For any big undertaking, it’s important to learn a little bit more about what needs to be done, and how to get where you want to go. I hope that theCareerNomad.com is a great first addition to your career tool box – but of course it’s not the only one!
And for that reason, I’ve put together a collection of some great books to get you started. Why just books? Because they remain the cheapest, easiest way to consume lots of information at your own pace.
(Soon I’ll be adding some tools that are geared toward those serious Career Nomads who want to take their careers to the next level – stay tuned!)
I’ll be adding to this list from time to time as I encounter new tools, but if you know of any other great items that you don’t see here, please contact me to let me know!
Personal and professional development
Personal and professional development are grouped together here, because you can’t have one without the other if you want a truly balanced and overall happy life. Growth in your personal life leads to a better professional life, and vice versa – don’t ignore either side!
Obviously we’re going to start with my three books ((blush!!)), followed by a number of books that were instrumental in getting me where I am.
- Quit Your Job!
- Build A New Career!
- Get The Job You Deserve!
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
- How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile… And 18 Mistakes to Avoid by Brenda Bernstein
We don’t need to look far for inspiration – every year, scores of amazing individuals show us what’s possible, and where yesterday’s expectations end. Take a look at just a handful of both their business and life experiences:
- Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- Gandhi: An Autobiography by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
- Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca
- Call Me Ted by Ted Turner
- Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
- Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull
Insightful sociology books
These books don’t explicitly address career planning or how you can get that amazing job you’re after. But they present very unique spins on the everyday, and I’ve found different perspectives like these can really filter into how we look at the world – and how we shape our own paths.
- Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
- The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath