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Most CEOs read more than 60 books per year. Find out why.

The world’s most successful CEOs say reading is the key to their success. If that’s true, can you really afford not to read more?
by Carrie M. King | Sep 26 2017

If you want to be successful in life, no matter your chosen path, more and more evidence points to the fact that reading is the key. Indeed the world’s most effective people swear by their reading habit as the one thing that helps them to be their most productive, inspired, and strategic selves.

Get ahead by reading more

Want to count yourself among the Arianna Huffingtons and Mark Zuckerbergs of this world? Reading could help you join their ranks.

If you want to be successful in life, no matter your chosen path, more and more evidence points to the fact that reading is the key. Indeed, the world’s most effective people swear by their reading habit as the one thing that helps them to be their most productive, inspired, and strategic selves. Consider the fact that on average, according to Fast Company, the average CEO reads approximately 60 books per year. That means that the world’s best and brightest minds are idea sponges, soaking up the world’s best nonfiction and applying that wisdom to their own lives and careers. Want to count yourself among the Arianna Huffingtons and Mark Zuckerbergs of this world? Reading could help you join their ranks.

Get ahead by reading more

Most CEOs read more than 60 books per year

When you look at the most successful people in the world, how do you think they got there? Motivation? Sure. Hard work? Definitely. Luck? Plenty. However, most hyper-successful people attribute their success to one great habit: reading. Think that sounds far-fetched?

Elon Musk has said that he learned how to build rockets by reading books.

“You know, whenever anybody asks Elon how he learned to build rockets, he says, ‘I read books.’ Well, it’s true. He devoured those books. He knew everything. He’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met, and he’d been planning to build a rocket all along.” — Jim Cantrell on Elon Musk

Warren Buffett became America’s most successful investor because he used his voracious reading habit to learn everything there was to know about every industry.

“Read 500 pages…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.” — Warren Buffett

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg started his own book club in 2015 to challenge himself and others to read a book every two weeks.

“Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.” — Mark Zuckerberg

They’re not the only people who love to read and recognize it as a transformational habit. Most CEOs read 60 books per year — that’s 5 per month! Why? Because they know that every single problem they encounter has been faced before by someone else.

Someone somewhere found the solution and wrote it down. Successful CEOs are smart enough to know that books are the best business school, and they don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make great change.

The most famous example of the well-read CEO is probably Microsoft founder, philanthropist, and richest man in the world, Bill Gates. Despite battling a tight schedule and a host of commitments, he manages to devour at least one book a week and advocates that anyone else who wants to be successful do the same.

“Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.” – Bill Gates

So, do you still feel like you don’t have the time to read?

88% of financially successful people read at least 30 mins per day

In his book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, Tom Corley interviewed a host of self-made millionaires about their daily habits. A massive 88% of his wealthy respondents reported that they spent at least 30 minutes every day on reading and self-education.

They weren’t cracking open the latest crime novel, either! These people devoted time to reading the best nonfiction, chiefly biographies, histories, and self-help books. The lessons that they glean from these books help them to live their lives a little better every day, and as a result, become successful.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett maintains that the best habit he ever developed was reading. He chose to start his investment career by spending 80% of his time reading books. His resulting understanding of a broad array of industries gave him the edge over his peers.

Over 50% of Blinkist users manage to read 3 books per day

So, how can you get into the habit of reading and on the path to success? Let technology help! Blinkist is a learning app that transforms the world’s best nonfiction books into 15-minute summaries of key insights. The average Blinkist user reads the main points of three books every day. If they read every workday, that means they breeze through 60 titles per month. They can also use the app’s audio function to enjoy actionable, memorable insights on-the-go. If you like the sound of that, then why not download the Blinkist app now and kick off your own personal learning revolution?

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