Your Career Development Reading List

How times have changed. A couple of decades ago, career paths seemed simple; go to college, graduate, get a job, work that job for 30 or so years, retire. But these days, it’s turmoil. Job security is a thing of the past, and the path to a career takes many twists and turns. How do you make sense of it all? Well, I do it by reading voraciously. There are a lot of smart people out there who have a lot of insightful things to say. Here are a few books that changed my perspective on my career. I hope they will help you too. 

Choose Yourself – James Altucher
Wow. What can I say about James Altucher. He’s been at the lowest points and the highest points and everywhere in between. He’s built and sold companies and also lost everything. But he has carved his own path, and this book shows you how to do the same, in spite of the tumultuous times in which we live. This book is about finding that thing that makes you tick and then figuring out how to be successful with it. I absolutely devoured it and then immediately started reading it again. And best of all? If you buy the Kindle edition, it’s only $1. Yes, $1, for a potentially life-changing book! 

Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It – Mitch Joel
Ok, it’s got a super long title, but what sits within these pages will completely change your perspective on business and careers. Technology, smart phones, social media – it’s all greatly changed the way businesses operate and how employees and owners operate within them. Mitch calls where we are at in the business world right now a sort of “purgatory”. And he warns that if we don’t start to change the way we do things, we run the risk of being unemployable in 5 years. This book is about changing the way you think about your career and business in general. And it will change you. Read it. 

New Business Networking – Dave Delaney
Dave says it best: “Everyone should build their network before they need it.” But networking can be a scary thing for a lot of us. This book is a handy guide to becoming a whiz bang networker. It gives you practical advice on everything from using social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to expand your network to listening and memory skills. There’s a tonne of actionable advice and great anecdotes in this book. Read it and put into practice the advice Dave gives, and you’ll be a master networker in no time flat! 

There you have it – required reading if you’re looking to take your career to the next level. And you? What books have inspired you in your career? Let me know in the comments. 

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy has been working in media and communications for 25 years. She is an award winning television producer with hundreds of shows to her credit. Susan is a partner and digital storyteller at Jester Creative Inc., where she helps people find compelling ways to connect with their audience through video, web design, social media, and training. - See more at:

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