Books are the secret weapons of successful people. But there’s more to be gained from a daily reading habit than material wealth.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is a famous advocate of lifelong learning. His annual personal challenges ‘to learn new things and grow outside my work’ have included studying Mandarin, visiting every US state and, in 2015, reading a book every fortnight.
This last endeavour was shared with Zuck’s 30-million strong following, reminding the swipe-and-skim social media generation of an enduring truth: books make you better.
“You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said. Gates commits to a daily hour of reading, devouring 50 books a year – a mere snack compared to the literary consumption of the Carlyle Group’s billionaire founder David Rubenstein, who claims to devour six books a week.
From Oprah Winfrey, head of the world’s biggest book club, to Warren Buffett, who reportedly spends 80 per cent of every day reading, to icons as diverse as Walt Disney, Audrey Hepburn and Winston Churchill, voracious readers rule the world.