Seven Absolutely Essential Books to Read for Young Professionals

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Are you a budding leader? A senior college student about to graduate? A young professional with a steady career?

Books to Read for Young Professionals

Success may mean differently to different people of different stages in life, but success is commonly the everyday moment of perseverance, determination, sacrifice, and learning.

While still young, learn more by committing yourself to reading, to help sharpen your skills as you drive through success. Here are seven must-read books for you:

How Will You Measure Your Life?How Will You Measure Your Life?
By Clayton Christensen

The title alone poses a question about the true value of life. Clay Christensen, a professor from Harvard Business School, teaches readers on how to grapple with mundane living through the philosophical meaning of acceptance and appreciation. In his book, young innovators are invited to face the challenges and ponder on them deeply as they see themselves in the anecdotes of real-life experiences.

Never Eat AloneNever Eat Alone
By Keith Ferrazzi

In today’s list of business books, Never Eat Alone is more like a bible on the art of networking. Ferrazzi invites readers to understand how genuine and professional relationship work and how they affect the mutual and positive understanding of people toward each other. Easy to grasp and straightforward, the book teaches the significance of relationships in building success in both life and work.

Moving the NeedleMoving the Needle:
By Joe Sweeney

This self-help masterpiece formulates an ultimate game plan fit for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Sweeney teaches practical tips on how to handle problems through practicing work-life balance and improving decision-making skills. An influential book, Moving the Needle is highly recommended to help young professional “move forward.”

Think and Grow RichThink and Grow Rich
By Napoleon Hill

One of the most acclaimed self-help gurus, Napoleon Hill teaches readers the thirteen principles of wealth and success in his book Think and Grow Rich, published in 1930. The book provides the recipe for motivation for those who want to know what and how successful business people think.

The Power of HabitThe Power of Habit
By Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg, an American journalist and nonfiction writer, perceives that habits come in three main components: cue, routine, and reward. A game-changer for young professionals, The Power of Habit tells the golden rule on how to change habits to create a more powerful and positive impact in the society.

Lean InLean In
By Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In is somewhat Sandberg would claim as a “feminine manifesto.” A former Google executive and the current Facebook COO, Sandberg has much to say about the challenges that women face to get ahead in the society. Lean In is a must-read for young female professionals, women leaders, mothers, and all those who want to advance themselves in their careers.

The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Workweek
By Timothy Ferriss

An entrepreneur, public speaker and author, Timothy Ferriss is considered by Wired as the “Superman of Silicon Valley” and by fellow authors as a master-influencer. His book, The 4-Hour Workweek, attempts to maximize work efficiency by providing practical trips in managing tasks in the workplace. From handling meetings to responding e-mails, Ferriss takes the book to an innovative extreme for an effective work-style.