How to achieve greatness in your work and life by Mildred Talabi

If you plan to change careers or take your work ambitions to a new level in 2015, then take note of these tips provided by careers specialist and author, Mildred Talabi

If you want to succeed in your career – and in life in general – it’s a good idea to pay close attention to what you read, watch and listen to.

Many of the most successful people in the world got to where they are by reading, watching and listening to things that fed the greatness that lay within them (and that lies within every single one of us).

This same success principle also applies in employment. In my new book, The Science of Successful Job Hunting, I interviewed a jobseeker on how he survived six long years of unemployment, and here’s what he had to say:

“One of the [things] that kept me focused was an audio series called ‘Job Domination’ by Dani Johnson, which I would listen to over and over again. This kept me positive when I felt like giving up and couldn’t see any alternatives.”

I heard this same sentiment echoed in another jobseeker I also interviewed:

“Staying positive over a tough and long job search is really hard. Two of the big things that really helped me was working out and reading a lot of books. I probably read 15 books during that time – non-fiction, biographies…other people’s stories. It gave me the advantage of a perspective – learning how people progressed from where they started to where they wanted to be.”

If you want to be great, you must read, watch and listen. When you read, watch and listen to inspirational and motivational teaching material, you make the greatest investment you can make in life, which is an investment into yourself.

Five benefits of reading, watching and listening

Reading, watching and listening to positive things has many benefits, including:

  1. It exposes you to new ways of thinking and doing things
  2. It aids your knowledge and understanding in areas of lack
  3. It improves your communication and the quality of your interactions with other people
  4. It boosts your imagination and inspires your creativity
  5. It helps you to become a better version of you!

If you’re now thinking there might be something in this after all, but you don’t quite know where to start, here are 10 books I personally recommend for boosting your work and personal life:

10 books to read

  • The Bible – the most life-changing Book ever, and the best place to start.
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson – a great little book about dealing with change in your work and life.
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – an essential read, even if you have no interest in growing rich (which, by the way, you should for the greater good of society!).
  • The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles – offers a great foundation on how to think yourself to success, whether financially or otherwise.
  • Focal Point by Brian Tracy – “a proven system to simplify your life, double your productivity, and achieve all your goals”, as the subtitle says.
  • An Enemy Called Average by John L Mason – a great explanation of why we were not created to be average, and how to overcome ‘averageness’ in your life.
  • The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman – teaches you how to learn anything quickly!
  • Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath – an incredibly useful book which helps to identify your strengths.
  • What Colour is Your Parachute? by Richard N Bolles – the ultimate timeless manual for jobseekers and career changers everywhere, now in its 40th
  • 7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results by Mildred Talabi – the only CV writing book you’ll ever need!

In addition to books, you can also find lots of free teaching videos on YouTube, from inspirational people like Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Les Brown and Tony Robbins, and you can download free audiobooks of classics in the public domain from the awesome little-known site, LibriVox ( Buy audible credits

If you make a commitment to yourself to read, watch and listen to positive and inspirational things this New Year, you’ll find that 2015 will be the year of your greatness in work and life!

This article is an edited extract from Mildred Talabi’s new book, The Science of Successful Job Hunting, out now on general release. To download a free sample chapter, go to

Mildred Talabi is an award-winning UK-based careers blogger, speaker and writer with over eight years’ experience in the industry. For more information and to contact Mildred, visit

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