Sadly, most business people don’t read as much as they should. There have been studies showing that successful CEOs read as many as three-four books per month.With 2017 coming, you have a great opportunity to make reading a New Year’s resolution.
Reading is the simplest and fastest way to grow smarter and more successful all on your own. Here is how reading at least two new books each month can help you on the path to success.
1. You will learn about yourself.
Self-exploration is a critical component of success. You have to understand the way you think and act in order to constantly improve. Books like Strengthfinders and 5 Temptations of a CEO can help you self-assess and adjust your style and communication.
2. You will get a better cultural understanding.
Biographies and historical fiction provide great insight into how the market thinks. I have learned much from books like Devil in the White City and The Poisoner’s Handbook. It’s difficult to grasp today’s society if you don’t understand the history of how we all got here.
3. You will stimulate your imagination.
I once spent a cross-country flight reading a book by Garrison Keilor. On one hand, fiction was a great escape and rest for my mind; on the other, it stimulated new thoughts and ideas. Stories make your mind expand beyond the “fix it, solve it” thinking of normal work.
4. You will fill educational gaps.
How-to books and textbooks come in handy for learning specific skills. For Dummies books can be useful references that you can apply immediately to advance your skills and ambitions.
5. You will be a better conversationalist.
6. You will solve problems easier.
Doing the same thing daily without new stimulation will put you in a rut. Reading a variety of 24 books over the year will expand your perspective and help advance your critical thinking.
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