The reading habit of successful people is the one thing that is easily achievable by any of us and Read to Lead Podcast host Jeff Brown shares why and how.
The Powerful Reading Habit of Successful People
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman, known for reading a book a day.
There are plenty of lists that describe the powerful habits of successful people. Limeade, for example, lists 23 daily habits. Whatever list you come across, there is a common habit that stands out. It is the reading habit of successful people.
Reading is not just something done for pleasure. While there is benefit in reading fiction, many leaders consume volumes of non-fiction titles on a daily basis. As many as 88% of wealthy people in the United States read for at least 30 minutes a day.
Jeff Brown from Read to Lead shares that he did not read much during his 20s and early 30s because the desire to read had been drilled out of him during college. As a result, his career did not advance much at all. Once he took on a reading habit, he found himself receiving five promotions in a 6-year period…or was it six promotions in a 5-year period?
Sounds simple, right? It is, but like Mozart’s music, it’s simple on the surface and can be a challenge to master. Reading is an art form. Many of us know how to read already, but do we know how to build a powerful habit of reading as successful people do?
What is a book you’ve read that played a key role in advancing your career or business? Comment below.
Jeff Brown from Read to Lead
For nearly 34 years, Jeff Brown has earned his living behind a microphone; first as an award-winning broadcaster and, more recently, as an award-nominated podcaster, consultant, and speaker.
In 2013, Jeff launched the Read to Lead Podcast, a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee, featuring interviews with today’s best business and non-fiction authors including actor and author Alan Alda, Stephen M. R. Covey, Seth Godin, John Maxwell, Liz Wiseman, Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, Brian Tracy, Nancy Duarte, and over 300 more.
Jeff has leveraged his experience as a former on-air personality to not only forge a successful path for his own podcast, but also coach and mentor numerous other award-winning and nominated podcasters as well. Additionally, he has worked with several multi-million-dollar businesses on the launch of their podcasts, including two of the largest churches in the US, and has even consulted the U.S. government.
In 2016, Jeff was tapped by the largest university in Tennessee to begin teaching their brand new podcasting course.
Jeff and his work have been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur, and Hubspot, the blogs of Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Jeff Goins, and Social Media Explorer, as well as publications like The Nashville Business Journal, The Tennessean, and hundreds of other blogs and podcasts.
Jeff currently lives outside Nashville, TN with his wife Annie and their three Dachshunds.
Resources and Links
Books Mentioned by Jeff Brown
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Listen to these past episodes:
Reading for Success in 2017 – BtR 069
Why What is on Your Bookshelf Influences Your Success – BtR 003
Kristina Naydonova on Publishing a Novel at Age 12 – BtR 246
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