10 inspiring books for communicators

From Stephen King’s writing tips to how to find a job you love, this list has something for everyone.

When I discovered reading as a kid, I consumed books day and night. Despite my parents’ “lights out at 8:30 p.m.” rule, I read under the covers with my bedside lamp at my elbow.

I traveled the world and enjoyed tropical beaches, jungles, and daring adventures in my pajamas. My imagination was my free pass to the world.

Reading, learning, and consuming information and ideas is now a big part of my destiny and purpose. Some books change you more than others, but my rule of thumb is that if I get one good idea from a book, it was worth reading.

Here are 10 books that have inspired, educated and entertained me:

1. “The 4-Hour Workweek

I read this book by Tim Ferriss about five years ago when the promise of the Web was starting to become real, and social media took hold. Twitter was just starting, and Facebook was gaining traction.

The book promises to take you from the drudgery of your day job to doing what you love, and monetizing it on the Web. It inspired me to start my blog.

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