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Success through Reading Focus and Concentration: 7 Tips from Obama to Gates

Studies say that people who read with focus and focus are more successful, earn more and live longer. How do busy employees like Bill Gates, Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey find time to read regularly? 7 tips.

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Were buffets Top Tip: Read 500 pages per day

Set your excuses aside to finally start reading: When successful people give concrete tips, it's smart to listen to them. And Warren Buffett, as the third richest person in the world, can certainly be counted among them.

The US big investor says: "Read 500 pages per day. This is how education works. It multiplies like a compound interest. Any one of you can do that. But I guarantee you too: not many of you will. "

Overcome the inner reading pig dog

500 pages a day? It spins. This is impossible with my workload, with young children ...

Numerous reasons why this is impossible come directly to mind. That's one reason why Buffett thinks that very few of us would follow his advice.

From Bill Gates to Ophra Winfrey: The reading habits of the really successful

But it is already very noticeable that a similar reading behavior shows in many other successful people:

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  • Bill Gates allegedly reads at least 50 textbooks a year.
  • Oprah Winfrey has founded a book club where she regularly presents books.
  • Mark Zuckerberg invited 2015 the whole world to read a book with him every two weeks.
  • Barack Obama and Bill Gates are self-confessed readers. But also learning and structuring your own thoughts are valuable activities for you.

Why do these people, with their countless obligations, submit to a daily learning routine? Even though they have often enjoyed the best education and have an armada of qualified counselors around.

More empathy, money and a longer life: studies prove the positive effects of regular reading

The regular reading of novels, poems or non-fiction books improves our sense of language as well as our own language skills - this is obvious. But it has even more effects:

A study by New York scientists showed 2013 that reading promotes empathy - however, the type of literature plays a role here. Demanding literature, in this case Chekhov, works better than shallow entertainment.

Many readers earn an average of 21 percent more

Surveys among executives from international companies showed that the group leaders are also avid readers - both of fiction and non-fiction.

A recent study by the University of Padua showed that people who read a lot earn on average 21 percent more than people who do not or only rarely read.

Who reads, lives longer

Also one Yale University's long-term study with 3600 subjects found that readers live longer, "If you spend half an hour a day reading a book, you have a significant survival advantage over people who do not read at all," says the study author and Yale.Professorin Becca R. Levy.

It does not matter whether those affected browse in magazines, books or blogs. The genre also does not matter. The effect is the same: if you read a lot, you can statistically get away for a full two years.

7 tips for better and more reading in everyday life

So I recommend: Ran to the lyrics! And for that to work, here are the matching 7 tips:

1. Make time for reading with the Not-To-Do list

You are convinced, but do not know where to spend more time reading? It is clear that your day will not be longer. That is, in the time you read from now on, you are already doing something else. So you have to create space and plan the learning and reading time like a project. For example, in everyday work. Here we tend to dull operationally. In other words, we dull our to-dos and no longer worry about whether it makes any sense to do this task (even).

What helps: First, make a not-to-do list. To do this, first identify habits that you have long wanted to part with. Then delegate tasks that others can do almost as well as you. Incidentally, this applies to both professional and private life.

2. Podcasts, Blogs, Magazines: Start in small steps

Start your "project reading" with small steps. Maybe just read 15 minutes a day. Or start with a podcast. In order to have this time free, instead of making a to-do list, use the not-to-do list from the top instead.

You may find that this will ultimately save you more than 15 minutes per day. But even with 15 minutes a day, you get good 100 reading hours per year!

3. Identify your own learning fields

For the career, it makes sense, of course, to further educate in their own field. Nevertheless, do not forget to look outside the box and learn from the mistakes and positive experiences of others. However, none of them can look to the future and predict what the jobs of tomorrow will look like and what knowledge we will need for them.

Therefore, you best follow your own interests and identify your personal learning fields. Start with a small building block and gradually open up a whole thematic field. With a mind map you can divide larger subject areas well into sub-areas. Then start with a building block that really interests you.

4. Have one goal in mind

Unfortunately, our brain is not a big friend of change. Establishing a new reading routine will therefore cost you a lot of energy in the short term. A look at elite sports shows how you can still muster enough motivation to keep up: the hard and exhausting phase that athletes experience in preparing for competitions will only go through those who have a really powerful and great goal in mind to make this aware again and again.

If a motivation low draws on, then the athlete will always clarify exactly this goal in all its emotional facets. The question of motivation is not about whether he feels like training today. The important question is: "Do I want to achieve my attractive goal and, for example, become an Olympic champion? Or: Do I want to stand on the podium and experience this emotional and glorious moment? ". Such questions lead us back to the inner drive, arouse the motivation and keep it alive.

5. To motivate yourself in the long term

Let's transfer the cognition to another example that most people already know from experience: many are decelerating. However, most of them fail because of low levels of motivation because they ask the wrong question at the crucial moment. Namely, "Do I want to eat chocolate now or not?" The answer is usually known.

One question that arouses the motivation and therefore the corresponding support would be: "Would I like to go out again in my favorite dress at the end of the year?" Such a question will focus on the actual goal and a concrete picture. So think about: What is the question that motivates you permanently in your learning and reading project and that keeps you going even in stressful phases?

6. Start immediately

From research, we know that what is being done within the first 24 hours has the potential to unfold, perhaps become a new habit. So: Implement your project now immediately.

Read the next one Article and enjoy your new learning routine. "You will be rewarded with success" no matter where you are in your life or how old you are. At least that's the guarantee of Buffett goods.

7. Inspire and be inspired

Do not always go according to plan strictly, but let yourself be inspired by the reading of others. And pass on good reading material.

Because a strong knowledge network is worth gold. But also in bookcases, in public places or on busses in Hamburg you can come across real treasures, which will help you in some way or lead you to new ideas.

Conclusion: Many ways lead to reading

You see, in the end, there are a number of factors that will help you in your quest to read more. And in any case, the big leaps in today's VUCA world are no longer made at the operational level, but at the strategic level.

That means they have to decide often and quickly. The more you educate yourself, the more informed and better you can make those decisions. When markets change rapidly, it's important to adapt quickly to new developments and to innovate and deal with them. Because having knowledge and knowing connections makes you free, self-sufficient and flexible. So get away with the excuses, just start actively training yourself!

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