Generally in life you can never read too many books! This rings true even more so when you’re going through a pivotal moment of change or contemplating a big change. Here are some of my favourite books to read -- and are perfect for when you’re thinking of a career move.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
- Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search For Meaning - Viktor Frankl
An Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl devoted his life to uncovering and understanding what “meaning” was and meant. One of his most famous books was Man’s Search For Meaning. This book share his own personal story and experience in finding meaning from surviving the Holocaust. We love this book not only because of the way he shares his unique insight and experience from such tragic circumstances but how he uncovers the connection between meaning and motivation in one’s life. This book has changed the way I have looked at the world.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World - Adam Grant
A big fan of Adam Grant in general, I couldn’t recommend this book enough. As the name suggests it helps you to think about how to be original. The book also talks about how many of the great entrepreneurs started their now billion dollar companies whilst working full time and the reasons behind this as crucial to their success. Adam Grant takes on a new perspective on the idea of career and entrepreneurship and creativity. The idea that we should take risks to start a business or when we want to become an entrepreneur isn’t always necessary. In fact still working full time and doing your business on the side or after hours allows you to take on ‘real risks’ because you have security and stability in your day to day work. A must read for anyone looking to make the shift into starting your own business or being an entrepreneur.
The Motivation Manifesto - Brendon Burchard
I recently purchased this book after seeing Brendon Burchard online in my newsfeed. I have to say at first I was skeptical -- but I purchased the book and enjoyed the nuggets of information and motivation in it. In the words of the famous author Paulo Coelho, he states.., “the book is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom.” Motivation is something we all need a good dose of and this book helps you to focus on building courage, resilience and practicing gratitude as we face adversity or challenges in our lives.
What Colour Is Your Parachute - Richard N. Bolles
An oldie but still a goodie, this one is worth going through. This book touches on everything you may need to think about whether you’re a recent graduate, mid-career shifter, unemployed, looking to get back into the workforce or simply thinking of a career shift. It takes you through resume building, networking, setting goals, job-hunting tips and much much more. Practical, thorough and challenges the way we should look at job hunting. Oh and it’s sold over 10 million copies!
Steering By Starlight - Martha Beck
This book is fantastic for those of us searching for our larger path, our destiny. Written by Martha Beck, a well known life coach, she takes us through key strategies to uncover our true self. The book is full of great pointers and activities that really make us reflect and take action in finding our inner compass. Throughout the chapters and the exercises she helps guide us in reconnecting with ourselves, our desires, our hopes and our needs.
If you’ve read any of these books, tell us what you thought about them. You can just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a comment. We’ll be drawing on some of these books and theories for our upcoming online course ‘Confidently Create Your Bold Career Move’. We’ll also be sharing a lot more tips, tools and resources to help you move forward in our course. Get your spot - early registration is closing soon and there are limited places.