Do you ever wonder how Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk or Warren Buffett became successful? Unfortunately, you probably think success came to these folks because they were lucky or knew the right people or were born into success.

I have, to be honest with you, that is what I thought as well. Until I read this quote from Warren Buffet, “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.”

Buffett reads. He reads allot. Warren is not the only one that credits his success to reading allot:

  • Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year.
  • Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day.
  • Elon Musk is an avid reader, and when asked how he learned to build rockets, Musk explained: “I read books.”
  • Warren Buffett devotes about 80 percent of each day to reading.

What would happen if you read this voraciously? Where would you be today? Tomorrow? One year from now? How successful would your company be if you took action on the knowledge that is compounding in your head, from reading?

List I stole from Brendon Burchard

  1. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger
  2. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard
  3. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Paperback by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
  5. Stumbling on Happiness Paperback by Daniel Gilbert
  6. Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside by Marci Shimoff
  7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  8. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
  9. The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  10. Living a Life that Matters by Harold S. Kushner
  11. The Success Principles - How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
  12. Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World by Kent M. Keith
  13. What Does It Mean to Be Human?: Reverence for Life Reaffirmed by Responses from Around the World by Frederick Franck and Janis Roze
  14. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Kindle Edition by Stephen R. Covey
  15. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson
  16. The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose by Janet Attwood and Chris Attwood
  17. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
  18. How To Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by The Dalai Lama His Holiness
  19. Therapy for the Sane: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life by Lou Marinoff
  20. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  21. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  22. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  23. The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L. Leahy
  24. The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama
  25. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman
  26. How Good People Make Tough Choices Rev Ed: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living by Rushworth M Kidder
  27. The Power of Positive Thinking Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  28. Secrets for Success and Happiness Mass Market by Og Mandino
  29. The Group: Six People in Search of a Life Mass Market by Paul Solotaroff
  30. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  31. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
  32. What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question Mass Market by Po Bronson
  33. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field by Nathaniel Branden
  34. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  35. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins
  36. Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins
  37. The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard
  38. Man's Search for Meaning Paperback by Viktor E. Frankl
  39. Life's Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel by Brendon Burchard