Looking for some inspirational reading & listening in the New Year?

We asked Cultivate Lancaster attendees for their recommendations on books, podcasts, & websites that are must-reads/listens for entrepreneurs, startups & small business owners alike.

Scroll down to see what they recommended.



Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Whether looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness & passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. (Amazon)

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change The Way You Do Business

Using the lessons of successes & failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. (Amazon)

People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful

Serial entrepreneur & business visionary Dale Partridge reveals seven core beliefs that create success by putting people first. (Amazon)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist & how they can be changed.  (Amazon)


How I Built This with Guy Raz

Host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the movements they built. (link)

Open For Business

Open For Business is all about building a business from the ground up – the stuff no one tells you, the stuff you wish you knew, the stuff you should know when you’re starting a company. (link)


Explore what it means to build a business & life on your creative drive – the strategic & the tactical components of how creative people make money, take control of their businesses, & pursue what’s most important to them so that you can too. (link)


StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. (link)

Other podcast recommendations:

  • Behind the Brilliance with Lisa Nicole Bell
    A weekly podcast that blends Lisa's inspiring & funny musings with conversations with some of the world's most creative & inspiring people.
  • On the Schmooze with Robbie Samuels
    Weekly podcast featuring interviews with talented professionals from different fields who share untold stories of leadership and networking.
  • JOCKO Podcast with Jocko Willink
    Leadership principles learned on the battlefield applied to help others lead & win.
  • Resourceful Designer 
    Podcast offering tips, tricks & resources to help streamline your graphic & web design business.



Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur & the CEO / co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations. His site feature blog & podcast content as well as info on upcoming events where you can hear #GaryVee live in action. (link)


John Maxwell provides leadership coaching, mentorship & training across a number of business platforms & foundations – both capitalistic as well as philanthropic. (link)


True to its tagline – Ideas Worth Spreading – TED Talks offer the chance to explore a variety of subjects (from business & technology to science & society) via short, thought-provoking, inspiring & challenging talks (18 minutes or less). (link)


Lynda.com is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology & creative skills to achieve personal & professional goals. Members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts in a variety of fields. (link)

Other website recommendations:

  • FastCompany.com
    Media outlet focused on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas, & design.
  • Entrepreneur.com
    True to its name, a trove of content tailored for the entrepreneur.
  • Udacity.com
    Website dedicated to democratizing education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, & economical.  
  • Udemy.com
    Global marketplace for learning & teaching online from an extensive library of over 55,000 courses taught by expert instructors.