The flowers are blooming, the air is warming and grasses literally getting greener – Spring is here, and summer is not far behind. This is a time of year when most of us begin planning vacations, often going to relaxing destinations like the beach or the mountains where we can spend some time by ourselves with a good book.
Now, I am a firm believer that you have to get away from your job sometimes. But many of you likely feel that way because you are unhappy in the current point of your career. Believe it or not, a vacation can be a good way to not just get away, but to actually get inspired to come back to work – or to start writing your career’s next chapter.
One way to do this is to pick a “summer read” that is about leadership or professional development. This shouldn’t be “work”, but rather a book that relates to what you love doing, and thereby adds to your leisure time simply because it is a topic that you are passionate about.
Inc. put together a list titled 13 Books High Achievers Say Helped Them Get Ahead that I think is a good place to start. It is a list that presumes you care about your career and want to find professional satisfaction, then gets specific on which books do that, and in what ways.
Here is a quick look at the list, but read the article for insight into what makes each book helpful, insightful and engaging.
1. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
2. Drive by Daniel Pink
3. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
5. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
6. Going for It! How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur by Victor Kiam
7. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax
8. Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson
9. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
10. The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference by Theodore Rockwell
11. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey
12. Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships That Matter by Ryan Paugh and Scott Gerber
13. How to Flip Houses With Little or No Money by Cody Sperber
Let me know which book you end up reading, and share your review!