Wednesday, June 7, 2017

4 Books to Read When You Have No Idea What You're Doing With Your Life

I'm so jealous of the people who graduate college and immediately know what they're going to do next. I definitely thought I was one of those people coming into college, but as the years went on (AKA 6 weeks away from graduation) I realized that I had no idea what direction I wanted to go. Luckily, I majored in a pretty versatile subject (broadcast journalism for those curious!) and once you learn how to communicate effectively, you can pretty much do anything with it... but was it really what I wanted to do?

I spent a lot of my first few weeks (ok, months) after graduation trying to figure out my life. And even after two internships, I still have no idea what I'm doing. Here are four books I've read recently that have helped me narrow it down/realize it's ok to have no clue what's coming next.





The One Thing // This book is all about prioritization! If you're like me, you have a thousand things to do and about a million passions you want to follow. The unfortunate reality is that we can't do it all. This book explores different methods of prioritizing tasks so that we can focus on the one thing that will make our lives better and more productive.

You Are A Badass // So this book has been popular for a while, but I've been having a hard time sitting down and finishing it. I think it's a great book and resource for people, I just haven't found the time. (Also I feel a little weird reading a self-help book when my life is perfectly fine/I'm generally pretty happy. Anyone else feel that way?) When I got this book, I had just hit 60 job applications... and 60 non-responses/rejections. I literally felt so crappy and like I wasn't good enough! This book was great for reminding me that I rock, and funnily enough, the week after I bought the book I got an internship at a great company. Kind of silly how that all works out, yeah?

20 Minute Networking Meeting // This one isn't as fun, but it's definitely a great resource. The book basically talks about how to effectively network. (Duh.) Many people don't realize that their networking habits are actually really bad! Like going to a meeting with a friend of a friend, and not writing a single name or suggestion down. Or taking up too much time without having a clear goal going into the meeting. I found this book really interesting as someone looking for a full-time job, and as someone who is open to changing career paths. (Because I don't even have a career yet.)

Strengths Finder // If you haven't taken the strength finder yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!! Not only is it a great answer to the question "What are your greatest strengths?" but it's so insightful. It's one of those things that will make you say "wow, I've never felt so understood!" My five strengths are input, learner, strategic, activator and significance.

Another phenomenal resource that I can't recommend enough is 16 Personalities. It's a (free!) version of the Myers-Briggs test, and if you think Strength Finder understands you... this will blow your mind. I was chatting with a friend about how I was feeling lost and like I was struggling finding my place in the world before I took the test, and my results literally outlined our exact conversation about that. it was almost creepy. I'm INFJ (the Advocate/the rarest personality type) if anyone was curious. I'd love to know your type too!

Have you read any of these books? Are there any that really helped you?

25 comments :

  1. Just bought the strength finder! Thank you so much for this list, I needed something like this!

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  2. Oooh the networking book sounds very useful! I've been reading lots lately so I'll look into these!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. That book is so helpful for any career!

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  3. Great list! I found that knowing my personality type helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, which helped me decide on what to do with my life! I'm an ISFJ! It's so crazy how perfectly the descriptions pinpoint you!

    Carrie | http://carrieeliseandkho.com/

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    1. Mine changed in college, but I didn't retake it until recently! I think I would have changed my major had I known!

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  4. Strengths finder is a must read!!! Love that you included it!

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  5. Strengths Finder is a good one- it's always interesting! Love taking personality tests too, they're usually so on point. Great post!

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    1. I definitely need to take strengths finder again, I haven't taken it since my freshman year of college! Thanks for reading :)

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  6. Today was one of those days for me so this sounds like JUST what I need

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    1. Ahh I'm so glad to hear it - I hope these books help!

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  7. I want to read all of these! Adding them to my list now.

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  8. I've heard so many great things about You Are A Badass, but I still haven't read. Maybe this is a sign that I need to check it out!

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  9. You Are a Badass is on my list! Can't wait to check out the other books too.

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  10. I really loved You Are a Badass a lot more than I thought I would. I also struggled to pick it up for some reason, but when I finally did, I found it was totally worth it. I found that it really improved my confidence in myself. Great list!

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    1. I'm hoping that's how I'll feel! I think I'm about 1/4 into the book, but I just bought another one that I haven't been able to put down. Maybe after that I'll get back into it!

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  11. NEED to read the networking one- it's so super important and I feel like it would be v helpful! thanks for this tips gal x

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  12. They all sound great! I've been meaning to read 'You are a badass' for a while now.

    -Alix

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  13. I should probably finish reading I am a badass haha

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  14. I need to check out Strength Finder - it sounds really cool and helpful. And I have the same thing as you with You Are A Badass - I find it weird to read stuff meant to lift me up when I already feel great, I just lack a direction you know? But I had the same annoyance with job applications as well, so it would have been great to read when I was in the dumps over it!

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  15. I love this! I have to add them to my summer reading list - I read You Are a Badass last year and LOVED it!

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  16. The only book I've heard of on this list is 'You are a Badass,' so I definitely want to look into the other ones. I'm 27, and I'm still lost. I think we all can use a little direction sometimes though, no matter what age we are. Also, I'm so happy you included the Meyers-Briggs test. I have my friends take it all the time so I can learn about them. It's really helpful in relationships and friendships and learning why people react a certain way in different situations. It was also super helpful in helping me learn so, so much about myself. I would also recommend taking the Ennegram test! It's super awesome. I have a post with other tests to take to: http://www.endlessblissblog.com/2016/04/5-tests-take-get-know.html

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  17. The One Things sounds like it was written for me. Right now! I'm over inspired and there are so many things I want to do, experience and share. Thanks for the rec. Have a beautiful day!

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  18. Totally need to finish the You Are a Badass book! I have a couple of pages left!

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  19. Yum! I want to try and make the basil lemonade!! I love basil so much!

    Xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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