Personal and Career Development Books

Reading can be a powerful tool for your personal and career development. Utilise the knowledge, wisdom from successful authors to break a bad habit, learn you are capable, or even recognise that everyone makes the same mistakes, it's how you develop from them that matters. 


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich - Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss discusses how you can reduce your workload whilst improving results, taking more time to do what matters to you by using the 80/20 principle. If you're wanting to cut your hours, find more time for vacation this is a great book for you. 


Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong - Jessica Bacal

Ideal for millenials just starting their careers, for women seeking to advance at work, or for anyone grappling with issues of perfectionism, Mistakes I Made at Work features fascinating and surprising anecdotes, as well as tips for readers.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen Covey

This book was written over 35 years ago, however, it is still used by CEO's and successful people everywhere. Covering habits at work and home, it is a powerful tool to understand what it takes to be successful. 


How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time. Develop your people skills, unlock doors you never thought you could and smash fundraising goals. 


The Power of Your Subconscious Mind Deluxe Edition - Joseph Murphy

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, one of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, teaches how to dramatically alter your life by changing your thoughts. Nonprofit work can be difficult, getting into a negative spiral is easy, learn how to change that. 


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.


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It's Friday and time for a roundup of the best non profit jobs in Los Angeles this week.   1.  Development Director, American Lung Association The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a  Development Director  to join our incredible team in California.   2. Associate Director of Grants, PATH - Los Angeles The Associate Director is responsible for achieving specific grant and revenue goals. Activities include research, drafting, proofreading, submitting, and tracking proposals; managing grants calendar; and support reporting requirements. The Associate Director will also assist with additional development activities as needed. 3. Director of Finance / Chief Financial Officer (CFO), UCLA - Los Angeles The Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for the School of Public Health at UCLA is a great senior role within a prestigious facility.  Salary: $6,667 - $13,166 a month.    4. Financial Analyst, LGBT Centre - Los Angeles   Financial analyst at the LGBT centre in central Hollywood. This role will help the nonprofit become an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world, a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
Graduate school is on the career development plan for many people. However, it is important to assess your options and the reasons for wanting to go to graduate school. The reason? Graduate school does not come cheap! Among the best reasons to go to graduate school are: It is necessary for your desired professional field such as healthcare, law, teaching and social work It can enhance your career through income earning potential and senior roles It can enhance your professional prospects, whether you are switching careers or simply want greater flexibility and options But, think about why you are going. Are you just avoiding a problem? Whether the problem is professional (you can’t find a job or don’t like the one you have) or personal (you don’t know what to do with your life or are facing financial difficulties), the amount of money and time required to finish graduate school won't change your circumstances overnight and can have negative consequences, not least because of the debt.  The main thing to recognise with graduate schools is that there are costs as well as benefits. Analyse them, find out if it is necessary for the role you desire and don't rush into anything. There are plenty of cheap and free tools online to enhance your development. 
Every student in the Los Angeles, Inglewood and Moreno Valley Unified school districts will be receiving a free backpack, just in time for the start of the school year. The L.A. Clippers and their newly-signed superstar Kawhi Leonard announced Tuesday morning that they will be donating one million backpacks. The news was delivered during an event at Leonard’s alma mater, Cloverdale Elementary School. “My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court,” Leonard said in a statement. “This felt like the right way to get started. It was important to me to make this announcement in my hometown of Moreno Valley at my former Elementary School, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.” “For eight years, we’ve been providing basic essentials to lower-income children in Los Angeles and around the country,” Weinstein said. “The children in our program, the school-age children, it’s backpacks that they struggle with.” Since their inception, Baby2Baby has provided 70 million items to impoverished children, including diapers, shoes and school uniforms.  
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