2020, for most of us, promised a bounty of opportunities, great clients, better paychecks, and a bright future. Many thanks to the pandemic, all our careers have taken a back seat without our consent. While we all have spent time grappling with the realities of life these past few months, it’s about time we use all of this spare time to find motivation and alternate ways to make our careers work for us. Our recommendation would be to get stuck into some of these self-help books that will serve as career advice and motivation for all those seeking clarity.
1. David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
“You can’t concentrate on doing anything if you are thinking, “What’s gonna happen if it doesn’t go right?”Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell’s narration in this book draws examples from infamous stories, how the world perceives them, and the reality. As humans, we instinctively avoid conflict and paths that look dangerous or unsafe. The book talks readers through an array of stories and compelling historical examples of how someone who may look small can surprisingly be tough and beat the big.
Goodreads Rating- 4.34/5
2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
“the happiest, most passionate employees are not those who followed their passion into a position, but instead those who have been around long enough to become good at what they do. On reflection, this makes sense.”Cal Newport
Most people feel that success comes from following your heart and passions, but Cal Newport begs to differ from this point of view. Newport says that developing skills rather than focussing on desires you already have is the key to successful job experiences. This book curates career advice by interviewing some of the most successful people, with advice from everyone from farmers, venture capitalists and freelancers. These interviews help the reader discover strategies and career management skills to enhance their job experiences.
Goodreads Rating- 4.11/5
“You have a choice,” Dan said. “You can be good at those twenty-five things or you can be world-class at the five. Most people have so many things they want to do that they never do a single thing well. If I’ve learned one thing from Mr. Buffett, it’s that the Avoidance List is the secret to being world-class.” “Success,” he added, “is a result of prioritizing your desires.”Alex Banayan
This book is a result of an eighteen-year-old tracking some of the most influential celebrities and businessmen and uncovering their secrets to success. In all of his adventures, he learned what all of these influential people had in common – the ‘third door.’ These successful individuals didn’t wait in line or follow the norms that most people support, instead, they barged their way into success by hard work and determination. The book teaches tons of valuable lessons on building a robust network, approaching your potential clients online, and ways to handle rejections.
Goodreads Rating- 4.24/5
4. The Confidence Code by Katty Kay
“Confidence is the purity of action produced by a mind free of doubt.”Katty Kay
The book talks about how today’s women have advanced and leveraged education and talent in their professional lives. It offers solid career advice to budding woman entrepreneurs and freelancers on how confidence is the name of the game and how women can harness this strength in their everyday professional lives.
In this New York Times bestseller, “The Confidence Code,” Katty explains how women find it hard to be confident because of the way their brain operates and how they are so connected to their surroundings. This practical guide reveals how women can get whatever careers they choose by quoting examples and research material from various fields.
Goodreads Rating- 3.79/5
5. Presence by Amy Cuddy
“Powerful people initiate speech more often, talk more overall, and make more eye contact while they’re speaking than powerless people do. When we feel powerful, we speak more slowly and take more time. We don’t rush. We’re not afraid to pause. We feel entitled to the time we’re using.”Amy Cuddy
Have you noticed how successful individuals deliver speeches/talk, which is both captivating and compelling? Harvard professor and the author of, “Presence,” Amy Cuddy, teaches her readers to use the right tools and behavior mechanisms to change the way they view obstacles and the art of first impressions. She uses research to teach valuable lessons on building a presence by being authentic and genuine to oneself.
Goodreads Rating- 3.94/5
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