When I started direct sales, I needed help. Not just with the business side of things and how to host a party or recruit (those things are important) but I also needed help with my self esteem and by relationship with money.
Here’s a short list of books that were able to change my life AND give me a great foundation for building a thriving Park Lane Jewelry or any direct sales business.
First, let’s discuss my most beneficial BUSINESS title:
Direct Selling for Dummies by Belinda Ellsworth
This is my absolute hands down must read for anyone starting a direct sales business. the book takes you through starting out, choosing a company to work with, getting customers, sales, recruiting, etc, etc! It’s truly all you need to get up and started in your business.
Now lets jump into the self help category to get your mind and body into a place to do your best work. I needed to face some uncomfortable ideas that I held as true, before I could become successful in any business, but especially a direct sales business.
Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
This book is a LIFE CHANGER if you struggle with money! Spend time with this book. Worth through those exercises to get to a place of being comfortable with having money, saving money and spending money. I re-visit this book at least yearly, if not twice a year to continue to build on what I’ve learned and what I still need to absorb. Many of us start a direct sales business to just make a little extra cash, but this book helps us understand more about ourselves and our money relationship, so that we can grow our business beyond just a little bit of extra cash to creating an amazing lifestyle for ourselves and our family.
Jen Sincero holds the next two spots:
Jen’s books are FUN to read if adults language and a bit of snarkiness doesn’t offend you. Jen is real, honest, hysterical and give you a huge kick in the ass. She’s been there, done that and finally puled her shit together and truly want to help you achieve your badass self.
You are a Badass
Start with You are a Badass to really dive into where you are in your life and steps to take you where you want to be in your life. Again, take the time to do the exercises OR if you are like me and couldn’t put it down because there are so many ME TOO moments in it, just read it though once really fast and then go back to pick up the details. It’s really laugh out loud funny, so be prepared for stares if you are reading in the coffee shop.
Once you discover that you really are the badass you want to be, move on to the second book:
You are a Badass at Making Money
I will tell you that even though they are similar titles, they do not contain the same re-told stories. This book is completely new content. Now my warning….THIS BOOK CAN EASILY BE SEEN AS PRETTY WOO WOO! There’s talk of higher powers and the law of attraction, but trust me here, there is a wealth of solid, read advice to help you move your relationship with money to a new level. This book helped me understand the law of attraction and how it can actually work….if you do the work. It is not all about just making a dream board, closing your eyes, and envisioning your best life. She talks about the real live work that is involved, but helps you get your mind in a place where you can do the work to get ahead and become that BADASS WITH MONEY. She took this super woo-woo topic and make it real and valuable and concrete.
My last book on the must read list is all about starting your day.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
While I don’t buy into everything Hal says, this is so valuable for those of us that work from home, have kids, or realize all of a sudden it’s late afternoon and you need to start dinner and nothing from your to do list has gotten done. The premise is that if you start your day off productive, that you will continue to become productive throughout the day.
Hal also has a book called The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers. While I haven’t read this one because I love the original, I’m sure it has some great tidbits especially for those of us in a direct sales business.
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