I’m a voracious consumer of knowledge. I read one book a day, and have done so for the past decade.
You'll see the same habit among many of the world's top achievers, including Warren Buffet.
In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this 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.”
Buffett takes this habit to the extreme — he read between 600 and 1000 pages per day when he was beginning his investing career, and still devotes about 80% of each day to reading.
And he’s not alone. Here are just a few top business leaders and entrepreneurs who make reading a major part of their daily lifestyle:
-Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to 1 per week
-Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day
-Elon Musk is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.”
-Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every 2 weeks throughout 2015
-Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month for her Book Club members to read and discuss
And these aren’t just isolated examples. One study of 1200 wealthy people found that they all have reading as a pastime in common.
But despite my enormous consumption of knowledge and wisdom, I don't walk around all day with my nose in a book. Frankly, I don't have the time.
How I Read So Much
So what's my secret to reading so much?
In many cases, I accomplish my hyperproductive digestion of information through the use of services, websites, journals, newsletters and digests that disseminate information into readily accessible bite-size pieces that allow me to cut through the clutter and quickly get to the main summaries, takeaways and actionable items from all the content.
In addition, I stay up to date with health, medical and science news via the Stone Hearth Newsletters, exercise and nutrition research via the website Suppversity, and, for general life knowledge, I’m a recent subscriber to the Farnham Street blog for staying up-to-date with the best recently published books and articles from around the web. For one of the most comprehensive exercise, diet, supplement resources I have ever accessed – I am a frequent visitor to the website Examine and their monthly publication The Examine Research Digest.
Another one of top recommended resource for getting through the world's best books f-a-s-t is the fantastic app/website called “Optimize“. What is Optimize? It's simple, really. The good folks at Optimize read every one of the best books (primarily focusing on health, wealth, self-improvement, neuroscience, fitness, business, nutrition, lifestyle and philosophy) and then summarize these books in easy-to-digest, 20 minute audio .mp3's or very short 5-6 page .pdf's with the biggest ideas, summaries and most important takeaways.
So in less than 6 months, I easily made it through the 400+ books on their site, often while I was hoisting dumbbells, walking in the sunshine, or driving in my car. So you get more wisdom in less time. You can click here to get into Optimize now for…brace yourself…the shocking sticker price of 10 bucks a month. Actually, I talked to the nice folks at Optimize and they're even knocking a buck a month off if you click here and use code “BEN”.
Tips, Tricks & Tactics From The Top 5 Books I Read This Month.
And now, without further ado, here are the top 5 books I read this month, along with my folded pages, underlines and circles. Enjoy!
So what do you think? Do you like these kind of updates as a part of my Weekly Roundup?
If so, let me know in the comments section below. And, for your convenience, here are handy Amazon links for each of the titles above:
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In the meantime, do you have questions, thoughts or feedback about any of these books, or your own to add? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!