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    13 Books For Everyone Who Is Searching For A Career They Actually Love

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    All of us, usually on a Monday morning, have fantasised about a job other than the one we have.

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    Note to editor: Except for me, of course.

    But when you weigh up quitting against the ability to afford, you know, life — jumping ship suddenly doesn't seem so appealing.

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    So to satisfy your ~intellectual curiosity~, these 13 books will give you a good insight into what a change of career could look like — without the risk of going broke.

    1. For the chefs — Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

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    This book was one of the first memoirs chefs actually agreed was an accurate representation of life working in a fine dining restaurant. Insane sleeping habits, seemingly impossible standards of perfection — read this book for a true account of the life of a professional chef.

    PRICE: $14.50 for the paperback edition.

    2. For the engineers — The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.

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    This best-selling manual reflects on the relationship between excellent design and cognitive psychology. Whether it be cars, computers or doors, this book teaches would-be engineers and designers the importance of putting the user first.

    PRICE: $29.21 for the paperback edition.

    3. For the writers — The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy.

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    This memoir by The New Yorker writer, Ariel Levy, is about loss, what happens when your plans fall apart, and the challenge of starting again. It is in small part about the possible pitfalls of pursuing a life of professional writing — but it is more valuable to the aspiring writer for the sincerity and beauty of Levy's words.

    PRICE: $16.62 for the paperback edition.

    4. For the teachers — What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World by Taylor Mali.

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    Author, teacher and spoken word performer, Taylor Mali, was once asked — bloody rudely, if you ask me — "What does a teacher make?" He turned his response into a poem that was shared millions of times on social media — now expanded here as a tribute to teachers.

    PRICE: $22 for the paperback edition.

    Also, you can watch the original video here.

    5. For the comedians — Born Standing Up by Steve Martin.

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    Few comedians could ever dream of the kind of career that Steve Martin has built. The Emmy and Grammy winner is a film actor, a writer, a musician — but perhaps first and foremost, a stand-up comedian. Here, he writes about the focus, sacrifice and originality that made him an icon.

    PRICE: $17.47 for the paperback edition.

    6. For the medical professional — This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay.

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    Working as a junior doctor between 2004 and 2010, This Is Going To Hurt details Kay's experiences 'in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy.' This is a book for anyone choosing to pursue a life dedicated to saving the lives of others.

    PRICE: $14.99 for the paperback edition.

    7. For the entrepreneur — The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau.

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    This how-to guide is a collection of 50 case studies, all detailing successful businesses that started from a modest investment — in many cases, $100 or less. Guillebeau outlines the exact strategies, mistakes and insights that contribute to successful start-ups.

    PRICE: $14.97 for the paperback edition.

    8. For the Jordan Belfort-wannabe — The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.

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    A commentary on wealth, class, race, and perhaps most of all, ambition — call it The Wolf of Wall Street of the '80s, if you will.

    PRICE: $14.03 for the paperback edition.

    9. For the child-rearers — We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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    Chances are you've at least heard an excerpt of Adichie's speech-turned-essay, as her voice is sampled in Beyonce's "Flawless". The entire essay is worth reading though, especially if you are a parent. Adichie stresses the importance of raising girls and boys with the same goal of authenticity, outside of gender expectations — and honestly, what job is more important than that?

    PRICE: $7.86 for the paperback edition.

    10. For the retail assistants, who have more patience than the rest of us — Pretending You Care: The Retail Employee Handbook by Norm Feuti.

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    Most of us, at one time or another, have worked in the retail industry — and so we are aware of just how thankless that gig can be. Feuti has written a guide that walks you through how to handle irrational customers and how to fake product knowledge, all the while making you laugh.

    PRICE: $55.23 for the paperback edition.

    11. For the musician — How Music Works by David Byrne.

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    A series of essays, this book discusses everything from the history of recorded sound to the business of distributing music — all through the eyes of the infamous Talking Heads frontman.

    PRICE: $24.36 for the paperback edition.

    12. For the data analyst — Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

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    Including answers for why Asians are better at maths, why the Beatles became worldwide phenomenons, and just why Bill Gates is, well Bill Gates, this book is an interesting read for anyone who loves to approach any question by pulling out a spreadsheet.

    PRICE: $14.53 for the paperback edition.

    13. And finally, for the law enforcement officers — If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street by Brian Willis.

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    A collection of true stories that span half a century, this book was written by real cops with the intent of sharing both the humourous and painful reality of a life enforcing the law.

    PRICE: $10.19 for the Kindle edition.