The best 100 Career Progress books

Career progress is a crucial aspect of personal and professional development, shaping our future and satisfaction in the workplace. Our collection of insightful books offers practical guidance and strategies to navigate the complexities of advancing in your career.

Discover the expert advice, invaluable tips, and real-life examples within these books to supercharge your career trajectory. Ready to elevate your professional journey and achieve your goals? Start exploring these essential reads today!

The best 100 Career Progress books
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Career Progress Books: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Never Eat Alone

Keith Ferrazzi
And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
4.3 (297 ratings)
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What's Never Eat Alone about?

In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi, a successful businessman and marketing expert, takes us through the secrets to successful networking. He focuses on building lasting relationships rather than merely exchanging business cards, which seems to be many people’s idea of networking today. He summarizes his findings in a system of tried and tested methods. 

Who should read Never Eat Alone?

  • Anyone who wants to know what really constitutes good networking
  • Anyone who wants to know how to best achieve their goals
  • Anyone with a general interest in career advice and soft skills

Career Progress Books: So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
4.4 (598 ratings)
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What's So Good They Can't Ignore You about?

How can you find a job that you are good at and enjoy? This book advocates the "craftsman mind-set" of patiently developing skills instead of the typical "follow-your-passion" advice, and offers practical solutions to acquiring and maintaining job satisfaction.

Who should read So Good They Can't Ignore You?

  • Anyone who wants to know why “follow your passion” is bad advice
  • Anyone interested in alternative routes to job satisfaction and success

Career Progress Books: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Success Principles

Jack Canfield
How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
4.4 (299 ratings)
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What's The Success Principles about?

The Success Principles offers practical and detailed principles to help anyone lead a more successful and fulfilling life. Author Jack Canfield draws upon stories and anecdotes from people who have achieved ambitious goals and experienced what it’s like to be highly successful.

Who should read The Success Principles?

  • Anyone who wants to learn proven principles for success
  • Anyone aspiring to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life
  • Anyone who’s ready to change their routine and pursue their dreams

Career Progress Books: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better

Charles Duhigg
The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
4.1 (428 ratings)
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What's Smarter Faster Better about?

Smarter Faster Better (2016) combines personal stories and business research to show that being productive isn’t just about managing your to-do list, but about making the right choices and maintaining the right mindset. These blinks offer advice on how to stay motivated, keep yourself on track and work in teams effectively to maximize your creativity, productivity and success.

Who should read Smarter Faster Better?

  • Leaders looking to motivate a team
  • Business people who want to energize a company or employees
  • Anyone with a serious, long-term goal

Career Progress Books: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

How Successful People Think

John C. Maxwell
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
4.3 (726 ratings)
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What's How Successful People Think about?

How Successful People Think (2009) argues that success is about attitude. More than just staying positive, John C. Maxwell suggests that if you want to make it, it’s time to start thinking realistically and empathetically. Full of fascinating historical examples and practical advice gleaned from today’s most successful people, this detailed roadmap will help you achieve your goals while avoiding the most common mental pitfalls.

Who should read How Successful People Think?

  • Those interested in organizational psychology
  • Leaders and businesspeople
  • People looking for a fresh perspective on success

Career Progress Books: Range by David Epstein


David Epstein
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
4.3 (578 ratings)
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What's Range about?

At a time when many see specialization as the route to success, Range (2019) shows that having broad interests and taking your time to find your focus in life lead to excellence and innovation. Drawing on examples from business, sports, science and human psychology, Range urges us all to stay open-minded and curious.

Who should read Range?

  • Individuals searching for a purpose in life
  • The intellectually curious
  • Those seeking an unconventional path to success

Career Progress Books: The Job-Ready Guide by Anastasia de Waal

The Job-Ready Guide

Anastasia de Waal
Employability Skills and Strategies for Career Success
4.0 (50 ratings)
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What's The Job-Ready Guide about?

The Job-Ready Guide (2019) is a helpful roadmap for anyone seeking to get themselves on the first rung of the career ladder. In addition to offering advice on job-searching, writing a compelling resume, and performing well in interviews, it provides insight into what modern employers are really looking for.

Who should read The Job-Ready Guide?

  • Students leaving college
  • Teachers or mentors wishing to give young people up-to-date career advice
  • Young professionals seeking a change in career

Career Progress Books: The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

The Gap and the Gain

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success
4.6 (1,833 ratings)
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What's The Gap and the Gain about?

The Gap and the Gain (2021) is a guide to finding happiness and fulfillment inside yourself, instead of constantly hunting for external affirmation. By learning to define your own standards of success, and by measuring your achievement backward, you’ll appreciate how much progress you’ve actually made, and experience renewed motivation in every area of your life.

Who should read The Gap and the Gain?

  • Undermotivated entrepreneurs 
  • Successful but unfulfilled business people
  • Persistent ruminators who want to learn how to think positively

Career Progress Books: Impact Players by Liz Wiseman

Impact Players

Liz Wiseman
How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact
4.2 (357 ratings)
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What's Impact Players about?

Impact Players (2021) uncovers the qualities of the most indispensable players in a team or organization, and breaks down the mindset that sets these influential individuals apart from the rest. Drawing on insights from top industry leaders, it shows how to leverage the approaches used by influential professionals to multiply your own impact in the workplace.

Who should read Impact Players?

  • Aspiring leaders
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Organization development professionals

Career Progress Books: Quit by Annie Duke


Annie Duke
The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away
4.5 (294 ratings)
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What's Quit about?

Quit (2022) makes the case for an undervalued and important skill that can lead to success: knowing when to bow out. It lends nuance to the old-school advice that grit and perseverance are necessary to achieve goals – and offers a manual on how to quit, even when it’s difficult. 

Who should read Quit?

  • People facing a big decision or planning ahead for a major life change 
  • Highly motivated people who find the prospect of quitting appalling
  • Those stuck in a career or project that feels like a dead end

Career Progress Books: Never Finished by David Goggins

Never Finished

David Goggins
Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
4.5 (1,164 ratings)
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What's Never Finished about?

Never Finished (2022) is your guide to transforming into the person you never imagined you could be. It shares stories of setbacks and lessons learned that you can use to power through life's unending challenges.

Who should read Never Finished?

  • Injured athletes looking for motivation
  • Midlifers seeking a challenge
  • Anyone seeking to maximize their potential

Career Progress Books: Magic Words by Jonah Berger

Magic Words

Jonah Berger
What to Say to Get Your Way
4.6 (1,483 ratings)
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What's Magic Words about?

Magic Words (2023) teaches you how to use the power of language to achieve your goals. Want to win an argument, nail a job interview, or get your child to clean up after themselves? This guide reveals the magical yet scientifically proven words that may make all the difference.

Who should read Magic Words?

  • People interested in psychology and language
  • Anyone wondering which words to use to market themselves or their product
  • Anyone who wants to become better at (public) speaking

Career Progress Books: Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

John C. Maxwell
Your Foundation for Successful Leadership
3.9 (138 ratings)
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What's Good Leaders Ask Great Questions about?

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions (2014) focuses on how successful leadership isn't about having all the answers, but asking the right questions. The constant quest for improvement, innovation, and growth is what separates good leaders from great ones.

Who should read Good Leaders Ask Great Questions?

  • Aspiring leaders 
  • Current leaders seeking improvement 
  • Personal development enthusiasts

Career Progress Books: The Business Of The 21st Century by Robert T. Kiyosaki, John Fleming & Kim Kiyosaki

The Business Of The 21st Century

Robert T. Kiyosaki, John Fleming & Kim Kiyosaki
3.5 (15 ratings)
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What's The Business Of The 21st Century about?

The Business Of The 21st Century (2010) focuses on the transformative power of network marketing. It advocates for the creation of personal wealth through entrepreneurship, emphasizing the shift from traditional employment to innovative, individual-driven business models. It provides insights into leveraging networking and direct sales as tools for financial success and personal growth.

