Read a Book Day: 5 Books to Inspire & Motivate Business Leaders
Have you ever read a book that stayed with you well after you finished it? Something that motivated you to be not only a better business leader but person? In honor of Read a Book Day, we asked some of the leaders at Excellis Interactive to recommend books that drove them over the years.
From memoirs to fiction, youâ€™ll find that inspiration can be found everywhere.
Read a Book Day | Inspirational & Motivational Books
1. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
â€œYou learn to network and talk to everybody. You never know what youâ€™ll learn from someone and then be able to pass along into the world. Itâ€™s the ultimate pay it forward approach.â€
2. Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT
Solutions Architect Shashank Kamarushi was inspired by the book Five Point Someone. â€œI read this book few years back when I was a teenager. It tells the story of how young people struggle for education, and how three friends with different characters deal with it in a funny way to make it to the top. Even now, I recommend it â€“ itâ€™s a great book for all ages. Perfect for Read a Book Day.â€
3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
â€œItâ€™s the fictional story of two Jewish comic book creators and their lives and careers before, during, and after WW II. Itâ€™s such an expansive story, with fantastic characters, twists, and emotions. It grabbed me from the first chapter, and I was actually sad that the book had to end. I just wanted to keep reading it.â€
by Tina Fey
The sometimes awkward and often nerdy young girl grows up to be one of the most well-known and successful comediennes of our generation. Bossypants is the memoir of that girl â€“ Tina Fey â€“ and the book selected by Director of Marketing Stacey Panco in honor of Read a Book Day.
â€œTinaâ€™s younger years were very relatable to me. Reading about someone who grew up in an area not that different from where I grew up â€“ and coincidentally very close to where I live now â€“ who was able to use her humor, wit and tenacity to survive childhood and then thrive as an adult â€“ was really inspiring to me. And it taught me one thing every business leader should know â€“ â€˜Youâ€™re no one until someone calls you bossy.’â€
5. Oh, the Places Youâ€™ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
When asked what book motivated or inspired him most, CEO and President Wayne Semisch answered simply and quickly.
â€œEasyâ€¦.Oh, the Places Youâ€™ll Go!â€œ
It doesnâ€™t get much more inspiring than that.
What book inspired you? Or motivated you to be a better business leader? Let us know on this Read a Book Day!