Top 5 books for career success

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We all know traffic in Lagos is nothing short of horrible. A typical 20 minute commute home elsewhere can sometimes take four hours or more in Lagos. While there’s not a lot we can do about the traffic situation except hope to get home before dawn there are those that use this "opportunity" to get more productive.
 "The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you"  - Tony Robbins
Instead of thinking of it as a waste of time, you can choose to use this time getting other things done. Since you’re already stuck there in your car, molue`(did i spell this right?) or even the BRT, you might as well be productive and use this time doing things you have always wanted to do but could never find the time to accomplish. Take control of this time and make it work for you!

1. Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

In this book, Robbins takes readers, step-by-step, through how to perform at your best, become a leader, gain self-confidence, find the five keys to wealth and happiness, and more. Although this book was originally published in 1987, people still use it to achieve their goals and find success.
Want more tips on how to be your best? Read Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn Glei.

2. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

Are you looking for a new job? Maybe you’re just hoping to reignite your passion for your current position? Whichever it may be, The Pathfinder, originally published in 1998, is the book for you. Lore aims to help you find a career path that feels good and fulfills you. With over 100 self-assessments, this isn’t a book you’ll be able to read and forget about. It puts you to work! In fact, it’s pretty similar to having your own personal career coach!
Already read this classic? Read another! Try I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith.

3.  7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

First published in 1990, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has gone on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. And for good reason! Covey shares techniques to help you adopt the very traits that make others so successful. To learn these elusive habits, you must first accomplish what he refers to as a “paradigm shift.” Covey says this shift will change how you act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, and more.

4.  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Perhaps the ultimate career classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People is touted on its cover as the, “only book you need to lead you to success.” It’s packed with advice to teach you how to handle your relationships with others and the six ways to get people to like you without making them feel manipulated. You’ll even learn how to win people over to your way of thinking!
Have you already read this book? Try: How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes.

5. Getting from College to career: Your Essential guide to succeeding in the real world

By Lindsey Pollak (Harper Business, Rev. Ed. 2012)
New college graduates often find that they're ill-prepared to take on the working world after they leave the safety net of their schools. Pollak, a career expert and LinkedIn global spokesperson, shares insider knowledge for young job seekers about how to navigate life after college. 

Getting stuck in traffic is the worst but you can always make the best of it. While it can be a huge drain on your time, you can always use it to your advantage and turn it into an opportunity to explore new interests. How do you keep yourself busy when you’re stuck in traffic? Share it in the comments below!

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