I've been inspired by countless books about life and career. Here are some of them that I recommend most highly:

  • Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life - Based on the interviews from a TV show called ‘Roadtrip Nation’ where young people drive across the country in an RV and interview people about how they got to where they are. A great reminder that no one has a plan and career paths are often windy. I was lucky enough to see one of the authors speak at Google so if you prefer to listen to a great hour long talk, check that out here
     
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You - An argument against ‘quit and do your passion’, this book focuses on applying a craftsmanship approach to getting really good at something so that you become the obvious choice for the next step you’re trying to take

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - This book is filled with hard truths in the absolute best way. A fantastic read on saying no to things, being deliberate with your time and energy and not getting pulled in every direction by external things

  • The 2 Hr Job Search - This is my favorite book regarding the job search. It's an incredibly structured and people focused approach to the job search that is highly detailed and actionable

  • The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do - A great way to think about what it means to have a calling and another reminder that the path people take to their calling is often chaotic and unclear

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life - Written by two Stanford professors who have taught a class on Life Design for several years, they apply design thinking principles to how you live life. One of my favorite recent books and I also had the chance to see the authors speak at the Commonwealth Club, video here

  • Refuse to Choose - If you are someone who has a wide variety of interests, gets bored working on one thing, doesn’t have a single passion, etc, this book may be interesting to you. You can read a bit about the author’s idea of a “scanner” here to see if the book may be interesting to you
     
  • What Color is Your Parachute - This book was originally published in 1970 and has been updated almost every year since then. It's an incredible resource of practical and hands-on exercises to figure out your career direction

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