Best Books and Media Outlets for Professional Development

Books are a great resource to grow your professional skills and personal brand. If you aren’t a reader, then listen to audiobooks, podcasts or even watch career advice Tik Toks on your commute. Utilizing your time effectively will give you more opportunities to grow. We rounded up our favorites, so check them out below! 


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance  By Agela Duckworth 

Psychologist Angela Duckworth uses her knowledge and personal experiences to teach people how to succeed. She explains her simple method to success as being a perfect combination of passion and perseverance, known as grit. Throughout the book she shares her insights and interviews with high achievers and how they used grit to get where they are today. The book is there to motivate and show people that there is no luck or talent needed for success.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  By Stephen Covey

In Stephen Covey’s book he crafted the 7 habits of highly effective people through finding primary principles for happiness and success. Society typically praises people who have independence, but he explains that in order to be successful you need to work interdependently. The 7 habits he explains are as follows: 

  1. Be Proactive 
  2. Begin with the end in mind 
  3. Put first things first 
  4. Think win/win 
  5. Seek to understand first, before making yourself understood 
  6. Learn to synergize 
  7. Sharpen the saw 


Looking to improve sales skills? Try these books!

Sell or be Sold  By Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone uses his personal experience in sales to craft a master plan to perfect the art of selling. He encourages readers to remember selling is a way of life and to take action. A sale is never about the price, but rather who you are and the product. Grant emphasizes that the customer is always right, to always have your sales pipeline full, and to stay positive during times of rejection. Utilize these and you will find success.

You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike At A Seminar By David Sandler 

David Sandler shares how business professionals can have a successful career in sales. The book is composed of different sales strategies to help people elevate their performance, and reach their maximum potential. At the end of the day, the more output, the more successful you will be. Get the prospect to do most of the talking, find their pain points, and alter your pitch to fit their needs. 


Motivational and career oriented podcasts for those who don’t love to read!

Make your Damn Bed By Julie Merica

This series includes short (meaning 5-8 minute episodes) motivational daily podcasts to get your day going. It also encourages you to make your bed while you listen, hence the name. It has been proven that making your bed every day leads to a sense of accomplishment and productivity.

9-5ish with theSkimm

Media outlet, theSkimm, provides weekly career advice from female industry leading experts to help you get the most out of your career. 

The School of Greatness By Lewis Howes

Former athlete, keynote speaker and New York Times best selling author, Lewis Howes, interviews the most successful people in the world including business leaders, athletes, celebrities, etc. It is designed to motivate you to live your best life and to be great. 


Career and financial advice Tik Toks for those who love to scroll!


She offers a lot of career advice, negotiation tips, interview advice, etc.


She is an HR professional who gives advice from the hiring perspective. 


His page is filled with career advice, red flags to look out for in an interview, questions to ask in an interview, etc. 


He provides easily digestible financial advice and advises you on how to make your money grow.