Welcome to What We’re Reading. Each month, we’ll curate a list of books—from perennial classics to new releases—chat with authors, and review titles with the hope of co-creating a community of well-read makers. Discussions around work, creativity, and entrepreneurship are constantly evolving; here, we aim to create a space for different ideas and approaches to be in conversation with one another. Whether you’re already an avid reader or wish you read more, we hope you’ll feel inspired to read along with us.
This month, we’re reading three books about late blooming, resetting, and risk-taking. Each title interrogates—and redefines—what it means to thrive in one’s professional life, challenging us to reconsider what work and success can look like.
There’s a long-accepted myth that we all have to find that one thing we’re good at, be recognized for our talents early, and work tirelessly until we retire. These ideas are constantly perpetuated across media, in films, books, and television shows. It’s really no wonder that most of us believe them.
But what if we reconsidered what it meant to find ‘the right path’? And what if that path isn’t actually a straight shot?
The modern economic system profits off of our belief that we should specialize in one thing. On top of this, many of us think that if we don’t ‘make it big’ before our thirties, there’s something wrong. It’s the same reason why many of us hear whispers that suggest it’s best to stay put in a stable job or career path—even if it bores us to tears.
Whether in a traditional workplace or the entrepreneurial space, there is often a deep-rooted fear that if success does not materialize by a certain point, it might not happen at all. But in reality, most people have to try several different things and take a lot of risks before finding something that clicks.
If you've ever felt like you’re behind the rest or can’t seem to find a sustainable career path, profitable business idea, or creative practice that you can stick to and want clarity around what you’re meant to be doing, then look no further.
These three books take a close look at our world’s obsession with early success, relentless work, and hyperspecialization and shed much-needed light on how to free ourselves from these limiting beliefs. Reading them helped me to see things differently, and I hope they will inspire you to rethink your own path, too.