Best Books about Work and Life

Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues in Life
by Kent Nerburn (2005)

Page for page, this small, short book packs in wisdom and insight about the human condition. With sections on love, death, work, parenthood, money, and many other vital topics, Nerburn powerfully yet delicately explains what it means to be human and how to create a life.

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith (2007)

One of the world’s most renowned executive coaches shares secrets for professional success. A great book for taking stock of where you are, making adjustments to reach higher.

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The How of Happiness
by Sonja Lyubomirsky (2007)

The single best book for practical, proven ways in increase happiness in your life. Written by a highly regarded psychology professor and backed up by mountains of positive psychology research.

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Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
by Timothy D. Wilson (2011)

Wilson’s book provides an excellent map of recent research on personal change. Wilson highlights a number of surprising change techniques that work, and he clearly explains why many change efforts are problematic and frequently unsuccessful. With an emphasis on the power of personal narratives—the stories we create and maintain to explain our world—Redirect is an excellent and realistic guide for enacting personal change.

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Change or Die
by Alan Deutschman (2007)

A great book exploring why personal change is painfully hard, and how to make it easier. The book moves quickly and is filled with good, usable ideas.

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StrengthsFinder 2.0
by Tom Rath (2007)

A short book that comes with an online assessment to help you uncover areas of latent strength. In terms of personal assessment, the StrengthsFinder 2.0’s online assessment is perhaps the best combination of price, scientific soundness, and applicability anywhere. Buy this book new to ensure a working access code, and take the online assessment to learn more about your unique areas of talent and strength.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
by Stephen Covey

First published in 1989 and republished regularly. One of the best-loved self development books ever written. Worth a read, or a re-read.

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