Books, websites, podcasts and videos are essential for reflection and gaining new knowledge to guide your career and life journey.  Here is a list that I continually curate that aligns content with the 7 strategies of the career strategy framework. While many of these resources can apply to more than one strategy, I assigned the resource to a primary strategy.

1 – Know Yourself

Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall takes you on a journey to discover and find what makes you energized – your mojo.  I had the pleasure to meet Marshall at a Microsoft event and his energy and presence was spectacular.

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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

The principles from over 2,000 years ago have stood the test of time for building character and a better you. This book helped me let go of my past and embrace what happens to you in a positive spirt.

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

An internal journey of self-discovery and distance to guide your journey in life.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Learn to figure out your values and what really matters.

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2 – Target the Opportunity

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy by Joan Magretta

Harvard professor Michael Porter is the master on competitive thinking and strategy. While choosing a unique career path must be guided by your strengths, deciding which market to enter can be a driver between success and failure. I was lucky to meet and share a lunch with Professor Porter in 2015.

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Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevanby W. Chan Kim 

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Strategic Market Management by David A. Aaker

The leading brand strategy authority outlines the methodical approach to assessing and competing in markets. While the content is focused on organizations, the same concepts apply to us as individuals.

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Mastery by Robert Greene

Discover your calling and decide the market and strengths to master.

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Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder

Learn how to architect a business model that will create and deliver value for your customers and ultimately you. While this book is focused on products and services created by organized, the concepts equally apply to “you” as a single person business.  I recommend downloading the one page business model canvas on strategyzer.com.

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Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want by Strategyzer

Learn how to create products and services that customers want to buy.  Articulating the value proposition that is quick and easy to understand is critical to converting people into customers.  The career path you select should have a value proposition is can be easily communicated to anyone with a few sentences.

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Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

Experiment with side hustles to test and find a unique path that derives additional income and deeper insight into a specific target. Everybody needs multiple sources of income to diversify our risk. A side hustle may even lead to realizing your unique path on a full time basis.

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Achieve relentless focus on your target by a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

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3 – Plan the Journey

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday 

Your plan and journey is guaranteed to be marked by obstacles and failures.  Stoic philosophy underpins the powerful, yet simple concepts for building character and powering through life no matter what it throws at you.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

Learn to get unrealistic by “dreamlining” the creation of a plan to realize your dreams.

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4 – Learn Continuously

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss

Use this collection to learn and apply best practices from the top in their field.

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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Learn and practice these 48 laws to develop and use power to achieve your life aspirations.

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Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

A collection of guiding principles garnered over the life of the legendary investor.  Applying these 1st order principles will increase the likelihood of success no matter what career path you choose.

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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Gain insight into why EQ is more important than IQ for success in life.

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5 – Sell the Value

This is Marketing by Seth Godin 

This book summarizes the Godin’s latest thinking on marketing strategy and getting yourself seen.  Gain insight into developing your minimal viable audience for the product or service your provide.

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6 – Connect with Awareness

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

I am simply obsessed with the depth and accuracy of how Greene explains human behavior that is often a mystery to us.  This masterpiece will drive you to inspect how you live and consciously engage with others to understand their behavior.  Learn the laws that will protect you from the dark shadows of others or their deep narcissistic behaviors that can ruin your life.

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Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail by Keith Ferrazzi 

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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

Connecting with yourself using a daily prompt from Stoic philosophy is a helpful way to stay on course.  Holiday also offers a journal for documenting your morning and evening thoughts to a daily prompt.

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Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello

Timeless advice for a book published in 1990 – “leave this go-go-go work of illusion and become aware”. Reading this book helped me reaffirm what I had been feeling for many years. The author reinforces observing yourself as you can only change what you understand.

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7 – Decide Consciously

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I read this book during my data science grad studies at UC Berkeley. It’s an incredible book that gives you deep insights into human behavior and decision making. Learn the biases that negatively influence our decision making in every day life.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 

Understand your behavior and build productive patterns that drive the outcomes your seek in life.

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How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen

One of my favorite books, Christensen shares his business theories about success and failure developed at Harvard Business School. The same strategic thinking learned by his MBA students about businesses apply to the lives of all of us. Important questions that only you can answer. I used this book for workshops I held at Microsoft.

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Learn to “decide” and design the habits into your life that will enable you to accomplish more.

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