Top 7 Books on Career Development In 2021
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Top 7 Books on Career Development In 2021

A career is much more than a job, and building a career requires commitment and passion. If you are a good reader, and ready to take the right step to advance your career, here are books that can help you achieve that.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You — Carl Newport

The title was carefully selected from the advice of Steve Martins, a successful entertainer, in his advice to upcoming entertainers. In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Carl Newport frets on the popular belief about following one’s heart and passion when choosing a career. With experiences drawn from various successful professionals, the author emphasizes developing skills to the point of perfection rather than mind desires. The book argues that passion is drawn out of a commitment to developing the skills that would place you on a ladder of the ‘highly valuable’ in your workspace. So fulfilling your career is not all about following your heart as people are quick to believe.

 How to Win Friends and Influence People — Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie’s first book that puts him in the international limelight is revered for so many reasons. Not only is it revered for its practical life lessons, but it is also regarded as a must-read for career development. Carnegie’s principles are rock-solid with strategies that have stood the test of time since the book was published in 1936. The book presents six outstanding ways to meet the admiration of people, including 12 ways to make people support your ideas, and about 10 ways you can influence people positively and professionally. Many have followed the author’s principles and have gone on to achieve successful careers. Yours shouldn’t be different if you read this book.

What Colour is Your Parachute? — Richard Nelson Bolles

This book is targeted at helping you find the right career that suits your personality. It’s highly recommended by career advisers for job hunters and those in search of a fresh perspective on their careers. It is loaded with unique strategies for getting the right job, with a careful thought on social media and other online methods that has been relied on by many. The author takes you on a journey from resume design and presentation, job search, and career growth. Nelson Bolles, a pioneer in modern career counseling, presents this book as a counseling model for people out there to make the right choice in their careers.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey

Thinking of self-improvement in character that leads to more fruitful relationships with colleagues, managers, and the social world, this book is the best fit. This book bestows time-tested life lessons that have formed the foundation of social relationships since it was published in 1989. The author places a unique emphasis on habits that have formed the basis of people’s character, and their response to social changes. It draws the reader to the full awareness of his habits that they may have previously given no attention to. The book also stresses being productive in your everyday life. Your career is sure to experience a dramatic change as you key into the principles in this timeless classic.

Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong — Jessica Bacal.

Learning from the mistake of others will put you at a significant advantage in excelling in your career. In documenting her interviews with some successful women, Bacal helps us with a scoop of the experiences of these women who upturned their negative fortunes to a success story. These innovators carefully selected from different disciplines displayed their thoughtfulness and assertiveness as leaders, who learn from disappointing encounters then go on to become what they are. The book bears the best strategies the interviewees adopted that can give a head-start to young ladies in their careers. Bacal’s text is a good read for anyone afraid of encountering failures in their careers.

Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges — Amy Cuddy.

In a most defining manner and easy to resonate with, Amy Cuddy’s Presence gives an approach born from the inside of an individual on how to tackle anxiety, stress, and self-limitations when confronted with fear, a tensed environment, and a high pressured situation. The author codifies “presence” as “the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we are making on others and instead adjust the impression we are making on ourselves”. The Harvard professor teaches us that we have what it takes to overcome inner trepidations and empower ourselves to bold and fearless selves. And we can also empower others to do the same.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance — Angela Duckworth

This book was written on the premise that the key to career success for any category of people in society is the interplay of hard work and persistence. The author opines that “the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit”. Angela Duckworth bears on her experience as a teacher, business consultant, and neuroscientist to develop the hypothesis that talent and being a genius is not consistent with the demands of success, but rather the interlocking of passion and long-term persistence.

Spending one’s quality time to amass the wealth of knowledge embedded in this set of literature will be eternally rewarding than being reliant on online courses and motivational speakers. Creating a unique personality that will bring about a rapid progression in one’s career all boils down to our commitment to career growth in a competitive post-COVID-19 society. With the right influence from these selected texts, and walking in line with the principles therein, we are sure to make a massive impact both in our workspace and society.


Jimmy Umana is a content writer and a lover of creative and inspired writings. He also inspires the younger generation in making a conscious impart to the world of creative artistry with special attention to character development. He also inspires young authors through online and offline tutoring sessions.

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