Do you want to improve your career? Maybe you feel like you’ve been stuck in the same place for a while. There are books that are specifically designed and written to help you develop professionally. Before I continue – this is not a sales pitch. I don’t get anything for mentioning these books. I am not affiliated with people that have written them, I just feel they might be something that helps you on your way. Let’s begin.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
If you are in the market for a simple, child-like narrative, this book is where you’ll find it. There are four characters in this fable: two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two people, Hem and Haw. It is a tale of the four of them running around in a maze searching for cheese, which represents happiness. One day, they come across a large pile of cheese. The story then focuses on how each of the characters is dealing with their newfound wealth.
There are several parodies of this book, like I Moved Your Cheese by Deepak Malhotra and Who Stole My Cheese by Ilene Hochberg. While the point of the original story is to be on the lookout for opportunities, the parodies usually make fun of the system in which such a mindset is developed. All of them are good reads, so you should reach your own conclusion on what the message is supposed to be.
David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Another book that requires you to rethink your position. Sure, the odds are stacked against you and you appear to have no resources, but is that really the case? You too could learn how to battle giants and to compete against those that have much more at their disposal. It isn’t as light-hearted as Who Moved My Cheese, but it does use psychology and storytelling to get the point across.
Do not fret about the fact that you are at a disadvantage. You should use that as a motivation tool. Just imagine what it will be like when you beat your opponents and face the challenges with nothing at your disposal. Now, that has the makings of a good story.
Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim
Most people have a tendency to feel unfulfilled professionally. This comes from the fact that they have not dedicated their entire lives to that single thing they are passionate about, so they are unable to achieve greatness, or so they think. The book challenges that notion by pointing out the fact that a Jack of all trades has a few tricks up his sleeve.
You don’t need to limit yourself to a single talent. A better course of action would be to take the talents you have and bring them all together into your business world. That way, you will not only achieve success but also fulfill your potential.