Start reading. If you want to get ahead in life, pay attention to what you're reading.
As a business owner John W. Francis is always trying to learn more about his industry, customers and competition. This can be done by reading the business section of newspapers, business-related books, publications and trade journals, as well as blogs, newsletters and other pertinent material.
"Reading is the best way to gather this type of information," says Francis, PostNet Area Franchisee (www.postnet.com) for Minnesota and Wisconsin "It makes me more competitive and better prepared to operate my business on a daily basis."
Francis says reading helps him gather information that benefits his business and also helps him serve his clients. "The more I know, the more valuable I am tothem aswell," adds Francis.
Job seekers become more valuable and educated when they have a better understanding of industry trends or changes and a greater understanding of the business world. Reading about local and national business issues can also help job seekers understand the employment market. Who is hiring? What industry is suffering? What industry is booming and may need workers? Reading can provide that information and much more.
Stephanie Laitala, president and founder of
"It's good to get the wheels turning by reading," says Laitala.
"Clients and contacts also love it when I send them an article I think they will like or has relevance to something they are addressing," says Laitala.
If you don't like to read, download a podcast or go to www.audible.com where you can download books, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Gather information and use it to your professional advantage.
"The most successful people in the world spend time reading," says Laitala.