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text 2017-12-26 11:05
5 Must-Read Books That Will Boost Your Career

According to the perception of the express employment professionals, the best way to build your personal career is through reading expansively. Read good books that will help inspire you and develop your career. Here are five books that you should do your best to read in the near future that will tremendously boost your career and help you enjoy your current job or help to find a job or switch careers.


1.     “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

“Designing Your Life”  is widely acknowledged among the lovers of personal development books for the working population. The book was authored by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, professors in charge of design programs at Stanford University. The book focuses on the way to build a properly lived and joyful life. It is mainly based on the wildly popular approach on the manner in which design principles are leveraged to develop a more satisfying career and life. Burnett and Evans’s program is dedicated to helping undergrads. However, the course and the book, in general, is similarly of much greater usefulness to people of all ages. ‘Design Your Life’ is among the top reads that are featured in Forbes.


The book is built on the principle that you cannot simply think your ways ahead, but you should also build these ways as you approach your destiny. The book also explains how to carry out life design interviews as one of the quickest means to test your ideas. The book skillfully explains the five-step life-design approach to boost your career. The approach includes being curious, trying things, reframing your problems, understanding it is a process and asking for help. Finally, the authors demonstrate how to put all the design process phases into action.


2.     “Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One” by Jenny Blake

Pivot The Only Move That Matters

The Pivot is among the top career development books for any worker who wishes to excel in 2017. The book was written by Jenny Blake who is both a career coach and former Google employee in charge of development management. It is a great book to read especially if you don’t intend to change your career, but you just wish to improve and do something new at your workplace, boost your career and perhaps get a raise or promotion. The Pivot Method explained in the book entails a four-stage process that is meant to enable a career person craft a personal vision, understand their strengths and establish ways to close the gap between the current state of affairs and the grand goal.

The most intriguing thing about Blake’s book is that it just doesn’t offer a theory but include a number of practical exercises, strategies, and worksheets that are culled from her coaching classes. Blake’s work includes a range of personal development books for women who wish to start mastermind groups. She offers brainstorming options, support and ways to monitor personal accountability when taking new career directions.


3.     “Reinvention Roadmap” by Liz Ryan

reinvention roadmap

The book is authored by Liz Ryan; the CEO of Human Workplace, a firm that specializes in career advisory. The book focuses on the rules to getting the job you wish as well as the career you deserve. “Reinvention Roadmap”  is among the most widely read coaching books on LinkedIn and Forbes.com within the past 24months. The book is an outstanding guide for any individual intending to break free from a career rut or even those wishing to change jobs.  

The book clearly highlights what needs to do to get noticed and win a job or promotion. Ryan is one of the best career coaches who advise on how to get passed the black hole job application system.  She says that the personal power in the hiring equation is the potential to pinpoint and resolve the Business Pain in the firm.


4.     Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This

“Born for This”  was written by Chris Guillebeau, a popular bestselling author. The book focuses on the ways to find the perfect work you were destined to do. It is a captivating action-oriented book that will answer your most dominant and disturbing question: “What follows?” It is among the best books to open your mind and help reach for what you were meant to do.

The book is categorized into two parts: Section one highlights features that will enable you to understand what you want as well as help you to mine it: the second section entails questions, tactics, and strategies that will help you implement the lessons in real life. It is among the few professional development books that offer a 3600 approach on how to chase your dreams and hit the mark.


5.     “Build Your Dream Network” by J. Kelly Hoey

Build Your Dream Network

This book was authored by J. Kelly Hoey, and it is all about forging powerful associations in the current globalized world.  It is a desirable guide that will help you build meaningful connections and transformative relations both on the internet and in the normal world. It is ranked among the top ten confidence building books in 2017.

Hoey’s work can help you improve your strategies to achieve career success. She advises that you require maneuvering seamlessly from one networking room to another, understanding that your most connected and useful communications may take place when you meet people face-to-face or just when you interact via social media platforms.


In Conclusion


Developing a personal career is not only an option for those willing to build their job but also a mandatory measure for those willing to secure a stable future. It is essential that you read best books on confidence, networking, and career choices in order to be informed and be able to make the best personal choices and plan better.


