5 Must-Read Books to Improve Your Career
Your career is so much more than just a job. Building your career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit. These days many career paths resemble a very long and winding road, therefore creating your career requires dedication and persistence. Whether you are facing a layoff or career transition, trying to lead a team through uncertainty, or simply looking for a new perspective during this challenging time, these 5 powerful reads can help you navigate through our new normal with grace, grit, and greatness:
What we often don’t realize is that the reason that we haven’t been able to reach our goals is that we’re missing the little details. Our life choices are made in the small habits that we carry day to day. Just like atoms are the tiny building blocks of all matter, good habits can become the foundation for meaningful change. By creating “atomic habits” we can begin to construct the building blocks of the person we hope to become.
- Designing Your Life – Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
Design thinking can help you build your way forward from wherever you are, regardless of the life design problem you’re facing. In Designing Your Life, you will learn how to apply this same thinking to the choices you make in your own life and intentionally build a system that works for you. Find out how to use Mind Maps and become immune to failure.
You Turn is about finding the right path to your authentic self in your career, and becoming crystal clear on what your best skill set and job options are. Often we have a tendency to look outside ourselves in hopes of finding what is standing in between us and being happy in our career. Truth is, usually you have to look inward to truly find clarity. Some of the ideas that You Turn include are, for example, how to get to know your true self, getting to know your core skill set, upgrading your confidence, exploring your money mindset and networking.
Start With Why focuses on leadership and innovation. Through his concept of a golden circle, he explores how certain leaders are able to inspire others to greatness following the path of three simple questions: “Why?” “How? and “What?”. This book is filled with inspiring and fascinating stories of leaders who found a way to tap into the “why,” and in doing so, inspire those around them to innovate and create meaningful change. It’s a must-read for any entrepreneur, anyone on the job search, and frankly, anyone who seeks to find greater meaning in their lives.
Cuddy’s book offers in-depth research on how your physical presence can change your mental energy and your confidence level. No matter what your line of work, making a great first impression is essential—and it is just as important to make sure that this first interaction is genuine and thoughtful.