Who should read The Business Of The 21st Century?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs interested in network marketing opportunities
  • Individuals open to non-traditional income streams
  • Employees seeking to control their financial future

Career Progress Books: Future Skills by Bernard Marr

Future Skills

Bernard Marr
The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World
3.9 (286 ratings)
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What's Future Skills about?

Future Skills (2022) outlines 20 core skills that will be essential for success in an increasingly digital world. From digital literacy to social media awareness, these competencies can benefit anyone regardless of career focus or life goals.

Who should read Future Skills?

  • Those worried about the AI revolution and its impact on the future of work 
  • Career optimizers seeking practical advice for the next digital age
  • Anyone looking for a competitive edge in an increasingly automated world

Career Progress Books: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win

A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
How Strategy Really Works
3.6 (344 ratings)
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What's Playing to Win about?

Playing to Win (2013) introduces a strategic framework that illustrates how companies can achieve success by making deliberate and well-considered choices. It delves into the "Five Choices Framework," detailing essential decisions that leaders must make to develop winning strategies. Using real-world examples, it emphasizes that a disciplined approach to strategy can create sustainable competitive advantage and turn companies into industry leaders.

Who should read Playing to Win?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to refine their business strategy for market dominance
  • Business students curious about practical strategic frameworks used by leading corporations
  • Start-up founders looking to position their ventures for success in competitive markets

Career Progress Books: Elite Sales Strategies by Anthony Iannarino

Elite Sales Strategies

Anthony Iannarino
A Guide to Being One-Up, Creating Value, and Becoming Truly Consultative
3.4 (72 ratings)
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What's Elite Sales Strategies about?

Elite Sales Strategies (2022) is a guide designed to catapult you from being a typical salesperson to a trusted consultant. It dives into the One-Up strategy that not only sells but also connects and provides value to clients.

Who should read Elite Sales Strategies?

  • Salespeople seeking to progress from average to elite through new strategies
  • Seasoned sales pros wanting to sharpen their skills and learn modern tactics
  • Anyone into sales

Career Progress Books: $100M Leads by Alex Hormozi

$100M Leads

Alex Hormozi
How to Get Strangers to Want to Buy Your Stuff
4.4 (114 ratings)
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What's $100M Leads about?

$100M Leads (2023) is a proven playbook for attracting more leads than you’ll know what to do with. Through step-by-step frameworks and cutting-edge tactics, it shows you how to build self-sustaining marketing machines that convert at record rates.

Who should read $100M Leads?

  • Fledgling founders who want to make their dream business work
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who struggle with advertising and marketing
  • Seasoned salespeople who want to level up their strategies

Career Progress Books: Nine-Figure Mindset by Brandon Dawson

Nine-Figure Mindset

Brandon Dawson
How to Go from Zero to Over $100 Million in Net Worth
3.8 (96 ratings)
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What's Nine-Figure Mindset about?

Nine-Figure Mindset (2023) explores the mindsets and philosophies for building massively successful business empires. Drawing from the real-life experiences of several entrepreneurs, it reveals the blueprint for taking your business and wealth to the next level.

Who should read Nine-Figure Mindset?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for business insights
  • Current business owners seeking exponential growth 
  • Anyone desiring more wealth and life fulfillment

Career Progress Books: The Upside of Uncertainty by Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr

The Upside of Uncertainty

Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr
A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown
3.7 (127 ratings)
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What's The Upside of Uncertainty about?

The Upside of Uncertainty (2022) challenges you to transform your approach to the unknown. You're invited to shift from dread to discovery, learning to harness the potential within uncertainty to forge a path rich with innovation and personal growth. You'll emerge more resilient, creative, and ready to turn the unforeseen into opportunity.

Who should read The Upside of Uncertainty?

  • Entrepreneurs facing the challenges of new ventures
  • Corporate leaders seeking innovative approaches to change management
  • Personal development enthusiasts embracing growth through life transitions

Career Progress Books: The Little Book of Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager

The Little Book of Market Wizards

Jack D. Schwager
Lessons from the Greatest Traders
4.3 (52 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Market Wizards about?

The Little Book of Market Wizards (2014) distills decades of wisdom from iconic traders, sharing key insights on strategy, risk management, and mindset. Based on interviews with hedge fund managers and commodity traders who've generated huge returns, this book is packed with engaging anecdotes to teach you how persistence, flexibility, and emotional discipline will let you excel like the pros. 

Who should read The Little Book of Market Wizards?

  • Aspiring or experienced traders
  • Finance professionals
  • Individuals trading on their own and looking to improve results

Career Progress Books: The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

The Diary of a CEO

Steven Bartlett
The 33 Laws of Business and Life
4.3 (628 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a CEO about?

The Diary of a CEO (2023) offers a compelling insight into the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. It’s a comprehensive guide that combines reflections, lessons learned, and practical advice. This aims to inspire and guide you in understanding business dynamics, personal development, and the intricacies of becoming an effective leader.

Who should read The Diary of a CEO?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to start or grow a business
  • Professionals and students focused on personal and professional development
  • Anyone searching for mindset shifts and psychological tools to maximize their potential

Career Progress Books: Finance for the People by Paco de Leon

Finance for the People

Paco de Leon
Getting a Grip on Your Finances
4.0 (226 ratings)
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What's Finance for the People about?

Finance for the People (2022) takes a novel approach to personal finance by focusing on the psychological aspects of money management. Encouraging readers to examine and reshape their beliefs about money, this guide offers strategies for debt management, mindful spending, and wealth building.

Who should read Finance for the People?

  • Financial fledglings
  • Wealth strategy savants
  • Finance historians

Career Progress Books: 100 Ways to Change Your Life by Liz Moody

100 Ways to Change Your Life

Liz Moody
The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships and Success
4.3 (563 ratings)
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What's 100 Ways to Change Your Life about?

100 Ways to Change Your Life (2023) is a guide that offers you a wide range of practical tips and strategies for making impactful changes in various aspects of your life. Covering topics from health and wellness to personal growth and happiness, it’s designed to inspire and motivate you to implement small but significant adjustments to suit your individual needs and goals.

Who should read 100 Ways to Change Your Life?

  • Wellness devotees and productivity fanatics who’ve lost sight of simple happiness
  • Dreamers who’d love to start doing, if they could only stick to their goals
  • Anyone who feels there could be more to life than the status quo

Career Progress Books: Level Up by Rob Dial

Level Up

Rob Dial
Get Focused, Stop Procrastinating and Upgrade Your Life
4.2 (883 ratings)
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What's Level Up about?

Level Up (2023) is a practical guide to help you move from inaction to taking focused steps to achieve your goals and dreams. It reveals the reasons behind inaction and offers strategies to stop spinning your wheels and start taking meaningful action.  

Who should read Level Up?

  • Individuals seeking practical strategies to overcome inaction.
  • People aspiring to improve focus and productivity.
  • Anyone interested in personal development and self-improvement.

Career Progress Books: Sales Pitch by April Dunford

Sales Pitch

April Dunford
How to Craft a Story to Stand Out and Win
3.9 (45 ratings)
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What's Sales Pitch about?

Sales Pitch (2024) emphasizes the importance of distinctive marketing in a competitive marketplace. It offers guidance for entrepreneurs, salespeople, and business leaders on crafting compelling sales narratives – and provides a step-by-step method to help build a sales pitch structure that supports confident customer decisions and solid market positioning. 

Who should read Sales Pitch?

  • Entrepreneurs and salespeople who want to identify and understand their target audience
  • Marketers and business leaders looking to create compelling sales pitches through storytelling 
  • Anyone seeking to overcome objections and close deals

Career Progress Books: Pillars of Wealth by David M. Greene

Pillars of Wealth

David M. Greene
How to Make, Save, and Invest Your Way to Financial Freedom
4.0 (170 ratings)
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What's Pillars of Wealth about?

