Five books to help you succeed in your career
Career Paths, Careers advice

Five books to help you succeed in your career

No matter your industry or role, we’ve put together a list of books to help you accelerate your career.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been on the grind for years, it’s always the right time for a little self-improvement. No matter your industry or role, we’ve put together a list of books to help you accelerate your career. We searched high and low for time-tested classics as well as new game-changing books and narrowed it down to the top five – just in time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

This book was written in 1936 and is considered one of the best-selling books of all-time, even landing on Time Magazine’s list of most influential books in 2011 – 75 years after its publication. It has stuck around with good reason. Author Dale Carnegie’s advice like “become genuinely interested in other people” and “be a good listener” never goes out of style. Often assigned reading for MBA students, consultants and salespeople, the lessons in this book will teach you how to win at work (and life) by being sincere, respectful and curious.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Another classic, this book comes highly recommended by some of the most successful people in the world. When the book was released, then-U.S. President Bill Clinton was so moved by it, he invited author Stephen R. Covey to counsel him on how to integrate the principles into his presidency. According to consulting firm Franklin Covey, which helps businesses implement the seven principles into their business, the book has remained best seller because it focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

In a rapidly-changing world, Author Jenny Blake argues that there’s no such thing as a linear career path anymore: “No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past.” This book will teach you how to excel at change by using your strengths, taking risks and finding new opportunities.

The Third Door

Interested to know how successful celebrities and CEOs got where they are? As a college freshman, author Alex Banayan started a seven-year journey to track down famous execs and celebs like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall and Mark Zuckerberg to uncover how they catapulted their careers. What do all these celebrities have in common? According to Banayan, they took the “third door” that led them to success. Learn how to open your third door from some of the most successful people in the world.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Like it or not, all of us will have to take part in a difficult conversation at work or in life. Author Kerry Patterson defines a crucial conversation as one where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions are strong. Patterson outlines a six-minute technique for you to tackle these conversations with a cool head to get the results you want.

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