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Will reading books make me successful?

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?

Will Reading Books Make Me Successful?

Yes, my reading habit helps me be successful. And no, reading alone will not make me successful. If it isn't reading alone 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. If you want to develop a reading habit, sign up for our personal development book a month challenge.

To Be Successful, You Must Take Action On What You Read

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 merely consume material and those who are truly successful. I believe it is critical to read to get ideas, but to be truly successful, you must take the next step and do something with the new information!

Here are some of 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!

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Don Smith

Don Smith is the founder of The Personal Growth Channel, LLC., and a certified life coach who helps people get results while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois. If you would like to work with Don, please click here to visit his coaching page.