Every Friday, we’ll be highlighting some helpful information specifically for first-year students. Today we’re highlighting a few short books about work and careers. Pick one up and read it over Spring Break if you have time! You can view all the previous Freshman Friday posts here.
You’ve made to Spring Break! Whether you’re sticking around Ann Arbor, heading home, or traveling somewhere interesting, hopefully you’ll have at least a little bit of downtime to relax and recharge before finishing up your freshman year. In case you have a little extra time, consider taking the opportunity to do a little bit of reading to explore an interest area, or to learn something new related to one of your passions. Here’s a few of our favorites:
Work on Purpose - Laura Galinsky with Kelly Nuxoll
Work on Purpose tells the stories of five changemakers and their journeys from struggle and uncertainty to significance and success. Through these true-life narratives, Work on Purpose offers its readers a simple—yet powerful—framework: Heart + Head = Hustle. In other words, personal fulfillment and societal impact are the result of aligning passion and talents.
How to Self-Destruct - Jason Seiden
Do people really want to fail?! No.
Wait, I take that back. Yes. Most people have good intentions, but when those intentions bounce up against the hard work required to turn them into reality, spectacular behavior often ensues.
How to Self-Destruct is the first real career book built around how people like you actually experience real life.
(Look around: the challenges you face, are they created by successful people doing what’s right? Or just imagining themselves doing what’s right?)
REWORK - Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses. What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.