When I was a kid, I was told that those who read a lot of books are book-worms. They grow up to become impractical people.
I did not get totally influenced by the idea, but it certainly did have some impact on me. And I believe that this myth has wrongly impacted a lot many of us.
Because, only now I am discovering that the a lot of great people were actually voracious readers! A few examples are below:
- Warren Buffett spends 80 percent of his working day reading and thinking.
- Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to one per week
- Mark Cuban reads more than three hours every day
- Elon Musk is an avid reader. When asked how he learned to build rockets, he said, “I read books.”
- Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every two weeks throughout 2015
- Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month for her Book Club members to read and discuss
- Abraham Lincoln was known to beg or borrow books to read.
In fact, according to a research of more than 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people, they are have a pastime in common: They self-educate by reading. And they don’t read passively. They read critically.
It is a myth that reading books makes you a book-worm. In fact, most great people read a lot!