Just like it’s important for our bodies to have exercise, our minds need exercise as well. Reading is one of the best tools for mental exercise. In fact, reading benefits you in ways you may not even notice. Oprah’s magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, printed an article in 2008 that shared a study about how your memory increases as you read. The article is quite fascinating and I highly recommend it.
As the CEO of Empower Network, my life is pretty hectic. Sometimes it’s difficult to strike a balance between work and everyday life, and I tend to struggle to find the time to read. Still, it’s very important to find time to enjoy a good book.
Reading provides me a brief escape from my busy schedule. It allows me to clear my mind and get lost in the pages. Reading is my relaxation at the end of a long workday, and it’s something I really love.
I recently finished reading The Suicide of the West by Richard Koch, which is a fascinating book about six principles that once supported and inspired the western culture but no longer hold true.
I just started The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, which is about the difficulty companies have with adapting to changing markets. The book also provides a system for readers to use with their own companies to help adapt to the changing market quickly.
Here is a list of the top five business and leadership books that I recommend everyone read at least once:
- How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rohn
- The Bible
I feel that reading makes me a better CEO to Empower Network as well as an overall asset to the business world because it helps me to tap into my creative side while at work. I am able to provide insight and ideas that work for other companies and implement them into my life and work for the betterment of Empower Network. An example of this is Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Church, from which I learned about culture creation, which provided great insight into creating and maintaining Empower Network’s culture.
Like other avid readers, I’m always on the lookout for new books to read in order to build on my knowledge bank. What are some that you’ve recently read that I should lose myself in?
Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of affiliate marketing company Empower Network. When he’s not relaxing with a good book, he enjoys a glass of Justin Isosceles wine and spending time with his wife, Nicole, and bichon/cocker spaniel puppy, Stella.
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