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review 2017-12-23 12:36
Better than Volume 1 – makes a bit more sense
Ringside Volume 2: Work - Joseph Keatinge



This comic collection deals with the world of wrestling and the fate of washed-up wrestlers at the end of their working life. It also looks at the underside of the profession as the main character, Danny, gets involved with drug dealers. Less disorganised than Volume 1 and with far fewer flashbacks, it makes better reading although I'm sure that the illustrations could be clearer. I'll read Volume 3 and hope that it continues to improve.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-15 13:00
The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards
The Devil's Work - Mark Edwards
The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sophie Greenwood's thrilled to have been accepted into Jackdaw Publishing - a job she's dreamed of ever since childhood. Crushing down the dark memories of the past, she doesn't hesitate to jump right in; the work itself showing off her exceptional skill and experience. Paradise doesn't last long, however, as the mystery of her predecessor begins to chip away at her mind, whilst all things business and personal seem to be at risk.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

My first experience with Edwards was with The Magpies, which introduced me to not only his extremely direct writing style of telling rather than showing, but also his ability to create a sense of unease whilst writing about a situation that could be very real - the former I consider a bad thing, and the latter a good thing, thus the overall impression of his work strikes me as rather average. He likes to delve into the ugly side of humanity, which I appreciate, and raise the question of what people are capable of, and how badly we can treat our fellow man. He does it well enough in this one, despite things coming across as a little too far-fetched at times.

The setting was one of familiarity; the mundane, day-to-day routine of work, with a character who started off as optimistic and happy at having landed her dream job, yet over time became increasingly paranoid and troubled. I couldn't help but share in Sophie Greenwood's concerns, as after all, I was merely an observer to her side of events. Even I, at the beginning, accused Cassie of being the antagonist. She was the most obvious, yet we all know; the more obvious someone is, the less likely they're the actual culprit. Cassie became too obvious, yet there was still something about her, something off...

This is where I need to discuss Cassie, and the apparent reason for her dislikeability. I feel a lesson tried to be included, a moral to the story, and I'm honestly not sure it was executed well. To put it bluntly - it seemed ham-fisted in the representation of autism. I know it's a very serious developmental disability, and it affects how a person communicates with others, but Cassie was so boldly labelled as the villain for the majority of the book. It was heavily insinuated that if she wasn't the person trying to make Sophie's life hell, that she was at least a very questionable individual. To suddenly turn it around and say; "Oh, she was autistic, don't be so quick to judge!", was to me, rather poor storytelling. Am I supposed to feel bad or guilty about not liking her? This is someone who clearly flirted with Sophie's husband, and was in contact with him behind her back - not to mention the other things she did throughout. It occurs to me that perhaps I just didn't get the point, but I hope I've divulged my thoughts clearly.

I didn't suspect the actual perpetrator, the real woman behind it all, until she made her dramatic appearance. It was a twist for sure, but I was unfortunately left unbelieving. It wasn't rational enough for me - I certainly didn't click my fingers and have that "Oh!" moment. With such a build-up and from what I understood of Sophie's past, I expected it to tie together in the end, but it didn't. The woman's accomplice - fine, sure, fair enough. But her? I suppose the insignificant should never be ruled out.

I may have a few complaints, but I didn't hate the book. It was quick and easy, bringing with it simple entertainment. I enjoyed the shift from present to past; the friendship with Jasmine especially interested me, despite it ultimately having little relevance overall. I assume it was meant to serve as nothing more than a distraction. Sophie herself was unremarkable, and whilst I believed her selfish in some regards, I also tried to picture myself in her position. Imagine trying to be your best, yet some unknown presence threatens your attempt at stability. I'm pretty sure I would've handled it just as badly.

In conclusion - It passed the time and was easy to get through, however some aspects left me in disbelief. I hope I can give a higher rating to the next Edwards novel I read.

Notable Quote:

But for fifteen years - since she woke on the morning after her lost night, the hours she still kept locked tight in her memory box - she had carried a sadness with her. Sadness and guilt. It was like a splinter, buried so deep in her skin that she would never get it out. The impurity, the flaw, would be in her forever.

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Source: redlace.reviews/2018/01/16/the-devils-work-by-mark-edwards
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review 2017-11-09 16:52
Sweet and sexy
Work Me Up: A Sexy Billionaire Single Dad Romance - Sasha Burke

Work Me Up is a fast-paced, wonderfully written romance. The book is novella length, but there is so much emotion and fun packed into those pages. Logan is such an endearing character with his complete devotion to his daughter that you can't help but fall for him, and Nicole has plenty of sass and a call it as she sees it attitude that keeps Logan on his toes. They are so good together and the author does a fantastic job of conveying the sexual tension between them, even when they are squaring off in disagreement. 

This second book by Burke is more on the sweeter side than the hilarity of her first book, but it is just as good and further shows her talent. Work Me Up is an engaging tale with the perfect mix of sweet and sexy, endearing characters, and witty dialogue. This author is fast becoming a favorite for this reader and I'll be anxiously awaiting whatever she has in store for us next.

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