I've read thousands, if not tens of thousands of books over the years. I am the general manager at a multi-million dollar company, founder of another, am a board member, and have a great family, so I believe I would be considered successful by most people's standards. So is it my habit of reading daily that makes me successful?
Yes. And no.
If it isn't simply reading that makes me successful, what is it that does and how does reading come into play?
In my experience, it is true that highly successful people almost always have a habit of reading. They tend to read books more than social media and news blips because they are better thought out and contain focused information on whatever subject they are interested in. They often read self-help books and biographies of successful people. I believe that my reading habit has contributed tremendously to my own success.
All of that reading does not automatically translate to being successful, though, you can read all day every day, and still not be successful. What makes these people successful is that they STEP UP and take ACTION! They produce results, using the ideas gathered in their reading.
Stepping up and taking action is what makes the difference between the majority who simply consume material and those who are truly successful. I believe it is critical to read in order to get ideas, but to be truly successful, you must take the next step and do something with the new information!
Here are the books I recommend if you are looking to develop yourself: Power Up! - Books for Personal Development. As Warren Buffett once said,
Generally speaking, investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Anything that improves your own talents; nobody can tax it or take it away from you. They can run up huge deficits and the dollar can become worth far less. You can have all kinds of things happen. But if you’ve got talent yourself, and you’ve maximized your talent, you’ve got a tremendous asset that can return ten-fold.
If you want to be successful, by all means, spend time reading and invest in yourself. Make sure you don't stop there, though, go do something with your new knowledge!
Will reading books make me successful? Reviewed by Don Smith on 8:24:00 AM Rating: