They love to read, and they do it often

Study of Successful Adults Shows Common Interest in Reading

It’s no secret that reading can improve your intellectual and mental health. This is evident as some of the wealthiest people in the world spend most of their time reading. In order to be successful, you must be knowledgeable about your goals and have the willpower to go forth and accomplish those objectives. A study of 1,200 successful people found that they had one common hobby: Reading. Of course, a lot goes into being successful, including a dosage of luck, but clearly, reading does loads to add to your likelihood of success. 


Image courtesy of


Some millionaires never finished their formal education because they decided to learn on their own. Tom Corley studied the lifestyles of the prosperous for his book Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. He realized that in addition to external pressures, “your daily habits will dictate your personal success in life.” While Corley never received a formal education, he was able to learn and develop life-changing habits through reading. As many of us know, school around the world often suffer from a lack of resources. Corley’s story proves the importance of making literature accessible to children everywhere. 


Image courtesy of


Other great, influential, and incredibly wealthy men have attributed their success, at least in part, to reading. Bill Gates, a college dropout, formed Microsoft while still reading close to 50 books every year. Famous billionaire, Warren Buffett claimed to read over 500 pages, sometimes even 1000, every day and still spends a majority of his day hidden in his office reading. Of course, they have the time and money to spend reading, and not everyone could lead this lifestyle, but reading is clearly important in motivating these successful individuals.


Image courtesy of 


The stairway to success is often built with books; they are key in education for all of us. We must keep them relevant and accessible for all people around the world. And, of course, don’t forget to keep reading whenever you have time! 


If you’re interested in getting involved, check out these organizations:


International Literacy Association


Reading is Fundamental


Room to Read


Featured image courtesy of