Personal Development/ Career Books

When I pick a book I always think of how it will benefit me. If the story is good, if the book teaches a good lesson and how I can apply that to my life. Some books are good reads for getting your career or business going. 

Below are some books I have found essential to this specific category.

  • The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired by Lou Alder

This book was a mandatory read for my advanced career writing course while I was in college. I liked that this book does help the reader prepare better for interviews and how to conduct an interview if you're an employer. The techniques discussed in this book are some that I did not know prior to this read, and I was able to use on job interviews. For example- I get nervous at job interviews and one of the techniques to buy time is to ask the interviewer a question about the position you applied for or about the company. This technique buys you a couple of minutes to breath and relax.

A quick quote from this book I found helpful:

"First go through each of your past jobs and list all of the big accomplishments. These could be team or individual projects you led or in which you had a key role. Prepare a short one-paragraph overview of the project including the dates, the company, your title, your specific role, and how you got assigned to the project. "
  • Writing That Works (Third Edition) by Kenneth Roman and Joel Ralphaelson 

When you have a career, no matter what it may be, writing is very important. Learning how to write memos, being able to double check your own work, targeting a specific audience, preparing for a speech, etc. Writing is essential to make your work look presentable and make you, as the employee, look like you know what you're doing.

A quick quote from this book I found helpful:

"If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; If what is said is not what is meant, Then what ought to be done remains undone." -Confucius
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Everyone who has read this book will recommend it over and over again. It's one of those books that open your eyes and allow you to understand a certain aspect of life. The story is about the authors experiences with both his biological father and his step-father. Very interesting story.

A quick quote from this book I found helpful:

"One of the reasons the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle-class struggles in debt is that the subject of money is taught at home, not in school."
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book is a great how to guide. Napoleon Hill discusses great strategies, organized plans that will work, and so much more. Think and Grow Rich is said to have helped over 500 people become successful. The book is primarily how to refocus your mindset into becoming successful in life. Hill speaks a lot about Andrew Carnegie who was also an extremely successful man.

A quick quote from this book I found helpful:

“Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”

  • The Law of Success From The 1925 Manuscript Lessons by Napoleon Hill

A very interesting read where Napoleon Hill discusses how he was able to achieve his successes and the steps he took. The other cool thing about the book is that there is a section where you can fill out and answer the questions he is asking. Also, at the beginning of every chapter, there is a unique quote. I am a bit quote-obsessed so I really liked that. 

A quick quote from this book I found helpful:

 "If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare not, you don't; If you like to win, but think you can't, It is almost certain you won't."

If you pick up any of these books- please read it with an opened mind and an optimistic attitude. Hope you guys enjoy the reads! 

xoxo- Liza