4 Books That Will Change Your Career
It doesn’t matter where you are in your career, there’s always room to kick things up a notch. Though, since you’re hanging out on my blog, it’s a safe bet that you’re already a mover-shaker-go-getter. That being the case, you’ll love these four books because they’ll drive your career forward.
Stay motivated, inspired, and change up your stagnant patterns by giving your fiction habit a quick break and picking up one of these titles:
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
One of the best books to read if you’re feeling “busily bored” with your work. We’re all criminal of having milling through the day-to-day at the expense of putting off the big stuff we’re aching to do. Todd Henry will help you kick the nasty habit of saving your best work for tomorrow.
I at up the audio version of this my first time through, but I think I’m due to read the print version and cram the margins full of notes—it’s that good.
Confession: This is a book I put off reading for a long time, because of how much everyone ooh’d and ahh’d about it when it first came out. Huge. Mistake. I finally gave it a whirl when a friend gifted it to me, and I loved it. Why?
I’d always considered collecting ideas and building swipe files for projects my own personal dirty little secret. Austin Kleon’s book showed me it was okay to absorb, process, and riff on the ideas that interest me. Because there’s nothing new under the sun.
Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher
An oldie but goodie. Refuse to Choose! is nearly a decade old and Barbara Sher’s been talking about this stuff since the 70’s, but her advice is so legendary it sounds like it was written yesterday. If you’re the type of person with a thousand interests (and twice as many talents) but can’t seem to amalgamate them into professional path, you need to read this title. My favorite exercise from this book is the “Everything I Don’t Want List.” #Clarity.
And if you do nothing else, check out Barbara Sher’s Isolation is the dream-killer TedxTalk.
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
I’m just a quarter of the way through The Confidence Code as I write this, but it still makes this list. From the outside (and a bit on the inside) there’s a whiff of the whole “Lean In” vibe, but that doesn’t interfere with the rest of what this book delivers. It’ll give you interesting insights on why you might find yourself failing to speak up and ideas on how to shirk your inner doubt and share your ideas boldly. Honestly, it’s a worthwhile read for men and women alike.
Think you’re too busy to read even one of these?
Try Blinkist. It’s a handy little app that pulls out the key insights, and explains them in an easy-to-digest, 15 minute book summaries. Personally, I use Blinkist to taste-test books—I listen to the summary and decide if a book is worth my time and hard-earned bucks.
However you read them, I promise you that any one of these books will give you a boost that makes (temporarily) changing up your reading habit well worth it.
FTC Disclosure: Yep, those are BIG scary affiliate links above. If you click one and buy something, I get some beer money (not enough for a pony); that said, I’m recommending these books because they’re helpful and just pure awesome.