The ten things that separate winners: What are you reading? | Part Two

The average person reads somewhere between two to four books a year.

The average CEO reads that same amount per month.

Yes, you read that right. These busy, successful people are even at the top when it comes to reading! I know that you are probably thinking that this is impossible, but you can do it too. There are lots of ways to find time to read. From audiobooks to using your commute, you have options. I like to use the Get Abstract app, which I can access for free through my job. Host a book swapping party with friends. If you still need inspiration, brain coach Jim Kwik shares a lot of his best tips for reading more books in this awesome article in Inc. magazine, which featured some of his top reading tips.

I hope you have been following my three-part series. If so, you know that I have been writing about success being about the five people you are spending the most time with and the last five books you’ve read. If you put a tea bag in hot water, the water takes
on the flavour of whatever is in the bag. What are you allowing to “flavour you water” so to speak? Most people never stop to think about what they are seeping themselves in. I hope to change that.

What are you going to read?

So, back to books. Take an hour to meet a friend for coffee at a bookshop and spend a bit of time before and after looking for your next five books. If you are struggling to get some ideas about what to buy, I wanted to share my top five suggestions of books that I think are useful and practical.

1 – Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do by Kate White.

This is one of my favourites. It was written a while back but the advice is so practical and sometimes goes against the grain of common wisdom. There is a reason this former Cosmopolitan editor made it to the top.

2 – Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

Her TED Talks made her famous. If you have not watched Brene speak yet, you can find some of her clips here, here
and here.

You might need a box of tissues at first but you are going to be rock solid afterwards. Claim your power!

3 – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

Sometimes you need to put your career and life goals in perspective. With terminal cancer and a baby on the way, Paul shares what life is really all about and where we need to focus.

4 – Madam Secretary: A Memoir by Madeleine Albright.

This woman is freaking brilliant. Also, if you are a refugee, getting a divorce or struggling with family and work obligations, you need to read this as soon as possible.

5 – The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts.

Are you are being hounded for being a working mom and you feel like you are on your knees? If you are thinking of taking a career break for a few years or even considering options for your family and work-life balance (even if you do not have kids yet) you need this book.

Some runners up include How Luck Happens and Corporate Confidential.

Hopefully, this list will get you excited about all of the great book, information, tips and tricks out there for taking your career and success to the next level!

Read Part One of this three-part series here

About the author

Joy Adams is a blogger and one of WATCs 2015 Rising Stars. She is a British-American businesswoman who has worked in both the public and private sectors in the US and UK. Joy currently serves on the Advisory Board for Vital Voices Europe, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing women leaders. She also writes a lifestyle blog for budding philanthropists and art collectors at

The Workher blog is all about taking your work life to the next level with practical tips and details on the latest news about pay, progression, and opportunities.





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