26th February 2015

How Many Books Have You Read So Far This Year?

Team Massive Result’s Thursday’s Thoughts

How Many Books Have You Read So Far This Year?

I was reading a blog I get regularly from Verne Harnish, author of ‘The Rockefeller Habits’ and now ‘Scaling Up’, both of which should be on your reading list.
He made an interesting observation.

  • Mark Cuban reads three hours per day;
  • Warren Buffett reads 500 pages per day;
  • Mark Zuckerberg has set his personal goal in 2015 to read a book every two weeks;
  • The most successful business people are learners;

We have just short of 1000 books listed in our library here and I have read the majority of them. How many business related books have you read? How many have you read this year and how many do you intend to read this year?
There is a clear correlation between executive education and business success. In life, if not in the dictionary, learning always precedes earning. A couple of weeks ago I came across a quote which impressed me so much that I posted on social media. It said
“Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs” ,
allegedly ascribed to Jim Rohn, to me this quote really nails it.
Our thoughts dictate our actions and the quality of our thoughts dictate the value that we bring to any and every situation. Nancy Kline said

“The quality of everything human beings do, everything- depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.”
The simplest, most easily available and in fact the cheapest way to upgrade our thinking is by reading. We have access to thousands of years of accumulated and battle tested wisdom and it is all contained in those things that we call books.
Why wouldn’t we avail ourselves of at least some of that wisdom?
There really can’t be a good argument for not doing it.
One of the (least valid) but most well worn excuses is
“I didn’t have time”, so try this. Get out of bed a little earlier, make yourself a cup of tea….or coffee and give yourself 20 to 30 minutes to read a few pages of a good book. You will be amazed at how quickly you will start to rack up your library and boost your knowledge wisdom and thinking. What have you got to lose? I will also make you a side bet, that if you do this for just 14 days you will start to notice a difference in new energy levels and positivity as well as a boost in knowledge and confidence.

If you want some ideas on the books to start with, drop me an e mail at and I will happily give you some recommendations.

There is still time to enrol on our next FREE business growth seminar. We are in Newcastle upon Tyne spreading the word and the wisdom to North East business leaders. If that is you then be there! I look forward to meeting you.
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