Pillars of Wealth (2023) outlines a proven strategy for accumulating wealth through real estate. With the right mindset and the strategies included in the three pillars of wealth – defense, offense, and investing – anyone can build a multi-million-dollar net worth. 

Who should read Pillars of Wealth?

  • Anyone who’s struggled to generate wealth
  • People looking to build their wealth through real estate
  • Those interested in realistic ways to think about property and personal finances

Career Progress Books: Hidden Potential by Adam Grant

Hidden Potential

Adam Grant
The Science of Achieving Greater Things
4.5 (397 ratings)
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What's Hidden Potential about?

Hidden Potential (2023) challenges the notion that only those born with natural and exceptional talent can excel intellectually, artistically or athletically. Supported by groundbreaking research, it offers a framework that any individual can use to tap into their hidden potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. 

Who should read Hidden Potential?

  • Novices wanting to master a challenging skill
  • Those who feel they’ve stagnated or plateaued
  • Leaders seeking to unlock the potential of others

Career Progress Books: Power Questions by Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas

Power Questions

Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas
Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others
4.2 (376 ratings)
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What's Power Questions about?

Power Questions (2012) equips you with strategic questions to transform conversations, redefine problems, and forge deep connections in both professional and personal realms. It presents real-life dialogues with CEOs and influential figures, each demonstrating the impact of incisive questions – and teaches you to harness questioning as a tool for influence, understanding, and meaningful engagement.

Who should read Power Questions?

  • Business leaders seeking deeper client connections
  • Sales professionals aiming to enhance customer engagement
  • Personal development enthusiasts seeking insightful questioning techniques

Career Progress Books: The Program by Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald

The Program

Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald
Lessons From Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams
3.0 (1 ratings)
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What's The Program about?

The Program (2019) is a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, a renowned team-building and leadership development company. Drawing from the real-life experiences of its instructors, it illustrates how military leadership and team-building concepts can elevate organizational performance and foster accountability and effective communication.

Who should read The Program?

  • Team leaders aiming for excellence and success
  • Coaches aiming to inspire athletes
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to develop a strong culture

Career Progress Books: A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Burton G. Malkiel
The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
4.0 (84 ratings)
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What's A Random Walk Down Wall Street about?

A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973) looks at the unpredictability of stock market prices, linking their movements to a “random walk.” It dispels the generally accepted belief in discernible market patterns, suggesting that consistent gains are not a product of easily-chartered trends.

Who should read A Random Walk Down Wall Street?

  • Aspiring investors
  • Stock market analysts
  • Economists interested in financial market patterns

Career Progress Books: LIT by Jeff Karp


Jeff Karp
Using Nature's Playbook to Spark Energy, Ideas, and Action
4.0 (15 ratings)
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What's LIT about?

LIT (2024) is a guidebook for anyone looking to ignite their inner potential and make a positive impact on their lives and the world around them. It’s designed to help people snap out of their rut, find inspiration, cultivate humility, and harness the transformative power of curiosity and compassion. 

Who should read LIT?

  • Anyone interested in personal growth
  • People curious about productivity and inspiration
  • Distracted minds looking for some calm and focus

Career Progress Books: Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ

Robert T. Kiyosaki
Get Smarter with Your Money
3.2 (6 ratings)
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What's Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ about?

Increase Your Financial IQ (2011) is a guide to building financial intelligence and taking control of your financial future. It lays out key principles for protecting your money, budgeting, leveraging your assets, and continuously improving your financial knowledge.

Who should read Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ?

  • Individuals and families striving to build long-term wealth
  • Small investors seeking to make smarter, more informed decisions
  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed or confused by personal finance

Career Progress Books: Choose Your Enemies Wisely by Patrick Bet-David

Choose Your Enemies Wisely

Patrick Bet-David
Business Planning for the Audacious Few
4.2 (56 ratings)
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What's Choose Your Enemies Wisely about?

Choose Your Enemies Wisely (2023) presents a system for creating a practical yet emotional business plan that goes beyond tactics to explore the deeper motivations and vision that drive exponential success. It demonstrates how to harness negative emotions about “enemies” to fuel entrepreneurial fire and achieve ambitious goals.

Who should read Choose Your Enemies Wisely?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start or rapidly grow a business
  • Business leaders aiming to build a motivated, high-performance company culture
  • Anyone who feels held back by naysayers and wants to prove them wrong

Career Progress Books: The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap

David Robson
Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
3.7 (217 ratings)
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What's The Intelligence Trap about?

The Intelligence Trap (2019) presents a compelling argument that high intelligence does not always equate to good thinking. In fact, intelligence can lead to significant mistakes, and intelligent people can fall into the trap of simplistic reasoning. As a solution, it offers strategies to cultivate wisdom and make better decisions, stressing the importance of intellectual humility, critical thinking, and the ability to learn from mistakes. 

Who should read The Intelligence Trap?

  • Educators and academics
  • Students and lifelong learners
  • Anyone interested in self-improvement

Career Progress Books: Be the Unicorn by William Vanderbloemen

Be the Unicorn

William Vanderbloemen
12 Data-Driven Habits That Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest
4.2 (413 ratings)
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What's Be the Unicorn about?

Be the Unicorn (2023) offers a comprehensive guide to achieving personal and professional success by detailing 12 key habits that distinguish exceptional leaders in today’s competitive world. It emphasizes the importance of developing these habits to stand out, become irreplaceable, and excel in various work environments, particularly in the context of a rapidly evolving job landscape influenced by AI technology.

Who should read Be the Unicorn?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking success and personal growth
  • Professionals adapting to a competitive, evolving work environment
  • Those interested in soft skills development and leadership excellence

Career Progress Books: Be Seen by Jen Gottlieb

Be Seen

Jen Gottlieb
Find Your Voice. Build Your Brand. Live Your Dream.
4.1 (207 ratings)
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What's Be Seen about?

Be Seen (2023) offers a comprehensive guide on content creation, marketing strategies, and personal branding. It’s designed to assist readers in finding their unique voice, establishing a solid personal brand, and achieving their dreams. Through step-by-step methods and personal anecdotes, it provides tools for personal and professional development, especially for entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

Who should read Be Seen?

  • Emerging entrepreneurs seeking personal branding insights
  • Marketing professionals interested in content creation strategies
  • Creative individuals looking to build a public image

Career Progress Books: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White
Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
4.1 (27 ratings)
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What's The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace about?

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (2007) outlines the keys to cultivating value, recognition, and appreciation at work, by tapping into the deeply personal ways workers wish to be recognized at their best.

Who should read The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace?

  • Employees who feel undervalued and dispirited at work
  • Managers who want to tailor their approach to get the best out of all their employees
  • CEOs and founders keen to create an atmosphere of ownership and appreciation

Career Progress Books: Built, Not Born by Tom Golisano

Built, Not Born

Tom Golisano
A Self-Made Billionaire's No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs
4.1 (26 ratings)
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What's Built, Not Born about?

Built, Not Born (2022) is an instruction manual that explores how to transform any promising business idea into a thriving enterprise. Detailing the key steps for success from early planning stages through exits and everything in between, it dismantles the myths of exclusivity surrounding entrepreneurship to prove that concrete and learnable principles can lead any determined person toward sustained success.

Who should read Built, Not Born?

  • Entrepreneurs trying to start, buy, and grow businesses
  • Managers intent on building profitable and performant departments within organizations
  • Any successful entrepreneur looking for a good exit strategy

Career Progress Books: The Idea Is the Easy Part by Brian Dovey

The Idea Is the Easy Part

Brian Dovey
Myths and Realities of the Startup World
4.2 (48 ratings)
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What's The Idea Is the Easy Part about?

