Stack of books with one open on top with pages spread apart, image used for Manisha Dorawala blog about books for personal and career success

Regardless of where you are in your career or personal life, there’s always room for improvement. For most of us, we’re continuously striving toward our goals and aiming to better ourselves. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming as you work to improve areas of your life. Often, we don’t know where to start or how to get the motivation to tackle some new project. A great way to help yourself along this path is through reading and learning about new ways to work toward your goals. There are plenty of resources out there to use, but here are a few of the top books to help you achieve personal and career success.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

It’s incredibly likely you’ve already heard of Sandberg’s book; people have been talking about how phenomenal it is since it was published. Focusing on women and their mission for personal and professional success, Sandberg uses a mix of research, personal experiences, and other anecdotes to share advice for working women. Sandberg uses her wit and wisdom to provide actual advice to women working hard to achieve their goals in the workplace.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book has been around for a while and frequently crops up in conversations about books that can seriously influence your outlook on life and your drive for success. Carnegie published this book in 1937; it may seem like it’s outdated, but it still ranks highly as one of the most-read books on achieving personal success. In this book, Carnegie addresses the best ways to deal with other people. Even though it was written almost a century ago, let’s face it; people have always acted the same way. One takeaway is that Carnegie stresses the importance of genuineness in your interactions with others, no matter what you’re doing.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Over 15 million copies of this book have been sold. When it was published, it signaled a new interest in personal development that we see continued today. Covey focuses on various habits you can use in order to become more effective at whatever you’re doing. He doesn’t promise a quick fix, but he offers quality advice on how to improve your life.

How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

In this book, Webb gives an overview of her extensive experience in consulting and the tricks and tips she’s used to achieve success. She offers applicable advice on how to handle nearly any aspect of business, even those parts that seem unimportant. Focusing on how behavioral science can impact your professional life, you’ll appreciate her candid advice.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Duckworth has spent many years studying psychology and is a renowned academic. In her experience, true success depends much less on your talent and more on your attitude. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you lack the correct attitude, you’ll find it more difficult to reach your goals. Duckworth focuses on the idea of “grit” and how possessing this quality can help you overcome any obstacle.