*Whether you’re planning on taking a break soon or you’re already soaking up some sun, here’s a short list of 11 life-changing summer books to make you want to get back to work right now. *
I know, I know. You’re thinking – I’m on vacation, I’m not sure I want to read about work, but we’ve gathered the books that will keep your sunny mood all day long and at the same time transform your thoughts into a powerful “weapon” to change your career right the first morning after returning to your daily professional activities. These summer books are perfect for you if you’re at the point of your life when you feel like most of your days at your current job are worthless or you just don’t know how to go further with your career.
1. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
Have you ever wondered what you are born to do and what you are really meant to become in your life?
Today more than half of graduates (and not only) have doubts how and where to start or change their career path. The path to your life’s work is both difficult and mysterious, which is why just a few finish the journey, according to Jeff Goins. In his book “The Art of Work” the author gives inspiring explanations on how our interests connect with the needs of the world and how to begin living with passion, for a larger purpose. This intersection can make out of your professional living something exceptional and enviable and actually is attainable by anyone who is brave enough to try.
See more about the book or purchase it here.
*2. Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck *by Jon Acuff
By choice or necessity, being trapped in the wrong job is a common feeling that each and every one of us have experienced at one point.
Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time tuning their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will make readers rethink and value their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. This book can also prove you that you already have what you need to change your life, no matter what obstacles you keep on meeting on the way.
The inspiring and funny true stories in this book compared to all other summer books will motivate you to the point of no return back to the life where fifty weeks a year you just have to think about how to pay your bills while enjoying barely two weeks of vacation.
Benefit from Jon Acuff’s experience and his first book here.
3.*The Leap: Launching Your Full-Time Career in Our Part-Time Economy *by Robert Dickie
People are mostly concerned about the requirements of the environment they work in or the one they are applying for a job in. But if they have an understanding of the bigger picture of the job market and how “part-time economy” functions, they could easily succeed as freelancers, contract workers and independent consultants at any stage of their career. In this book, Robert Dickie explains how to brand yourself and sharpen your strengths to profit from all of your talents.
Explore better the labor market as an advantage to boost your career here.
*4. Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness *by Kerry Hannon
Loving your job is everything else but being stuck in routines, habits, and thought patterns that, over the years turn everything into a nightmare. Kerry Hannon’s book can provide you with the key making your work enjoyable and engaging forever. Using a bunch of simple techniques, you can adopt the attitude that will keep you happy and that might just lead to bigger and better things, no matter what stage of your career you are in.
The best part, not too many summer books can teach you, is that you don’t need to make a huge career transition so that you make a positive impact in your professional life. If you just take the chance to reinvent the way you see all working processes you will be able to experience the countless possibilities that await you.
If you are ready to Love Your Job, buy this astonishing book here.
*5. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé *by Jason Wachob
When it comes to good life it is overrated to sum it up to… money that can simply allow you to have all the expensive toys you’ve ever wanted. However, truth is that good life is much more about your mental, physical and emotional health nowadays. A wealthy existence is one in which happiness is attainable, health is paramount, and daily living is about abundance. It’s a life in which work is purposeful; friendships are deep and plentiful, and there’s a daily sense of richness or overflowing joy. This book serves as a guide to enlighten your own personal journey and turn it into a unique and meaningful experience.
Eat. Move. Work. Believe. Explore. Breathe. Connect. Love. Heal. Thank. Ground. Live. Laugh. These are the building blocks of Wellth and Jason Wachob gives techniques on how to enjoy a truly ‘wealthy’ life — life that is deeply rich in every conceivable way.
“Build a life, not a resume”, he says. “Make frequent deposits into your own ‘wellth’ accounts.”
Explore how here.
*6. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy *by Chris Bailey
Are you looking for ways to manage better your time, attention and energy? Chris Bailey spent decades performing a solid experiment into the pursuit of productivity within these three components. His research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen transformed into The Productivity Project that reveals the absolute best ways to manage all three.
Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey shares with his reader a treasure trove of productivity tactics, like:
- Consuming caffeine strategically, not habitually
- Scheduling less time for important tasks
- Slowing down to work more deliberately
- Shrinking and eliminating the unimportant
- Striving for imperfection
- The 20-second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions
- The idea of productive procrastination
Get deeper knowledge of his 25 best practices here.
*7. How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life *by Caroline Webb
How to Have a Good Day, is a step-by-step scientific guidance that can help you prioritize better your time, ace every interaction, have more confidence, strengthen your personal impact while being resilient to setbacks and boost your overall energy and pleasure at work. Through her recommendations, Caroline Webb will teach you how to navigate through the typical challenges of modern workplaces — from conflict situations with colleagues to overflowing inboxes and all this with the right attitude and ease.
This book is a great summer read for people who are looking for tips based on real practices that have been implemented by people who had improved their careers through Webb’s science.
If you are looking for a lifetime of good days at work, buy How to have a great day here today.
8.*The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success *by Emma Seppala
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success. We are taught that getting ahead means doing everything that’s thrown at us with razor-sharp focus and iron discipline; that success depends on our drive and talents, and that achievement cannot happen without stress.
The Happiness Track demolishes these counter-productive theories. Drawing on the latest findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience — research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, mindfulness — Seppala shows that finding happiness and fulfillment may, in fact, be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these scientific findings to our daily lives, The Happiness Track is a life-changing guide to fast tracking our success and creating the anxiety-free life we want.
Track your career happiness here.
*9. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media *by Aliza Licht
То all fashionistas – Aliza Licht’s book is here to help and transform you as a personal brand into an icon at work. If you feel enough brave in the contemporary working life where personal and professional lines are blurred, this book is definitely going to show you how as a professional to leave YOUR MARK. No matter if you are just starting a career or you are going well on the way, Aliza’s knowledgeable experience as a PR and Twitter phenomenon will give you advice with a particular emphasis on communicating and becoming that all-time trendy YOU, you have been dreaming of for quite long.
Ready to transform yourself as a top professional? Give it a try here.
10.*Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career *by Alison Cardy
Do you feel stuck and dissatisfied with your career? In case you are having a difficulty seeing a better future path, now it’s possible to get into the driver’s seat of your life and steer your job ambitions in the right direction. Career coach Alison Cardy illustrates step-by-step the process that has successfully guided people from different industries through the right professional development changes. She shares engaging case studies, do-it-yourself exercises, and encouraging guidance to help you find your own path to success.
Career Grease goes far beyond superficial career advice that will lead you to a real progress. After reading Career Grease, you’ll have a full understanding of what was bringing you down clearly and the exact steps you’ll need to take to get moving forward with enjoyment and satisfaction.
Stop looking for the right moment to complete the holes in your career life and grab this fascinating book here.
*11. Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms *by Jake Desyllas
Still searching for the right job? Well, what about start building a life in which you don’t need one? This book gives you plenty of evidence and strategies on how to achieve financial independence and retire early, or simply never work for anyone else again. Real life stories will make you believe that everything is possible indeed and will inspire you for both job freedom and financial independence.
If you want to know how others have already fulfilled this way of living, check the book here.
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