The Idea is the Easy Part (2023) offers a refreshing, no-nonsense guide to the entrepreneurial journey, countering common myths about startup success and failure. With insights from decades of firsthand experience, it’s an enthusiastic yet realistic manual for aspiring entrepreneurs, providing practical advice on making informed decisions at every stage of the startup process, from ideation to execution.

Who should read The Idea Is the Easy Part?

  • Current and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone wanting to sort the startup fact from fiction 
  • People with big ideas that they want to become a reality

Career Progress Books: All In by Mike Michalowicz

All In

Mike Michalowicz
How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams
4.1 (142 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2024) argues that to build highly effective teams, great leaders must invest time and effort into recruiting people for potential rather than credentials, and fostering a sense of ownership and community in everyone.

Who should read All In?

  • Aspiring managers learning how to recruit and motivate others
  • Team leaders looking to improve engagement and productivity
  • Anyone focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of great teams

Career Progress Books: A New Way To Think by Roger L. Martin

A New Way To Think

Roger L. Martin
Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness
3.3 (41 ratings)
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What's A New Way To Think about?

A New Way To Think (2011) presents a paradigm shift, arguing that companies could achieve sustainable success and shareholder returns by prioritizing customer satisfaction over the traditional focus on maximizing shareholder value.

Who should read A New Way To Think?

  • Business leaders
  • Shareholders
  • Customer experience advocates

Career Progress Books: The Art of Laziness by Library Mindset

The Art of Laziness

Library Mindset
Overcome Procrastination & Improve Your Productivity
4.4 (126 ratings)
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What's The Art of Laziness about?

The Art of Laziness (2024) is a transformative guide to improving your productivity, offering practical strategies for personal and professional growth. Through the dual focus of mindset and action, it teaches you how to overcome procrastination, harness your best work, and realize your full potential. 

Who should read The Art of Laziness?

  • Anyone who wants to kick the lazy habit 
  • Those who seem to work hard but go nowhere
  • People looking for their first self-help book

Career Progress Books: Competing in the New World of Work by Keith Ferrazzi

Competing in the New World of Work

Keith Ferrazzi
3.4 (34 ratings)
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What's Competing in the New World of Work about?

Competing in the New World of Work (2021) unveils the concept of radical adaptability, a progressive method for companies to proactively anticipate and shape future changes, valuing human-centric approaches over traditional, conformist business models.

Who should read Competing in the New World of Work?

  • Forward-thinking leaders
  • Innovation-driven teams
  • Agile business strategists

Career Progress Books: Your Journey to Financial Freedom by Jamila Souffrant

Your Journey to Financial Freedom

Jamila Souffrant
A Step-By-Step Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness
4.4 (181 ratings)
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What's Your Journey to Financial Freedom about?

Your Journey to Financial Freedom (2023) is a comprehensive guide designed to help you achieve financial independence through smart money management and investment strategies. It delves into the importance of budgeting, saving, and investing, providing practical tools and advice to create a solid financial foundation. 

Who should read Your Journey to Financial Freedom?

  • Those seeking financial
  • Professionals looking to quit their nine-to-five
  • Beginners in personal finance and investment education

Career Progress Books: The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking by Michael D. Watkins

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking

Michael D. Watkins
Leading Your Organization Into the Future
4.1 (244 ratings)
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What's The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking about?

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking (2024) is a comprehensive guide designed to enhance your leadership skills by focusing on strategic thinking. It identifies six key components of strategic thought: mental agility, pattern recognition, political savvy, problem-solving, systems analysis, and visioning, each essential for recognizing threats and opportunities, establishing priorities, and driving organizational success. Offering a blend of academic insights and practical tools, it aims to develop and nurture your strategic thinking, making it an invaluable resource.

Who should read The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking?

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking strategic skills
  • Executives facing complex organizational challenges
  • Professionals interested in leadership and organizational change

Career Progress Books: Breaking Free From Broke by George Kamel

Breaking Free From Broke

George Kamel
The Ultimate Guide to More Money and Less Stress
3.7 (47 ratings)
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What's Breaking Free From Broke about?

Breaking Free from Broke (2024) details the financial philosophies author George Kamel used to move from $40,000 in debt to being a debt-free millionaire. Discover how, with a paradigm shift and the right financial practices, you can achieve your financial goals and start living the life you want.

Who should read Breaking Free From Broke?

  • Anyone who wants to take control of their finances
  • People looking for a modern, no-nonsense approach to becoming a millionaire
  • Those curious about a millennial take on Dave Ramsey’s financial philosophy

Career Progress Books: Real-Time Leadership by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

Real-Time Leadership

David Noble & Carol Kauffman
Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
3.7 (29 ratings)
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What's Real-Time Leadership about?

Real-Time Leadership (2021) dives into how leaders can make quick and strategic decisions during high stakes situations using the practical M-O-V-E framework.

Who should read Real-Time Leadership?

  • Emerging leaders
  • Experienced decision-makers
  • Individuals in high-stakes roles

Career Progress Books: Set for Life by Scott Trench

Set for Life

Scott Trench
Dominate Life, Money, and the American Dream
4.2 (204 ratings)
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What's Set for Life about?

Set for Life (2017) offers a strategic roadmap for achieving financial independence, emphasizing the importance of frugality, saving, and smart investment. It guides you through the process of accumulating wealth by spending less, earning more, and investing in income-generating assets, particularly real estate. Ultimately, it offers practical advice for creating a long-term financial plan that enables early retirement and financial freedom.

Who should read Set for Life?

  • Young professionals and recent graduates just starting their careers
  • Middle-class earners with little savings
  • Anyone seeking financial independence

Career Progress Books: Your Best Financial Life by Anne Lester

Your Best Financial Life

Anne Lester
Save Smart Now for the Future You Want
4.1 (35 ratings)
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What's Your Best Financial Life about?

Your Best Financial Life (2024) charts a course through the complex landscape of personal finance, offering a map to navigate the twists and turns of saving, investing, and planning for the future. It unfolds the secrets of compound interest, the perils of financial pitfalls, and the art of adapting to life’s surprises, all while keeping your eyes on the prize: a secure and prosperous retirement.

Who should read Your Best Financial Life?

  • Early-career savers seeking direction
  • Compulsive spenders craving financial freedom
  • Retirement dreamers in need of a roadmap

Career Progress Books: Effective Decision-Making by Edoardo Binda Zane

Effective Decision-Making

Edoardo Binda Zane
How to Make Better Decisions Under Uncertainty and Pressure
3.5 (49 ratings)
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What's Effective Decision-Making about?

Effective Decision-Making (2016) explores the art and science of making better decisions amidst the challenges of uncertainty and pressure. It provides you with a comprehensive toolkit for improving decision-making processes, focusing on techniques that foster critical thinking, strategic analysis, and collaborative problem-solving.

Who should read Effective Decision-Making?

  • Managers and executives who need to make the big calls
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make quick and effective decisions 
  • Brainstormers looking to up their game

Career Progress Books: Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook by Ken Blanchard & Randy Conley

Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook

Ken Blanchard & Randy Conley
A 52-Week Game Plan for Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader
3.7 (30 ratings)
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What's Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook about?

Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook (2023) highlights how adopting servant leadership, a balanced approach focusing on serving others and achieving outcomes, can cultivate strong relationships and superior results in the workplace.

Who should read Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook?

  • Aspiring servant leaders
  • Corporate managers
  • Team-building professionals

Career Progress Books: Untapped Leadership by Jenny Vazquez-Newsum

Untapped Leadership

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum
Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders
3.4 (120 ratings)
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What's Untapped Leadership about?

Untapped Leadership (2023) explores the leadership strategies, capabilities, and contributions made by leaders of color and those from marginalized backgrounds. Sharing diverse stories and strategies, it argues that the insights derived from BIPOC leadership are universally applicable, offering valuable lessons for anyone interested in enhancing their approach to leadership and navigating complex professional and personal landscapes.

