Nicole Lapin is a total boss. The financial expert and serial entrepreneur is the star of the nationally-syndicated business competition reality show Hatched and was the youngest anchor ever at CNN, before holding the same title at CNBC anchoring Worldwide Exchange, while contributing financial reports to Today and MSNBC. Um…NBD. Her financial acumen is (excuse the pun) on the money; Lapin’s first book, Rich Bitch, was an instant New York Times bestseller and she’s served as a business anchor for Bloomberg Television, a money-saving correspondent for The Wendy Williams Show and a money columnist for Redbook magazine.
In her most recent book, Boss Bitch, Lapin is turning her attention to being a boss. She argues that you don’t need to manage hundreds of employees, dozens or even one. You just need to be confident, savvy, and ambitious.
Unfortunately, this isn’t something we’re taught how to do in school. So, Lapin draws from her own work experience—raw and hilariously real stories—to teach us a thing or two about being the bosses of our own lives, killing it as a boss at work and then, if you’ve got a side hustle as an entrepreneur, being the boss of your own business.
Here, Nicole Lapin shares the books that taught her how to be a boss. She points to this wide range of memoirs, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as books that inspired her and taught her something—even after she’d turned the last page.
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Click on each white dot on the books’ spines below to read Nicole’s thoughts on each title and then pick up your copy of Boss Bitch—and go be the best boss you can be!
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
I had a really outrageous childhood and upbringing that I always wanted to whitewash and hide. Jeannette Walls is so honest and raw in this book. It helped me open up and find my own voice. In it, it says that everyone who is interesting has a past. I agree.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I read this twice because the first time it was a little over my head. While the philosophies in it are complex and super intellectual, I can boil it down by saying that it inspired me not to be a copycat.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
Reading this book showed me an unconventional take on money matters for the first time. It encouraged me to me to think differently. I didn’t know how I would apply that at first but it’s the same idea of rethinking convention and starting to think for yourself that was the core inspiration for both of my books.
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht
I like to think of myself, not as the ultimate girl’s girl but a step further as a woman’s woman in my writing and in my life. Aliza is not only a friend but stands for the same female empowerment that I do and the more of us helping women to not only have a seat at the table but a voice, the louder we get.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
I—and every other girl on the planet—relate to this book in some way. Last year, I went on my first solo trip ever. I went to Bali, the most inspiring part of the 3-stop journey of Elizabeth Gilbert’s recovery of her heart and head. I had super high expectations for my trip because of it. Normally I like to live by low expectations and be happily surprised when I exceed them but this is one of the few times that something has beat even my high expectations.
Life on Earth: Poems by Frederick Seidel
I thought I wanted to be a poet before I became a journalist. Even though that writing is totally different (as is the kind I do now), I’ve always kept cadence and beats in mind. Frederick Seidel is the master of that and impactful staccato lines that always creep into whatever I’m writing.
Photos courtesy of Nicole Lapin