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“Me, Myself and I” by Brian Little

Human behaviour is complicated. One minute you think you know someone, and in a second, they can become someone completely different. It takes many us even a lifetime to figure out who we are, why we do and think in the ways we do, and sometimes, never really figuring out this spectacularly important puzzle. If we don’t understand ourselves, then how are we supposed to understand others, and truly take the time to appreciate their circumstance and emphathise with them in times of joy and crisis?

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“Subliminal” by Leonard Mlodinow

Working in international relations, we must remain open minded to all languages, cultures, customs and systems, particularly when it comes to negotiating and making decisions. Sometimes, this can be difficult as we all have certain viewpoints and upbringings that hinders us from understanding or grasping a situation in its fullest capacity.

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“Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown

A sense of belonging is something that is inherently important to us. Even if your ‘belonging’ means wanting to be left alone and forage in the forest, the likelihood of finding other people who think just like you is high. Your thought isn’t unique nor is your desire for success, belonging, wanting to feel safe and loved. We are all after something and we are bound to find others who want just the same thing as us.  

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“The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard

If you desire to work in international relations, then there is a pretty good chance that you have a pretty strong motivational driver. Its serves as our fuel to get up in the morning and trudge through difficult challenges. The drive that motivates you helps you to keep moving. Without motivation, our desire for action dries up and we end up quitting. Our efforts become stalled and our will becomes non-existent. Because when you know what your core motivation is for your career, you are able to establish whether you seek the role of diplomat, for example, for the right reason.

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“How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton Christensen

In a dog-to-dog world, sometimes it is hard not to be consumed by work. Getting your foot into an international relations career can be really demanding, giving up your free time to do free work and passionately pursuing your dreams until you have no more fuel to burn. Sometimes, chasing a dream can be relentless and once in that dream career, your desire to do other things may be sacrificed because you’re too busy at work.

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“You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

Before you start to craft your ideal career, your personal brand, understand who you want to help and why, start thinking about the obstacles that will eventually be in your way and how to power through these difficult roadblocks. You will need to have the right mindset to be able to lift boulders and keep focused, even at this early stage of your training.

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