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5 Must Read Career Books

We all face challenges in our careers at some point or another, and the truth is, we spend most of our lives at work. So why not make the most of it? Whether you’re feeling stuck in your current position and need a boost or are transitioning to a new role, we are firm believers that even in this age of technology, some of the best answers can be found in a book!

To help give you a leg up, we’ve compiled a list of must read career books chalked full of advice and tools to help you tackle everything and anything.

1. Master Your Next Move by Michael Watkins

Experiencing a lot of change in your career? Master Your Next Move offers insight into some of the most important transitions that occur within our careers. From overseas assignments and on-boarding at a new company, to getting promoted and having to lead former peers, sometimes even a good career move can be challenging. In his latest book, Michael Watkins lends a helping hand to those in leadership positions looking to excel as they climb the ladder.

2. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Looking for more fulfillment at work or in general? Designing Your Life suggests that in order to live a life of fulfillment, one should apply the concepts of design to both their personal life and career. After all, every design begins by solving a problem. If you want to rework your career, start by rethinking your approach.

3. Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness by Kerry Hannon

Hate your job? According to a recent Gallup Poll, 85% of people do. Kerry Hannon’s Love Your Job explains how you can make the most of your current position by changing your perspective. Hannon offers tips on developing positive thought patters and habits that will reinvigorate you and give you a new found purpose at work no matter what stage of your career you are in.

4. Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? by Seth Godin

We all know that in this new age of the workforce, innovation is key to staying relevant. Seth Godin’s Linchpin paves the way for anyone looking to make a lasting impact. The book begins by posing the following questions, “Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable.”

5. The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle

Anyone who has ever been in business, knows about failure. For those who have recently experienced a set back at work, Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down is an inspirational guide to reinventing yourself in the face of failure by learning from the experience instead of allowing it to debilitate you.

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Books to Inspire Successful Entrepreneurs

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.” – Tyrion Lannister

Yeah, we went there; we opened up this post with a Game of Thrones quote. There simply isn’t a better way to emphasize just how important books are. When you’re an entrepreneur, books are especially helpful. To stay on top of your market you must keep your mind nimble and there’s no better way to do so than exposing yourself to new ideas through books– whether they are the latest fiction bestseller, a stirring biography, or something more technical and specific to your niche.

Want to build a reading list of your own? Check out these books recommended for successful entrepreneurs and get inspired.

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott

You probably thought you were done with textbooks after graduation, but this one is worth picking up. Welcome to the Universe was developed as the basis for a Princeton physics course for non-science majors. Full of wit and charm, the material explains the cosmos thoroughly without patronizing the reader. It’s the perfect read for those times when you can’t quit obsessing over the little things and need to be reminded of the big picture.

String Theory by David Foster Wallace

This collection of essays on tennis is the perfect introduction to David Foster Wallace, as noted by Bill Gates himself. Even if you are not a fan of the sport, the gripping prose draws you in and doesn’t let go. Each essay was published separately by various magazines. But after the author’s 2008 suicide, the Library of America compiled them into a handy collection to further solidify his stance as the “greatest tennis writer ever.”

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by don Miguel Ruiz

This is a self-help book for people who hate self-help books. The Four Agreements are simple resolutions that can help a person navigate life in a more mindful, constructive way. The principles have been noted as a primer for cognitive-behavioral therapy. At a mere 168 pages, this is a perfect book to sit down with on those afternoons where your mind is going a million miles a minute and people are driving you crazy.

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

Turns out, you don’t have to be born with charisma to have it. Author Olivia Fox Cabane uses her years of experience and scientific evidence to back up her claim that anyone can exude the kind of moxie that inspires people. If you want to be a leader, this is a good place to start.

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

When it comes to your venture, what keeps you going? Is it your family? Your dreams? Is it the next cup of coffee you’ll have? How about the advancement of the human race and society as a whole? The Rational Optimist makes the argument that trade, market, and commerce are the catalysts behind all of the human prosperity. If that doesn’t appeal to you as an entrepreneur, we’re not sure what will.

At Number 8, we are constantly reading from various sources to stay sharp and we encourage any and everyone to do the same. Interested in learning more about Number 8 and how we employ creativity and entrepreneurship? Contact us today. Call us at 502-890-7665 today or visit us online.