The Career and Money Advice We’re Taking Right Now
The Career and Money Advice
We’re Taking Right Now
We like a career or money book to be generous. To deliver wise, confident advice that is versatile, adaptable to our lives. In essence: We want it not to prescribe but rather to give us tools that we can use in ways that work for us. These four do just that. They’re insightful, encouraging, and refreshingly unique.
Career advice can be stressful. It can be rife with shoulds and esoteric tips for following in the footsteps of “successful” executives. As well-intentioned as it may be, most career advice can seem like a brick wall against which we break ourselves—and fail. That’s not the case with the insight offered by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The Stanford professors and authors of the new book Designing Your Work Life take a more holistic (and, quite frankly, refreshing) approach. Our careers are as individual as our DNA, and it’s up to us to optimize our own experiences. So how do you do this? By adopting a “design-thinking mind-set” to create something entirely new that works for you. (Evans shares some of this brilliant insight on The goop Podcast, where he talks about using these skills to create a better life.) With their stories, examples, and generous approach, Burnett and Evans are never rigid and always enlightening.
It’s uncomplicated and effective: Learn the basics of money through clear, easy-to-understand illustrations. This is how Tina Hay broke down the topic for herself. As a business school student, she found all the financial jargon to be convoluted and cryptic. (We’re right there with her.) So Hay, a visual person, started to sketch the topics on a napkin. The drawings helped her digest the concepts and eventually became the springboard for her financial literacy company, Napkin Finance, and her new book of the same name. The pages are filled with simple drawings that unlock the essence of how, say, budgeting, emergency funds, investing, and retirement work. More in-depth but just as digestible written explanations complement each picture, making this a handy, smart, quick read to keep on your shelf for whenever you need finance intel.
Have you listened to Planet Money, the NPR podcast about the economy and finance? If not, please stop reading and download it now. (Or better yet, stay here and make a note to listen after.) The conversations are casual, approachable—as if you’re talking about unemployment rates and Brexit with friends over lunch. That’s in part thanks to its smart cofounders, one of whom is Adam Davidson. A longtime journalist, notably for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harper’s, Davidson covers business and economics in tangible, engaging ways. He brings his nearly three decades of experience to his new book, The Passion Economy. It’s an eye-opening and encouraging read. Business can be driven by passion, writes Davidson, and it’s more possible today, perhaps, than ever before. He gives examples of people who turned their genuine interest and zeal into successful companies. With “a shift of perspective, and a bit of hard work,” he writes, “a meaningful marriage of passion and business can be forged.” The Passion Economy is a rallying cry for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur and make a positive impact.
“Artists are not taught to be businesspeople,” writes Aaron P. Dworkin. In fact, “many artists think ‘entrepreneurship’ is a dirty word.” An arts educator, a performing artist, and an entrepreneur, Dworkin has lived this sentiment. And he’s overcome it. He founded the Sphinx Organization—a nonprofit that merges social justice, racial equality, and the arts—and grew it from a scrappy, one-man endeavor into a thriving, sustainable, world-renowned business. He did so with a blend of tenacity, creativity, and learned skills. Dworkin unveils this wisdom in his new book, The Entrepreneurial Artist, which he hopes will stand as both a guide and inspiration for any creative person who wants to achieve gratification and career success with their art. He opens with an honest, poignant account of his journey, then follows it with the stories of thirteen artists, each narrative offering its own wisdom and perspective on forging a creative-entrepreneurial path. Dworkin, who is an eloquent writer, pulls you in with each word, unlocking the truth about what it takes to be a thriving pioneer.
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