The average American reads four books a year. Successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates read 50. The fact is, reading is a fundamental part of your growth as an entrepreneur or workplace professional. Not only does decrease stress; it also keeps you mentally sharp and teaches you things you’d never learn otherwise.
The problem for many of us is that we are so absorbed in our routines that we seldom find the time to give reading that much attention. Unfortunately, if you’re already pressed for time, then your schedule probably won’t let up anytime soon.
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The good news is that you don’t have to make any significant changes. To fit reading into your schedule, all you really need to do is take advantage of the gaps in your day. For instance, your lunch break. Rather than socializing each time you have lunch, take three of those breaks a week and devote the time to reading. Read more...
Epic stories that span the length of time. Space operas telling the story of a battle never won. Fantasy lands brought to life in vivid color through the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fiction writers.
There’s a magic behind fiction books. One that draws readers into a story deeper than themselves. One that helps readers to remember and understand the story better than any non-fiction book will ever do.
I still remember the stories I read as a child. Peter Cottontail, the various Star Wars novels, the Tortoise and the Hare. These novels and fables told a story that engaged my imagination and helped me live in another world.
They also did something else. According to research, reading fiction books transforms the readers. Not only do they get taken to far away worlds, readers become something new. Read more...
Harry S. Truman is known for a great quote about leadership. Truman said “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
Looking at the people I’ve followed throughout my lifetime, I’ve discovered this to be true. Leaders are readers. They know they need to be consuming the thoughts of others so they can expand their influence.
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With this in mind, I’ve cultivated a habit of reading over the years. I try to read as much as possible so I can comprehend what other leaders are thinking.
Reading is one of the easiest ways to get into the minds of the greats. They’ve recorded their thoughts for all of us to read.
Who wouldn’t want to pick up a book and glean the insights from those who have gone before us? That’s why reading is so vital to a leader. Read more...
Reading is key to staying ahead of the curve as a leader. With reading, you’re able to stay up to date on the latest trends, discover old classics, and find enjoyment.
I’ve found all of that and more as I’ve expanded my reading library. There’s been must-read fiction books that I’ve devoured. And business books that have given me new insights.
With the new year just kicking into gear, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my list of books you should add to your reading list this year.
Remember, with just a little effort every day, you can fly through books. Reading as little as 10 pages a day (Approximately 10 minutes), you can finish an average 200 page book in 20 days. That means you can finish all twelve of these recommended books by the end of the year. Read more...