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.
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.
A little hint: many of the books that successful entrepreneurs read aren’t that long, so you can knock them out in a few breaks (or less!).
So, what exactly should you be reading? There’s a lot out there, so Fundera compiled the best business books available for you:
The 18 Best Business Books To Read During Your Lunch Break
If any of the books interest you, you can find a link to the books below (the links are affiliate links and I will be paid a commission if you click on them). I hope you find one or two books you might enjoy.
- The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry
- Zero To One: Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future by Peter Thiel
- The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
- Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die by Chip Heath
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win by Jeff Haden
- Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead Of Big by Bo Burlingham
- Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path To Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan
- Data-Driven Marketing: The 15 Metrics Everyone In Marketing Should Know by Mark Jeffery
- Profit First: Transform Your Business From A Cash-Eating Monster To A Money-Making Machine by Peter Thiel
- Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- Keys To The Vault: Lessons From The Pros On Raising Money And Igniting Your Business by Keith J. Cunningham
- Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by Renee Mauborgne
- The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide To Getting The Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker
- Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
- The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
- Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
- Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
My TOP picks would be Start With Why, Good To Great, The Accidental Creative, and Made To Stick.