The One Habit Every Successful Person Has

By Bud Hennekes

What do Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and J.K Rowling have in common?

They each have a net worth of over a billion dollars.

Want to know what else they have in common?

They read. A lot.

The other day, Bill Gates joined the Reddit community to participate in a Reddit thread Ask Me Anything. In it, he shared a list of books he has recently read and reviewed.

The list went on and on and on.

How can that happen? How can a guy as busy as Bill Gates find so much time to read?

Or better yet, why does Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insist on spending three hours every single day reading?

Because successful people read.

Growing up, J.K Rowling would read everything she could get her hands on. No surprise she was able to become the first billionaire writer ever.

Thomas Edison loved reading. So did Albert Einstein. Hilary Clinton too.

Pick any person you respect and admire and I’m willing to bet a significant amount of money that they spend an incredible amount of time reading.

Even branding legend Gary Vaynerchuk, who has openly admitted he’s not a fan of reading books, spends hours each day combing the web to stay on top of technology and marketing trends.

Coincidence? I think not.

Sure you have to work hard, make the right connections, and have an element of luck. But reading is a must.

Will it guarantee success? Of course not. Does reading take time? Yes.

The reality is: successful people read. Period.

What’s your excuse?


5 Responses to “The One Habit Every Successful Person Has”
  1. Hey Qasim Zaib,

    Yes reading is must for who want to successful in any aspect of life.

    One thing I find myself is that reading can make you more productive by relaxing your mind.

    Thanks for nice and inspiring post.

  2. This is so true. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers” is a phrase I have constantly heard.

    When you read you benefit from the experience and research of the writer and reduce your learning curve on whatever topic is being discussed. Thus the faster you learn the quicker and easier you are able to implement ideas that you have and gain success.

    Thanks for this reminder. Keep reading.

  3. Glen Reid says:

    What’s my excuse?…my eyesight has gone downhill in recent years, and the glasses I have, are no longer up to it. LOL

    But the truth is, I can testify to your article’s accuracy…

    Many years ago I took up golf and basically read everything I could get my hands on about golf and how to be good at it… The Result… I won an ‘A’ grade club championship and shot a 1 under round, defeating a golf course off scratch.

    So the basic premise is, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel… whatever you want to be successful at, just read as many books about, and by, those that have already succeeded and apply their wisdom in the way they did.

    Nothing inspires us more than reading about how a successful person did it.

    It isn’t so much the reading that matters, it’s the application of what you read, in making correct decisions… doing what works and avoiding mistakes by not doing what doesn’t.

    My recommendation is to read as many autobiographies by successful people. Just ride on their coat tails, as you’ll find within their books, they give away all of their secrets to their success.

  4. Olga says:

    I agree.
    My work is all about reading and writing so after all day of doing it, it’s sometimes hard to force myself to read stuff not related to work.

    But when I do, it’s always relaxing and I always learn a lot.

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