6 life-changing career advice books you should read this year
Reading is a great way to get ideas you can put into practice in your career. The best business books offer practical tips and real-world examples from successful professionals, and you can learn a lot from their insights. These books have something to offer at every stage of your career, whether you’re an industry veteran or a recent graduate.
1. Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh
A common networking mistake is to meet a lot of people and build up a long list of contacts without forming deep relationships. It’s more effective to get to know people and find ways to work together so that everyone benefits. Gerber and Paugh reveal techniques for forging relationships and creating communities of people who help each other get ahead.
2. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
Have you ever applied for a position only to find you were too late and it had already been filled? Or have you suggested an idea that had to be tabled because your employer wasn’t ready to implement it? Then you know that timing can make a big difference in your career. Success at work depends not only on what you do, but also on when you do it. In this book, Pink shows how to get timing right, from creating an optimal daily schedule to timing big career moves.
3. The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden
Seeing a long project through to the end can be tough, and you might sometimes feel like you lack the motivation to accomplish something big. But as Haden shows, everybody has the potential to stay motivated and achieve their dreams—it’s just a matter of developing the habits and work processes that lead to success. This book explains why some people seem to be more driven than others and what you can do to improve your own motivation.
4. The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade by Carter Cast
This book explains how to spot patterns of behavior that can hurt your career, like overcommitting or failing to update skills. It then guides you through avoiding those pitfalls and shows you how to move forward if your career hasn’t been progressing smoothly.
5. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt
In order to reach ambitious goals, you first have to believe in your own abilities. This book shows how your beliefs affect the goals you set and what you can do to become more optimistic about your potential. It then shows you how to work towards your goals and shares strategies for persevering. Five action plans for reaching goals are included.
6. Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride by David DeSteno
Feelings and emotions can set the tone for interactions with guests and relationships with coworkers. They also influence how you approach your own work and how you evaluate your accomplishments. DeSteno makes the case that you can choose to cultivate positive emotions and that you can use them to advance your career.