Order These 4 Books

These four books offer an important selection of stories, skills and exercises to help your career search. Consider this a favored, well-tested reading list of diverse, yet complementary books.

1. 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Living

This is not a stereotypical book recommendation for someone in the middle of a job search, but it is important. This book is filled with different experiments ranging from ‘look for blue food’ to ‘sleep on your front in the sun’. Each experiment is coupled with a short explanation to get you thinking laterally. This book will help you realize that asking questions and trying to figure out how it is all going to work out is actually the exciting part of this process.

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2. Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World
We wrote Making Good to share all the disparate information and real stories about people making money and doing good. This book is a great primer and has a tonne of inspiring stories that will help you navigate the wilderness of your job search.

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3. Secrets of the Young & Successful
Secrets of the Young & Successful will help you crystallize a lot of important ideas around building your network, becoming an expert and jumping into a meaningful, money-making career. Applicable to any age, but targeted toward the Millennial audience, if this feels like the right book for you at the right time, then buy it and read it. If you have an aversion to the title alone and are already are rolling your eyes, skip it and read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

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4. Small is Beautiful  (Chapters 1-5)

This is an important read because it makes us realize that ‘scaling’ everything hasn’t always been assumed to be better. This book challenges us to grasp a different way of living that starts with asking the question: “What is enough?” From this answer, we can build an economic system that will give us everything we need, rather than the need for everything. Schumacher gives us an alternative to the world we live in, yet one that can exist simultaneously. You only need to read the first five chapters, and pay close attention to the pages that mention ‘Buddhist Economics’.

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