Almost every one of us has career aspirations and ambitions that are all our very own. Though these ambitions are as diverse as we are, they are often beset with the same irksome hurdles in the hyper-competitive corporate and business world of today. Truth be told, we could all do with some training and advice on how to turn the mountains into molehills at the workplace. Even better, what if we could do something that could help jetpower our work-life and help us reach our career goals? That’s precisely what these five books will school you to do!

So, go on and reformat your hard drives with these books for a better career – did we mention that they come recommended by experts? There’s no real excuse now – get these books onto your table and the wisdom they hold into your noggin!

The Myth of the Nice Girl – Fran Hauser

As a woman in the work-world, we dwell in, being ‘nice’ should not be construed as being weak, passive, or even docile. In fact, as the author eloquently describes with insights and experience, being nice does not mean that you have to sacrifice your principles and beliefs to get what you want from your career. What’s more, this book helps you ‘own’ yourself and delivers a sense of confidence that is born from your strong inner self – which in itself can propel you towards workplace successes and more.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job – Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith

It’s not uncommon for women to reach a point of stagnation at the office, and this book deals with this phenomenon head-on. As the author goes on to articulate, men and women do indeed face different challenges at the workplace – one, in particular, being that the skills that women bring into a job may actually be the very things that are holding them back. Now, this book prescribes actions and strategies to break the 12 habits that act as a stumbling block on your road to a successful career.

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message – Tara Mohr

We all want a bit more from love, work, and life, but as the author found out from her extensive research and study, women are still playing it ‘small’. Here’s the real kicker- we want to play it ‘big’, but just don’t know how to do it. Often, we know what we should do, but don’t quite know how to go about it. Now, this book supplies us with strategies to help kill the self-doubt that plagues us, answer our calls to action, and discard counterproductive actions that will help us to achieve the ‘big’ life and career we want.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers – Lois P. Frankel

Extensive research has gone into this book, and the results are in! There are 101 behaviors that we need to get rid of pronto if we are to make it in the big bad business world. Most of these behaviors, unknowingly, weigh us down and keep us from reaching for the skies. This book will help you unlearn these habits and make winning a habit!

Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Taking Charge of Your Life, Your Career, and Your Business – Nicole Lapin

Ready to finally step up a few gears and take charge of your career and your life? Then this book is right down your street! Now, you can be the boss bitch you want to be, and this book prescribes a 12-step plan to do the very thing. Drawing from her extensive experience, Lapin is not stingy with the advice and even throws in several hacks to hack it as an entrepreneur. Without a moment to lose, go on and discover your inner boss bitch, today!

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