Let’s be honest, life sucks. Being a kid is alright (yay for potato waffles), but everything seems to go downhill when you get older. Yep, it’s true. From an early age, we’re expected to decide what we want to study at high school, and what we then want to specialize in at college to determine our WHOLE future. No pressure or anything. Of course, most of the time we have absolutely no idea what we want to do with our lives and choosing a path to success can often be incredibly difficult. So what do you do when you have impending deadlines and applications to complete. Well, chill out, put your feet up, and read these books that will help you figure out your future.
Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search For Success by G. Richard Shell
When it comes to your career and success (or your distinct lack of it), it can be easy to look at others around you and compare yourself to those who are further ahead or dominating their field. However, G. Richard Shell, a professor at Wharton College, tells you in this book to stop comparing yourself to others, because we’re all different, and success is not always one-size-fits-all. Instead, you need to create your own personal search to success and focus solely on your own journey. Only then will you truly be successful and create your future.
Get a Job!: How I Found A Job When Jobs Are Hard To Find – And So Can You by Dan Quillen
Apparently, it’s a social norm to work and have a job. We don’t see the point ourselves, because who needs money and a stable lifestyle anyways? Just kidding. However, if you’ve just left college, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed with family, friends, and society constantly telling you to ‘get a job!’ when you’re not sure what you want to do with your life – and don’t even get us started on the struggling job market! Often, we find ourselves applying for job after job with no response. In this book, Dan Quillen will outline every step to finding your next career path and increasing your chances of being successful. Sound good? Give it a read?
Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim
In life, you probably have loads of likes, dislikes, talents, and hobbies – but how do you make a career out of them? Surely we have to involve ourselves in a giant corporation for a stable future? Well, maybe not. In this book, Pamela Slim outlines a changing theme in the world of business. Nowadays, there is more time and space for freelance workers, start-up businesses and niche areas that could fit your talents and hobbies. So why not create your own future in an area you love?
The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is The Key to Success by Megan McArdle
If you’re just trying to get to grips with your future, it can all come crashing down in an instant. Yep, it’s unlikely that you’ll rise to success straight away – but that’s okay (it is, we promise). In her book, Megan McArdle maintains that failure is the only course of success, as long as you fail well. Leaning to pick yourself up and using it to your advantage is the only way to succeed in today’s day and age. So dust yourself off and get back up!
Are you struggling to determine your own future? Can’t find your path? Well, have a little read, and see if these guys help you out…