When people think of what it takes to start a business, words like “struggling” and “stressful” come to mind. But it was the rewriting of this narrative that allowed me to succeed as an entrepreneur.
I have always been a shy and anxious person. But in 2020, I made an effort to reset my mindset and started my Excel training side activity, Miss Excel, by posting a TikTok video of me dancing in front of an Excel sheet.
My passion for teaching people how to use Excel kicked off and by February 2021 I was making enough money to quit my 9 to 5 job and grow my business full time.
Since integrating Miss Excel into a software training company, I have generated over $1 million in revenue. Ninety-five percent of that comes from passive income course sales. At one point, I even made $100,000 in sales, in just one day.
Overcoming my fears and taking that leap allowed me to work around 15 hours a week and spend the rest of the time traveling. Here are five books that helped me build my confidence and develop my entrepreneurial spirit:
1. “Dot Com Secrets: The Underground Manual for Growing Your Business Online with Sales Funnels”
By Russell Brunson
This is a tactical guide to building a digital sales business. Russell Brunson, founder of the ClickFunnels software company, has helped entrepreneurs sell millions of dollars’ worth of products and services.
I used the strategies outlined in his book to develop lead generation techniques and sales funnels that allow my online courses to sell without additional work on my part and generate passive income.
2. “You’re Great: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living a Great Life”
By Jen Sincere
Written by success coach Jen Sincero, this book helped me identify my self-limiting beliefs so I could deconstruct them and build my confidence enough to run my own business.
The fun little chapters of relatable stories, wise advice, and simple exercises motivated and inspired me.
3. “Twelve and a Half: Harnessing the Emotional Ingredients for Business Success”
By Gary Vaynerchuk
With honesty and humility, best-selling author, co-founder of Resy and investor Gary Vaynerchuk outlines the most important business skills and includes practical advice on how to develop them.
This book is an excellent starting point for entrepreneurs to identify opportunities for personal growth fueled by deep self-exploration.
4. “Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Full, Happy and Prosperous Relationship with Work and Money”
By Christy Whitman
Life Coach Christy Whitman shares a 10-step plan on how to build strong internal relationships with professional contacts, create a culture of appreciation for those in your network, and magnetize future relationships and opportunities.
Applying the principles in this book has helped me attract opportunities, from press releases to corporate sponsorships, and grow my business with incoming leads instead of paying for advertising.
5. “Think and grow rich”
By Napoleon Hill
This book is an inspirational classic that has sold over 100 million copies. Share the wisdom of over 500 of America’s most successful people, grouped into 13 principles for success.
The case studies in this book gave me the inspiration I needed to pursue my dream, while the mental guidance gave me the tools.
Kat Norton teaches Microsoft Excel to individuals, companies and educational institutions. since launch Miss Excel in 2020, she grew up ICT tock Y instagram audience to more than a million followers.
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