What do Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and J.K Rowling have in common?

They each have a net worth of over a billion dollars.

Want to know what else they have in common?

They read. A lot.

The other day, Bill Gates joined the Reddit community to participate in a Reddit thread Ask Me Anything. In it, he shared a list of books he has recently read and reviewed.

The list went on and on and on.

How can that happen? How can a guy as busy as Bill Gates find so much time to read?

Or better yet, why does Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insist on spending three hours every single day reading?

Because successful people read.

Growing up, J.K Rowling would read everything she could get her hands on. No surprise she was able to become the first billionaire writer ever.

Thomas Edison loved reading. So did Albert Einstein. Hilary Clinton too.

Pick any person you respect and admire and I’m willing to bet a significant amount of money that they spend an incredible amount of time reading.

Even branding legend Gary Vaynerchuk, who has openly admitted he’s not a fan of reading books, spends hours each day combing the web to stay on top of technology and marketing trends.

Coincidence? I think not.

Sure you have to work hard, make the right connections, and have an element of luck. But reading is a must.

Will it guarantee success? Of course not. Does reading take time? Yes. 

The reality is: successful people read. Period.

What’s your excuse?

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