Over the past 10 years, I have read 100s of self-development books.
99% of them weren't worth it.
Save yourself the time and just read/listen/follow these 10 powerful books for young engineers.
Book #1: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Most engineers are introverts, but do you know what that means?
This book teaches you how to make the most of your unique abilities and stand out.
Book #2: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
When we face career challenges, we tend to give up immediately.
This book teaches you how to understand the ups and downs of life.
Book #3: The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Young engineers face constant personal and professional challenges.
Use the tactics in this book to turn those challenges into meaningful career lessons.
Book #4: The Engineer's Wife: A Novel
Not all step-by-step give you step by step frameworks.
This book gives you a different perspective on how engineers did engineering back in the day and women's role in it.
Book #5: The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
Are you afraid of public speaking? Me too.
We all are, and this book teaches tactical lessons on becoming a better public speaker.
Book #6: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Now more than ever, concentration is at an all-time low.
Create systems and recover your deep focus with this book.
Book #7: The 4-Hour Workweek
As engineers, we think working 60+ hours is the norm.
It does not need to be like that. Use the frameworks in this book to get more done in less time.
Book #8: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Engineers are moving more and more towards a specialized field.
While it is essential to master our field of choice, we can't forget where we fit in the bigger picture.
Book #9: Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement
Most people misunderstand what it takes to be successful.
This book teaches you 17 powerful ways to start implementing today to become successful.
Book #10: You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference
Most people think leadership is not for them.
In reality, we are all leaders to a certain extent.
This little book will help you realize just that.
TL;DR: Out of 100s of books, read these 10:
- The Dip
- The Obstacle Is the Way
- The Engineer's Wife
- The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
- Deep Work
- The 4-Hour Workweek
- Napoleon's Keys to Success
- You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader