How many books do you read a year? If you’re like the average American, you’re probably reading around four or five. Bill Gates reads around 50 books a year, which probably makes us all feel bad.
The fact is, reading is crucial in your development as a professional. It educates you and keeps you mentally sharp. It also has health benefits: According to Reader’s Digest, reading just 30 minutes a day can add up to two years to your life! The problem is that many of us are so busy that we never manage to fit any reading time in at all.
If you’re already that busy, your schedule probably won’t let up anytime soon. So how can you fit in more reading time? The solution is simple: By taking advantage of the gaps in your day, you can find plenty of time to crack open up a book. If the most successful entrepreneurs can find the time in their day, you can, too.
Another question, though: What exactly should you be reading? To grow professionally, it’s important that you’re reading relevant material. For example, books that challenge or inspire your creativity as an innovator are ideal if that’s a part of your career. If you’re trying to save money and learn more about investing, then you probably should read books from self-made millionaires who discuss how financial principles and how they apply to your daily life.
In general, you’ll want to read material that’s applicable to your industry or that helps you grow in some way. While you could argue that fiction does this, you’ll find that books pertaining to your profession enhance your professional development.
To help you find the time and the right books to fill your head, Fundera compiled a list of the top 18 business books you should read on your lunch break.
Meredith Wood – Meredith is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.