I stumbled across a blog post written by Mark Cuban in 2011 where he indicated on of his strategies for obtaining success was to read:
“I read books about successful people. In fact, I read every book or magazine I could get my hands on. I would tell myself 1 good idea would pay for the book and could make the difference between me making it or not.” – Mark Cuban
The post while long was interesting in that it gave me a look into Mark Cuban’s brain and the process he followed to become a self made billionaire. One of my long term goals is to meet self-made billionaires Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban and Oprah Winfrey. Not in the photo op meet sort of way but the get more than 15 minutes to actually have a conversation with them, sort of way.
“Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn’t want it.” – Mark Cuban
With the air turning a bit chilly and the issuance of Fall, we move closer to the use of hot cocoa and fireplaces. For me there is something soothing about reading in front of a roaring fire. There is a library a few counties over which has fireplaces throughout its structure and there are these big comfy leather chairs for patrons to curl up.
So today, I challenge you to read this Fall & Winter. Now for some people this won’t be a hard task. So let’s kick it up a notch – read something which helps you to achieve your goals. If this is your normal practice, choose a different method to read.
If you read paper books, try an audiobook.
If you listen to audiobooks, read paper books.
“The advice I would give is to read everything in sight. And to start very young. It’s a huge advantage in almost any field to start young. If that’s where your interest lies, and you start young, and you read a lot, you’re going to do well” – Warren Buffett
In case you need a little more motivation to read, Warren Buffett is also a fan of what you learn by reading.
“You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning. Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.” – Bill Gates
And another little plug for reading this Fall comes from Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey is an avid reader in all types of books and created a Book Club which is highly followed. So back to the challenge – copy Elon Musk & Warren Bates. Read books and look for at least 1 great idea to implement in your own life. Who knows one of those books may teach you how to make millions.
“Books were my path to personal freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey
Til next time,
“The oldest form of transferring knowledge is read!” – Vusi Thembekwayo