Read to succeed.
Is it possible that these three simple words are the secret to success?
Before answering this question, let’s try a quick experiment.
What do Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk have in common?
Every person in the list above is ultra successful and a member of the billionaire club.
And according to this article, every person in the list above reads. A lot.
If you’re looking for success or want to enjoy more of it, read to succeed.
I should know.
I was the kid right out of school with no money, experience, or team. My bedroom, in my parent’s attic, was also my office.
Despite the odds, I built and had a 9-figure exit.
How did I do this, you ask?
You do this when you read to succeed.
Now let me be clear. Reading in and of itself may help, but does not guarantee success.
But when you read to succeed, you build your foundation for success.
In this article, I reveal the benefits of reading, what to read, how to read, and how to read and prosper.
If you’re serious about success, and I know you are, commit right now that you will read to succeed.
Bill Gates Continues To Read To Succeed (And So Should You)
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss
Ultra successful entrepreneur and billionaire Bill Gates continue to read to succeed. Even after all these years.
More about Gates in a moment.
The respected and well renowned Pew Research Center has interesting stats on reading.
The Pew Research Center confirms that Americans read an average of four books a year.
And by the way, four books a year is a number that has been constant over time.
Is that the end of the story?
Not a chance.
When You Read To Succeed All Things Possible, Including A 9-Figure Exit
You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet. – Charlie Jones
On paper, I should have failed before I even started.
As a kid out of school with no money, experience, or team, I didn’t have much going for me.
Except I would read to succeed. I still do.
The early days of my EdTech, Embanet, aren’t much to write home about.
Failure was an everyday occurrence.
My passion and belief kept me in the game, but this was still not enough.
Every failure, every frustration, and every set back caused me to do one thing.
I would read to succeed.
Business books. Self-help books. Psychology books. Biographies. Autobiographies. Sales books.
You name it. I read it.
When I read to succeed, I learned the wisdom and life lessons of ultra-successful people in a few short hours.
Imagine that, eighty to ninety years of life condensed into a few hours.
The lessons learned from brilliant people helped me create a 9-figure exit.
What were these lessons, you ask?
Keep on reading.
Success Lessons Learned When You Read To Succeed
He that loves reading has everything within his reach. – William Godwin
When I would read to succeed I learned about the power of focusing on the journey itself.
Along the way, I learned how to transform failure into success.
The power of finding and solving a massive problem came through loud and clear when I read to succeed.
I learned from book-after-book about the power of going the extra mile for other people.
Realizing that I had to say ‘no’ to most things so I could say ‘yes’ to success rocked my world.
Knowing what others before me did to live a life worth living was liberating and empowering.
When you read to succeed you learn the template of success from the great master of life and business.Click to tweet
When I would read to succeed I had access to brilliant mentors and teachers.
Benjamin Franklin. Moses. Abraham Lincoln. Bill Gates. Tony Robbins. Richard Branson. Jim Rohn. Og Mandino.
And the list goes on.
When You Read To Succeed You Enrich Your Life In All Areas
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. – Lady M. W. Montagu
The science is in and its undeniable that reading is good. Really good.
What are the benefits of reading, you ask?
Read to succeed and enjoy the mental stimulation, reduced stress, and improved knowledge.
You’ll talk better because of a larger vocabulary, and you’ll enjoy a better memory.
When you read to succeed your analytical and thinking skills are off the charts. The same happens for your focus and concentration.
Write your way to success with improved writing skills that you pick up when you read to succeed.
You don’t have the time, you say, to read a book.
Learn how to stop wasting time so you can skyrocket your success.
End distractions from social media, email, and interruptions to get back your time.
Success in both business and life comes from what you say and do, and how you think.
When you read to succeed you enrich your life in all areas by becoming a better communicator and thinker.
Still in doubt?
Remember Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk.
It’s no coincidence the above people are avid readers and ultra successful.
What should you read, you ask?
It’s a great question.
Your answer awaits you in the next section.
Read To Succeed By Knowing What To Read (And Not Read)
If you want success, lots of it, read to succeed by knowing what to read (and what not to read).
Books are the training weights of the mind. -Epictetus
When it comes to reading, as in life, not all things are equal.
Success leaves clues.
If you want to be successful, mirror and do what other successful people do.
What do the most successful people read, you ask?
Thought leader, author, and entrepreneur Shane Snow has your answer.
Snow writes a great article on what the most successful people read and why.
It turns out ultra successful people read biographies and autobiographies.
Read to succeed through biographies and autobiographies to learn templates of success.
As an example, let’s talk about Roger Bannister.
In 1954 Bannister shocked the world when he was the first person to run a 4-minute mile.
Until Bannister, conventional wisdom said it was impossible for a human to run a 4-minute mile.
It’s no coincidence that a short two months later, John Landy ran a 4-minute mile. Today high school kids run a 4-minute mile.When you read to succeed you learn what’s possible so you can turn the ‘impossible’ to ‘I’m possible.’
You’re smarter and more capable thank you think.
You’ll thank me later.
Read to succeed through biographies and autobiographies.
Now that I know what to read, you ask, how do I read?
Read the next section to learn how to read and more.
Learning How To Read Ensures You Will Read To Succeed
When you know how to read you set yourself up for success and you will read to succeed.
Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you. -Carlos Zafon
I went from zero to a 9-figure exit by knowing how to read.
How do you read, you ask?
Most things in life, reading included, are easier and simpler than you think.
Below are your five to thrive:
- Set up a specific time every day to read.
- Read at least 20 minutes per day.
- Ask ‘why’ you’re reading what you’re reading.
- Read with your index finger to increase reading speed.
- Keeping a book or e-book with you to maximize downtime.
First thing in the morning and right before bed are my golden times. Distractions are few, and my mind is raring to go.
Start by reading 20 minutes a day because it’s achievable. Build up to 60 minutes a day.
Keep yourself focused and learn by asking why you’re reading what you’re reading.
Read with your index finger leading the way. When you move your finger across the page at a comfortable speed, your eyes follow.
This one action stops you from subvocalizing, and you’ll likely double your speed.
Last, and most important, always carry a book or e-book with you.
When you have downtime, such as waiting in line, you can read to pass the time. And most importantly, you’ll learn.
Read To Succeed By Reading And Prospering From These Books
You unlock your sweet success when you read to succeed from the greatest minds that have ever lived.
A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero
Any successful person stands on the shoulders of giants.
Always remember that.
I was that kid working out of his parent’s attic with no money, experience, or team. Despite the odds, I experienced and enjoyed a 9-figure exit.
What’s the secret to my success, you ask?
I read to succeed.
I still do.
Books You Should Read For Success So You Can Prosper
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
- Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
- Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
- Bill Gates: A Biography
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
- Steve Jobs
- Sam Walton: Made In America
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a fantastic future
Books On Success
- Think and Grow Rich
- Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
- The Greatest Salesman In The World
- How To Win Friends and Influence People
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
- Mastering the Rockefeller Habits
- Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic
- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
- The Go-Getter
- Unlimited Power
If you’re looking for success, I have three words for you.
Read to succeed.
When you read to succeed, you’re in excellent company.
The one thing ultra-successful people have in common is that they all read to succeed. And so should you.
I went from the kid working out of his parent’s attic with no money, experience, or team to a 9-figure exit.
I transformed my failures into massive success when I learned how to read to succeed.
In this article, I’ve revealed my step-by-step process of how to read, what to read, and when to read so you can succeed.
Is success that simple?
When you know what to do and how to do it.
Combine your knowledge with massive actions, and you’re well on your way.
Whether you realize it or not, you already have within you all you need for success.
Here’s to you and your success!
Your Raving Fan,