Are you sitting down?
I hope so, because I’m going to share something that is scary.
A quarter of American adults say they haven’t read a book (in any format) in the past year.
Does that matter?
Yes, but only if you want to be successful.
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero.”
– Charlie Munger
Money isn’t the only useful gauge of success, and arguably not even the best, but the richest adults are three times more likely to read than those with a household income lower than $30k.
If you’re a Thought Leader, reading is required. There is no getting around it.
Just these 5 reasons:
Being well-read gives Thought Leaders a better understanding of their field, and helps them stay informed on current trends and changes in the market.
A Thought Leader must be able to assess the accuracy of the sources they read, so having an impressive breadth of knowledge is key for credibility.
Reading exposes Thought Leaders to new ideas and perspectives which can provide inspiration for their own work.
Thought Leaders must have the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and think critically about it, and being well-read will give them more material to do this with.
By reading widely, Thought Leaders are able to gain an in-depth knowledge and expertise in their subject, making them highly sought after by those looking for valuable input and guidance.
What are you reading right now? What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Write me back and tell me.
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