Wong

Dare I expose the Secrets of Powerful Women right here? Tuh!

Read and proceed. 🙂




Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy

By: Mallika Chopra

Ever heard of Deepak Chopra? He and Oprah are like, bff’s!

When I first learned about his daughter’s book “Living With Intent” I was immediately intrigued. I mean, he’s like a walking guru-monk, namaste-god, so of course he would teach his daughter a thing or two, right? Well he did, and so much more.

This was an interesting read because I thought it would be coming from a more serious tone with deep intentions, but to my surprise, Mallika is just as quirky and crazy as I am.

” Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life.”

Sounds like a journey a lot of us should be on. *guilty*




Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

By: Lois P. Frankel, PhD

No, they really don’t. It’s always some rude ass girl that climbed her way to the top holding scissors, right? There’s some truth in there, however, I like to look at it as the evil ones may make it to the corner office, but their view sucks!

So ultimately, being a nice girl with calculating moves is the way to go… I think.

In this book “Lois P. Frankel reveals a distinctive set of behaviors-over 130 in all-that women learn in girlhood that ultimately sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills.” — Here for it!




Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets To Leadership, Business, and Life

By: Nancy D. O’Reilly, PSYD

Dive in as Nancy O’Reilly shares the stories from 20 Influential Woman and give insiders advice on Business, Leadership, and Life.




What I Know For Sure

By: Oprah Winfrey

The God has spoken!

If Oprah tells you there’s one thing she knows for sure, you better listen.





Think and Grow Rich

By: Napoleon Hill

This book is simply powerful. Want to think and Grown Rich? Welp! Here you go.

Napoleon Hill breaks down methods and the process to think and become financially free. *praying hands emoji*

This book is so powerful!!




The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By: Eckhart Tolle

The power of pursuing spiritual enlightenment is life changing.

Eckhart is mentioned with other great authors such as Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho and Oprah, so you know this is a good one.

The Power of Now is a spiritual journey. One that requires commitment, dedication, and a clear focus.




The Secret Language of Influence

By: Dan Seidman

Influence is POWERFUL!

Look at Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. We’ve all been influence by pictures and opinions. The influence of the internet is powerful, but have you learned the language of influence? Do you know how to become influential? Are you aware of the influence you have on yourself and the people around you?

Dan teaches us how to master one of the most important skills of today — Influence. Get you some.




The Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

By: Seth Godin

I love, love, love this book! Why? Ok, I’ll make it easy for you:

If you’re driving and you see cows, at first you’re like “aww, look at the cows!” As you continue to drive, the more cows you see the less amazed you are by them. It’s like they become invisible. You’re no longer interest. However, what if you see a purple cow? It would stick out like a sore thumb right? Well, that how you want your brand to stick out —  like a purple cow.

Seth helps you understand how the mind works with marketing a brand. He breaks down what it takes to stand out and influence other business’ to follow suit… or not.





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

By: Cara Alwill Leyba

Women are taking over the world, literally. It’s like there’s a female entrepreneur epidemic happening right before our eyes.. during our lifetime.

Girl Code gives you a sense of unity amongst other female entrepreneurs. It gives us a code to live by while unlocking the tools to success, and happiness.

This one is a must read, especially for someone just entering ‘entrepreneur lane’.



What books are you reading? Which books have you read that helped you in Business? 



Laurie Nicolas