Reading your way to success

Aisling Kearns - 24/04/2017

Ever wonder what you could do to make yourself more successful or clever? Do you bemoan the costs and lengths of training courses and boasting the ability to get you to where you want to be?

Well turns out that the secret to success might not be as expensive and unreachable as we all think...

Warren Buffett is one of the world’s most successful investors and CEO’s. He is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist and very importantly a – serial reader. Buffett claims to spend 80% of his working day reading and thinking. Iconically, once asked ‘how to get smarter?’ the CEO with a net worth of 73.9 billion US Dollars responded with - “read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest”.

Buffett is not alone in his reading plight, he in fact is in very good company. Bill Gates the co-founder of Microsoft is also an avid reader. Thought to be the richest person in the world and set to become the world’s first trillionaire within the next 25 years, Gates is known to read one book a week. His very own blog – Gates World, has a complete section dedicated to books.

Also, joining the prestigious pack is Facebook founder and CEO – Mark Zuckerberg. The 32-year-old was listed as the 10th most powerful person in the world back in 2016 along with the title of richest person in the world under 40 - pretty impressive! Zuckerberg, in 2015 set himself a challenge of reading a book a week for the year and launched his very own book club – A Year of Books.

So, is this all just a coincidence or are we sensing some sort of pattern?

Well, back in 2014 Scientists at Edinburgh and King’s College London tracked 1,890 pairs of identical twins over nine years. Taking part in a series of IQ tests over the 9 years, results showed that those children who were better at reading or read more frequently had higher general intelligence and were more adept at spotting patterns, observing trends and completing pictures.

I’ve yet to come across a similar experiment carried out on adults, however, the American novelist George R.R Martin once said – “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”.

So, with the hope of extended mortality and the dream of ending up like Mark Zuckerberg in his 5000+ square foot mansion, I think I know where my next stop is... The library!

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