Have you recently finished a page turner and need a new book to delve into? Looking for a book that’s been influential to other Remote Workers? Look no further! I asked a group of successful, talented people what books inspired them on their journey to becoming a Remote Worker. Let’s find out what lessons they learnt from their favourites!

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

 

Recommended by Melinda Massie, a performing arts marketing coach. Check out what she does here, and you can follow her on Instagram too!

What’s the book about?

The Artist’s Way is a best seller by Julia Cameron that helps people get creatively unstuck. It’s based on a class she taught in the 70s, and is set up like a course. Each chapter is placed into weeks and explores a new topic. And one doesn’t have to be a performer or artist to get great use from this book. As human beings we need to create and be creative. This helps you find where your creative talents lie in whatever genre that may be.

How has it inspired you?

It inspired me in a number of ways in both my performance life and business life. The biggest ways it’s affected me is that now I can see almost anything as inspiration for my business whether it is directly related or not. I can new find ideas for blog posts and products and campaigns and pretty much anything everywhere! Also, I look at art and pretty much everything in a different way – thinking more about the creation process and how things go from idea to reality rather than only the final product.

 

 

Work’s Intimacy by Melissa Gregg

 

Recommended by Renee Powers, creator of wildcozytruth.com. You can also follow her on Instagram.

What’s the book about?

It’s a rigorous academic text about remote work and the demands of digital entrepreneurs. Those of us who work for ourselves or work from home face a lot of pressures, both internally and externally.

How has it inspired you? 

This book reminds me to have very clear boundaries around when and what constitutes “work” and to be diligent about enforcing those boundaries. They’re necessary for a balanced, fulfilled life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising strong by Brene Brown

 

Recommended by Christine Signori, creator of razzinterrupted.com

What’s the book about?

The book is about the process of falling down in life and how to pick yourself back up so you can emerge stronger. I loved the book, because you can apply it to small falls in your life, or large falls. It was all done on research of feelings and how they impact our decisions. It helps you to not just identify the feeling, but to figure out the reasoning behind the feeling.  you identify what your personal weakness’s are. What questions you should ask yourself before you react to a situation. It also is great book to learn how to deal with difficult people and situations, as well as your own personal insecurities.

How has it inspired you?

About 6 months ago, I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. I lost my job and have been fighting to regain my brain functions. This book helped inspire me to change my thinking and practice the tools in the book and, not only am I more confident and sure of myself that I will heal from this injury, but using the tools in the book helped me focus on what was important, which is healing. It got my focus off what was holding me back, which was spending too much time defending my injury to people who didn’t understand, as traumatic brain injuries are considered an invisible disability. It also gave me the courage to start my blog, without fear of criticism, the tools in the book are things you will use daily.

 

 

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

 

Recommended by Jenny Heyside, creator of theblondera.com. You can find her on Instagram, too!

What’s your favourite book?

So my favourite book is the traveler classic On The Road by Jack Kerouac (I even have a tattoo in typewriter font of the name). The book is based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States and into Mexico and is a classic novel of freedom.

How did it inspire you?

I first read it on my first solo large-scale international trip to India when I was 17. I had never come across writing that encapsulated these feelings I had of being a wanderer, of being more comfortable constantly on the move. In fact, before reading it I believed there was something really wrong with me! I spent a lot of time alone on that trip and Sal Paradise and the rest of the characters became my friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Alpha by Danielle Harlan

 

 

Recommended by Kate Oelmenn, check out her blog thegoldsister.com.

What’s the book about?

The book talks all about how the idea of the “alpha” has evolved into someone that gets ahead by lifting others up around them. The author practices what she preaches by responding to readers and promoting their posts, which is really rad.

How has it inspired you?

It inspired me to look at how I was interacting with the people around me! I want to be someone that people want to support and promote, not someone who tramples on others to get ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

 

Recommended by our very own Lasma Berg. Not only does she work in the Remote Connections team, but she also runs nzcoastalclothing.com.

What’s the book about?

The 4-Hour Work Week talks about how to help you increase your time and financial freedom, giving you more lifestyle options. By automating a passive income and liberating yourself from unproductive tasks you so you van live the lifestyle of the today’s ‘new rich’ –  by having and doing what you essentially want with your own time.

How did it inspire you?

The book inspired me to look over my ‘to-do lists’ and the way I plan things.
My favourite quote was: ”Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.”

The author in the book is trying to show that the reality is, that you have options, you have the ability to choose, and  that this is a real power within you. If you can follow “4 Hour Work Week” simple steps, you’ll be able to see what you can achieve with a minimum effort and cost.

 

What book helped you on your journey to being a Remote Worker? Let us know in the comments and remember to share this article with any friends who need a bit of inspiration this week.