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Stepping into a new role in a new career can be scary. It doesn’t help that there’s a ton of conflicting sales and leadership advice out there, and finding the right ones that are appropriate for you could take ages!

That’s why the Bluemount team got together to recommend some of their favorite  books, which offer practical insights on leadership, management, as well as professional & personal development.

We didn’t simply stick with only traditional business reads though — instead we included fiction, psychological research, and even one on navigating through an extremist environment in 2019.

Each of these books will help prepare you to tackle the myriad challenges of leadership and growth in business and in life.

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Simon Sinek

Start with Why

“Start with Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.”

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

MindSet

“Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.”

Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist & Fury

“With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.”

Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends & Influence People

“Over 15 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books.”

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Sarah Knight

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

“Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k. This hilarious and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt – and give your f**ks to people and things that make you happy instead.”

Eric Tyson & Tony Levene

Investing for Dummies

“Want to take charge of your financial future? This national bestselling guide has been thoroughly updated to provide you with the latest insights into smart investing, from weighing your investment options (such as stocks, real estate, and small business) to understanding risks and returns, managing your portfolio, and much more.”

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Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

“Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k. This hilarious and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt – and give your f**ks to people and things that make you happy instead.”

Phillip Yancey

Where is God When it Hurts?

“In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain–physical, emotional, and spiritual–and helps us understand why we suffer.”

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Dave Asprey

Game Changers

“The bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet answers the question, “How can I kick more ass at life?” by culling the wisdom of world-class thought leaders, maverick scientists, and disruptive entrepreneurs to provide proven techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter.”

Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

“This self-improvement book illustrates the best ways to identify and change bad behaviors that are keeping you from living the life you want. Pick up this book as the first step on your road to improvement and feel empowered by the wisdom and inspiring stories of this New York Times bestseller.”

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Bella Thorne

Life of a Wannabe Mogul

“From singer and actress Thorne comes a collection of illuminating and inspiring poems chronicles her personal struggles, relationships, and wild-child lifestyle, all with her trademark wit and wisdom.”

Melody Beattie

The New Codependency

“Punctuated with Beattie’s renowned candor and intuitive wisdom, The New Codependency is an owner’s manual to learning to be who we are and gives us the tools necessary to reclaim our lives by renouncing unhealthy practices.”

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Eric G. Flamholtz / Yvonne Randle

The Inner Game of Management: How to Make the Transition to a Managerial Role

“Describes ten common ineffective styles of management and offers guidance on avoiding these styles and becoming psychologically ready to manage people”

What are your favorite life-changing books? Let us know in the comments below or on Social Media.

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