These books are not really about engineering but rather productivity and success stories and would still be useful to many people, including young engineers, going to college and maybe even just thinking of a career in engineering. Study now, so you don’t have to worry later!
1. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A definite must-read on the list! This book would be helpful to any type of professionals and students, giving tips on how to improve your soft skills and communicate with people better.
2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Another best-seller – another must-read! The author gives priceless advice on how to become more successful and productive in life.
3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen
If you feel that you can’t make yourself do anything and you are dreading that moment you need to get out of bed and actually do things, then this book is for you! David Allen, the founder of the GTD system, describes the basic overall structure of a workflow. Adapt this system to your own needs and become more productive! Remember – baby steps!
4. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams
This is more of a fun-type book on this list. Do not take the title literally – you shouldn’t just stop trying and fail and then expect something to happen. It all takes some kind of work. But Scott Adams, the founder of Dilbert, illustrates with his own real-life examples how you should never give up and still thrive.
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5. The Making of An Expert Engineer by James Trevelyan
Read this if you are an engineering student or even if you’ve been in the profession for 10 years. James Trevelyan explains what engineers do on a daily basis, what skills are vital to possess and how you can become better at what you do.
6. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most it Now by Meg Jay
This book would be of a particular interest to students who are currently in their 20s. Why are the 20s the defining decade of your life? How not to waste any time and not to look back on your life when you turn 30 and regret things? All these questions are answered by Meg Jay in her best-selling book.
7. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
You might be thinking – how is the morning relevant to your job in any way? Well, Hal Elrod argues that mornings are the most important time period in the whole day. If you start your day right the rest will flow in!
8. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Again, don’t think that if this book doesn’t have the word ‘engineering’ in the title, it won’t be relevant to you. Engineers are arguably more creative than even journalists and artists because the vital part of engineering work is creating new things! Can’t argue with that, can you? Read this book to know how to unleash your creativity to its fullest potential!
9. It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
If you want to thrive in life, get a job of your dreams and sprint up the career ladder, then this book should definitely be on your must-read list! Paul Arden gives advice on how to communicate with others, learn from mistakes, acquire problem-solving skills and much more.
10. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
No, this book is not just about eating out with friends but rather a whole thrive-to-success bible. Keith Ferrazzi emphasizes the importance of relationships in the world of business and money and how you can create and use those valuable connections in your life.
Written by Daria Sergeeva