When it comes to achieving massive success, there is no step-by-step process or formula that one can follow in order to reach the Promised Land.
On the other hand, there is one particular trait that often comes to mind shared by all incredibly successful people: they all read and they all read a lot.
In a recent LinkedIn post by Andrew Collins, the Mailman Group CEO, he explores this common trait held by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey and other people that have achieved incredible success.
Collins highlights three billionaires and what they have said about reading:
- Warren Buffett, investing billionaire, says that roughly 80% of his day at work is spent reading and reflecting. He is quoted, quite famously, as saying, “I just sit in my office and read all day.”
- Oprah Winfrey, world-renowned media giant, began reading when she was a toddler and has continued on ever since: “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at the age of three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”
- Bill Gates, Microsoft cofounder, credits his massive success to reading: “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
Collins also takes a look at five benefits that reading provides, and we have listed three of them here:
Reading Drives One to Emulate Successful People
“By reading a lot about somebody you admire you’re exposed to their experiences, influences, and success. It’s a great first step in that direction,” says Collins.
Reading Sparks Ideas
“Ideas are generated by others,” explains Collins. “The more you read, the more your mind is mapping, connecting and solving problems.”
Reading Helps You to Relax
“Reading is a great way to relax the mind, dive deep into a subject and really learn,” Collins says. “It also helps to slow down, see things clearer, and take a breath.”