5 top-rated no-nonsense career books that will get you clear on your next professional move

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You spend so much time and creative energy throughout your lifetime navigating and building your career that it’s not overreaching to strive for something that fuels you. In fact, building a career you love should feel natural and at times even exhilarating. 

If you’re feeling friction or contempt while navigating your career, consider picking up one of this year’s top career books. Whether you’re looking to make a big professional change or you’re simply looking to strengthen your mindset at work, we recommend adding these to your reading list if you want to take your professional life to the next level.

Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment 

Written by New York Times best-selling author and internationally renowned motivational speaker Rachel Hollis’ husband, Dave, Get Out of Your Own Way chronicles exactly how being married to a world-class motivational speaker has changed the way he reflects inward while guiding and encouraging skeptical readers to drop limiting beliefs and examine what they truly want to achieve. Hollis’ unabashedly honest account of shifting from swimming in a job funk to a flourishing career and personal life is both raw and inspiring—with real-life, universal takeaways sprinkled through every chapter.

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life 

If you’re still grateful for everything you learned in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this one’s for you. New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo is back with this smart guide for simplifying your career and streamlining your day-to-day. From canceling meetings that could have been emails to decluttering your desk, Joy at Work uses the same tried-and-true KonMari method to ensure your office is the optimal environment not just for career growth and success but also for happiness in the workplace.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know 

According to New York Times best selling author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell, the tools and strategies we’ve collectively learned to communicate with strangers and acquaintances are fundamentally flawed, and because of these mass missteps we’re prone to misunderstanding each other. Talking to Strangers was an instant number-one best seller and was also the most pre-ordered audiobook on Amazonand for good reason. Gladwell’s misunderstanding manifesto guides readers through a series of real-world examples and strategies that allow us to communicate more effectively and quiet the need to judge both ourselves and others in the workplace and in our personal lives.

Do the Work: The Official Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, No-Kidding, Change-Your-Life Sidekick to Unfu*k Yourself

Based on the New York Times bestseller Unfu*k Yourself, author Gary John Bishop is back with another life-changing self-help book for skeptics. Do the Work guides readers through a series of paradigm shifting assertions to help take their new-found inspiration from the pages of the book to real life. Called the “kick in the ass you need to get moving” Bishop’s tough love approach comes as a resource where you can work your life out, foster your identity, and move past your self-imposed limiting beliefs.

The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business

If you’ve ever worked for a boss or business partner who lacks vision, you know all too well the importance of having clear focus as a business leader or executive. In The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt guides readers through ten distinct questions that will help both business leaders and managers focus their efforts, crystalize their vision and accelerate your efforts to grow your company and foster an inspired and motivated team.