Who should read Untapped Leadership?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking personal and professional development
  • Managers aiming to enhance team performance and innovation
  • All those interested in diverse leadership strategies and perspectives

Career Progress Books: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
4.5 (58 ratings)
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What's Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin about?

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1793) provides an intimate look at Franklin's successes and failures, revealing his views on practical wisdom and self-improvement. It showcases his journey from a young apprentice to a renowned figure in history, offering valuable life lessons along the way.

Who should read Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?

  • History enthusiasts
  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Fans of personal narratives

Career Progress Books: How to Make a Few Billion Dollars by Brad Jacobs

How to Make a Few Billion Dollars

Brad Jacobs
3.5 (192 ratings)
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What's How to Make a Few Billion Dollars about?

How to Make a Few Billion Dollars (2018) presents an insightful roadmap to assembling a team that's equipped to catapult a company to staggering heights of success. It zeroes in on the art of team building, detailing a multidimensional approach to recruit, manage, and incentivize a high performing squad.

Who should read How to Make a Few Billion Dollars?

  • Aspiring billionaires
  • Business team leaders 
  • HR recruitment specialists

Career Progress Books: The 3.3 Rule by John Briggs

The 3.3 Rule

John Briggs
The New Workday Standard of Creating More by Working Less
3.8 (300 ratings)
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What's The 3.3 Rule about?

The 3.3 Rule (2020) offers a unique perspective on productivity and work-life balance. It presents the “3.3 Rule” – which advocates for working a maximum of three hours at a time, succeeded by breaks amounting to 30% of the work duration. This groundbreaking approach aims to rebuild conventional work patterns, fostering productivity and employee satisfaction.

Who should read The 3.3 Rule?

  • Corporate leaders 
  • Productivity enthusiasts 
  • Work-life balance seekers

Career Progress Books: Your First Million by Arlan Hamilton

Your First Million

Arlan Hamilton
Why You Don't Have to Be Born Into a Legacy of Wealth to Leave One Behind
3.2 (309 ratings)
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What's Your First Million about?

Your First Million (2020) shines a light on the imperative of establishing multiple revenue streams to cultivate financial resilience. No matter the circumstances, it insists that wealth is accessible to everyone.

Who should read Your First Million?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Economic equality advocates
  • Personal finance enthusiasts

Career Progress Books: The Trusted Learning Advisor by Keith Keating

The Trusted Learning Advisor

Keith Keating
The Tools, Techniques and Skills You Need to Make L&d a Business Priority
4.7 (7 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Learning Advisor about?

The Trusted Learning Advisor (2023) offers an alternative for learning and development professionals to evolve beyond mere order-takers and become trusted learning advisors. It provides the tools, techniques, and skills needed to transform L&D into a proactive role through trust, stakeholder relationships, and strategic processes. This blueprint for L&D professionals aims to enhance their impact and give them a seat at the table.

Who should read The Trusted Learning Advisor?

  • L&D professionals at any stage of their career 
  • Leaders who want to foster a learning culture
  • Anyone who believes professional development is important

Career Progress Books: The Friction Project by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao

The Friction Project

Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao
How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder – Without Driving Everyone Crazy
4.1 (18 ratings)
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What's The Friction Project about?

The Friction Project (2024) unveils strategies for how to make organizations run smoothly, beginning with identifying sources of both beneficial and detrimental friction. It introduces tools to address common friction troubles, empowering leaders to navigate and optimize organizational dynamics.

Who should read The Friction Project?

  • Employees so swamped with meaningless tasks that they have no time for work
  • Workers who wish they could put the brakes on projects that move too fast
  • Managers who suspect they’re out of touch with the concerns of their staff and clients

Career Progress Books: Quick Confidence by Selena Rezvani

Quick Confidence

Selena Rezvani
Be Authentic, Boost Connections, and Make Bold Bets on Yourself
4.0 (46 ratings)
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What's Quick Confidence about?

Quick Confidence (2023) is a highly useful primer on how to move through the world with more self-assurance and determination. It provides tips that are useful for team managers, executives and self-employed entrepreneurs alike. This is advice that anyone can use to make better first impressions and stronger connections.

Who should read Quick Confidence?

  • Anyone looking to get their mojo back
  • People who want to be more effective in meetings
  • Managers who want to build better workplaces

Career Progress Books: The 12-Week MBA by Nathan Kracklauer & Bjorn Billhardt

The 12-Week MBA

Nathan Kracklauer & Bjorn Billhardt
Learn the Skills You Need to Lead in Business Today
4.1 (100 ratings)
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What's The 12-Week MBA about?

The 12-Week MBA (2024) offers an accelerated path to mastering essential business administration skills and knowledge, traditionally taught in MBA programs, in just three months. It distills critical insights and practical advice for managers and aspiring leaders, aiming to equip them with the tools needed to succeed in the fast-paced business world.

Who should read The 12-Week MBA?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking foundational business knowledge
  • Professionals contemplating an MBA for career advancement
  • Small business owners focusing on growth strategies

Career Progress Books: Your Big Leap Year by Gay Hendricks

Your Big Leap Year

Gay Hendricks
A Year to Manifest Your Next-Level Life ... Starting Today!
4.2 (12 ratings)
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What's Your Big Leap Year about?

Your Big Leap Year (2024) is a daybook that provides 365 short entries that contain affirmations and advice on how to stay motivated in your journey toward self-actualization. It points out the many common problems people face along the way and helps you to navigate around these challenges while unlocking your full potential.

Who should read Your Big Leap Year?

  • Anyone aspiring to a more fulfilling life
  • People working to overcome a fear of failure
  • Self-doubters eager for a more positive outlook

Career Progress Books: Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

Slow Productivity

Cal Newport
The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout
4.1 (128 ratings)
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What's Slow Productivity about?

Slow Productivity (2024) offers a transformative philosophy for achieving meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload. It critiques the broken definition of productivity that leads to overwhelming task lists and burnout, proposing a more sustainable alternative inspired by history's creative thinkers. Drawing on examples from Galileo to Jane Austen, it presents the principles of "slow productivity", offering practical advice for escaping overload and pursuing long-term quality in work.

Who should read Slow Productivity?

  • Stressed knowledge workers overwhelmed by pointless admin
  • Burnt-out professionals who’ve lost their creative spark
  • Managers who want to see real results from their teams

Career Progress Books: Learned Excellence by Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle

Learned Excellence

Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle
Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers
4.5 (145 ratings)
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What's Learned Excellence about?

Learned Excellence (2024) offers a comprehensive guide to the five mental disciplines necessary for peak performance. It provides principles and practices used by top athletes, military personnel, and business executives to attain excellence – professionally and personally.

Who should read Learned Excellence?

  • Corporate executives and business leaders
  • Individuals in high-stress professions, such as first responders
  • Anyone striving for excellence in their personal life

Career Progress Books: SYSTEMology by David Jenyns


David Jenyns
Create Time, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits with Proven Business Systems
4.2 (90 ratings)
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What's SYSTEMology about?

SYSTEMology (2020) explores the critical importance of creating and implementing efficient systems in businesses to improve productivity and ensure consistency. It provides a step-by-step guide for business owners and managers to design processes that automate and streamline operations to reduce reliance on individual team members and enhance overall performance.

Who should read SYSTEMology?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to reduce hands-on involvement
  • Small business owners seeking to scale or sell
  • Business consultants specializing in systems improvement

Career Progress Books: SEO 2024 by Adam Clarke

SEO 2024

Adam Clarke
Learn search engine optimization with smart internet marketing strategies
4.0 (15 ratings)
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What's SEO 2024 about?

SEO 2024 (2024) is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to improve their online visibility and drive more traffic to their site. It breaks down the complexities of search engine optimization (SEO) into easy-to-understand concepts and actionable strategies, providing the tools to outrank competitors and attract customers.

Who should read SEO 2024?

