7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition

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There are several things that are great about career transition–#1 being you have more time, the most precious commodity of all.  There are some great books out there about the career transition process.  Here are a few you may want to peruse.

7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition

Changing Direction: 10 Choices That Impact Your Dreams, Mary Miller, CEO of Jancoa

Too many people fail to take control of their lives, allowing themselves to fall victim and accept whatever happens. When you choose to dream and defy the naysayers all around you can change direction and accomplish nearly anything you set out to achieve.

In Changing Direction, Mary Miller lays out 10 choices anyone can make to impact his or her dreams. By concentrating on improving the future, you become a new, happier and more energized person.

Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It’s Too Late, James MacDonald

We’re very good at explaining why we’re unhappy: bad job, bad relationships, bad luck. But there’s probably a better reason: bad attitudes.Centennial

In Lord, Change My Attitude, James MacDonald shows us just how much our attitudes affect our lives. One of his bestsellers, this book is classic. It’s clear, it’s inspiring, and it packs a punch.

Why You Can’t Be Anything You Want to Be, Arthur F. Miller

Based on the idea that every person is endowed from birth with a unique pattern of competencies and motivations, or giftedness, this book describes your Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP) which indicates your personal giftedness and encourages you to pursue your unique calling and live a purposeful life that is highly productive and richly satisfying.

Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success, Joe Gibbs

Written with the sports fan in mind, Game Plan for Life is an “average Joe’s” guide to what the Bible has to say about such topics as relationships; finances; physical, emotional, and spiritual health; finding the right vocation; living a life of purpose; and overcoming sin and addiction.

Written by 3-time Super Bowl and NASCAR championship winning coach/owner Joe Gibbs, edited by Jerry Jenkins, and featuring contributions from Randy Alcorn, Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Tony Evans, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Don Meredith, Walt Larimore, Ron Blue, Ken Boa, and Os Guinness, the New York Times best-selling Game Plan for Life shows readers how to live a balanced, God-centered, purpose-filled life, using examples from Coach Gibbs’ own storied championship careers as a backdrop. This book is a perfect blend of sports and basic theology, designed to bring God’s Word home to sports fans of all generations.

Intentional Living, John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, helps readers take the first steps to living a life that matters in INTENTIONAL LIVING.We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it’s too big for them to achieve. That they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference.The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to achieve significance and create a lasting legacy.

The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can’t make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that’s ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it’s hard; other times it’s easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.

Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance, Bob Buford

What does it mean when all you’ve done or own seems to matter less? What does it mean when your heart craves more meaning, joy and balance? Has something triggered in your mind that you’re entering your second half of life and you’re unsure what your calling is for this next season? You’re in Halftime. This 20th Anniversary edition is updated and expanded for a new generation of leaders, Bob Buford’s bestseller shows how you can make the second half of your life even more rewarding than the first.

The E-Myth Revisited,  Michael Gerber

In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

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