Top Career Development Videos and Books that You Should Pick Up

Top Career Development Videos and Books that You Should Pick Up

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A new year is here, and as you are about to embark on your new job, pursuing your career goals or searching for a job. You should also check out some career guidance to advance your career. Each book and videos provide relevant values that are significant to improve yourself at work and in your own personal life. So dive into these titles to achieve a fulfilling career in the year 2020.


Career Books

The Start-up of You – Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

A guidebook for developing in your job and building a career by adopting the lessons of Silicon Valley’s most innovative entrepreneurs.


So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport

Learn insights from Cal Newport, as he debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only it’s considered flawed and have very little to do with how most individuals manage to achieve their dream job, but it can also be risky, leading to anxiety and chronic job-hopping.


The Rich Employee – James Altucher

Not everyone is destined to be an entrepreneur. Most of us are satisfied with our current job, seeking for a better job, one that fulfils our career goal and pays well. For those who pursue entrepreneurship, there is a great upside where the failure rate is significantly higher compared to achieving success. The true key to success is to become a rich employee with the right mindset and techniques found in this book where you will learn about the tools to find satisfaction, meaning and true wealth as a rich employee.


The Adventures of Johnny Bunko – Dan Pink

Unlike many career books you can find out there, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is presented in the Japanese comic book format. The story follows Johnny Bunko as he struggles in his first job. As the story progresses, Johnny learns to build his career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work. This book will perfectly suit any readers looking for engaging and insightful advice in finding a life of rewarding work.


The Recession-Proof Graduate – Charlie Hoehn

This book reveals all the steps on how people get great jobs even during a recession. The guide starts by explaining why the traditional means of searching for a job is almost futile and provides you with the alternative, which is free work. The significance of free work is to get your foot in the door, and the book went on to describe how you should do it.


What Color Is Your Parachute – Richard N. Bolles

Regarded as one of the best self-help books for job-seekers, this guide book provides up-to-the-minute information and career advice. Some of the features include the latest resources, case studies and perspectives on today’s job market while showcasing advice that works and what doesn’t.


Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferazzi and Tal Rhaz

In this book, you will find specific steps and inner mindset on how to build connections in the digital world. You will also find outlines on networking strategies shared by the world’s most connected individuals such as Winston Churchill to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama.

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In explores the conversation, mixed with personal anecdotes, hard data, and relevant research to change the thoughts from what women cannot do and what they can. The author provides great advice on negotiation methods, mentorship, and how to build a satisfying career. You will also learn how to combine professional achievement and personal fulfilment and demonstrates how men can benefit from supporting women both in the workplace and at home.


Unlimited Power – Tony Robbins

Everyone is looking for a fulfilling career in their life. In this book, you will learn how to achieve it by mastering your personal and professional life.


The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schawrtz

Written and published in 1965, The Magic of Thinking Big explains why we should upgrade our thinking in order to upgrade our life. In this book, you will find 12 of the author’s best ideas and how they can make a huge difference in your life.


Career Videos

The New Way to Work – Charlie Hoehn

Charlie Hoehn shares his insights on the techniques he used to discover meaningful work after struggling to find a fulfilling career after college. The new way to work introduced in his video is called Free Work, where you can work with anyone in the world, at any time you desire.


How to find work you love – Scott Dinsmore

How do you find a job you love? Let Scott Dinsmore share his story to inspire you to live your life passionately. In this video, you will learn how to develop practical skills, overcoming your fears, and work together with people who motivate you to improve so that you can lead a fulfilling life just like him.


Tim Minchin’s Occasional Address – Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is a great believer in the power of exercise, travel and thank you notes. In his alma mater, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters and was allowed to give a speech to the graduating class. In his speech, he shared a funny 9-point guide to life that touches on the importance of gratitude, education, intellectual rigour and kindness toward others.


What makes us feel good about our work? – Dan Ariely

Do you know what makes us feel great about our job? Is it the acknowledgement, compensation, or just the satisfaction of completing a job? Behavioural economist Dan Ariely shares two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced behaviours towards meaning in our work.


The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor

Some people believe that happiness will follow success, in this 12-minute video Shawn Achor, shares his thoughts on how every person can develop a happy and positive work environment.


Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

There will always be a silver lining in these moments of failure. Larry Smith shares his experience when he calls out the ridiculous excuses people come up with when they failed to pursue their passions.


Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey shares her career journey and the significance of following your own instincts. In her talks, she sprinkles in life lessons she has learned from the people she interviewed in her show.


Commencement Address – Jim Carrey

In 2014, Jim Carrey delivers an encouraging and inspiring speech where he talks about the identity, the soul and the real world. While his speech is delivered humorously and engagingly, his speech is filled with inspiring statements, and his overall tone is optimistic.

Why We Do What We Do – Tony Robbins

Motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins dives into the 6 human needs – certainty, significance, variety, love/connection, growth, contribution, and how they affect our decision making.


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