Success could mean a lot of things to people. Some view their good health as the most important criterium, while others give a lot more weight to the level of their seniority in workplace. Career indeed plays a crucial role in people’s lives for many reasons, including the financial aspect, status, and connections. Advancing your career is not easy. Depending on where you work and who you work with, there will be several challenges but with the help of insights from experienced professionals, you will be equipped with the knowledge and power to cope with the said obstacles. While it’s certainly an excellent idea to utilize your network, you can also consult the popular books out there that contain valuable information about career advancement.
The Third Door
The Third Door is more than just a quality professional development book. It was written by, then, an 18-year-old college freshman Alex Banayan who was adamant to investigate the career paths of Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, and many more highly successful individuals. “The Third Door takes readers on an unprecedented adventure—from hacking Warren Buffett's shareholders meeting to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to celebrating in a nightclub with Lady Gaga—as Alex Banayan travels from icon to icon, decoding their success. After remarkable one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, and many more, Alex discovered the one key they have in common: they all took the Third Door.”
From the name, you can guess that StrengthsFinder 2.0 largely focuses on the strengths people have and ways they can utilize them to the best of their abilities. It is essentially a guide that helps get the most from employees by concentrating on what they do best. “In its latest national bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more (see below for details). While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades.”
Written by Jim Kwik, the world’s #1 brain coach, Limitless explains how to unlock your unique brain capabilities and upgrade your habits. The book is “the owner’s manual for mental expansion and brain fitness. Limitless gives people the ability to accomplish more--more productivity, more transformation, more personal success and business achievement--by changing their Mindset, Motivation, and Methods.”
What Color is Your Parachute?
If you’re seeking a job and need clear and straightforward guidance, Richard Nelson Bolles’s What Color is Your Parachute? explains how to find a the kind of work that will both challenge and inspire you at the same time. “This completely updated edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results. At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career—and your life—around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more.”
It’s common to feel stuck in place while everybody else is moving forward. To address this specific issue, Maya Grossman wrote Invaluable to offer practical advice for career development and shares what 10 skills have helped her grow professionally. “In this engaging and practical career development book, career coach and marketing expert Maya Grossman uncovers the 10-skills that have guided her career and helped her grow from an individual contributor to a Vice President while earning accolades, working for companies like Microsoft and Google, gaining ten promotions in fifteen years and leading a successful and fulfilling career.”