12 Career Books You Should Add To Your Reading List

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Whether you struggle with a career transition, doubt the quality of your work and your creative ideas or you’re looking to develop more productive habits, there is a book that will help you do just that!

Here’s a roundup of reads that have helped professionals across industries overcome obstacles in their career. I’ve asked a group of people to share one of the most impactful reads they’ve been lucky to encounter and this is what they had to say.

While some of these belong to the category of “life books” they can help you solve less tangible career-related challenges (such as self-doubt, fear etc.) that are just as important as interview or negotiation skills.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Because of this book, I no longer doubt myself and my creative ideas. I embrace my curiosity and trust my intuition.” – Jordan

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

“It has helped me develop the necessary habits to be productive, happy and just in general, a better version of myself.” – Franchie

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

“As a creative, pitching your art is difficult and so is valuing your worth. Pitch Anything definitely helped me as a lifestyle photographer pitch large brands and CEO’s that I would have never thought about contacting previously.” – Bobbi

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

“This book helped me get over my ‘imposter’ syndrome and also inspired me to do something I’ve wanted to do my whole life: take a writing class in London, which I did this past summer.” – Taylor

The Only Move that Matters is your Next One by Jenny Blake

“Jenny Blake normalized the process of wanting to switch gears, trying something new in your career, especially when you don’t know where to go next.” – Caitlin

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

“Eckhart has helped me in every aspect of my life and my business. It really teaches readers how to stop overthinking and focus on what is right in front of them, while telling them how to live their best life in the present.” – Crystal

The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman

“This book is fantastic! It applies to people working in traditional roles and freelancers alike. Each chapter ends with an actionable checklist of things to do to get ahead.” – Maddy

Drop the ball by Tiffany Dufu

“Being a boss, wife and mom is hard, and for women, the home is the one place where their leadership isn’t questioned. Dropping the ball on even the smallest things at home (ie. sorting the mail) helped me prioritize and allowed me to focus on being a better boss at work.” – Malaika

Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job by Moe Carrick and Cammie Dunaway

“This is one of the best books about how to find, keep and recognize a career that you will thrive at.” – Mei

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

“In the book, Sheryl talks about her time at Facebook and other occurrences in her life that gave her the knowledge to be the best businesswoman around. Although the book is primarily for women, everyone should give it a read. It made me realize that nobody will even be aware of what you want unless you ask for it and continue to push to be a part of conversations at work that will get you to where you want to be.” – Nina

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie

“This book taught me how to be a real leader, a responsibility that was given to me during my first creative director job by my boss and mentor. It also showed me how to stay creative while using the ‘gravity’ of corporate America as an asset vs something limiting.” – Flora

The Third Door by Alex Banayan 

“This book changed my life. It came to me at a time when I was struggling to balance a job I wasn’t happy because of ongoing health issues, and it gave me the courage to branch out into self -employment. The lessons in this are sometimes indirect, but always engaging, relatable and emotional.” – Fern