“A lifelong habit of reading great novels exposes the mind to many more human dramas than are available in real life.
It enables a deeper understanding of the human animal and its subtle psychological nuances.
That understanding will help you deal with people much better – and in business these days, it’s the people that matter.
“It’s when we read fiction that we have the time and opportunity to think deeply about the feelings of others, really imagining the shape and flavour of alternate worlds of experience.”
Truly great novelists have a very sharp eye when it comes to watching the way people live, relate and interact. They are able to weave this understanding into their characters and plot and dramatic structure, to create a product that leaves the brain stimulated in a way few other experiences can deliver.
“Business is about life, and so is fiction. The great businessperson must understand people, their driving emotions, their ambitions and their fears, and what causes their rise or fall. A great novelist delivers precisely that understanding.”
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