5 Must-Reads if You’re Changing Careers

August 16, 2016

5 Must-Reads if You’re Changing Careers

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Considering a career change? Developing your side hustle? Then you’re going to need to do some reading. These five books are must-reads if you’re changing careers or starting your own business.

Whether you have no idea where to start, know exactly what you want to do, or like most people, you fall somewhere in between, these books will provide you with the resources and inspiration you need to discover your path and take action.


1. Quitter by Jon Acuff

Contrary to what you may think by the title, this book will not automatically tell you to quit your job. (Sorry!) Rather, Quitter helps you objectively evaluate where you are and sheds light on creative ways to map your path to where you want to be…and perhaps quitting. The best part of the book? It’s funny! You’ll appreciate the humor and sarcasm Acuff brings to a subject that is not inherently humorous.

Buy Quitter


2. Start by Jon Acuff

A follow up to Quitter, Start will inspire you to do just that – start. The subtitle is: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work Matters. Don’t we all want to do that?! Just like in Quitter, Acuff will make you laugh while he encourages and inspires you to take action.

Buy Start

Also from this author: Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck


3. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

This read will walk you through discovering not only what you love, but also what is best suited for you by taking into consideration your skills, personality traits, and preferences. 48 Days to the Work You Love  is an excellent choice if you don’t know where to begin, or if you’re looking for confirmation of the direction in which you’re headed.

Buy 48 Days to the Work You Love

Also from this author: No More Dreaded Mondays


4. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 by Richard Nelson Bolles

This classic provides you with current and up-to-date information to lead a successful job and career search. Updated yearly, What Color is Your Parachute? is a go-to manual for everything you need to know from resumes to salary negotiation to starting a home business. The 2017 version was just released.

Buy What Color is Your Parachute?

Also from this author: How to Find Your Mission in Life


5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

While this book is not specifically about changing careers, it’s a must-read if you’re looking to be effective and successful in life – and that includes your career or business. A classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, highlights the seven core principles and habits necessary to succeed in life. If you’ve already read it, consider reading it again. I read this first in my twenties and again in my thirties, and the takeaways were different!

Buy The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Also from this author: First Things First


You’ve got some reading to do! These books will help on your journey to discovering your new career or business path and do it well-equipped and well-informed.

What books would you recommend for changing careers?


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