This is a list of the number of hours of TV watched per week for the typical American factory worker (but I’m sure in general the trend is true for everyone):
Assembly line worker: 30 hours per week
Person in charge of assembly line 25: hours per week
Foreman (in charge of an area of a building/plant) 20: hours per week
Plant superintendent (in charge of a plant) 12-15: hours per week
President: 8-12 hours per week
Chairman: 4-8 hours and 50% of it is training videos
The more responsibility the person has, the less time they spend watching TV. One self-made millionaire said that he was encouraged to watch one hour less every day and read instead. He did and now he is rich and famous. Of course he did a lot more than just read, but that is what started it all.
If you are reading this it means that you read more than the average person. It really is true: leaders are readers. Many people read less than one book per year. If you buy a book on CD and listen to it on your drive to work and home, you will probably listen to 4 books per month, which can put you in the top percentage of people in the world. If you read/listen to books that teach you how to live your life better or do you job better, you will acquire knowledge that, if put into practice will dramatically change your life.
Statistics show that 27% of the people in the US did not read a book last year. The Washington Post says:
Who are the 27 percent of people the AP-Ipsos poll found hadn’t read a single book this year? Nearly a third of men and a quarter of women fit that category. They tend to be older, less educated, lower income … and less religious. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/21/AR2007082101045.html
Interesting that people who read less make less money. I guess it is not surprising.
Another idea: 97% want better relationships with family but very few people spend time reading and planning how to improve those relationships.