I recall riding the Orange line past the National Mall, the Pentagon, and Arlington.
It was around 5:15 PM - the worst possible time to be riding the DC Metro, thanks to some very pushy commuters. The train was packed.
Noticing the number of similar publications these well-dressed professionals were toting (this was before Kindles :), I perked up.
The Wall Street Journal.
These accomplished men and women weren't wasting their commute on dime store romance novels or "leisure" subcriptions.
Instead, they were filling their minds with industry relevant current events and educational content.
At the impressionable age of 14, I decided to adapt the reading habits of these "movers and shakers" with full gusto.
I'm pretty sure I was the only kid in my high school with a Wall Street Journal subscription.
What's on my Reading List:
We've all got 24 hours a day, and it's up to us to decide how we fill that time. We can invest it in ways that encourage professional development, or ways that don't. While "chilling" is certainly a super important part of everyone's day to day life, committing to a certain level of knowledge investment on a routine basis can be a total game changer for today's professional.
Education is a lifelong endeavor. Reading - be it by print or electronic publications - is a great way to provide today's professionals with the Continuing Ed advantage. Here's a few titles I've recently devoured, and would recommend to any professional:
Need to Read on the Fly?
For those us struggling to devote big chunks of our day to reading through one manuscript, here some quick and easy tips for "speed reading" your way through professional development:
Follow professional publications on social.
Here's a few of my favorites:
Subscribe to media e-newsletters.
Depending on your industry, you may have access to subscribe to e-mail lists containing weekly highlights. I subscribe to a few "millennial" and "entrepreneur" lists to save time. That way, I don't miss any trending headline, and am able to stay up to date on relevant news with just a few minutes of my day.
Share YOUR Tips!
Do you know of a great book or social feed for today's young professional?
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