We caught up with some of the community’s rising stars and asked them to reflect on the books that had an impact on their lives. We’ve shared their responses below.

Dr. Brittany Woodard-Hampton | Acupuncturist

“The Game of Life and How to Play it” by Florence Scovel Shinn has changed my life time and time again. I read this book when I was in high school and I read this book when I was in college a few times. I read this book a few times during my masters program and during my doctoral program. I read it when I first opened the business and I’m rereading it right now. The premise behind this book is that your habitual thoughts create your reality. It reminds me to stay focused on my goals and to not allow outside appearances influence my internal peace. It has inspired me to create a morning routine. I wake up at 4:30 and listen to Michael Beckwith, journal, meditate, visualize, read, study for Acupuncture and then go for a 3 mile walk. I have fallen in love with my morning routine and when I skip a day I feel it both physically and mentally. Read more>>

Tiara Shuneir | Self Care coach / mental health facilitator

The year of the yes by Shonda Rhimes, I enjoyed the book because it gave you realistic situations that most of us have or will encounter and it challenges you to stop playing it safe. The book had a major impact on the way I approach things especially now as we close the end of 2022 and in the middle of a pandemic. It made me view things that I would have considered an opposition as an opportunity and to face things head on despite being nervous, scared, unfamiliar territory! Just do it !!! Like Nike says because one of two things will happen either it will work or you will regret not trying ! Read more>>

Jonathan Strange | Founder & CEO, XiRepair

Information: Jonathan Strange Montgomery, AL Company: XiRepair Electronics Repair & Recovery Phone, Computer, Tablet & Game Repair & Data Recovery 334-777-1234 Team@XiRepair.com XiRepair.com What was your thought process behind starting your own business? I started my business because I wanted a better life for myself and my future family. I didn’t want to go through life depending on other people to create the opportunities for me to become successful, instead I wanted to create them myself. Read more>>