Mirza Arique Alam – Dreamer, Traveler, Online Writer, Freelance Anchor & Author – Will I Get My Smile Back?

Some Books can actually change the way you look at your Career

In my very short Career Span till date, I have switched jobs, started a small startup, consulted people in their Careers and did a lot of other things. Trust me, it is really hard juggling through all this and without the right guidance it becomes even more difficult to sort out things for yourself. I mean you are doing nearly everything for the first time, how would you know what’s good and what’s bad or even what’s the right way to do something. But as Seth Godin said in his book Poke the Box “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.” I have always had this mentality to at least go out there and make a start, at the max what will happen I will fail right? But the learning I got from my failures have always made me more wise that yesterday.

Whenever starting with something new, whether it be working on a new idea or simply doing things differently for your next job change, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind ? Isn’t it the fear of failure than anything else and the sad part is that because of it we fail to take even the first step.

That’s why today after extensive research and readings, we have come up with a few books that everyone should read- to be better and the best at whatever you do. Some of them are for entrepreneurs and some of them for everyone but hey, we all have ideas about some business or the other, wouldn’t it be fun to learn how to startup perfectly.

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1. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People.

This book is written by one of the Best management Gurus of all times Mr. Stephen Covey(1932-2012). rather than trying to modify the things around you, this book is all about changing yourself to be a better person both personally and professionally. This book makes you understand that the journey to self-improvement starts from recognizing that we are ‘dependent’ on others for our present situation. The second stage is ‘Independence’, where we start taking responsibility for our actions but still are not completely effective. The final stage is‘Interdependence’, where we understand that working together can yield best results. A must read for anyone who wants to excel in life.

2. Tribes-We need you to lead us.

This book is written by one of the bestselling authors in recent times Seth Godin. With no table of content and chapter differentiation but with a few headings on every couple of pages, this book is all about finding your tribe and leading it. You may be good at anything, there are many like minded people out there who need to be lead. Except the title, nothing is old-age here. With the easy availability of Internet you can easily search and connect with the like minded people and start working towards your dream. To support that, the book is filled with numbers of stories and anecdotes about people who started leading others with the same passion and interests. As someone said “Leaders are very short supply and the world is waiting for them to emerge” and this book here guides you exactly on how to become one.

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3. Rework

This book is written by famous entrepreneurs Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. This is a must read book for all those who think that a lot of planning and plotting is needed to startup with a new idea or a product. We all have had that great idea in our lives once which we thought could have been the game changer for us in the entrepreneurial field but the fear of competition,less knowledge, funding, marketing etc. forced us to not to do anything. The two renowned entrepreneurs tell you from their experience that all this excess worrying is not at all needed. What you need is to just stop talking and start working. Everything will happen on its own as you keep on working. Whether you are stuck in a day job, you are a student or you are someone who has failed a couple of times, this book is a perfect guide for anyone who has always wanted to do things his own way.

4. Tipping Point – How little things can make a big difference

This book has been written by Malcolm Gladwell who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker and after writing and analyzing the industry for more than 20 years he came out with the book. He explains how Tipping Point is a magical moment when an idea, a trend or a social behavior spreads like wildfire in the society. I believe It’s is very close to what we call Virility of anything these days. Whether you are an employee in an organization or someone who is starting on his own, this book explains how with the right and targeted efforts you can make any product or idea immensely popular in the Industry. Malcolm analyzes fashion trends, direct mail, super successful tech company along with the world’s greatest Salesman to show that how ideas and products can be made extremely popular.

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I am sure I might have missed some books which can surely be a lot of help for all of us. Please share the names in the comments section and I’ll start reading them right away and share my reviews in the next post.

[Please note that all that points here are my personal opinion and the numbering is not at all to be considered a ranking of any sort]

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