  • Startups seeking cost-effective ways to grow their online presence
  • Small business owners looking to improve their online visibility and attract more customers
  • Website owners and bloggers aiming to increase their organic traffic and search engine rankings

Career Progress Books: Email Marketing Demystified by Matthew Paulson

Email Marketing Demystified

Matthew Paulson
A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Massive Mailing List, Writing Copy That Converts and Generating More Sales Through Email Mark
4.4 (5 ratings)
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What's Email Marketing Demystified about?

Email Marketing Demystified (2015) is a comprehensive guide to building a substantial mailing list, crafting compelling copy, and generating increased sales through email marketing. It delves into strategies for capturing email addresses, engaging with subscribers effectively, and optimizing key metrics such as open rates and click-through rates to maximize marketing success.

Who should read Email Marketing Demystified?

  • Small business owners exploring digital marketing strategies
  • Marketing professionals seeking to enhance email campaigns
  • Bloggers and content creators building subscriber bases

Career Progress Books: The Power of Going All-In by Brandon Bornancin

The Power of Going All-In

Brandon Bornancin
Secrets for Success in Business, Leadership, and Life
4.2 (117 ratings)
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What's The Power of Going All-In about?

The Power of Going All In (2024) inspires leaders and their teams to achieve more. It provides a customizable framework for creating a path to leadership greatness, offering tried-and-tested methods for unlocking potential, effective alternatives to micromanagement, and reasons why true leadership transcends titles.

Who should read The Power of Going All-In?

  • Future leaders who want to take their career to the next step
  • Current leaders who want to hone their skills and vision
  • Founders and entrepreneurs who want to harness the power of all-in leadership

Career Progress Books: AI for Business Leaders by Michael Ramsay

AI for Business Leaders

Michael Ramsay
A Practical Guide to Business Growth and Success
2.8 (84 ratings)
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What's AI for Business Leaders about?

AI for Business Leaders (2023) unveils the transformative power of artificial intelligence in reshaping business strategies, operations, and competitive landscapes. It guides you through integrating AI into your business, offering strategies for overcoming implementation hurdles, enhancing customer experiences, and achieving sustainable growth. Engage with this comprehensive analysis to unlock AI’s potential in driving your business forward.

Who should read AI for Business Leaders?

  • Tech-savvy entrepreneurs seeking competitive advantages
  • Executives interested in AI-driven operational efficiency
  • Marketing professionals exploring AI for customer engagement

Career Progress Books: CMO to CRO by Mike Geller, Rolly Keenan & Brandi Starr


Mike Geller, Rolly Keenan & Brandi Starr
The Revenue Takeover by the Next Generation Executive
4.2 (9 ratings)
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What's CMO to CRO about?

CMO to CRO (2021) presents a groundbreaking approach to transform the role of the Chief Marketing Officer into a powerful force for driving revenue growth and delivering exceptional customer experiences. It offers a roadmap to breaking down departmental silos, aligning customer-facing teams around a common goal, and harnessing the power of CX technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s ever-changing business landscape.

Who should read CMO to CRO?

  • Chief marketing officers looking to expand their influence and drive revenue growth within their organizations
  • Aspiring marketing leaders seeking strategies to advance their careers 
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to optimize their marketing efforts

Career Progress Books: Coach Builder by Donald Miller

Coach Builder

Donald Miller
How to Build a Profitable Career As a Small-Business Coach
4.3 (56 ratings)
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What's Coach Builder about?

Coach Builder (2024) presents an essential guide for professionals aspiring to transition into the coaching and consulting industry, offering an 8-step strategy designed to ensure success. It’s particularly valuable for those who have realized their current careers don’t offer the security or fulfillment they seek and are looking to leverage their expertise into a profitable consulting career. It outlines practical steps to establish a consulting business, from creating a service menu and attracting ideal clients to setting realistic goals and building supportive communities, making it an indispensable resource for aspiring coaches.

Who should read Coach Builder?

  • Aspiring coaches seeking a career transition
  • Established coaches who want to improve their offerings
  • Personal development enthusiasts exploring new career paths

Career Progress Books: All It Takes Is a Goal by Jon Acuff

All It Takes Is a Goal

Jon Acuff
The 3-Step Plan to Ditch Regret and Tap Into Your Massive Potential
4.4 (144 ratings)
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What's All It Takes Is a Goal about?

All It Takes Is a Goal (2023) is a transformative guide that empowers readers to achieve their dreams. It demonstrates how setting effective goals can help individuals escape their comfort zones, make measurable progress, and ultimately reach their full potential.

Who should read All It Takes Is a Goal?

  • Those seeking personal growth and self-improvement
  • People who struggle with lack of motivation
  • Anyone feeling stuck in their comfort zone and wanting to change

Career Progress Books: Sparked by Jonathan Fields


Jonathan Fields
Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work That Makes You Come Alive
4.4 (9 ratings)
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What's Sparked about?

Sparked (2021) explores the concept of Sparketypes, identifying ten innate impulses that drive individuals in various aspects of their lives, including work, relationships, and personal growth. It helps people to align their endeavors with their natural inclinations, and embark on a journey towards greater fulfillment and authenticity.

Who should read Sparked?

  • Anyone looking for career guidance
  • Leaders interested in personality types
  • People in need of a motivating spark in life

Career Progress Books: Radical Humility by Urs Koenig

Radical Humility

Urs Koenig
Be a Badass Leader and a Good Human
4.3 (20 ratings)
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What's Radical Humility about?

Radical Humility (2024) offers a new framework for leadership that replaces the traditional top-down, rigid approach with a more humble, human-centered model of management. This new leadership style focuses on self-awareness, building strong relationships, empowering teams, and cultivating an organizational culture that is transparent and fearless.

Who should read Radical Humility?

  • Leaders and people who want to realize their leadership potential
  • Team-builders who want to optimize, instill trust, and improve communication
  • Anyone tasked with delivering results on a daily basis

Career Progress Books: The Next Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley & Sarah Stanley Fallaw

The Next Millionaire Next Door

Thomas J. Stanley & Sarah Stanley Fallaw
Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth
4.3 (165 ratings)
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What's The Next Millionaire Next Door about?

The Next Millionaire Next Door (2018) inspires readers of all backgrounds and income levels to build substantial wealth through frugal living and smart investing. Clear, simple strategies for living within your means and patiently growing assets show that economic success is truly accessible for all.

Who should read The Next Millionaire Next Door?

  • Average earners who feel like lasting wealth is out of their reach
  • Above average earners who struggle to grow their wealth, rather than spend it
  • Anyone who longs for the flexibility and financial freedom that comes with true wealth

Career Progress Books: Think Remarkable by Guy Kawasaki & Madisun Nuismer

Think Remarkable

Guy Kawasaki & Madisun Nuismer
9 Paths to Transform Your Life and Make a Difference
4.1 (40 ratings)
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What's Think Remarkable about?

Think Remarkable (2023) is a transformative guide to unlocking your full potential and living an extraordinary life. It draws on the wisdom and insights of remarkable individuals to provide a blueprint for personal growth and success.

Who should read Think Remarkable?

  • Students aiming to develop the skills and mindset needed for success
  • Anyone feeling stuck in a rut and wanting to break free from mediocrity
  • Those seeking inspiration and guidance from the world’s most remarkable people

Career Progress Books: The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

The Education of Millionaires

Michael Ellsberg
Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to Be Successful
4.2 (140 ratings)
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What's The Education of Millionaires about?

The Education of Millionaires (2011) argues that the most critical skills for success aren’t taught in traditional educational institutions. Based on interviews with millionaires and billionaires, it suggests that to thrive in the real world, people need to learn practical skills such as finding great mentors, building a strong network, creating meaningful work, and developing a personal brand.

Who should read The Education of Millionaires?

