Ask Jeremy: Response to Reader in Brazil About Professional Development

by on January 2nd, 2013

In a recent question, Manuel, from Brazil asked me about sources of professional development. Specifically, he wanted to know if I recommend any inspirational or personal development books.

See below for the question and below that for my video response.

Subject: Professional Development

Message Body:

Hi Jeremy

My name is Manuel. I wanted to thank you for all the work put into his blog. I just watched one of your last videos where you briefly talked about mission and goals in life. I have been thinking a lot about this for a few years now and Wanted to ask you about your personal and professional development experience. What other sources of development did you use besides having mentors throughout college? Do you have inspirational and personal development books that you recommend?

Thank you so much

Manuel Cardenas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Structure of my response

Not enough people think about professional development.

“To become a great leader, first you have to learn to lead yourself. To lead yourself you have to know yourself.” – Harry Kramer

Three things: Mentors, Tips, Books.

  1. Mentors are critical. Not only helps the mentee, but also helps you and the community at large.
  2. Tips: A) Put yourself in tough situations. B) Think about leaders / thinkers you admire.
  3. Books

A) Thinkers I admire: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Cory Booker, President Obama

B) Books (highlight top 5): Leadership Lessons from the White House Fellows, Never Eat Alone, Whos Got Your Back, Steve Jobs biography, Audacity of Hope, Purple Cow, The Dip, Not without Hope, The Power of One,  Start With Why, The Lean Startup, Strengths Finder 2.0, The Leader who Had No Title, Primal Leadership (or anything by that author), Blink, Outliers, From Values to Action

C) Seth Godin 2012 recommendations

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