How can people complain to me they're not getting ahead and then also tell me they're not reading very much?
If you're not reading regularly, significantly, virtually every day for at least an hour, your development is lagging. Professionals interested in their own self-development read voraciously.
Start or re-start now.
One of my best friends in my entire life is Michael Swenson. At our conferences, Michael often shares one of his favorite quotes: to know and not to do is not to know. It always reminds me of, the man who can read but doesn't is no better off than the man who can't.
I know - you're too busy. But get this: in 2008, the President of the United States read 40 books. He's busier than you are!
Business professionals have to keep up with more than television headlines. To say nothing of the fact that television is the arch-enemy of readers, anyway.
If you’re not familiar with Manager Tools, take the time to check them out. They have a regular podcast which is well worth listening to for any manager. Now if you don’t mind…I think one of those books on my nightstand is calling my name.