Not all Readers are Leaders, But All Leaders are Readers

Not all Readers are Leaders, But All Leaders are Readers

Successful people read a lot. It is no coincidence that almost all successful leaders were also avid readers. Reading and success go together like honey and milk. Let’s remind What has been uttered by Lee Kuan Yew

“My definition of an educated man is a man who never stops learning and wants to learn. I am not interested in whether a man has a Ph.D. or not, or an M.A. for that matter, or a diploma. Mao never had one, neither had Khrushchev, nor Stalin.”


Reading is a common past time of many highly successful people. The majority of these days can’t sit alone for two minutes without becoming “bored,” they pick up their phones for using social media.

Probably to post about how bored they are. However, Successful people are almost happy to be alone, to be alone in quiet, to have the opportunity to read or listen to something that will benefit their mind, and their future.

When it comes to reading, it is mostly considered as the responsibility of academics. Nevertheless, big entrepreneurs became successful because they were avid readers. You just name them, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. Warren Buffett once said:

“Read 500 pages like this 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.”

An average person reads two books a year, but the average CEO reads four to six books a month. When we upgrade our mental OS, our main applications (speaking, writing, and communicating) all begin to run faster and more smoothly.


Reading enables you to sleep better by relaxing your body and mind. It gets you many steps closer to your vision. Books are the most undervalued and under-appreciated technology in the world. Strive Masiyiwa asked us to Build life not resumes. He says,

“When I decided to return and work in Africa in the early 1980s, I sold all my few possessions — things like my stereo systems, my color TV (big thing in those days!), my prized music albums… everything I could sell.

I then used all the cash to buy books, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find some of my most important books. When one of my friends asked me why I was doing this, I said books were my most important possession, because with the knowledge they give me, I can make enough money to buy anything else!”

The Internet is running in volumes when it comes to the strategy of reading books. Some read a book a day, some a book a week, some a book a month. It all depends on a person, how he is fond of reading. However, there is a trick to fight a problem of how to finish a book in a week if not finish a book in a day.

Let’play with the word-count: the median number of the per book is 64000 and average person reads almost 200 words per minute.

So, 64000/200 =320 minutes per book.

And, 320/7 = 45.72 minutes a day.

Almost 45 minutes a day. That seems much more manageable but the secret is you have to schedule it. Because if you say I am going to read here and there, it does not really happen. You have to be dedicated. You have to do it for self-care and I believe that self-love and self-care are not selfish.

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If you are not a reader, try audiobooks, you can play them in your car, in the gym, or while you shower, and use the time that might normally be wasted to gain new skills, new strength. Once we get fueled up with enough wisdom, we become inspired to embark on our next hero and heroine’s journey. Not all Readers are Leaders, But All Leaders are Readers- and now you know why.

Kashif Khan
Dr. Kashif Khan, an Economist, International Business Consultant and Writer

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