Career

Favorite career books

One of my nighttime rituals is to read in bed before falling asleep. It gives me some relaxing, screen-free time, and an opportunity to enjoy some quiet. Honestly, after a long day of parenting and working, the last thing that sounds good is TV noise.

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Last night, I finished rereading one of my favorite career books: I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know by Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. I love her actionable advice for everything from landing a job, crushing that job, getting the big promotion and more. The chapters are short and punchy, making it a pretty quick read cover to cover as well as giving you the ability to easily access specific chapters for only relevant advice (but I’d read the whole thing first!).  

Here are a few more of my favorite career books:

  • Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim Grover. This book dives into lessons that Grover learned from being a personal trainer to some of the world’s top athletes (including Michael Jordan). I love his argument that the best of the best don’t panic under pressure because they are built to thrive under pressure. One of my favorite stories he tells is how he never had to ask Michael Jordan if he was going to the gym tomorrow, just what time. For short doses of inspiration, I suggest following Grover on Twitter: @ATTACKATHLETICS.

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I realize this is probably not a traditional choice, but Kaling’s hustle comes through clearly, offering inspiration for those looking for success. In addition, in the last chapter, she talks about how you really have to earn confidence…you can’t expect to just be confident from the beginning. As someone who has often struggled with confidence, I found this really heartening – it can be earned and built! 

  • Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. I love this fresh take on careers that includes a focus on social media, making it super relevant and relatable. Her “insider tips” are incredibly useful and applicable. Plus, this one is fun to read thanks to Licht’s engaging style.

What are your favorite career reads that I should add to my to-read list?

What are your nighttime rituals?

 

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