April 12, 2024


In the ever-evolving landscape of business and entrepreneurship, finding your path can sometimes feel like navigating a labyrinth without a map. But fear not! I’ve been down this road, with its twists and turns, highs and lows, and along the way, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of wisdom in the pages of some remarkable books. Today, I’m excited to share with you my all-time favorite reads that have not only guided my journey but have also empowered me to redefine success on my own terms. Let’s dive into the world of the best business books that have been my compass in the wild world of entrepreneurship.

Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk’s Jab Jab Jab Right Hook is a masterclass in understanding the art of storytelling in the digital age. Vaynerchuk, with his unparalleled insight into social media dynamics, teaches us how to make our message not just heard, but felt. This book transformed the way I approach content creation, reminding me that in a world of noise, the key to connection is giving value before asking for anything in return.

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

In Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller brilliantly illustrates how the power of story can captivate and engage your audience like nothing else. This book was a game-changer for me, illuminating how to clarify my message so that it resonates deeply with my clients. Miller’s framework is simple yet profound, guiding you to craft a brand narrative that is both compelling and authentic.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why is an invitation to embark on a journey of self-discovery and purpose-driven entrepreneurship. Sinek argues that knowing your ‘why’ is the cornerstone of building a brand that inspires loyalty and action. This book encouraged me to delve deeper into my own motivations, reshaping my business ethos around the values that truly matter.

Tribes by Seth Godin

Tribes by Seth Godin is a manifesto on leadership in the modern world. Godin proposes that anyone can be a leader; what’s needed is the courage to challenge the status quo and the vision to build a community around a shared idea. This book ignited my passion for fostering a sense of belonging and community, emphasizing that the strongest brands are those that create movements. Not into reading? His podcast “Akimbo” is short and sweet and powerful.

Any of the Jen Sincero Books

These books are not only my favorite business books, but some of my favorite books in general. Jen Sincero’s books are like a pep talk from a wise, witty friend who’s seen it all and isn’t afraid to call you out on your BS. Her down-to-earth style and no-nonsense advice cut through the fluff, offering practical strategies to overcome self-doubt and unleash your inner badass. Reading Sincero’s work is a reminder that the biggest obstacle to success is often our own mindset, and with the right attitude, anything is possible.

Embarking on this literary journey has been transformative, to say the least. These books have not only been my mentors and guides but have also served as a source of inspiration, pushing me to challenge my limits and envision a broader horizon for my business. In sharing these gems with you, I hope to light the spark that propels you toward your own path of discovery, growth, and unparalleled success. Happy reading, and here’s to crafting your own epic business story!

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter on the side). She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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