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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles W. Eliot
If reading were a sport, would you bag the gold medal or be the disinterested audience watching it on T.V from the comfort of your home? Give it a thought, because entrepreneurs constantly need to introspect and learn.
As future leaders and thinkers, it’s important for you to understand the mammoth potential of books and how critical they are to accelerating cognitive intelligence. Not only do books centre your attention, they open your mind to possibilities you wouldn’t think otherwise. Books are a sure shot way to enhance your skills, evolve as a leader, undergo a cohesive growth and execute goals seamlessly.
Inspired by Jason McCann (Entrepreneur and CEO, VARIDESK), whether you are a tyro or a dedicated bibliophile, the following tips will help you analyse the pertinence of your reading regime in a new light.
Getting Into The Habit
Taking out time to read can be tough as we grapple with hectic schedules, responsibilities, especially if you have a business to run. Yet it’s a critical component to sharpening your skills and understanding how to remain competitive and disruptive. Take tiny steps and start with 15 minutes a day. You can pick a paperback, Kindle or plug in your headphones to listen to an audiobook. Within a couple of weeks, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.
The VIP Book Club
Do you have a list of changemakers you look up to? Leaders who inspire and push you to break the boundaries. Here’s a task for you: try and find out how voracious a reader are they. Without a doubt the scale will tip towards the positive. Global leaders such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have often shared their penchant for reading. In fact, the former shares a reading list of 50 books a year that is hugely awaited by fans and the latter has started a book club on Facebook where he participates by reading a book every two weeks.
From Reading To Innovation
Reading is not just a hobby where you indulge in your favourite paperback, sit back and relax, and once the read is over that’s the end of the story. Effective reading will incite you to elevate your thinking, take back constructive anecdotes and ultimately influence the way you run your business for the better. Apart from pushing yourself to pick good books, no matter the subject, always make it an effort to use your newfound knowledge innovatively. Try keeping a small notebook and jotting down ideas to mull over later. It’s wise to read with a purpose in mind and follow a few steps to get the most out of any book.
The Opportunity To Share
Becoming a bibliophile might seem like an individual exercise done in isolation. However, it has more impacts on community than you think. Your path of becoming a future role model and successful entrepreneur comes with a responsibility of leading a team wisely, a team that will look up to you for advice and inspiration. Hence, you must share what you discover. The more you share ideas, tools and learnings from your reading escapades, the more productivity will be instigated. Do give adopting this practise a thought: open a library in your workspace, doesn’t matter if there are limited books to start with. You will see how having a common reading list will inspire your team and bring in some effective ideas to the forefront.
Therefore, we can safely arrive at the conclusion that without a doubt reading and learning should be considered as one of the most essential ingredients to becoming a stronger entrepreneur.
We are also looking for suggestions for books that entrepreneurs must read. Hit us up in the comments below and we’ll feature your list in our next blog.