“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore that fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
In an article published in The New York Times, Pam Bullock addresses the topic of social skills by examining and reflecting on a study conducted by social researchers David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano. As the author emphasizes, the study reveals that reading literary fiction has a direct connection to increased empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence—all top skills valued by employers. Clearly, engaging one’s imagination through reading results in a well-rounded person who has a much better chance at acing an interview. So as you immerse yourself in job search, pick up a book. Read. Fiction. Every day. And who knows, you might just find yourself a successful business professional in the process.