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?

Here is my current reading list inspired by Tom Bilyeu.

Extreme Ownership

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser.


After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.