How many books can you read in a year? If you’re Bill Gates, the answer is around 50.
If you’re more like the average American, though, you’re probably averaging around four to five.
Reading is a crucial aspect of your development as an entrepreneur or professional. Not only does it further your education, it also has health benefits: Reading on a daily basis can reduce stress by up to 68 percent.
The problem is that many of communicators are so busy that they can never find the time to fit in the reading we so desperately need. Though your schedule probably won’t let up anytime soon, there is some good news. You can still manage to read if you learn to take advantage of the gaps in your day.
If you want to improve your skills and knowledge as a professional, you should read books that discuss relevant topics to you and your industry. For example, books that challenge your creativity as an innovator, or books that offer money tips so you can secure funding for your next small business venture.
To help you find the time and the right material, Fundera compiled a list of the top 18 business books you can read on your lunch break.
What books would you add to the list? See the full list from the infographic.
Matthew Royse is the regional marketing director for Freudenberg IT, a global IT solutions provider. A version of this article originally appeared on his Knowledge Enthusiast blog.