Fact: the average American watches 5 hours of television per day. What would the world be like if we dedicated one of those hours to reading books instead?
I don’t know, but I’d like to find out.
So to inspire others to read more, I ask five good questions of interesting authors and share the videos with you every Friday in your inbox. Let’s see if together, we can’t rescue some of those lost hours.
I believe that ideas are powerful.
I also believe that books are still one of the best ways we share ideas.
In this weekly series, I ask authors five good questions and publish the interviews for you. My goal is to use new technologies (like the internet) to inspire us toward the older (but more thoughtful) technology of books. Sometimes we need more than 140 characters to sort things out. 😉
I promise to never interview an author about a book I haven’t read yet.
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads — at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
— Charles T. Munger (the Robin to Warren Buffett’s Batman)
After a chance lunch with Mr. Buffett, I’ve dedicated years to studying what makes Warren and Charlie so successful. Although they were both blessed with exceptionally high IQs, I believe their astounding wisdom comes from reading so many damned books. Their real competitive advantage is that they’ve simply out-read everyone else. Want to be the smartest person in the room? It’s simple. Read more. It’s a truly egalitarian hack that’s available to any of us who dedicate the time.
And what a return on investment! For usually less than $15, you get to have a one-way discussion with a passionate expert who’s spent 2 years preparing for the “conversation” you’re about to have with them. Where else can you pay so little for so much of another human’s effort? It’s a truly amazing trade.
Forget one hour. If you pledge even
20 minutes per day to reading, you’ll get through 35 books in twelve months. Imagine how much smarter you’ll be one year from now having read 35 books. Imagine three years from now and 100 books later. How much does that improve every decision you make and interaction you have? It all compounds together to make for a richer, more successful life.
I’ll let Warren have the last word…
“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
— Warren E. Buffett
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