3 books to help you break the mold in your career


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Conventional wisdom will only give you conventional results. To stand out, you have to break the so-called rules and think outside the box.

It turns out that you’ve probably been given a lot of tips that are hampering your career advancement in the long run. (See, for example, “8 Common Career Tips You Should Ignore At All Costs.”) And as you’ll see below, even well-meaning advice that you should pursue your passion and work hard isn’t always enough. to propel you to the success you want.

We recently asked Thomas’ employees which career books they thought everyone should read, and received recommendations suggesting readers to flip the script on how they are optimizing their career path. Whether you are still trying to figure out which employment path is right for you or have a job you love but struggle with various challenges, these books will educate, inspire and motivate you.

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So good they can’t ignore you: why skills trump passion in the pursuit of the job you love by Cal Newport

Cathy Ma, vice president of platform growth and engagement, says that in Cal Newport’s So good they can’t ignore you: why skills trump passion in the pursuit of the job you love, there is a “controversial thesis here that there are no dream jobs or careers in itself, but there is a way to sculpt both to create a job you love. Find out why we are being sold a pipe dream when we are told “you have to follow your passion” and find out how getting really good at something is actually the secret to enjoying your job. “

Newport contradicts advice Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave in his famous Stanford University keynote address that graduates should follow their dreams, pointing out that Jobs did not follow his own advice . Instead, Newport is inspired by comedian Steve Martin, who once said that the key to success is to be so good at what you do that you can’t be ignored.

Using scientific evidence, Newport, who earned his doctorate. of MIT, argues that readers should focus their work efforts on what they have determined they are doing well and where they have established “career capital.” Passion won’t get you far. It takes skills and talent.

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Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distractions, Regaining Your Focus, and Working Smarter All Day by David Rock

Patrick Carroll, a digital marketing strategist, says Dr David Rock’s Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distractions, Regaining Your Focus, and Working Smarter All Day “Helped me organize my working day for project management. “

Working harder leads to burnout. You have to work smarter. Rock addresses the ever-pressing work culture that exists today and offers solutions that will not only help you manage your tasks, but also feel energized while doing it.

Although packed with research, this book makes the information accessible using a modern day couple as an example. Rock takes a look at how these busy professionals prioritize and act on the flood of emails, calls, projects, meetings, and proposals they face every day. In doing so, it offers tips and tricks you can use to focus better, keep a cool head when you’re stressed, and influence others.

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The goal: a continuous improvement process by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

“For project management and process improvement, this was a great book,” says Mike Santasiero, Supplier Content Manager.

The goal that’s great! ”agrees Stephen Goelz, technical project manager.

Now in his 30se edition, Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s The goal: a continuous improvement process is Amazon’s number one bestseller in business operations research. It’s about breaking out of standard ways of thinking to do what really needs to be done. This includes getting rid of the notion that goals should be viewed in absolute terms. Rather, Goldratt postulates that a goal should be defined as something that sets an individual or business on a path of continuous improvement.

This is not your ordinary business book. It’s written like a novel that turns the pages. It revolves around an overworked factory manager named Alex Rogo who has 90 days to prove to company headquarters that the factory shouldn’t be shut down, costing hundreds of people their jobs.

(If you’re looking for another business book masquerading as a novel, you might be interested in Gene Kim’s The Phoenix project, mentioned in our other reading guide.)

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