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    In today's busy world, it's important to relax and focus on you. Why not take time to self-reflect and retool, so you can finish what you may have started and either finish your college degree or earn the advanced degree that has long eluded you?

    Here’s your chance to get motivated to take those next steps toward a fulfilling career. So put your feet up, and get your mind focused on the future. Here are some texts you may want to explore:

    Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success (Portfolio Trade, revised edition, April 2014) by G. Richard Shell: The author of this motivational guide to a better life first taught his philosophies to Master of Business Administration students at the Wharton School of Business. The idea is simple: don’t live up to someone else’s vision of success. Define success on your own terms, and then focus on what will make your life meaningful and exciting. Springboard encourages us to use our individual skill sets and talents to create a financially rewarding life, and most importantly, to believe that a more prosperous life is possible if we are willing to make some basic changes.

    The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change (Scribner, March 2014) by Adam Braun: This author had his life as a Wall Street executive laid out for him from a young age, but he decided to follow a different course after being confronted by his true passion. While traveling in India, Braun came across a young boy begging who told him that what he wanted most in the world was “a pencil.” With just $25, Braun started Pencils of Promise, an organization that has since built 200 schools across the globe. The Promise of a Pencil is for the person who wants to change his or her life—or even the world.

    Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care (Portfolio Hardcover, May 2014) by Jonathan Bush: This provocative book delves into the issues facing our country’s health care industry and what might be done to improve the situation. The author’s humorous style makes for a compelling and entertaining story, while his expertise offers solutions, insights, and ideas. Agree or disagree with his assessments, Where Does It Hurt? offers a fascinating perspective for anyone pursuing a career in health care.

    Lean In for Graduates (Random House, Audible Audio Edition, April 2014) by Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s ideas are not secrets anymore, and now we have the opportunity to listen to her wise counsel while in the car, at the beach, on a run, or just during some long-anticipated downtime. This empowering audiobook is almost genius in its simplicity, but groundbreaking and life changing for those that embrace it. Finding equality in the workplace may be a challenge, but Sandberg gives priceless advice to women on how to interview, negotiate, and listen to your inner voice.

    The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance (HarperBusiness, April 2014) by Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman: Whether you’re a business executive, an IT manager, or an educator, achieving and maintaining confidence in a competitive workplace can be a daunting task. Coauthors Kay and Shipman address the issue head-on for those changing careers or simply reaffirming goals. Confidence is a universal element necessary for success. We want it and need it. The Confidence Code teaches us how to attain it.

    All of these books can be ordered through Amazon.com, purchased at your local Barnes & Noble bookstore, or found at your community library. In addition, some books may be available through sites such as thriftbooks.com, an online used book store that offers free shipping. Another option is bookfinder.com, a search engine that seeks out the best prices online for books. Finally, eBay is always worth a try when looking for something to read, and for those who want immediate access, all selections can be downloaded onto a Kindle, Nook, or other tablet.  

    So grab a book and find your favorite reading chair and spot.  Your future is waiting!



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