Every successful billionaire, CEO or Manager has read a career book at one point in his/her life. Career books help to inspire, motivate and shed some light on career decisions. There are several career books in the market that are recommendable for young men who are still building their careers. Below are seven books that will tip the scales in your favor to have a successful and fulfilling career.
1. The Up Side Of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success
This book is written by Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle. McArdle says that failure has significant influence to lead to success if you know how to use it to your advantage. The book is about the art of bouncing back from a failure and taking your career to a greater level of success. In addition, it notes that it is normal to fail in your professional life. The important thing is to acknowledge the failure, accept it and move on. McArdle notes that failure is a way of learning, and it can set you apart for the next achievement.
2. Dare to Succeed: A Treasury of Inspiration and Wisdom for Life and Career
This 320-page book was authored by Van Crouch, and constitutes a collection of inspirational quotes and great stories about people who have succeeded in their careers. Though it is tailored for business professionals, this treasure of wisdom and inspiration will motivate just about anyone who wants to succeed in life. The book blends scripture passages, dynamic teaching, time management, finance guidelines and motivational quotes from great leaders.
3. Perpetual Motivation
An excellent book for young men as it investigates and highlights the motivating factor of successful people. The author, Dave Durand, explains how to balance key life components and stay motivated. He draws tips from years of experience monitoring legacy achievers and narrates how motivation is a product of the pursuit of life’s balance, creativity, self-esteem and integrity-based influence. Additionally, it acts as a guide to finding motivation and energy to discover and maintain the drive to attain goals.
4. Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success
This is a career book written by Anne Baber explaining the importance of networking and keeping in touch with your contacts. This book demonstrates to a jobseeker or those looking to get new opportunities and further their career how to go about it with networking. Anne Baber provides a practical step-by-step guide on how to create, cultivate and capitalize on networking relationships and opportunities. Its updated version, the second edition, has included additional advice on job hunting and building social capital at work that will supercharge your career.
5. Career Adventure
This book, authored by Susan M. Johnston, gets down to the business of career decision-making. It walks you through the course of discovering what you want to do and encourages you to trust your abilities in being successful in your career choice. ‘Career Adventure’ helps young men to set and achieve career goals that offer long-term growth. In addition, it provides expanded use of social networking media to capitalize on the knowledge of fellow career seekers. With the aid of this book, you will be able to make smart career decisions.
6. The Start-Up of You
This is a book by Reid Hoffman, chairman and co-founder LinkedIn, and author Ben Casnocha. Both authors show how to become and remain competitive in today’s fierce world. The main thing to remember is to treat and manage your career as if it were a start-up business. The book draws lessons from Silicon Valley’s most innovative business gurus, and shows how to apply them in your career. ‘The Start-Up of You’ will help you to survive, thrive and achieve your professional ambitions by developing competitive advantage and taking proactive risks.
7. Career Distinction: Stand Out By Building Your Brand
This book authored by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson outlines the proven personal branding procedure and case studies of successful professionals to aid young men in thriving in a dynamic and competitive workplace. It teaches you to manage your brand with skillful tools that will make you stand out from your peers and be ahead of the fierce competition. Arruda and Dixson demonstrate how to express your personality and the value you bring to your organization. This step-by-step guide shows you how to determine how others perceive you and how to change that perception to achieve your objectives.
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In addition, other important career books to note include ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey, ‘The Pathfinder’ by Nicholas Lore, and ‘Coach Yourself to a New Career’ by Talane Miedaner. Take your time and read these books and you will never be the same again.