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Reading These 5 Books Will Transform Your Career

Whether you’ve been on the job for decades or are preparing for your first day at work, these powerful tips offer proven shortcuts to professional success.
by Robyn Kerkhof | May 4 2016

The workplace constantly changes in many industries, presenting new opportunities and obstacles that could make—or break—your career.

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Countless authors have written about the best ways to get ahead at work while living a more fulfilling life. But it’s almost impossible to get through all the books on your reading list.

Blinkist is a game-changing app that condenses the key ideas and concepts from the best non-fiction books into bite-sized summaries. Whether you prefer reading or listening, Blinkist covers you with both text and audio versions. In just 15 minutes or less, you can access the most important messages from over 3,000 top titles, and the library is constantly growing.

If you’re interested in raising your game at work or want to head in an entirely different direction, here are insights from five books on Blinkist that can transform your career and take you to the next level in no time.

1. Expand your network.

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Fortunately, becoming an excellent networker is a skill anyone can learn. Develop an extensive network of contacts well before you need it, then create a plan to get exactly what you want.

2. Start your career transformation.

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention by Pamela Mitchell

If you feel something is missing or wrong at your current place of employment, don’t ignore that sensation: It’s your body’s way of telling you you’re ready for something new. Listen to your intuition instead of your intellect, and you’ll be happier in the end.

3. Build your skills, not your resume.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

In the words of Sheryl Sandberg, rather than embracing the ladder-climbing mindset ingrained into our culture over generations, think of your career path as a jungle gym instead and look for opportunities and growth, and don’t expect a direct climb. Why limit yourself to a singular goal when you could explore several exciting and meaningful routes to the top?

4. Balance job satisfaction, compensation, and lifestyle.

The Career Playbook by James M. Citrin

Although most of us would love to work in a flashy industry like entertainment or fashion, there’s a ton of competition in those fields, and entry-level salaries are comparatively low. Aim for a more attainable profession rather than risk your future for an uncertain and unrealistic career.

5. Find a job that you are good at and enjoy.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Accomplishing a remarkable mission can propel your career into the stratosphere, but getting there won’t happen overnight. Start with small, manageable projects you can later leverage into a larger win.


Are you ready to take your career to the next level? From invaluable lessons in leadership to unlocking your creative potential, these titles have the power to ignite your ambition and propel you toward success. Look no further than the Blinkist guide “How to Succeed in a Squiggly Career” with Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis. This guide is packed with insights and strategies to help you thrive in today’s ever-changing work landscape. Discover how to embrace flexibility, find your purpose, and maximize unexpected opportunities. Don’t let a squiggly career path hold you back from success. Dive into this Blinkist guide and unlock the secrets to navigating your unique professional journey.


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