However, from working as a retail store manager and in a call center, to working as a content manager and now a senior marketing manager for one of the world's largest publishing companies, reading has been the single activity that has helped me progress professionally.
During my professional career, I stumbled upon the many benefits reading provides, and today, I believe it's one of the best, most affordable and flexible ways you can improve yourself professionally.
More from The Muse:
The best way to read a book in 90 minutes (and still learn something)
Here's the simple secret to absorbing everything you have to read at work
Here's the secret to finding time in your busy schedule to read—for fun!
But you don't have to take my word for it. Here are five science-backed reasons why picking up a book (or maybe more realistically, turning on your Kindle) will improve your career: