Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?
They read. A lot.
Warren Buffet claims to read 500 pages every day. I could read 500 pages every day if I had all his money.
And wow, Bill Gates reads 50 books a year! I read 75 books last year. I know others who read more than that. Where’s our millions?
But according to The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People (notice it is no longer good enough to be successful, one has to be ultra-successful to matter these days), just reading a lot is not enough:
Successful people tend to choose educational books and publications over novels, tabloids, and magazines.
In particular they read, biographies and autobiographies of other successful people. I like to read biographies about famous writers but as of yet no one has mistaken me for Virginia Woolf. I must not have read the right biography. Good thing there are so many to choose from!
The article elaborates further:
According to Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, rich people (annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million-plus) read for self-improvement, education, and success. Whereas poor people (annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less) read primarily to be entertained.
I find this information and this article completely offensive. It implies that wealthy people are wealthy because they read a lot and should you happen to read a lot but not be wealthy, then you aren’t reading the right kinds of books. So no matter what, if you aren’t wealthy, it is all your fault.
Perhaps the people who are poor read primarily for entertainment because after working two minimum wage jobs and coming home to then have to take care of the kids and do all the daily chores of life, some entertainment is needed. Heck, after all they they probably don’t even have the energy to read anything. Perhaps poor people read for entertainment because they weren’t privileged enough to be able to go to college and don’t have the skills to read something more complex. Perhaps if you aren’t poor but also are not wealthy, you don’t define yourself and success by the number on your bank statement. Perhaps highly successful means having enough leisure time to read whatever you want to read from the well-funded public library nearby.
Warren Buffet and his 500 pages a day can kiss my ass.