You Have to Read If You Want to Succeed

Reading. It’s the one thing highly successful people do to stand out from the pack. Successful entrepreneurs are committed to lifelong learning, growing and expanding, and one of the main ways they achieve this is by reading… a lot.

By Krista Mashore August 3, 2022

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In all my studies on what makes people successful, I’ve noticed one thing that makes highly successful people stand out from the pack: They are committed to life-long learning, growing, and expanding. And one of the main ways they do it is by reading a lot.

As a vehicle for constant learning, books are perfect! They’re inexpensive and accessible. Reading a book is like conversing with a fantastic person and getting all their wisdom and insights. You can learn just about everything about just about anything. You can access knowledge that’s centuries old and new ideas that are cutting edge today. And the best part is that almost all of us have the ability to read!

Leaders are readers

Bill Gates is an avid reader who reads 50 books per year. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, “It is one of the chief ways that I learn and has been since I was a kid. These days, I also visit interesting places, meet with scientists and watch a lot of lectures online. But reading is still the main way I learn new things and test my understanding.”

Books allowed Oprah Winfrey to dream beyond the circumstances she was born into and become the powerhouse she is today. Accepting the Global Humanitarian Award, she said, “As a young girl in Mississippi, I had big dreams at a time when being a Negro child you weren’t supposed to dream big. … Books allowed me to see a world beyond the front porch of my grandmother’s shotgun house and gave me the power to see possibilities beyond what was allowed at the time: beyond economic and social realities, … beyond false beliefs and prejudice that veiled the minds of so many men and women of the time.”

Tony Robbins says that reading books saved his life and inspired him to become a leader in the personal development field. Robbins said, “I took a speed-reading course and read 700 books in seven years—all on psychology, physiology, anything that could make a difference in life.” He took that learning and built an incredible career, coaching presidents and other world leaders and helping millions of people achieve success.

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