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Most successful people credit reading, in some capacity, as a factor in their success.
Certainly, the 18 extraordinary people we profile in the infographic below have publicly expressed how beneficial reading has been for them.
Current President Donald Trump praises reading as key to his success, particularly in his business dealings in China. Worth more than USD$3.5 President Trump refers to The Art of War; Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein and The Power of Positive Thinking inside his 2006 release Trump 101: The Way to Success.
Former President Barak Obama was fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading. Mr Obama himself cites Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as his inspirations when seeking solidarity. As Mr Obama says, “At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted … [reading gives me the ability to] slow down and get perspective … the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes.”
Reading is so important to bestselling author Gretchen Rubin she considers reading a book counts as a “billable hour” (especially when it’s a book that supports her writing or thinking). A little like Bill Gates, who has an entire section of his personal website devoted to the books he’s read, Rubin posts a photo on her Facebook Page of all the books she’s read that week.
American technology executive, activist, and author Sheryl Sandberg regularly reads a mix of escapist fiction and corporate inspiration titles to inspire her leadership. Ms. Sandberg tells Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton was instrumental in how she thinks about developing talent at Facebook.
Do you read every day like Taylor Swift, Warren Buffet and Oprah Winfrey? Do you set yearly reading goals like Bill Gates and Gretchen Rubin? Even if you don’t read to learn how to build rockets like Elon Musk, you can steer your life in the direction of success by developing reading habits like the 18 amazing people below.
by Sierra Delarosa