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Transform Your Career and Win at Life with these 5 Books

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 Michael Benninger | Mar 24 2016

In many industries, the modern workplace is a constantly shifting landscape littered with 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 and live a more fulfilling life. But it’s unreasonable to believe that any one person could absorb the wisdom offered by all of these books, right?

Not anymore! A revolutionary app called Blinkist makes it possible to learn the key takeaways from top nonfiction books in less time than it takes do the dishes.

The Blinkist app does this by presenting the core concepts of a book in easy-to-read notecard form. The app also has audio versions so you can listen to an author’s most meaningful messages while you’re out and about.

Whether you’re interested in doubling down on your current job, or if you want to head in an entirely different direction, here are insights from five books that are available in the Blinkist app that can transform your career and take you to the next level in no time.

1. You’re nothing without your network.

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of being known and admired by those you might someday work with. 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. Trust your body, not your brain.

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention by Pamela Mitchell

If you’ve got a feeling 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. Climb jungle gyms, not ladders.

Lean In by 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. Why limit yourself to a singular goal when you could explore several exciting and meaningful routes to the top?

4. Following your dreams can backfire.

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. Rather than risk your future for an uncertain and unrealistic career, aim for a more attainable profession.

5. Achieve the remarkable with small, bold bets.

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 that you can later leverage into a larger win.

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