Leaders are readers

Brad Stanton —  October 23, 2015 — 6 Comments

00000000000000000058746Hours 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 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 or MP3 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.

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6 responses to Leaders are readers

  1. 

    Beautiful one, Brad. I enjoy all your posts. Keep it up, never stop writing these things. They are more inspirational than most posts I read.

    By the way, I’m an avid reader 🙂

  2. 

    Wow! I can’t imagine what it must be like, to not read. I enjoy it SO much! I get SO much more out of it than I ever did watching TV.

  3. 

    Very informative. After a message about watching too much TV, I backed it way off, like maybe 2-3 hrs a week. That was over 7 yrs ago. I started my blog and the rest is history. I love to read about birds especially and other topics. My Bible most of all.

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