5 Books That Can Change Your Career

It’s hard to find time to fit in casual reading, but these titles are worth the investment

September 20, 2022

5 Books That Can Change Your Career

It’s hard to find time to fit in casual reading, but these titles are worth the investment

September 20, 2022

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks,” explained Dr. Suess. While he may not have been a real doctor, he certainly had a great point. Books have the power to change our perspective on things, opening our minds up to new ideas and possibilities.

Recently, millions of people have been pondering what’s next in their careers. As we collectively reshuffle our mindsets about what it means to be a worker in this new world, check out these five books that can help you figure out where to take your career next:

Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny

Building a plan with clear steps to reach your career goals is something that we have long been supporters of. In this book, the author tackles issues of fear, underestimation, and stagnation that so many people face at different times in their lives. Helping the so-called “underearners,” people who are selling themselves short, Stanny provides useful tips and tricks that will help you plan your way out of any rut and into success.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is a classic for a reason. The title seems a little vain, but the content is simple in the best way possible. In the book, Carnegie weaves stories into lessons about working with others that will leave even the most accomplished of people with a new tidbit of wisdom.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

Updated often, this self described “practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers” is one of the most popular guides for career minded people. In the book, Bolles includes up to date case studies, anecdotes, and ideas about what it takes to take your career up a notch. No matter where you are in your career, the book covers ideas that will help you thrive.

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

Author and entrepreneur Jenny Blake takes readers on a journey to figure out what to do next in their chosen career. Throughout the chapters of this page turner, Blake explains time and time again why the next thing you do is the most important. With measured steps and concepts, Blake prepares readers to take action.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Okay, so this isn’t really a career book persay, but it definitely contains mind-blowing true stories and facts that you can apply to any situation - including your career. In the book, New Yorker writer and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell explores the factors that cause people and things to stand out in good ways and bad. For example, did you know that flights with American pilots are among the most safe due to the American culture norm of speaking out, even in hierarchies? Learn how that matters to your life in Gladwell’s great read.

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