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5-Hour Rule, a Habit Most Highly Successful People Swear by

5-Hour Rule, a Habit Most Highly Successful People Swear by

Highly successful people, including Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Mark Zuckerberg, have one thing common. They all follow the 5-Hour Rule. They set aside at least an hour a day, which means five hours a week, for reading or deliberate learning.

The "5-Hour Rule" is a term coined by Michael Simmons, founder of Empact. It's used to describe the habit of setting aside an hour a day to deliberately learn something that will help in your growth.

A research by Anne E. Cunningham, a visiting Associate Professor in cognition and development at the University of California, Berkeley, compared the general knowledge of readers and television watchers and found that readers not only knew more, but were also better at judgement.

Most highly successful people credit books for their success. Nike founder Phil Knight respects his library so much that you have to take off your shoes and bow when you enter. Oprah Winfrey said, "Books were my pass to personal freedom.". Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports. Bill Gates apparently reads 50 books per year. Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks. Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day. Just like Bill Gates, the current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also takes out time to read from his busy schedule.

(Also read: Manage Time Most Efficiently by Adding a Weekly Review Regime to Your Life)

Well, when such super busy people can take out an hour a day to learn something new, you can too. Make it a priority to follow the 5-Hour Rule. Mark a particular time every day, preferably before going to bed or early morning, on your calendar and stick to it like you would stick to your meetings .

Nothing will help you achieve success more than being well read. It is one quality most highly successful people possess. By setting aside several hours a week for learning, you will gain the competitive edge you need to succeed in whatever arena you choose. Find the time for reading even if you are really busy. However, also stay consistent with the plan without procrastinating or getting distracted.

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