My Best Books for Each Stage of Life

Whether you are struggling difficulties, facing numerous obstacles or your career is ups and downs, believe it or not – you are not alone because there were many people had gone through all those shits before you.

The experience that the elders left is a precious lesson, a golden opportunity for later generations.

And I’m here to help you a little bit: Here are 10 of my detailed reviews of the best selected books to tackle challenges professionally even if you have just graduated or already been ready for a major revolution in your career.

1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

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After leaving school, there’s a whole new world opened up to you – bigger, more struggling and complicated. And obviously, you find it hard to get your position in there.

“Designing Your Life” is a process of solving the creative reality of the problems to seek an improved future. Evans and Burnett are lecturers of a course at Stanford. It’s called “Designing Your Life”. In there, their students are taught about how to apply the design thinking principles to their relationships and careers.

In fact, this book is an extension of their course and consists of many useful exercises like “Odyssey Planning,” where you can draw out your own lifestyle.

The purpose of this special exercise is realizing that you can do numerous things – and a lot of which will make you happier but might it be unsatisfactory. So, do not worry too much about selecting the right one.


2. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

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In this book, “Give and Take,” Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton Business School, said that give away meant you were willing to help other people, which was the secret to a successful career.

Importantly, this brings efficiency. Might it be through offering options that fit your organization’s needs. Otherwise, you will face your own dangers.

Grant has placed his case in both studies to explore the connection between giving and receive success as well as the anecdotal accounts of well-known business people.


3. How to Win Friends & Influence People

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The best-selling book of 1937 was also the bedside book of legendary investor – Warren Buffett and is a great preference for those who want to improve their skills.

Personally, I am pressive deeply by one lesson from this book: Interesting and interested. It means that in any dialogue, there should be interaction between the two sides instead of letting your partner play alone.

Richard Feloni of Business Insider has also listed out a number of other lessons, but most of them are all about the importance of self-recognizing your faults.


4. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

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Due to Kim Scott, Former CEO of Google and Apple, there is one and only efficient method to lead: “be honest.”

Radical candor means being open-minded with your employees, while you’re always a sympathetic leader and sharing. In other words, Scott wants to say, you should at the same time know both “how to create a direct challenge” for your employees and “how to take care of them.”

Feedback is an important element of development. So, communicate frankly with your staff when they are deflecting and suggesting ways to improve them. You yourself should also listen to and receive feedbacks from your colleagues to become a better leader.

It’s not easy, however, Scott thinks it’s the most effective method to create a successful team.


5. Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts

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Just because you are not a bellicose person does not mean you should avoid negotiations. Whether you want to talk to your boss about raising your salary or giving a try to reach an agreement with a client, this book will help you understand the best way to get what you want.

Shapiro is the director and also the founder of the Harvard International Negotiation Program. He led conflict resolution in the Middle East and had worked with many business leaders and government. In his view, justice is not always the key to resolving disputes. Instead, the parties must be able to negotiate and be willing to listen to each other to find the common ground.


6. Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

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It is not easy to get the answer when you have to choose between family and work. And the sooner you realize that, the less stress and pressure you will have.

“Unfinished Business,” or “Why Women Still Cannot Have It All,” mentions that hardly anyone can actually win all of them, they have to choose. Slaughter, the former US Department of State policy director under Hillary Clinton, has transformed grassroots policy and culture, laying the groundwork for gender equality and helping all workers to live a meaningful life.

The proposed changes were inspired by Slaughter’s life, particularly the conflicts she faced between choosing a career that could win a career in diplomacy or family care. This will be a valuable lesson to help you succeed in your career and your family.


7. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

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Goldsmith is a psychologist and executive coach.

Through a number of studies, Reiter and Goldsmith have identified 20 habits that stifle success and set the tone for your problems.

A lesson learned from the book: What others think about you is more essential than what you think of yourself?


8. Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

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A “pivot”, as Blake defines as a career change, no matter it’s big or small. Might do you want to give up your current job to start a business or maybe you are hoping to move to another department. Whatever you are planning to do, “Pivot” will break the dreams and control your fear.

Blake is a career coach and former Google employee who has jumped a few jobs. She started her AdWords product training at Google. It then helps to kick off Google’s Career Guru program. She left Google after publishing her first book, “Life After College,” to begin a business based on her own blogs and books.

The most important thing Blake wants to send here is that even if you don’t get to where you want, you can be in a better place- more suitable for your skills and your interests.

So, have you picked up your favorite books from this collection? If you are looking some more books to self-improve or learn how to succeed in life, kindly consult some other articles in my blog:

Good luck, my bros!

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