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Did you know that reading one hour each day can improve your leadership capacity within three weeks? In three months, it can improve your outcomes. In three years, it could put you at the top of your field.


Think about it. You’ve reached your peak of success with what you know right now. Any progress you make from this moment on will require that you learn and practice something new.

One quality of the most admired leaders and high achievers in every field seems to be a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. They know they don’t know it all. There is always more that they can learn. They never become content with their success as a leader. They are always striving to gain more knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

International author and personal development expert, Earl Nightingale said many years ago that one hour per day of study in your chosen field was all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national thought leader. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.

I don’t think it matters what any of us does for a living; we all want to be the best at what we do. To achieve that goal, it requires us to read more. In the spirit of success, here are five simple steps you can take to improve your success by reading:

  1. Read all you can about your chosen career field. 
  2. Join a mastermind group of other motivated leaders to learn what books they are reading and read those books together.
  3. Ask successful executives and leaders in your field what they are reading. They all should have a “Top Five” list of books.
  4. Schedule one hour into your day, specifically for reading. In fact, if you make a commitment today to invest one hour a day for 30 days, you would read nearly three times more than the average person does in a year!
  5. Go to your local library and get a library card. This is the easiest way to access tens of thousands of books without breaking your bank account.

These simple steps can make a world of difference in your ability to have personal success and a positive impact in the lives of others. These tips have made a difference in my own growth and development. I hope they do the same for you.

Here is to your reading success,


PS: Also check out this list of books CEOs think you should read.

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