Ever wonder what is the number one traits ultra-successful people have in common? They read A LOT. Ask any successful entrepreneur or billionaire and you will find out they read books all the time. Reading helps them not only sharpen their skills but remain focused. It also help them to learn about new technologies and remain up to date.
Warren Buffett once asked the key to success, he pointed to a stack of books and said,
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
“I read and think, so I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’ longtime business partner at Brekshire Hathaway said,
“We read a lot. I don’t know anyone who’s wise who doesn’t read a lot. But that’s not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don’t grab the right ideas or don’t know what to do with them.”
Self made millionaire Steve Siebold interview 1200 most successful wealthiest people to find out what traits they shared. He published findings of his research in his book How Rich People Think. One trait nearly all of them shared most is they read self improvement books to autobiographies.
Warren Buffet is not alone. Here are some of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs who share same reading habit:
Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year
Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day
Mark Zuckerberg committed to finish a book in every 2 week
Elon Musk shared his secret of building rockets. He said he reads books
Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month and discuss with her Book Club Members
To help you start with your reading habit, I listed down some of my favorite books. I will keep updating this list once I finish more interesting books. To keep updated, please visit again.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
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