Page turners: Improve your career aptitude with these noteworthy books

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As 2018 begins, it’s time to open yourself up to new ideas and strategies. While not all job-related lessons can come from the pages of a book, there’s a lot of great information available to those who are willing to put in a little time and effort. We’ve compiled a reading list of recent books that may help you assess your current reality and see your career potential in a new light.

“Principles: Life and Work” by Ray Dalio (Simon & Schuster, $30)

If there was an “it” book for businesses or careers in 2017, it was Ray Dalio’s “Principles.” The book, weighing in at nearly 600 pages, begins with the author’s own story, including the rise of Bridgewater Associates, Dalio’s highly successful investment firm. Part memoir, part strategic plan, Dalio uses his own history to provide suggestions on attaining success while always stressing the power of individuality and personal goals. This isn’t just a book for the power elite. Dalio’s highly detailed game plan focuses on what he calls “radical” truths and transparencies, and are applicable to the careers of powerful CEOs, ladder-climbing executives, longtime grunts and fresh-faced rookies.    book for businesses