Episode 25: Must-Read Books for Interior Designers

Here are our top favorite books anyone (but especially interior design business owners like you) should read.

Episode 25 Show Notes

Lesley’s Favorite Books:

  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
    • Personal development book – real, snippy, snarky, and empowering
    • Its key takeaway is that you should decide to stop caring about what other people think 
    • You have to let go of other people’s opinions and expectations of you to be your best self
    • Figure out what you want but don’t obsess about how you’ll get there – an important reminder as business owners!
    • If your habits, surroundings, and friends don’t support you, it’s time to make a change. You can’t be your best self if you don’t have a healthy habits and a solid support system
  • Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz
    • Suggests the “Income – Profit = Expenses” model
    • It means you always pay yourself first and you always have money in an operating account
    • Encourages separate bank accounts so you can visually see where your money is going
    • Setting target percentages for different categories 
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
    • Jen shares her story of how she overcame failure and turned her life around financially 
    • The goal of the book is to uncover what’s holding you back from making money
    • Teaches you how to manage and get rid of doubts, fears, and excuses
    • Shows you how to relate to money in a new and lucrative way
  • The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
    • This book’s idea is that we don’t believe we deserve to be happy all the time so we “cap” our levels of joy by setting an upper limit to our happiness
    • When we reach or surpass or that, we subconsciously bring ourselves down to a level we feel comfortable
    • We can break through fear and self-sabotage with the right attitude
  • Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
    • You have to be willing to be uncomfortable and look at your finances
    • Underearning is when you are earning less than you deserve or deserve to make
    • Gives a lot of exercises to understand why you’re underearning and how to get past that
  • Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny
    • Goes into uncovering what sets women who earn six figures apart from underearners
    • Barbara Stanny learned that women would rather be liked than respected
    • One of the big takeaways was seeking mentors and coaches – someone to look up to and who will help you grow
    • The six-figure women were not driven by money alone and each viewed it more as a symbol
    • Ultimately, to be successful and a high earner, it’s really important to focus on fulfilling your values rather than just financial gain

Kate’s Favorite Books:

  • Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz
    • Teaching business owners to create businesses that can run on their own
    • Helps you find ways to make your business run without you 
    • The main takeaway is for identifying your Queen Bee Role (QBR) – the one job that you absolutely must do; everything else can be trashed, trimmed, or transferred to someone else
  • The Art of People by Dave Kerpen
    • How to better understand with people by asking the right questions
    • How to change and influence people by being a model and by connecting with them
    • Ask as many relevant questions and be truly interested when you first meet someone
    • The whole idea is that the end of that first conversation, people will feel heard and cared for and will ultimately like you
    • It’s all about how you make people feel!
  • Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth by Erin Verbeck and Sarah Petty
    • You can gain your value and your worth by relationship-based sales skills and being boutique
    • Finding ways to charge clients what you’re worth by providing quality services
    • Examples include keeping track of clients’ birthdays and sending small gifts, knowing anniversaries and giving clients a short call to give gift suggestions
    • Empowers you to say no to discounts – discounts devalue who you are and your services
    • You cannot be boutique if you are giving discounts because you won’t have that financial buffer to deliver quality services
  • Rework by Jason Fried
    • All about a “less is more” approach in business
    • “Don’t outspend, out-teach your competition” – find ways to teach clients what’s important to them
    • This is a way to create content that clients can go back to and consume and overtime you will earn their loyalty
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
    • It’s about not being afraid to step in the arena, whether it be a loving someone, starting your own business, or trying to get pregnant
    • Being vulnerable and getting in the arena is the only way to get what you want
    • You have to be comfortable with failing
    • Embeds the values of compassion, forgiveness, and grace
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte
    • Screw your principles, they might be holding you back
    • Life balance is a myth and the pursuit of it is causing more stress than craving for balance itself
    • Being clear on how you want to feel in your life is more important than setting goals


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