January 2016, Motivational Press, 300 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Why Behaving Like a Girl Can Change Your Life and Grow Your Business Business runs on male standards but women don’t advance when men make the rules. It’s high time women take charge, and this timely female-specific guide tells you how. As entrepreneurs, women can rely on their distinctive experiences and values to build lives of parity, purpose, passion and prosperity. Anchored by up-to-date reporting and stories of real-life women startups and success, this inspirational call to action includes female-friendly plans and tools to enable women to chart their own futures and pursue lives of satisfaction.
This book grabbed my interest simply because I'm in the process of starting my own business, an online crochet shop, Nayu's Crochet Dreams, and I'm intrigued to find out any tips to help me with this. The book looks at the history of women in steong leading positions, which like most of the examples uses American women. There's evidence from various sources, a look into what happens when women try to act like men-the answer is to be yourself. I liked that there are examples of women who made mistakes, some rectified them later on, some didn't.
I wasn't surprised at how low a percentage of women aren't at the top of theirfield, because although companies strive for this I think more men apply for the jobs, which reduces the possibility of a woman getting it. It's easy to dip in and out of the book, as thec hapters are divided further into various sections. There's a wealth of links and useful organisations who may help readera (American based), which includes places it may be possible to get start up money for your business; crowdfunding and other means of revenue are explored.
I'll share with you a few quotes I'm taking away. Unfortunately it has been a long time since I took references so forgot the page numbers, and I must stress this is from an ARC so the words may not be in the final book.
Choose something that you're really passionate about and don't worry if it's hard. Bumps in the road smooth out in the long run.
Don't give up.
Keep in mind no entrepreneur can grow a business without making mistakes, and hopefully learning from them.
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