After a year of keeping afloat amidst a tumultuous political climate and an unwelcoming array of celebrity deaths, we surface into January with new hopes for the coming year, swapping our Oreos for oat cakes and reveling in the clink clink of change finding a home in our shiny new piggy bank. For some of us, New Year’s resolutions extend to our career goals, and our willful wish to foster our working dreams and see them emerge as fully-fledged realities. Although sometimes finding motivation post ‘Blue Monday’ can seem a daunting prospect, there is a plethora of professional poetics waiting to grace the plains of our office desks or mornings commutes and ignite an inspirational fire in our working lives.
Here at Primo Associates, we’ve scoured our favourite bookstores to come up with our top 5 books to inspire a career boost this year.
Sophia Amoruso: #GirlBoss
For the ambitious women among us, this book is about trusting your instincts and never giving up. Laden with witty anecdotes and humble beginnings, Sophia Amoruso documents her life experiences from nomadic thievery to Nasty Gal CEO success. Sophia Amoruso guides us, writing with inventive and brazen observations, through her triumphs and defeats. From accepting failure to savvy saving and creative prowess, Amoruso inspires us to achieve our goals through unconventional means.
Warren & Betsy Talbot: Dream Save Do: An Action Pack for Dreamers
If you’re eager to transform your dreams from whimsical wishes into radical realities, Warren & Betsy Talbot will guide you through the world of career planning, providing useful resources and tools to conquer your ambitions, however big or small. This is an excellent step-by-step guide for even the wildest dreamers.
Kimberly Palmer: The Economy of You
Have you ever wanted to start your own business but didn’t know how? To kick start a successful home business Kimberly Palmer provides practical, no fuss instructions interspersed with nuggets of wisdom and real life stories to engage people of all backgrounds in the fight for financial freedom. The Economy of You teaches you how to translate your business savvy into a real income, betraying the idea that you have to rely solely on your day job for long-term financial success.
Stephen Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Although published nearly two decades ago in 1990 this book remains a valuable gem for all working people, preaching a humanist philosophy that instills management, leadership and motivation. Covey applies issues of humanity and integrity to our battles in business, teaching us how to cope effectively with the demands of the working world.
Spencer Johnson: Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and Your Life
Focusing on how to tackle the ever-changing terrain of our professional and personal lives can be overwhelming. The book revolves around four characters, two mice and two little people living in a maze and constantly searching for cheese - their emblem of happiness. Johnson applies cheese as a metaphor for our desires in life, from financial stability to relationships to spiritual fulfillment. This is a fantastic and inspiring narrative encouraging a positive mindset and a can-do attitude in life and work.
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