Most people spend over 1/3 of their lives working. If you aren’t happy with what you do for work, your spending over 1/2 of your waking hours doing something you aren’t happy with. Think about that for a second, 1/2 of your life! If you aren’t happy, you need to make a change, but how? You need to figure out a plan that will make you a happier and more successful (whatever success may mean to you). In this article I’d like to provide a few nuggets to help you decide how to make this move.
Making a career change may be risky, but to be frank, as far as we know we only have one go at this move around the globe so if you don’t take the risk now, you may never do it! You want to be fulfilled in what you spend 1/3 of your life doing. It’s honestly no different than a hamster on a wheel if you like your moving nowhere.
I’ve made a few career changes in my life. First, I went into teaching. I loved it. However, I got bored teaching the same subject 5 times a day and always wanted to try business so I was fortunate enough to luck my way into the financial markets. I was there through the financial collapse of 2009 and then became an entrepreneur in the insurance space. For the last 7 years, I’ve built companies around the insurance space. I’ve been making changes my entire life and now I’m teaching people how to be grown ups! In an ever changing world, change is the only constant.
In terms of making changes, there is a lot of content out there and I believe many of these people could offer better advice than I could right now. Whether you’re looking to find your passion within your current job, a new job or as an independent contractor and entreprenuer, the books below will be great resources for you! Take a peak. By the way, the book covers will link to their pages on Amazon. These are affiliate links and we do make a small commission from them.
If you are looking at options in the traditional W-2, employee world, I’ve found these books to be very useful.
Jeff Goins explains, the search begins with passion but does not end there. Only when our interests connect with the needs of the world do we begin living for a larger purpose. Those who experience this intersection experience something exceptional and enviable. Though it is rare, such a life is attainable by anyone brave enough to try.
Through personal experience, compelling case studies, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Jeff shows readers how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.
Richard Bolles popular job-search book which is updated for 2017, tailors long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.
This revised and updated edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles does a great job at simplifying and demystifying the entire job-search process, from resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.
Do What You Are — the time-honored classic that has already helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work — is now updated to include jobs in today’s hottest markets, including health services, education, and communications technology.
The Personality type has a goal of helping you find what could be satisfying based on a set of parameters many like you have in certain careers as well. This is especially good for career movers and young folks.
Now for those of you that are looking to get out of the daily grind of working for someone else, it’s time to explore You, Inc! This can be an equally risky road. I think about when I left the W-2 world back in 2009. This was one of the scariest moves I ever made and frankly, it took a few years for me to get in a good spot. However now, I couldn’t imagine going back to the cubicle life! When people ask what books I recommend for budding entrepreneurs, here are the books I immediately recommend.
Tim Ferriss is my go to content creator around best practices, good habits and being an entrepreneur. The 4-hour workweek was Tim’s first step into this type of content and was also one of my first books about how to become an independent contractor. I honestly had to read it a few times for many of the tips to sink in.
This is a quick warning. The book can come off like he’s trying to “big up” himself, but that’s for literary appeal. His advice is amazing and very much worth taking a look at. You should also check out his podcast!
Chris is pretty awesome. He’s made a living traveling, teaching people how to travel on a budget and how to start a company for 100 bucks! This title can be a little salesy, but the point is made and real life examples are given on how you can start a company for little money that can become a very successful deal.
It’s not a joke that Robert Samuel started a business standing in line for people and it became so successful that he had to hire other people to stand in line because the demand was too high! Ideas need to be executed or you’ll be that person who said, I thought about that years ago!
Ries uses principles from a concept called lean manufacturing that relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
I hope you find some use from these books. I’ve found use from everyone of them in the past and I believe they all have a use in their own ways. If you have any additional suggestions, please feel free to let us know and let the community know as well. I’m sure everyone could benefit from some good content, I know I sure have!