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There’s always room for professional development, especially for those just starting. The idea of improving oneself is not a new concept – it’s something humanity has been doing for ages. So that raises the question – what can you be doing to improve your skills?

For many of us, there isn’t enough time in the day to dedicate hours to professional development. However, one can usually find some time to finish some reading. This is why so many professionals read as often as possible. Here are a few books every professional should read.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

What reading list would be complete without How to Win Friends and Influence People? The truth is that working with people is part of most of our lives, professionally and personally. This means we must find new ways to adapt and work with others, especially if we want to succeed.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

It’s safe to say that The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is perhaps one of the most popular professional development books. And there’s a reason for its popularity – it’s the perfect book for everyone. These habits can be utilized in thousands of ways and are thus reasonably universal.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Next up, we have The Happiness Advantage, a book that tackles success and the stereotypical process of getting there. More accurately, it assesses how we think people achieve success. It’s a fantastic read for anyone hoping to be more aware of their progress and the faults we inherently follow when seeking our goals.

The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman

The Alter Ego Effect explains complex subjects, such as the strategies utilized by some of the world’s most successful people – across various industries. If you’re looking to understand success and strategy, this is the perfect book for you. 

The Age of Influence: The Power of Influencers to Elevate Your Brand by Neal Schaffer

The Age of Influence is a more modern take on industries and branding, yet it is an essential read, especially for aspiring entrepreneurs. This book looks closely at success and influence in a digital world.

Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch

Those looking for a more comprehensive look at success should consider reading Spark. It is a guide for success, including key leadership behaviors and more. This is the perfect book for anyone trying to make a career change or start a business.