If you want to develop your knowledge, upskill or discover ideas, tactics and habits that are the seeds to success, then an inspirational business book could be the best place to start. And, with the sheer volume of content available, and the myriad ways in which it can be accessed (think audible, podcast, electronic reader and good old-fashioned paperback), there are scant few excuses not to read.
Whether you are a seasoned business owner, just starting out on your career or somewhere near the end, one thing is for certain – there is a business book out there for you.
Many of those who revere as top business people credit reading, and the continued pursuit of knowledge, as a factor in their success; Bill Gates reads 50 books every year (roughly one per week) whilst a young Elon Musk reportedly read through the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica when he was 9 years old, and still credits a love of books as one of the components behind his creativity and drive.
Warren Buffett — one of the most successful investors of all time — says that reading 500 pages a day is the key to his success. “That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest,”.
If you want exposure to new ideas, modes of thinking, and to develop a diverse knowledge, then reading is important. That’s probably why so many successful businesspeople make reading a daily ritual.
There are many examples of successful people dropping out of school or foregoing a formal education including Richard Branson, Simon Cowell and Alan Sugar, however reading has been a key part of their success.
If reading as a pathway to success isn’t enough to get you motivated, consider these health benefits of reading: reading has been shown to help prevent stress, depression, and dementia, while enhancing confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction.
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