What did all these people have in common?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
They have two things in common. They achieved a remarkable level of personal success and often against serious adversity and they each built a personal library.
The Power of Reading
In fact nearly every person serious about improving themselves and achieving success in some form are avid readers.
In fact a recent newspaper article reported that the top CEO’s read on average six books a month. That is more than a book a week. These are men and women who work anywhere from 50-80 hours a week, yet they still make time to read more than a book a week. That is over 70 books a year.
How many books does the average employee of those CEO’s read? The sad answer is that they read one book. Actually they buy one book and most of them never finish it.
The average CEO in the US earns at least 600 times more than the average employee of that CEO. What do the CEO’s know that the typical employee does not know?
Here is what the CEO’s know and what any person bent on learning and expanding their abilities knows. It is what successful people everywhere know. It is what business leaders, political leaders, financial leaders, and all types of leaders know – if you want to succeed and make a mark in this world you need to expand your knowledge. You need to engage in some program of continuous learning. The more you learn the more you know. The more you know the more valuable you are to the market place. The more valuable you are the more you can earn.
Knowledge translates into earnings – it is that simple. And knowledgeable people are more likely to know how to invest and keep their money and make it grow, assuming they read the right books and gain the right knowledge.
The cheapest and easiest way to keep learning is to read books. You can and should certainly borrow books from your local library. However you also need to have your own collection of the best books you can afford. You should decide you can afford every book that will advance your position in your business or field.
The rich and the successful all have libraries. Every mansion and large house in the US has a large library. Those books are not just for looks. Those books are for knowledge. Those books are stepping stones used by successful people to help them attain what they want.
Jim Rohn, the late business philosopher, always advised people as one of their first steps toward improving themselves to begin to build their personal library. You can certainly buy tapes and CDs and DVDs and other media – but nothing really replaces books. You need books to study and to go back to. Books contain a wealth of knowledge.
Start building your success and your knowledge today – start your library today. You can start small – you can start with a single book – but start, and keep building your library.
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.