The best career book since I Will Teach You To Be Rich!
I am not in my 20s. In fact, I'm about to turn 40 - which I suppose uniquely
qualifies me to write one of those hopelessly sappy blog posts with advice to my twenty year old self. The only problem is, I'm not exactly sure what words of significance I might share. I think I'd tell myself to carry an umbrella less often.
Still reading career advice from supposedly successful people is a time honored tradition. Unfortunately, that advice is rarely as useful as what you'll find in Lauren Berger's wonderfully useful second book. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Lauren thanks to her popular blog and unofficial title as the "Internship Queen" and received an advance copy of this book. While I read the book almost immediately (more than six months ago), I found myself returning to several bookmarked passages this past week as I was making the final selections for the 2014 Influential Business Book Shortlist. This book deserved to make the cut.
As I read back through it, I realized the reason I found it so valuable when I first read it and again this week ... Lauren knows how to be useful. Some topics in her book, like how to prioritize tasks, may seem blindly obvious when you read them. Yet when you think about how often you actually forget or need inspiration to make better habits, the book moves quickly from being obvious to being necessary.
Aside from only appealing to 20-somethings, a big part of her approach in the book can help any manager also struggling to motivate younger employees who seem more concerned with their "work life balance" than actually working hard. As Berger proves in her advice for this book, the rules of success haven't changed all that much. The real question is, who's most willing to master the real world quickly enough to win?
2014 INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS BOOK FINALIST:
Welcome To The Real World