  • Recent graduates disillusioned with conventional career paths
  • Creatives searching for ways to monetize their talents
  • Anyone feeling stuck in an unfulfilling job and looking for inspiration to bet on themselves

Career Progress Books: Co-Intelligence by Ethan Mollick


Ethan Mollick
Living and Working with AI
4.2 (185 ratings)
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What's Co-Intelligence about?

Co-Intelligence (2024) explores the benefits of partnering with generative, language-based artificial intelligence (AI) in education, the workplace, and any area of life you wish to excel in. By harnessing the potential of new AI technology, and better understanding its limitations, you can use AI to significantly enhance your performance and potential.

Who should read Co-Intelligence?

  • Workplace professionals wanting to benefit from AI
  • AI amateurs looking to advance their user skills
  • Curious luddites wishing to learn about AI

Career Progress Books: Mentorship Unlocked by Janice Omadeke

Mentorship Unlocked

Janice Omadeke
Janice Omadeke
4.1 (44 ratings)
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What's Mentorship Unlocked about?

Mentorship Unlocked (2024) offers a comprehensive guide to unlocking the power of mentorship for professional growth and success. It explores the essence of mentorship, provides strategies for finding the right mentor, and shares insights from contemporary research.

Who should read Mentorship Unlocked?

  • Prospective mentees 
  • Prospective mentors 
  • Anyone interested in navigating the ins and outs of mentorship

Career Progress Books: Career Confidence by Robynn Storey

Career Confidence

Robynn Storey
No-BS Stories and Strategies for Finding Your Power
4.0 (97 ratings)
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What's Career Confidence about?

Career Confidence (2024) provides essential guidance for building the self-assurance required to thrive in today’s complex and fast-paced job market. It presents a series of practical strategies, personal stories, and actionable techniques aimed at helping you secure a job that will not only satisfy you but will also allow you to excel in your career.

Who should read Career Confidence?

  • Job-seekers facing career challenges
  • Professionals looking for a meaningful career transformation
  • Anyone experiencing imposter syndrome

Career Progress Books: The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing by Mel Lindauer, Taylor Larimore & Michael LeBoeuf

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Mel Lindauer, Taylor Larimore & Michael LeBoeuf
4.1 (23 ratings)
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What's The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing about?

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing (2014) lays out time-tested strategies for securing financial independence. You’ll learn how to navigate various financial behaviors, optimize investment strategies, and understand the critical role of emotional management in investing. This guide equips you to make informed decisions that align with your long-term financial goals.

Who should read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing?

  • Aspiring investors seeking financial independence
  • Individuals interested in behavioral finance
  • Long-term financial planners

Career Progress Books: Life Leverage by Rob Moore

Life Leverage

Rob Moore
How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything and Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle
4.5 (17 ratings)
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What's Life Leverage about?

Life Leverage (2016) provides a model for taking full control of your time, energy, and priorities to balance work and free time effectively. By applying leverage principles like outsourcing, automation, and fusing your passion with your profession, you can maximize income while minimizing wasted effort and unhappiness. 

Who should read Life Leverage?

  • Nine-to-five workers ready to break free from the grind
  • Freelancers keen to flex their skills and scale their businesses
  • Founders and entrepreneurs who want to leverage their time and assets

Career Progress Books: The Generous Leader by Joe Davis

The Generous Leader

Joe Davis
7 Ways to Give of Yourself for Everyone's Gain
3.8 (45 ratings)
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What's The Generous Leader about?

The Generous Leader (2024) explores how leaders can profoundly influence their environments by practicing generosity in various aspects of their interactions and decisions. It details methods for building genuine connections, fostering inclusivity, and being authentically present in professional settings, thereby transforming leadership into a tool for positive change in organizations and society. Through stories and practical advice, it emphasizes the importance of leading with heart and integrity to achieve sustainable success.

Who should read The Generous Leader?

  • Aspiring and current business leaders and managers
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to improve team dynamics
  • Anyone interested in personal development and leadership skills

Career Progress Books: The Wealth Money Can't Buy by Robin Sharma

The Wealth Money Can't Buy

Robin Sharma
The 8 Hidden Habits to Live Your Richest Life
4.3 (105 ratings)
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What's The Wealth Money Can't Buy about?

The Wealth Money Can't Buy (2024) is a groundbreaking guide that will hardwire in you a completely new way of measuring wealth. With proven tactics and methods, it will help you stop chasing the wrong kinds of riches, so you can get on the right track to making a life you absolutely adore.

Who should read The Wealth Money Can't Buy?

  • Personal growth enthusiasts seeking fulfillment beyond material possessions
  • Overworked professionals looking to redefine success and priorities
  • Spiritual seekers desiring a holistic approach to abundance

Career Progress Books: Just the Good Stuff by Jim VandeHei

Just the Good Stuff

Jim VandeHei
No-BS Secrets to Success (No Matter What Life Throws at You)
4.3 (24 ratings)
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What's Just the Good Stuff about?

Just the Good Stuff (2024) is a practical and candid guide to managing today’s complex world and achieving success, regardless of your starting point. It offers essential advice on finding your passion, building a meaningful career, and attaining health, wealth, and happiness.

Who should read Just the Good Stuff?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking inspiration
  • Individuals overcoming personal or professional challenges
  • Personal growth and resilience seekers

Career Progress Books: Red helicopter by James Rhee

Red helicopter

James Rhee
Lead Change with Kindness (Plus a Little Math)
4.2 (9 ratings)
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What's Red helicopter about?

Red Helicopter (2024) explores the transformative power of kindness, vulnerability, and generosity in both personal and professional life, and how these qualities can lead to a more fulfilling and impactful definition of success. Through engaging anecdotes and practical insights, it offers a roadmap for cultivating resilience, gratitude, and a sense of purpose in an increasingly complex world.

Who should read Red helicopter?

  • Business leaders looking to create more positive and impactful organizations
  • Philanthropists and social entrepreneurs interested in building more connected, compassionate communities
  • Anyone wanting to align their values with their career aspirations

Career Progress Books: Linked by Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling


Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling
Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future.
4.5 (4 ratings)
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What's Linked about?

Linked (2022) offers practical advice on how to use LinkedIn effectively for career development. It provides strategic tips on optimizing profiles, engaging with the right networks, and unlocking new job opportunities through the platform. The guide emphasizes the importance of a well-curated online presence in today’s digital job market.

Who should read Linked?

  • Job seekers looking to enhance online profiles
  • College students preparing for the job market
  • Professionals interested in expanding their networks

Career Progress Books: Burnout Immunity by Kandi Wiens

Burnout Immunity

Kandi Wiens
How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Build Resilience and Heal Your Relationship with Work
3.3 (19 ratings)
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What's Burnout Immunity about?

Burnout Immunity (2024) uncovers the root causes of burnout and why it is so pervasive in professional environments. It reveals the key to protecting against burnout – emotional intelligence – and explores techniques that anyone can learn to develop a better relationship with stress.

Who should read Burnout Immunity?

  • People interested in healing from or avoiding burnout
  • Leaders looking to increase their positive impact
  • Anyone seeking to further their understanding of emotional intelligence

Career Progress Books: Radical Respect by Kim Scott

Radical Respect

Kim Scott
How to Work Together Better
3.9 (8 ratings)
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What's Radical Respect about?

Radical Respect (2024) navigates the complexities of toxic workplace behaviors, including bias, prejudice, discrimination, bullying, and harassment. It provides a comprehensive guide to recognizing and addressing these issues, offering targeted strategies and practical advice for fostering a culture of respect, inclusion, and growth in personal and professional spheres. 

Who should read Radical Respect?

  • Managers and leaders looking to create a healthier, more productive work environment
  • Employees experiencing or witnessing toxic behaviors like bias, prejudice, discrimination, bullying, or harassment
  • Anyone interested in personal growth, self-awareness, and building healthier relationships in their professional and personal lives

Career Progress Books: Get Better at Anything by Scott H. Young

Get Better at Anything

Scott H. Young
12 Maxims for Mastery
4.1 (57 ratings)
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What's Get Better at Anything about?

