Studies have shown that not only do people who read more live longer, but they are also more successful. You can be considered an expert compared to 99% of the population on most subjects after reading between three and 100 books. While that may seem like a lot, if you shoot for the middle ground between those two figures (50), you could read 10 books per year and be an expert in a field within five years.

For professionals, it is even more important to continue reading about your industry and how to further your career. The three books below should be on your “must-read” list for 2020 if you are a leader in your profession.

The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century

Adam Davidson, the creator of NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast, explains the current economy in this book. Throughout the novel, Davidson points out how the economy has transformed over the years and how it is now opening up the possibility for millions of individuals to thrive like they never have before.

He suggests that people are searching for new, innovative ways to earn money. The gig economy has blown up over the past few years and has provided people with the ability to find new ways to achieve professional fulfillment. This has inspired many individuals to find creative ways to combine what they love with their careers, hence “The Passion Economy.”

Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar wrote “Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life” to combine how our biological clocks tie into our professional productivity. If you set a schedule and stick to it, creating daily habits around that schedule, your biological clock will eventually line up with it. You may even find yourself being more productive throughout the day.

Even the smallest bad habit, like working late one night, can throw off your natural cycles. Dr. Kshirsagar’s book “Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life” gives a 30-day guide that lays out everything you need to change your schedule and get on track.

The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

“The Third Door” sounds like something mystical, but the book’s author, Alex Banayan, had something else in mind when titling his piece of work. In fact, Banayan chose the title because he compared fame and success to a nightclub: there are always three ways in. Typically, you can wait in line (and hope) to get in. Others may choose to use wealth (or cash) to gain entrance.

In his book, Banayan highlights the third way to get in or become successful. Unsurprisingly, it is also the way many successful individuals have climbed their way to the top. If you want to learn what the “third door” is and how you can reach success through it, consider adding Banayan to your 2020 reading list.

As stated above, reading more can help you become an expert in your industry. Each of the books above can help you think about your professional life in a different way and possibly even improve your career path.


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