If you’ve been around, you know I am an avid reader. I love reading books, especially business books and self improvement books. One thing I hear a lot from people is that they would love to get into the habit of reading but they just don’t have time to read. Today, I want to share how to read one business book a month. It’s really not hard and I believe anyone can do it if you set your mind to it.
Charlie Jones once said “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
And if you want more encouragement, I once read a report that most millionaires and successful people read at least one business book a month. I found that to be true because through all of the autobiographies I have read on successful people, they have two things in common. They are early risers and they are avid readers. I figured if its good for them, then it’s good for me as well. I have made reading part of my daily routine and one of my non-negotiables.
How to Read one Business Book a Month
- Make it part of your routine and schedule your reading time. I normally schedule 15-20 minutes a day on my time block. I like to schedule my reading time in the morning.
- Find a quiet place to read and turn off all distractions. Don’t worry all of your notifications will still be there when you’re done.
- When I read a book, I am reading to learn. I get messy with my books which is why library books don’t work for me. I like to own my books. It’s nice to have them and look back at them when I need to. I scribble on my books, highlight things, ask questions, write down ideas, and any insight I am getting from the book. If writing on a book is too much for you or you are borrowing a book from the library, you can always use a journal instead.
- Challenge yourself to implement and take actions on what you learned from the book. After all, that is why we are reading. Right?
- Join a book club. I find this to be highly effective. It holds you accountable and it’s alway great hearing others’ perspectives and what they got out of the book.
- I prefer books but if reading is not your thing, there are always audibles. I am not a big fan of audibles as I find myself getting easily distracted and I feel I retain more by reading. However, many people find audibles more convenient.
Here are my top three books I think every business owner should read:
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