10 Must-Read Books That Will Boost Your Career

Ten books for professionals, not just in healthcare, who want to increase their chances of a successful career

Navigating the health care world can be extremely challenging also for very experienced and seasoned professionals. The breadth of skills required for mastering your career in this field is impressively wide. Even though ‘hands on’ experience is by far the single most important way to build a robust expertise, there are books that can provide you with precious advices and techniques that would otherwise require years of daily struggle to acquire.

Reading requires time but to find some motivation you can keep in mind that the average American read 4 books per year and 26% of the population don’t read at all. In other words, reading just one book on self-development, can give you a huge competitive advantage for your career.

Just one caveat: this list is based on my personal tastes only. I tried to rank them according the the benefit they brought to me as a physician and pharmaceutical professional. I believe these same books can be a great stating point also for people in other industries as almost all of them are completely field-agnostic.

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

by Chris Bailey – 2016

This is a great starting point if you want to improve your productivity. When we think of productivity we usually believe it is a way to get more things done. But we all know achieving our goals it is not all about working harder but rather on working smarter. Chris Bailey with his book will guide you on prioritizing your professional and personal life in order to accomplish more and be more successful.


 How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

by Leil Lowndes – 2003

Been able to talk to anyone is definitely a crucial skills for every health care professional. Effettive communication with patients, convincing sales interactions with customers, been good influencers within your organization, are all examples of the importance of reeding a book on communication. And the benefit extends beyond the business sphere also to social, and romantic relationships.


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

by  Peter Thiel – 2014
Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. This is the simple but extremely powerful concept behind this book. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and many other successful companies, tells you what it takes to be a great innovator.



Emotional Intelligence 2.0

by Travis Bradberry – 2009

Emotional Intelligence EQ as opposed to IQ is a well established ingredient of professional success. This book by Travis Bradberry has the ultimate purpose of increasing your EQ. It is not going to happen overnight and it will actually require a lot of time and energy spent in practicing few important techniques but the book will provide you with all the tools you need.


The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

by Josh Kaufman – 2010

If you already hold an MBA you can definitely skip this one. However if you have, like me, a scientific background and want to get a sense of the very basics of an MBA program this book by Josh Kaufman can be a great starting point. Obviously it will not replace by any means a full MBA program but it will provide you with key insights on finance, marketing, sales, etc at a fraction of the cost.


Principles: Life and Work

by Ray Dalio – 2017

The Author is the founder of the investment firm, Bridgewater Associates that grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career.


Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant – 2016

In this book Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.



The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

 by Scott Galloway – 2017

The book is obviously about the four most influential companies in the world: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. There is a lot to learn from the stories of these companies and how they managed to infiltrate our lives so completely that they are almost impossible to avoid.


The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

by Gary Keller – 2013

The idea of the book is very simple: you want less. By focusing your energy on one thing at a time you are living more rewarding life by building your career, strengthening your finances, and nurturing stronger marriage and personal relationships.



Steve Jobs

by Walter Isaacson – 2011

One of my favorite non-fiction books. Simply the story of one of the most inspiring figures of the century.  An absolute must-read!

10 Must-Read Books That Will Boost Your Career last edit: 2018-02-18T16:07:11+00:00 da Luca

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