The Best Books To Help You At Any Stage
At Careercloud we love books, and spend a lot of time reading about how to improve our careers and lives. This page contains the best books we’ve read on topics of career, self improvement and skill acquisition.
Best Career Books We’ve Read
Cal Newport makes a great case for skill over passion in his first book So Good They Can't Ignore You. In Deep Work, Cal shares how to combat distraction and structure your day to do more, deep, meaningful chunks of work. I suffer from the disease of doing too many things at one time, and this book has really given me some actionable strategies to help me do more of what matters.
Cal Newport goes against the grain in this one. We're often told to find our passion, and do more of what we like. Cal makes a very compelling case to forget all of that and instead focus on becoming great at any skill, and "skill stacking". His argument is that when you're useful, when your skills are in demand, you become dis-proportionally rewarded and earn the right (and space) to grow into your passions.
This book runs counter to the specialization narrative, and shows how most top performers have a varied range of interests, ie, don't play one sport or one instrument from a young age. It really got me to see that having range often hurts in the short term, but is exponetially benefital in the long term. This has explained how I have often felt unfocused and had anxiety around career trajectory, but how many of my peers seek out my advice on a wide range of issues. Even though I jump around, the value to them is that I see more angles and can synthesize more effectively.
Ray Dalio has been my investing hero for a long time. I obtained a copy of this before it was a book when Ray released it just as a pdf around 2008. I devoured it. The book form is easy to read and can serve as the basis of your 'life operating system'. Principles also has an app which I was part of beta testing, where you can create your own principles and get the latest economic content from Ray.
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