Any new grad wants to be a success.
When it comes to financial success, tackling student debt might take priority. But then there’s securing a job, earning an income, and setting up a plan to make good choices with the money you have today and tomorrow.
To keep you on track and inspired, Business Insider worked with Amazon to put together the 15 best-sellers for new college graduates on becoming financially successful.
'Get a Financial Life,' by Beth Kobliner
In this book, Beth Kobliner offers advice for people who don't know where to start on everything from paying off credit cards, to taking advantage of tax rules, to finding smart investments.
'StrengthsFinder 2.0,' by Tom Rath
Uncover your skills and talents through the 'StrengthsFinder 2.0' assessment introduced by author Tom Rath.
This read uses an assessment to help you discover your top five talents and offers tips and strategies to apply those strengths -- perfect for new grads who need some guidance finding a career or job.
'Business Adventures,' by John Brooks
This collection of New Yorker articles is a 1969 finance classic that Bill Gates calls his favourite business book.
With stories such as the market crash in 1962, the rapid growth of a company known as Xerox, the failure of the Ford Edsel, which was supposed to be the car of 1958, new graduates can gain a better understanding of and preparation for the business world.
'Getting Things Done,' by David Allen
With so many bad habits that could be sabotaging our productivity, it's hard to really know where or how to get started.
David Allen, a productivity guru who engineered the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and helped millions with their productivity, offers his advice on mastering tasks such as time management, goal assessment, and project planning.
'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' by Stephen R. Covey
Being effective is not going to happen overnight. Instead, according to Stephen Covey, it takes habitual practice and lots of changes.
In his book, Covey writes about a 'paradigm shift' that needs to take place before you can adopt the seven habits of being effective. The shift will change your perception and interpretation of how the world works -- which is probably much needed after four years of college.
'The Power of Habit,' by Charles Duhigg
Graduating college hopefully means leaving your worst habits behind.
In this book, business journalist Charles Duhigg shares the science to why habits form and how they can be changed, as well as insight into how to develop new productive habits that could improve your life and career.
'Big Magic,' by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this book, journalist and author Elizabeth Gilbert -- best known for her 2006 memoir 'Eat, Pray, Love' -- shares her insights and experiences on living a creative life.
No matter what it is you do, she instructs readers to question creativity beyond their comfort level and encourages self-searching for 'hidden jewels' of creative abilities.
'Choose Yourself!' by James Altucher
'Choose Yourself addresses how best to think about one's self and expectations before entering a world that's not as financially secure as it once was,' writes Chris Schluep, one of Amazon's editors.
In this book, James Altucher guides you through the steps for creating and building a personal brand to advance your career and reach your goals.
'The Intelligent Investor,' by Benjamin Graham
Graham, known as the father of value investing to those on Wall Street, introduced the philosophy of 'value investing' along with other teachings that even Warren Buffet hsa applauded in 'The Intelligent Investor.'
In this revised copy, journalist Jason Zweig draws parallels and gives examples to prove that Graham's philosophies, ideas, and advice are timeless and still apply to the present-day market.
'The Total Money Makeover,' by Dave Ramsey
In this book, financial author and radio host Dave Ramsey explains that to change the future of your finances, you have to get to the bottom of your money problems: you.
To do it, he explains how to create a plan to pay off your debt, how to steer clear of some of the most damaging money myths, and build up your savings for the future.
'Your Money or Your Life,' by Vicki Robin
Vicki Robin insists that while many people might define success by the money they make, in reality, it's overall fulfillment that makes us successful.
She explains that the lack of direction in life could be why many people are unsuccessful and offers tips on how to gain control of money, to live life rather than just make a living.
'How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any,' by Erik Wecks
With firsthand stories and everyday references, this book gives a realistic look into gaining wealth and not just managing it. It's for readers of different income levels, starting with those living paycheck to paycheck and those struggling to make ends meet.
'The Gifts of Imperfection,' by Brené Brown
In this book, author Brené Brown provides 10 guideposts to help readers tackle emotions that could be getting in the way of their success.
'Brené Brown teaches how to get out of your own way in life: The secret is to have the courage to be vulnerable,' Schluep writes.
'Born for This,' by Chris Guillebeau
In this book, Chris Guillebeau provides guidance to help find your 'perfect' job -- one where you will be able to contribute the most.
'If you believe there's a perfect job out there, but you're not sure what it is, this book will set you on the journey to finding it,' Schluep writes.
'Lean In,' by Sheryl Sandberg
Written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, 'Lean In,' was a national best-seller that created a frenzy of commentary and opinions and sparked a movement.
Sandberg's book places the responsibility for career advancement square on women's shoulders by sharing her own decisions, mistakes, and struggles along the way to become one of the most influential women in business.
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