11 career books that you will actually want to read

Career books – they feed your brain and broaden your horizons, but man they can be boring. We listed and described eleven of our top favorite career books that will inspire you in the workplace without boring you to tears. You’re welcome.


How To Win Friends & Influence People

One of the most widely cited personal or business development books ever written. It has a funky title for some people, but it is completely full of wisdom that any business person should know and is very easy to read. Ross Cromartie

You can find the book here.


Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media

This book provides personal and professional direction not only for the people who are just starting their careers, but also for the people who are well on their way. The author talks about having a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand. I love how she describes how you can have a strong sense of self in the workplace and bring your personality out when you post on social media. Sierra Nelke

You can find the book here.


1,047 Reasons to Smile: Little Things that Bring Joy, Happiness, and Excitement

This book has always helped me regain some sanity again after a super stressful day. It points out the little things in life that we can draw positivity from, as well as gain perspective to look at things through a wider lens. It’s amazing what small acts of kindness, coincidences, or even just forgotten events can turn my day around. It’s a great reminder to allow positive occurrences stay with me, while letting the negative ones go. Dana Poltorak

You can find the book here.


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

I was incredibly inspired by bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero, who really engaged me by touching on many aspects of life that seem difficult to me at times. This extremely entertaining how-to guide is chock-full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, and relatable exercises. This book helped me embrace my inner badass by teaching me to not sweat the little things and instead focus on the big picture. Ashleigh Gerleman

You can find the book here.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

A bestselling book by former U.S. Navy SEAL commanders, they share their stories of developing leadership under the harshest conditions. What they learned through blood and sweat, we get to learn in a much safer and more comfortable environment (in my case, my couch). The lessons found in this book are deadly serious and incredibly valuable. Ross Cromartie

You can find the book here.


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

This book changed how I saw myself as a professional. I was so inspired by the author’s advice on how to stand up and lead, even when it’s hard. I learned to push through the status quo, let my ambition shine, and highlight my hard work while growing in my career. This is a must-read for any woman in business! Courtney Johnson

You can find the book here.


Confessions of an Advertising Man

Great book from the father of modern advertising. Sure, many of the tactics have changed, but the fundamentals about how to approach clients, producing game-changing creative, and how to succeed in this business have not changed. Kace Phillips

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Don’t let the title fool you. This book has helped me manage my anxiety in more ways you could ever imagine. 

It’s a self help book that is not a self help book. It teaches you how to only worry about the things you can ABSOLUTELY control and how to rationalize things better. It may not be a career book, but things can get hectic out there. Sometimes reminding yourself that certain things may be out of your control and that it’s ok is what some people need to hear. Brandon Groppi

You can find the book here.


Principles: Life and Work

This book helped me take an unemotional look at what principles drive life satisfaction and how to use a principle driven approach to decision-making – both for individuals and companies. Zach Alden

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Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk

I’ve created since I was little: painting, drawing, making jewelry – you name it. However, when it was time for me to choose a career path, I was told that being a creative wasn’t an option because my parents “didn’t want me to be a starving artist.”

Starting out as a full-time creative, I used to feel insecure about my career path (yes mom and dad I’m no doctor, but it does pay the bills). This book helped me find meaning in my career as a creative and on top of that embrace my calling to create. Mallory Ming

You can find the book here.


Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

A bold vision of what capitalism could and should be for our world, Conscious Capitalism breezily dissects the history of capitalism’s effects as an agent for change – both positive and negative. Conscious Capitalism show us that by changing the way we think about business, we can do good while doing well (and actually make more money).  Ross Cromartie

You can find the book here.