Why should One Read Books To Become Successful?

Read booksThe question of why should one read books to become successful was posed on the chat site

The answers in response were not only many but also varied.

One person wrote that reading books can lead to a host of benefits including but not limited to making a person a better leader. The person also argued that one could get started in reading books by following the tips below:

  • Join a reading group.

One of my friends meets bimonthly with a group of colleagues to read classics in philosophy, fiction, history, and other areas. Find a group of friends who will do the same with you.

  •  Vary your reading.

If you’re a business person who typically only reads business writing, commit to reading one book this year in three areas outside your comfort zone: a novel, a book of poetry, or a nonfiction piece in science, biography, history, or the arts.

  • Apply your reading to your work.

Are you struggling with a problem at work? Pick up a book on neuroscience or psychology and see if there are ways in which you can apply the lessons from those fields to your profession.

  • Encourage others.

After working on a project with colleagues, I’ll often send them a book that I think they’ll enjoy. Try it out; it might encourage discussion, cross-application of important lessons, and a proliferation of readers in your workplace.

  •  Read for fun.

Not all reading has to be developmental. Read to relax, escape, and put your mind at ease.

The Readers Bureau

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