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Reading Habits of the Successful
The most successful and wealthiest people in the world still read, on average, at least an hour a day. Many successful people are reading a variety of books including self-help, development, personal career enhancement, and even sci-fi and romance. People read for inspiration, to feed their hunger for knowledge or the thoughts of knowledge, or for their love of literature. To the reader, words in a book are much more than just stories and much more than just words. They are personal experiences, guidance, and advice for those who wish to listen. There is a lesson to be learned in every paragraph, in every chapter, and every book. If there is one thing about readers, they are never done reading and they can never stop reading. Readers are never bored and they are never without something to do. A book is always the passage to enhance life, even for the already successful person. There must be something to reading books if even the wealthiest people in the world, Oprah, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Cuban are never without material to read and never without a mind that is not kept busy.
Can you name the last book you’ve read? Even if you opt to not read books, are you keeping up with some interesting articles on the Internet? Do you make time for reading every day? Do you think reading is important for success at work and studies? If you’ve got “yes to all” – congratulations. Reading is a powerful tool of self-improvement. It is one of the richest sources of knowledge and inspiration. The right literature (either fiction or non-fiction) develops creativity, enlightens and entertains. Whether you use reading for enhancing and enriching your own life or you use it for simple entertainment, keeping your mind busy with a book is the best exercise you can do for your brain and one of the healthiest habits you can have, even if reading becomes your addiction! Just don’t forget to look up at the stars or take a walk in nature once in a while!
The infographic by Fresh Essays shows the reading habits of successful people. Check out how much they read and what books they choose – maybe you’ll find out the secret of success! Or just add their favourite books to your Must Read list.
Infographic submitted by Steve Aedy, article written by Steve Aedy and Matthew Gates
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READING HABITS THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS
What was the last book you’ve read recently? How much do you read? These are important questions, and successful people can prove it – everyday reading increases your knowledge, develops your personal and professional skills and gives you more chances for successful career.
SEEMS, IT’S TIME TO DEVELOP YOUR READING HABITS!
READING in NUMBERS
88% Of wealthy people read 30 minutes or more every day.
60+ The average CEO reads 60+ books a year and makes 319x the income of the average worker who reads 1 book a year but finds the time to watch 700 YouTube videos a year.
Wealthy people make good use of reading time:
- 63% Listen to audiobooks during their commute.
- 79% Read educational career-related material.
- 55% Read for personal development.
- 58% Read biographies of successful people.
- 94% Read current events.
- 51% Read about history.
- 11% ONLY 11 PERCENT read for purely entertainment purposes.
ALL LEADERS are READERS
Rich and successful people are avid readers and have their specific reading routine
Founder of TechCrunch
Time for reading: every morning and before going to bed
What he reads: breaking news, fiction
Favorite book: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
Successful investor, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Time for reading: 80 percent of his working day
What he reads: everything from daily newspapers to annual reports
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
- Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham
- Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher
Time for reading: he went through lifetime of reading
What he used to read: not just technology and business books, his list included topics like meditation and a vegetarian diet
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
Time for reading: reads a lot and every day
What she reads: classic and contemporary literature
- The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Starbucks CEO
Time for reading: every morning between 5 and 5:30 a.m.
What he used to read: newspapers, The Seattle Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times
- Onward by Howard Shultz
- Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Shultz
Co-founder of Facebook, the youngest billionaire
Time for reading: two books every month
What he reads: sci-fi novels, books on Chinese culture, science, philosophy, history, politics (head reading list for 2015 on Facebook)
- The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Co-founder of Microsoft, business magnate
Time for reading: before going to sleep
What he used to read: books range from inspiring biographies to deep philosophical and intellectual periodicals
- The Road to Character by David Brooks
- Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas
“Shark” investor on Shark Tank
Time for reading: 3 hours every day
What he reads: every book, magazine, and manual he could
- Rework by Jason Fried
- The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie
- IMPROVES CONCENTRATION
- REDUCES STRESS BY 68%
- INCREASES VERBAL INTELLIGENCE
- IMPROVES EMPATHY
- BOOSTS MEMORY
- ENHANCES LEARNING CAPACITY
- EXPANDS VOCABULARY
- DEVELOPS STRONG ANALYTICAL SKILLS