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5 Must Read Books for Career Success

Ariana Allen


I truly believe that the more you want to succeed the more you must read.  I love to read about successful people and the advice they offer through their professional careers.  Here are 5 books from my library that I think share great advice on how to navigate your career.


Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)

by Cathie Black

If you aspire to get into the magazine industry, you’ll love to read the behind the scenes stories and advice of Cathie Black. She takes us on her journey to her rise as President of Hearst Corporation, publisher of Cosmo, Elle, and Marie Claire, just to name a few.   It’s one littered with many mistakes and double the lessons. Her career will absolutely inspire you!


 Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know

by Marcelle DiFalco & Jocelyn Greenky Herz

These ladies dish up practical, simple advice with a side of hilarious. I guarantee they will have you LOL’ing at the stories and examples. I have turned to this book countless times for tips throughout my working career. One of my favorite tips is investing in some beautiful, personalized stationary for sending handwritten Thank You notes. Notes, not emails, show effort and thought while keeping you on their minds.


Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of War for Winning in Business

by Chin-ning Chu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a must-read for anyone in business. For hundreds of years, people in power have used his strategies to fashion a successful career for themselves.  Chu, takes the original and adapts it using women’s natural strengths to help us get a head at work. I found plenty of empowering nuggets of advice.


The Girl’s Guide to Power and Success

 by Susan Solvoic

This is the first book I bought for advice on a successful career. Solvoic argues that you don’t have act like a man in order to succeed in your career. She redefines power as a something we can achieve and we can do it being women.


Women & the Art of Negotiating 

by Juliet Nierenberg and Irene S. Ross

Women in general, tend to want what’s best for others and a lot of time we forget about ourselves. Negotiating skills are crucial for the professional EDL. This book teaches you how to create a negotiation strategy where all parties win. Who can say no to that?


Do you have a book that you turn to for success tips? Share it with us! 


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