booksFor many of us striving to reach a desired place in our careers is an everyday struggle. We spend most of our time dreaming of that dream job that will fill us with the happiness and fulfillment we seek. But as with most things, dreaming isn’t enough.

To get where you want to be you’ve got to take the time to invest in yourself. Whether you’re looking for your first job, searching for your dream job or happy in your present career, you should always be looking to invest in your knowledge and skills.

If you want 2013 to be the year you stop dreaming about your dream career and start living it, read these three books that are sure to give you the jumpstart you need.

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Dream Job – by Jon Acuff
In this book author Jon Acuff gives personal stories from his 12-year adventure to close the gap between his day job and his dream job. Each story is meant to motivate you not to settle, but to push yourself to find what you deserve: a dream job you’re proud to have.

How to Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie
In this must have for any networker, self-improvement expert Dale Carnegie teaches the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. All successful tools to help you get the career you want!

Escape from Cubicle Nation – Pamela Slim
Let’s face it, the 9 to 5 grind isn’t for everyone, some people are just born to be entrepreneurs, but are unsure or afraid of taking the leap. If that sounds like you then Pamela Slim’s book will teach you how to free yourself from the “corporate prison.” She’ll show you exactly how she made the transition from the cubicle to starting her own gig.

How are you jumpstarting your career this year?

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  • Shelly

    Thanks…i’ll see if some of these are at the bookstore. I want to start a career in writing, and as an English major with an interest in writing, people are often unsupportive, but I’m going to try my best to prove them wrong and come out of school doing what I love.

    • LadyP

      Wishing you many blessings on your writing career. People can often be unsupportive, but don’t let allow that to stop you. Prove them all wrong…Good Luck! :)

    • CanV

      Yes, people who are stuck, unhappy, and afraid in their own lives will often be unsupportive of you while you pursue your dreams. Keep pushing because when you get there they will swear that they had your back and believed in you all along.

    • As a fellow artist, I wish you the best. Find a group of people with the same goal in mind and similar interests and they will be the support you need. The only people that fully understood my plight are my friends and colleagues from college, creative circles and past jobs.

      Always, always, always have a side gig (or main gig if what you really want to do has to wait in the shadows) that is going to bring in income that allows you the freedom to pursue your “dream job:”

      I once asked a professor “how can you do what you love and make a decent living while doing so?” He said you must first do the shit you don’t love to earn the right to do what you love full time. It took some time but I fully understand now… there will be obstacles in your way but without them, you will miss that magnified feeling of joy when those dreams are finally realized.

      Good Luck!

  • Shelly

    Wow, thanks yall!