Books that will help you figure out your future

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Regardless of where you are currently in life, there is always room to go further, more skills to learn, more bosses to impress and more raises to be earned. The journey for professional improvement is virtually never-ending, you can go to various workshops, follow a mentor, or perhaps delve into a strategy filled book. But how do you know which ones to read? Well, here are 5 books that will help you figure out your future.

The Up Side Of Down: Why Failing Well Is They Key To Success

The Up Side Of Down: Why Failing Well Is They Key To Success by Megan McArdle explains how failing has the power to help us achieve success, that is, of course if you know how to use it properly.  McArdle uses economic, business and psychological research, arguing that what we all really need is to cultivate the ability to bounce back. Basically, stop being afraid of failure is her biggest tip.  Meaning that when we expect that we will experience failures in our professional careers, this gives ourselves permission to take a step or two forward. So just accept your failures early on, and then move on from them. Realize that you, yourself are not a failure and that it is the best way to learn for the future.

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How To Be A Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More And Love What You Do

How To Be A Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More And Love What You Do by Graham Allcot, is the founder of a U.K training firm, Think Productive.  He believes that with so many tasks that require our attention, it is too easy to forget the bigger picture of our careers. His principles, therefore, aim to help people see the bigger picture and successfully complete their important projects.  One of his major strategies is referred to as stealth and camouflage, which is his way of saying we need to be more willing to disconnect from all our distractions and focus on the bigger goal at hand. He gives concrete ways to achieve this and figure out your future in the way you want.

Body Of Work: Finding The Thread That Ties Your Story Together

Body Of Work: Finding The Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim who was a former business coach explains that there is no one specific way to achieve career success. Many people are taking more unconventional paths, such as start-ups, freelance works and all kinds of side gigs.  She delves into how work is highly unstable nowadays and that we need a way to understand careers. Her solution is to create a narrative that explains both who you are and what you are capable of.  Think about your past career success and try to touch on what factors brought you there.

SpringBoard: Launching Your Personal Search For Success

SpringBoard: Launching Your Personal Search For Success by G. Richard Shell, who is a Wharton professor and creator of the well-known course ‘’The Literature of Success: Historical and Ethical Perspectives’’. The one thing he really stresses is that there is no one formula that works for everyone. He argues that taking the time to really understand what success if for you will lead to more happiness, and therefore, success. This ultimately means that you should approach your career by thinking about who you are when making career choices.

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Get A Job: How I Found A Job When Jobs Are Hard To Find – And so Can You

Get A Job: How I Found A Job When Jobs Are Hard To Find – And so Can You by Dan Quillen tells his own story of when he was laid off.  His major tip is that social channels are a complete necessity. This ultimately means that although it can be embarrassing to let the world know that you are looking for a job, the sooner you post that you available, the sooner you will be hired. And most employees will also receive a bonus for bringing you in. So get yourself out there, you are more wanted than you think.