Classic career books to read for success

For a different route to success, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie helps you to achieve success

In a world in which the internet is king and it is possible to find almost anything by typing a word or phrase into a search engine, it can sometimes be refreshing to pick up a book. A good case in point is if you are looking to change your career or improve your chances of success on your current career path – the sheer volume of information available on the internet can be overwhelming, so a book on the subject can be the ideal solution. Here we look at some career books considered classics in their field.

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, the author aims to help you to change your behaviour so you can achieve success in areas such as positive thinking and productivity. The book has sold 25 million copies worldwide since 1990, so its techniques and advice must have had some success.

For an insider look at Wall Street, try Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street by John Brooks. This entertaining book looks at the world of finance in 1960s America and is full of drama and great stories.

Another older title that is ranked a classic is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Although not strictly a ‘career’ book, this title from the 1930s looks at how some of the richest people of this time earned their money. The book aims to teach you how you can be as successful as some of the people it covers.

For a book that fits the definition of a career book, try The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore. Although this is a relatively recent publication (1998), it has become a career classic. Intended to help you to find the right career path, or improve your current work situation, this book acts as a career coach by using tests to establish whether you are in the right job and simply need to make improvements or whether you should be on a different path.

For a different route to success, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie helps you to achieve success through improving and building your relationships with others, while Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins aims to help you to achieve happiness and wealth in addition to coaching in leadership skills and self-confidence. Originally published in the late 1980s, it is still used today by people hoping to achieve these things.

While is it always good to embrace new technology and new ideas, sometimes ‘the old ones are the best’. Sound career advice will remain so, regardless of how old the source. Next time you are tempted to reach for the keyboard to get some advice, try looking in the library first.

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