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If you’re like the average American, then you only read four books a year. If you’re someone not so average, such as Bill Gates, you’re reading 50 or more.

You’ve probably heard about the eccentric habits of exceptional entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, but not many people talk about how they manage to find the time to fit in their hobbies.

The fact is, we all read every day: From texts and emails to social media posts and articles, we consume a lot of material. The problem is we don’t monitor closely enough what and how much we read. Yes, we may be feeding our mind knowledge around the clock, but we aren’t being selective about the contents.

That means many of us are missing out on the slew of benefits that come along with reading business books. For instance, not only does reading keep your mind sharp — it also allows you to decompress. In addition to the educational values associated with reading, it also can reduce stress by up to 68%.

The problem, then, is not that we don’t have the time to read, we just aren’t selective enough as to how we use our time and what we choose to read.

In all likelihood, your schedule probably won’t let up anytime soon, which is why it’s up to you to find the time to read. You can do this by taking advantage of the gaps throughout your day. If you commute by train, put away your phone and read a book, or if your job demands too much attention throughout the day, wake up early to fit in the time.

However, most of us probably have a traditional work schedule between nine and five o’clock. In that case, there’s no reason you can’t fit in reading during your lunch break. So, what exactly should you read?

The smartest and richest people in the world aren’t reading fiction — they’re reading books that are relevant to self-improvement or their industry.

Specifically, business books that delve into topics like how to fund a startup, or how to challenge yourself to be more creative. Still, it doesn’t help that there are thousands of books published every month.

So, what exactly should you read on your lunch break?

To make the decision a little less overwhelming, Fundera compiled the top 18 business books that have helped the world’s most successful individuals advance their careers and business:

Written By
Meredith is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera . Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.

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