It’s no secret that some of the most successful entrepreneurs love to read. If you want to follow their example, make sure not to limit your choices to business books—literary fiction also offers benefits that can give you a winning edge as a business owner.
Boost Your Word Power
As useful as they are, business books are often written in a plain style that favors everyday words. This is a good thing in most cases, but you don’t want to get stuck with a limited vocabulary. While plain English is often preferable in business, using the right word in the right situation projects a more professional image and adds a new, richer dimension to your statements.
Art is the ultimate expression of creativity and you could argue that literature is the purest art form at least in a sense. Think about it: painting, music, and architecture need some form of material support, be it an orchestra, bricks, or a canvas. Literature, by contrast, can exist entirely within our minds—it’s creativity at its most powerful. Now, as you may know, creativity is a core trait of successful entrepreneurs. Reading literature broadens your horizons, makes you more creative and helps pave the way for business success.
Increase Your Emotional IQ
The term emotional intelligence refers to the ability to understand and manage our emotions and those of the people around us. Far from being an abstract psychological concept, your emotional IQ determines your success as a leader. A host of leadership skills from team-building to conflict resolution are based on emotional intelligence. Numerous studies show that reading literary fiction stimulates improves our ability to understand and process emotions, so crack open a novel and start elevating your emotional IQ today!
More Tips and Ideas
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