Did you that January is the month that most people leave their jobs? There is something about coming off of the holidays to a job that you hate that propels people to stop talking about a new job or a new direction in their career and actually moving towards action. So is it time for a new year, new career? To help you navigate choppy career waters and create real career success, here are some of my favorite books.
Managing your career or starting and sustaining your own business carries extra responsibility when you’re single. On one hand, if you want to change your job or start a new business you are the sole decision-maker. However, without another income to fall back on, single women bear the brunt of career missteps.
1. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone
In this part memoir, part career self-help book, Cutrone, CEO/Founder of fashion PR agency, People’s Revolution and judge on America’s Next Top Model, gives an uncensored view on what it takes to be successful on your own terms. The book traces her rise from fashion outsider to sought-after PR maven and along the way she gives advice on how to create a life that fits who you are and to own it without apology.
According to Frankel, it’s nice girls that finish last in the professional world. This book, the first in a series, explores the habits, 101 in all, that are learned in girlhood which lead women to fail or flounder in the world of work. She provides tips and techniques on how to change behaviors that hold women back from achieving career success.
3. The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms by Lauren Maillian Bias
If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration with a dose of down-to-earth career advice, serial entrepreneur, Lauren Maillian Bias has you covered. At age 19 she founded a boutique winery and grew it to become an award-winning wine brand. She is one of the few women venture capitalists having founded Gen Y Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on technology companies. Maillian Bias uses her own fearlessness in her career to show women how innovation and ambition can lead to success.
4. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
By now you’ve probably have heard about Sandberg’s Lean In, but you may not have read it yet. Here’s why you should: Sandberg writes about a real epidemic in our society … the lack of female leadership in our companies, government and educational institutions. Women make up the majority of college graduates, but we hold few positions of power, which has repercussions for women and men. And 2017’s #metoo movement proves that the lack of power women hold in the workplace is deep-seeded and needs to be addressed. Sandberg offers practical tactics on how women can take ownership of their careers and rise through the ranks.
5. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
In Thrive, Huffington gives us a new vision of what success can look like in our hyperconnected and overworked society. She does away with hustle glorification and instead Huffington shows us a different path to success, one in which we can be fulfilled, rested, and work less. If you’ve felt trapped on the hamster wheel trying to attain your career goals then this book is for you.
Here are some more career books.
4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Ferriss debunks the myth that “All good things come to those who wait.” He proposes that the traditional paradigm of waiting until retirement to get your reward from years of hard work doesn’t make sense. Instead, he provides a blueprint for an alternative lifestyle one that involves international travel, entrepreneurship, and working less and making more money. Who wouldn’t want that?!
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
This is an oldie, but a goodie. This book was written in the 90’s, but the advice is more relevant than ever in our go-getter world. Covey gives strategies to prioritize your time and energy so that you can hone in on what’s really important in your life. Though not strictly a career book, it offers lessons that will help you create balance in your life that will positively influence your career.