5 Motivating Career Books

5 Motivating Career Books

If you've read or watched my content for any amount of time, you know that I love learning about self improvement and productivity because I'm a big dreamer with a lot of things that I'm trying to do, and I can use all the help I can get! I'm sure many of you feel the same way. I thought I would talk about some of the top books that have really stood out to me as being helpful and eye opening. 

1. The One Thing

This is probably my number one favorite book when it comes to goal setting. I'm not always the best at focusing because I have so many interests and things that I want to do in life, so I wind up getting stretched too thin and feeling overwhelmed. This book provides great tools and motivation for prioritizing and focusing and makes reaching a big goal seem much more simple than it can sometimes feel. It's the type of book that I need to read on a yearly basis as a reminder.

2. The War of Art

This book is for the procrastinators out there - myself included. The author talks about what he calls Resistance and how we will resist the thing that we need to do most to fulfill our purpose. It's written mainly for artists and creatives but I think would really be helpful for anyone who struggles with procrastination or self-doubt. 

3. Steal Like an Artist

This book was recommended to me by another creative early on in my business and I absolutely loved it. It is really a must-read for any creative or aspiring creative. It made me feel so much more comfortable in my work and just in being myself. It's also got a fun, positive message and clever illustrations.

4. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck

Okay, I apologize for the language, but I couldn't NOT include this book on my list. It's a best seller for a reason - it's funny as you might guess from the title, but it's also full of some great wisdom! The book is basically about values and prioritizing what's important to you and what isn't. It's one that I found myself reaching for my highlighter while I read it. 

5. Every Good Endeavor

As a Christian, one of my biggest struggles has been the nagging feeling that my ambition and love for my work was a bad thing, or that it was too shallow or not making enough of an impact. This book helps connect your work to God's work and helped me to see that no matter what your career, you can use it to help people and to grow God's kingdom. It made me realize that I don't need to necessarily become a nurse or run a nonprofit to make an impact - God gave me a unique set of gifts and I can do work that I enjoy.

What are some of your favorite career books and why? Let me know in the comments - I'm always looking for new books to read!