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6 Books Every Professional Should Read Regardless of Industry

March 2, 2018

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Whether you're just starting your career or you're a veteran of 20-plus years, constant self-development is important for a successful professional life. Luckily, there's an endless supply of books on professional transformation, entrepreneurship and management, where you can gain new knowledge and perspective.

In celebration of Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2, 2018, we've created a showcase of books that are cool and great for professional and personal development. Which ones have you read, and what are some other books you'd add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

The-Power-of-Habit.jpg1. "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg

A book about the science of habit might sound like it'll put you to sleep, but "The Power of Habit" is anything but. It's useful and entertaining.

"A fresh examination of how routine behaviors take hold and whether they are susceptible to change... The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits." Associated Press

Find it here.

 

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2. "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi

Ferazzi lays out the easy-to-follow strategies he used as a young professional to reach out to people he admired, and they're great for becoming an effective networker.

"A business book that reads like a story - filled with personal triumphs and examples that leave no doubt to the reader that success in anything is built on meaningful relationships."
–James Quigley

Find it here.

 

3. "Quiet" by Susan CainQuiet.jpg

Whether you're an introvert, extrovert or ambivert, Cain's research dispels the idea that to be successful, you need to be loud, outgoing and aggressively competitive.

“In this moving and original argument, [Cain] makes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture's overvaluation of extroversion. A startling, important and readable page-turner that will make quiet people see themselves in a whole new light.” –Naomi Wolf

Find it here.

 

4. "Steve Jobs" by Walter IsaacsonSteve-Jobs.jpg

Jobs was cast away from the company he created, and later returned to transform it into one of the most successful companies. This story shows the value of rebounding from mistakes and tapping into determination.

“The intimate chapters, where Jobs' personal side shines through, with all his faults and craziness, leave a deep impression. There's humor, too… it's a rich portrait of one of the greatest minds of our generation.” –Associated Press

Find it here.

 

5. "Creativity, Inc." by Ed CatmullCreativity-Inc.jpg

Pixar cofounder Catmull shares his story of building the computer animation giant, explaining that everyone is inherently creative – no matter whether you're a programmer, design engineer or banker.

“What Ed Catmull shares...is his astute experience that creativity isn’t strictly a well of ideas, but an alchemy of people. In Creativity, Inc. Ed reveals, with commonsense specificity and honesty, examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art, business, and innovation.” –George Lucas

Find it here.

 

6. "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim FerrissThe-4-Hour-Workweek.jpg

Although the title isn't meant to be taken literally, it does reflect Ferriss' goal of finding the workflows and tricks that can maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

"This engaging book makes you ask the most important question that you will ever face: What exactly is it that you want out of work and life, and why? Tim Ferriss is a master of getting more for less, often with the help of people he doesn't even know, and here he gives away his secrets for fulfilling your dreams." Bo Burlingham

Find it here.

 

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