You may be familiar with the phrase, “the key to your success is found in your daily routine.”  That said, is reading one of your daily habits?  If not, then you’re missing out on an important key to success.

The belief that reading (and the learning that comes therefrom) is critical to success is reflected in the habits of many successful individuals.  As acknowledged in a Huffington Post article,

  • Bill Gates reads more than fifty books per year,
  • Mark Cuban reads more than three hours every day,
  • Elon Musk stated that he “read books” to learn how to build rockets,
  • and Warren Buffett spends 80% (yes, 80%) of each day reading.

These high achievers are not alone.  Steve Siebold, author of How Rich People Think, spent over three decades interviewing over 1,200 wealthy individuals, finding that most all of them credit reading as an important factor in their success.  These are individuals who not only make it a daily priority to read, but are also highly selective in what they read.  In his book Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, author Tom Corley found that individuals with an annual income over $160,000 read almost exclusively for self-improvement, education, and success.  On the opposite end of his study, individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less read primarily to be entertained.

To make a further comment regarding habits, Tom also found that 67% of wealthy individuals watch less than an hour of television each day, versus only 23% of non-wealthy individuals.

Below are several links to articles containing lists of recommended books to read to begin your journey to success.  I strongly recommend that you begin making reading a part of your daily routine.  Even if you can only find ten or fifteen minutes a day at the present, start there and then build as you can.  As your read, take notes, question, and reflect on the material.  The point of reading is to stimulate you, not to simply check a box off of a “to-do” list.  Then find other individuals with whom you can discuss your readings with as well as find further book recommendations.  In time you can aid in creating a community of avid readers who are reading their way to success.

To quote Warren Buffett: “Read 500 pages…every day.  That’s how knowledge works.  It builds up, like compound interest.  All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

Book Recommendations:
Bill Gates’ Favorite Books 2015
Amazon’s Top 25 Leadership and Success Books
Twenty-Five books for Success (Success Magazine)
Nine Books Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read
Ten Best Books for Entrepreneurs 2017 (Forbes Magazine)
Eight Financial Books Everyone Should Read (Forbes Magazine)

Post disclaimer: PEAK, nor the author of this article, does not have any financial stake in any of the books or links listed within this article.



Jeremiah Clark, M.A., is a healthcare IT consultant with six Epic Systems certifications. He is also
a partner at Appalachian Digital, a local web development agency, and a founding partner of
MHQC LLC Real Estate Development. He and his wife Erin are natives of Kingsport, TN.