There’s never too much knowledge to be acquired, especially when it comes down to important subjects like your finances and career. Yet, with these subjects, it can feel like we’re not doing much more than just winging it — taking advice from friends in the same predicament and reading the same listicles with the same tips but not getting different results. How can you take your career and finances to the next level?
If you feel like you lack the insider edge, that’s probably because you are! Most of us get our finance and career habits from our family, which can be great but can leave us out to the know on some important new information or expert tricks. That’s where books on career and finance come into play. If you’re ready to get your money and career right, read these four books:
This book has been imparting financial wisdom ever since being published in 1997. The idea behind the book is that so much of our financial literacy — our understanding of money — is tied up with our upbringing and the habits around money we learned.
This is a great book to start with if you’ve read nothing by Cal Newport. Think of Newport as the mastermind to efficiency and productivity. This is a book for building a fulfilling career that will last you a lifetime. Newport examines people who shine at what they do across different disciplines and boils down their secrets for you.
No, we’re not talking about the movie with Natalie Portman, though the movie’s title is what this book is ultimately describing. Taleb simplifies a fundamental aspect of our world — rare events — and how we deal with them in what are usually overly simplistic and unproductive means. You might wonder why we’re recommending this book for boosting your career and finances; when you create robust systems in your life that can withstand and even thrive in the randomness that’s inherent in our existence, you’re that much more likely to succeed.
Another book you might not expect to find life-changing career and finance advice in, consider this book a secret weapon. Kahneman is a psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, so he knows his stuff. This book breaks down the two forms of thinking we all use — a fast system and a slow system. Harnessing the benefits of each method will mitigate the downsides in a career and provide a financial edge.