A career is much more than just a job or occupation. Almost anyone with enough time on their hands, enough determination, or enough desperation can find a job, and most people can even find a job that pays the bills, if just barely. Still building a career, unlike discovering a job, is a lifetime realization. Building a career requires dedication, both to you and to the work that you do. Creating a career involves persistence as it will not always be easy to find fulfilling work while moving your way up the career ladder—and these days, many career paths do not resemble a ladder at all, but rather a long and winding road.Lastly, building a career requires thinking smart about the sort of life you want to lead, about your skills and passions, and about the kind of work that can help you achieve maximum happiness and fulfillment.
Here the Career Advice Books All Successful People Read:
1. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
The things we use every day and don’t even think about are also things that were thoroughly designed. In “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, 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. You’ll start by working backward to determine what you want out of life, then learning how to achieve that productively by thoughtfully redesigning your routines with plenty of experimentation, prototyping, and constant iteration along the way.
2. What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
“What Color Is Your Parachute?” this book is the most exoteric career instruction books for a cause. Written by Richard Nelson Bolles, founder of the modern career counseling field, it delivers all of the advice you need to find the best job and career for you. It’s packed with information on job hunting strategies, and the newest version even includes social media and online tactics to help you land a job faster. The book walks you through every step of the process, from designing your resume to networking and figuring out which careers make sense for your personality style.
3. The Third Door by Alex Banayan
“The Third Door” was the result of an 18-year-old’s five-year adventure tracking down the world’s most successful businessmen and superstars to figure out how they successfully launched their incredible careers. You will be usurped by the bold tales author Alex Banayan recounts, including how he hacked shareholder meetings, chased celebrities through grocery stores, and danced with some of the greatest dancers of all time. In all his wild adventures, he learned that the one thing all of these people had in common is that they took the “third door”—they did not wait in line, and they did not buy their way into the “nightclub” of success—they barged their way in through hard work and determination.
4. The Confidence Code by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay
While working women today are more educated and professionally advanced than ever before, men are still dominating the corporate world. In this New York Times bestseller, “The Confidence Code” points out that the main reason for this inequality is confidence. The authors Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, they also co-wrote the bestselling “Womenomics,” offer advice on understanding and applying confidence for women of all ages and phases of her career. With research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition, as well as examples from the authors’ lives and of other successful women, this motivational, yet practical guide will help women get the careers they want.
5. The Pathfinder by Nicholas Lore
Are you looking for a new job? Maybe you’re just hoping to reignite your passion for your current position? The Pathfinder published in 1998, is the book for you. Author goals to help you find a career path that feels good and fulfills you. With over 100 self-assessments, this isn’t a book you’ll be able to read and forget about. It puts you to work! In fact, it’s similar to hold your own personal career coach!
6. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Published in 1990, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has gone on to sell over 25 million transcripts all over the world. And for good reason! Covey shares techniques to help you take up the very traits that make others so successful. To learn these intangible habits, you must first achieve what he refers to as a “paradigm shift.” Covey says this shift will change how you act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, and more.