John Porcaro writes in his blog about a topic near and dear to me: reading as a source of new ideas and professional development:
staying current with reading business books is one of the best investments you can make in your career. By reading 1-2 books a month, I'm able to stay current on the latest trends in business, marketing, and leadership. And by better understanding the "big picture," it's easier to stay engaged in conversations even if they're outside of my own area of expertise. And it can also give you the confidence to speak up in meetings, question concepts presented, offer direction when things stray, or just look quizzically at the presenter (I've mastered that one).
How true? I just finished three business books and have two more on the way. Unless you are regularly discussing topics with others to share knowledge, how else can you expand your mind?