Get Better at Anything (2024) identifies three key factors for effective learning: observing others, practicing extensively, and receiving reliable feedback. Drawing on research and real-life examples, it provides valuable insights for anyone looking to improve their skills.

Who should read Get Better at Anything?

  • Anyone who wants to learn something new and doesn’t know where to start
  • Those who have stalled on their learning journey
  • People who feel their skillset is starting to backslide

Career Progress Books: Financial Literacy for All by John Hope Bryant

Financial Literacy for All

John Hope Bryant
Disrupting Struggle, Advancing Financial Freedom, and Building a New American Middle Class
3.3 (14 ratings)
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What's Financial Literacy for All about?

Financial Literacy for All (2024) equips you to navigate the complexities of personal and community finances with greater proficiency and understanding. It reveals how financial education can transform your economic stability and unlock opportunities by managing credit more effectively. This guide is essential for anyone looking to enhance their financial literacy and make informed decisions that pave the way to personal and communal prosperity.

Who should read Financial Literacy for All?

  • Young adults entering the workforce
  • Educators and financial advisors
  • Policymakers in education and finance

Career Progress Books: Optimal by Daniel Goleman & Cary Cherniss


Daniel Goleman & Cary Cherniss
How to Sustain Personal and Organizational Excellence Every Day
3.7 (10 ratings)
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What's Optimal about?

Optimal (2024) looks at how enhanced emotional intelligence can significantly boost engagement, productivity, and satisfaction in both personal and organizational contexts. It outlines practical strategies for leaders and individuals wishing to apply emotional intelligence effectively, aiming to sustain high performance and create a supportive work environment. Through stories and scientific research, it illustrates the profound impact emotional intelligence has on managing stress and improving team dynamics.

Who should read Optimal?

  • HR professionals and organizational development specialists
  • Leaders and managers at all levels
  • Entrepreneurs and start-up team members

Career Progress Books: Is Your Work Worth It? by Jennifer Tosti-Kharas & Christopher Wong Michaelson

Is Your Work Worth It?

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas & Christopher Wong Michaelson
How to Think about Meaningful Work
4.8 (4 ratings)
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What's Is Your Work Worth It? about?

Is Your Work Worth It? (2024) explores the fundamental role of work in our lives. It questions whether work should be pursued for passion or profit, the ideal work quantity, and its effects on personal and societal well-being. Weaving together real-life stories with scholarly insights and perspectives from philosophy, art, and literature, it clarifies the nature of purposeful work and the compromises required to achieve it.

Who should read Is Your Work Worth It??

  • Professionals seeking deeper meaning in their careers
  • Business leaders aiming to enhance workplace fulfillment
  • Students exploring career paths and ethical work practices

Career Progress Books: Get Clear Career Assessment by Ken Coleman

Get Clear Career Assessment

Ken Coleman
Find the Work You're Wired to Do
3.7 (3 ratings)
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What's Get Clear Career Assessment about?

Get Clear Career Assessment (2024) is designed to deep dive into your talents, passions, and core motivations. A complement to the Get Clear Career Assessment test, it will provide you with insights that will ultimately guide you in finding the career path and roles best suited to your inherent abilities and interests.

Who should read Get Clear Career Assessment?

  • Career changers seeking clarity on their next steps
  • Job seekers unsure of their ideal career path
  • Professionals wanting to align work with their passions

Career Progress Books: Quantum Marketing by Raja Rajamannar

Quantum Marketing

Raja Rajamannar
Mastering the New Marketing Mindset for Tomorrow's Consumers
3.8 (5 ratings)
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What's Quantum Marketing about?

Quantum Marketing (2021) explains the revolutionary marketing strategies necessary for businesses to remain relevant in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. From managing the explosion of data to forging strategic partnerships, it offers a thought-provoking guide to navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by this new era of business.

Who should read Quantum Marketing?

  • Marketing professionals seeking to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing industry
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to understand and leverage cutting-edge marketing strategies
  • Consumers curious about how marketing will shape their interactions with brands in the coming years

Career Progress Books: The Mentally Strong Leader by Scott Mautz

The Mentally Strong Leader

Scott Mautz
Build the Habits to Productively Regulate Your Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors
4.4 (7 ratings)
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What's The Mentally Strong Leader about?

The Mentally Strong Leader (2024) is a comprehensive guide to cultivating the mental fortitude essential for effective leadership. Detailing over 50 tools designed to enhance the regulation of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, it empowers leaders to thrive in challenging environments and steer their teams with greater confidence.

Who should read The Mentally Strong Leader?

  • Leaders aspiring to greater mental strength
  • Professionals in high-pressure leadership roles
  • Personal and professional growth seekers

Career Progress Books: The Algebra of Wealth by Scott Galloway

The Algebra of Wealth

Scott Galloway
A Simple Formula for Financial Security
3.9 (19 ratings)
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What's The Algebra of Wealth about?

The Algebra of Wealth (2024) provides a guide to optimizing financial success in today’s economy. It emphasizes focusing on talent over passion for career decisions, leveraging economic trends, and making small financial moves with significant long-term returns. It also incorporates stoic principles to encourage better financial habits and reduced spending.

Who should read The Algebra of Wealth?

  • Young professionals seeking financial success strategies
  • Career changers aiming to optimize their talent
  • Students studying personal finance and economic trends

Career Progress Books: Beyond Getting By by Holly Trantham

Beyond Getting By

Holly Trantham
The Financial Diet's Guide to Abundant and Intentional Living
4.0 (2 ratings)
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What's Beyond Getting By about?

Beyond Getting By (2024) is a guide for those looking to integrate financial management with personal fulfillment, emphasizing the use of money as a tool to enhance life quality. It offers practical advice and exercises to help readers define their budget philosophy, negotiate for raises, and balance their personal and professional lives to avoid burnout​.

Who should read Beyond Getting By?

  • Women seeking to improve financial literacy and independence
  • Individuals interested in holistic financial and life planning
  • Professionals aiming to balance career and personal life

Career Progress Books: The Way of the Champion by Paul Rabil

The Way of the Champion

Paul Rabil
Pain, Persistence, and the Path Forward
4.3 (3 ratings)
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What's The Way of the Champion about?

The Way of the Champion (2024) lays out the specific qualities and disciplines required for achieving excellence, both in sports and personal endeavors. Through a series of lessons and examples, it equips readers with the tools to cultivate a champion’s mindset from amateur to professional and beyond. 

Who should read The Way of the Champion?

  • Aspiring and professional athletes
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Lacrosse fans and sports enthusiasts

Career Progress Books: MicroSkills by Adaira Landry & Resa E. Lewiss


Adaira Landry & Resa E. Lewiss
The Tiny Steps That Lead to the Biggest Accomplishments
4.0 (4 ratings)
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What's MicroSkills about?

MicroSkills (2024) offers a deep dive into how small, specific skills can significantly enhance your personal and professional growth. Learn to break down complex goals into manageable actions, from building professional resilience through self-care to transforming workplace conflicts into opportunities for success.

Who should read MicroSkills?

  • Aspiring moguls seeking corporate finesse
  • Self-improvement fans craving everyday success
  • Career climbers championing small changes

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What's the best Career Progress book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Never Eat Alone as the ultimate read on Career Progress.

What are the Top 10 Career Progress books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
  • How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
  • Range by David Epstein
  • The Job-Ready Guide by Anastasia de Waal
  • The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
  • Impact Players by Liz Wiseman
  • Quit by Annie Duke

Who are the top Career Progress book authors?

When it comes to Career Progress, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Keith Ferrazzi
  • Cal Newport
  • Jack Canfield
  • Charles Duhigg
  • John C. Maxwell