Three top reads to springboard you to success!

While we’re on the subject of reading, when was the last time you picked up a book that promised to help you have a happier, more successful career? This could be just the right moment to do so! And to save you lots of time researching the options, here’s a very short reading list that CNBC recently published on this very subject.


In the article, Susan Peppercorn, a career coach of 12 years, argues that there are three must-reads for your bookshelves this year, as follows:


  1. The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, by Dorie Clark


This book offers a new definition of career success that doesn’t rely on quarterly goals or yearly promotions. The idea is to move away from short-term thinking and instant gratification, and embrace being a “long-term thinker” instead. This means stopping to reflect, practising patience, developing meaningful relationships with colleagues, and looking ahead. Peppercorn says that this book is particularly useful if you need help re-shaping your career plans.


  1. Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, by Laura Gassner Otting


This book is a masterclass in how to better align your dreams and values with your work. It focuses on what Gassner Otting calls your “consonance”. That’s to say, how/if what you do daily at work or home aligns with who you are when you feel your best.


“This harmony between our what and who is often fleeting because we’re not actively building a life aligned to it. Limitless is a road map for figuring out your consonance and living in alignment with it,” Peppercorn explains.


  1. Designing Your New Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness – and a New Freedom – at Work, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans


The pandemic has upended how and where we work. This book explains how to re-design the job you’re in now to better fit your wants and needs, or transition to your next opportunity. Tips include finding new reasons to motivate yourself at work, learning new skills and considering a different role within your organisation.


“This is a must-read for people who feel stuck in their careers. It offers great tips for reframing your problems and springing into action,” writes Peppercorn.


For more ideas on books that will springboard you to success, please see a more extensive reading list, as published by Business Insider.


Whichever of these books captures your imagination, the ABL team hopes you find it useful, informative and immensely enjoyable. Happy Reading!