What do successful people have in common with books?

If you study the lives of nearly every person who has accomplished a great deal they all have at least one thing in common – they were avid readers. What did the homes of Benjamin Franklin, Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Andrew Carnegie all have in common? They all had libraries. In fact almost every great historical figure had a library.

Today CEO’s on average read 5 to 6 books per month. CEO’s are among the busiest people in the world. They often work 70+ hour work weeks. How do they have time to read 60-70 books per year? What they know that many do not know is that they do not have time not to read. The average American reads one book a year and 60% of them never get beyond chapter 1. The average CEO earns 560 times as much as his average employee. What does the CEO know that the employee does not?

Reading good books on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to improve your skills, expand your knowledge and understanding, keep up with your profession or career area and expand your abilities. Books are the key to improving yourself. As Jim Rohn says, to be more successful you must work on yourself. One of the best ways to work on yourself is to read and study.

In fact merely reading is not really enough. You must study those books you find most useful. You must read them over and over, study them and develop a deep understanding of them.

Abraham Lincoln, a man who loved books and educated himself, would often read the same book a hundred times or more until he knew its contents forward and backward, often better than the author.

Books are about the cheapest education system available to you. Libraries are full of thousands of books and get new ones every day. You could not begin to read them all. Even buying books today is cheaper than almost any other form of education or self improvement.

People who increase their knowledge, their understanding and their skills increase their value in the market place. They become successful and prosperous. Books are often the most important source of that knowledge and skill.

Make yourself more valuable and you reduce the chance of losing your job. You increase your value to your employer and your profession. You open more doors of opportunity. You come to meet and get to know interesting people. Books open so many doors one has to wonder why more people do not read.

It has been observed that it is easy to read, and it is easy not to. The difference between those who find success and build wealth and those who don’t is that those who do build themselves.

Improve yourself through reading. Make yourself more valuable.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.