What Are You Reading?

What are you reading to advance your career? Image via @wocintechchat

What are you reading to advance your career? Image via @wocintechchat

By: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

When I was in school, it was nearly impossible to get me to voluntarily finish the assigned reading. In high school, I was the queen of CliffsNotes. I thought I had more important things to do than to bother with finishing a book or another reading assignment on time.

It wasn't until I left school that I began to appreciate the joys of reading. I realized that I loved learning new things, and enjoyed reading about other people's lives and perspectives. At the top of this year, à la Mark Zuckerberg, I made a goal for myself to read more this year. So far, I've read 30 of the 40 books I wanted to read this year. (Yes, I know the pace I should have been on. And I know how many days are left in the year. Basically, procrastination is in my DNA.)

With one year ending, and another beginning soon, there's been a lot of talk in my social circle lately about wanting to read even more.

On the heels of this election season and all the talk of "fake news," some have resolved to read more (and more critically) in order to stay better informed on current events.

Others have resolved that, in addition to staying informed, they would also read more books purely for fun. They expressed a desire to get lost in a good story in order to drown out the stress and negativity around them.

Let's all resolve to read more in the coming year.

But maybe you feel like you're good on current events. Maybe you're also up to date with the hottest new bestsellers. What are you reading to stay up to date in your career?

Are you staying current on trends in your industry? In our careers, once we know the ins and outs of our day jobs, there is often a tendency to assume we're experts. Unfortunately, new trends in our industries are constantly evolving. This has happened to me often, and I've had to remind myself constantly not to become complacent! Do you know what your competitors are doing? Are you reading industry publications? What about seeking out industry specific events, or asking colleagues - around the industry and in your office - what they are doing that's making their jobs better? Staying at the top of our game in life and in business requires us to read, read, read, and to stay engaged.

So what are you reading?

Tweet us @myweeklymemo and let us know what you’re reading (in your careers, about current events, or purely for leisure). If you need some inspiration, here's "Who Read What In 2016" from the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, I'll be catching up on my reading as well!