Here at BT, we encourage our people to grab every opportunity for professional betterment they can with both hands. But with so many new learning resources available to us these days (and many of them now digitised) - we can sometimes forget about those old relics known as books…. In recent years there’s been a tonne of amazing career orientated books published - all designed to inspire, motivate and have you paving yourself a way to both personal and professional success.

With so much choice though, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. To give you a steer, our team have rounded up their pick of the best reads when it comes to helping you on your way to professional and personal greatness in 2019…

1. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be is a handbook of how to navigate and succeed in the working world. Think of it as a pocket bible for those who want their talent to make amazing things happen. Top advertising and marketing guru, Paul Arden, offers up his wisdom on issues including problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating with others, making mistakes and all round pointers for thriving in the modern workplace.

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In’s author, Sheryl Sandberg, is a Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business. This book is jam packed full of super helpful career insights, and draws on her amazing experiences of working in some of the world's most successful businesses. She particularly focuses on women in the workplace, and the small changes they can put in place to feel more empowered.

3. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World – Tim Ferris

This really is the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book. Tribe of Mentors is a compilation of tools, tactics, and helpful habits from over 130 of the world's top public figures. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors - their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results and learn how to apply them to your life and career.

4. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Millions of people around the world claim to have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In this book he offers practical advice and techniques, for how to get out of a mental rut and make your life and career more rewarding. His advice promises to: persuade people to trust their own instincts, enable you to win new clients and customers, become a better speaker and boost the morale of your team!

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a clear plan when it comes to solving life’s everyday dilemmas. His clever insights reveal a step-by-step pathway for living a life that feels more secure – both in our personal and professional worlds. He also speaks about the power of saying ‘yes’ and taking advantage of golden opportunities, without fear, as they come along in your career.

So there you have it - our must-read list! To celebrate World Book Day, why not head down to your local library or coffee shop and get your head into one of these? We think you’ll certainly learn a thing or two…

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