Some of the most successful people in business have made a habit of dedicating at least one hour of their day to learning.
And I confess, when I started this habit years ago, it was definitely to imitate the people in the business world I admired.
For example, Bill Gates said he spends an hour reading every day. Warren Buffett spends five to six hours reading newspapers and annual reports. And Elon Musk reportedly used to read up to ten hours a day.
So what are they reading?
Anything and everything they can get their hands on.
They’re reading books about history and science and economics. They’re reading articles about the latest breakthroughs in technology and medicine.
They’re reading novels, biographies, and anything else that might pique their interest. And by doing so, they’re giving themselves a leg up on the competition.
Because the more you know, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions, solve problems, and develop innovative solutions.
Learning something new every day makes you brighter, sharper, and more prepared to take on whatever challenges come your way.
So how can you start spending an hour every day learning something new?
Everyone I suggest this to usually has the same answer, and I will interject now - you do have the time!
Set aside a time each day precisely for learning.
This is even more important when you feel overwhelmed and think again, “I just don’t have the time today.”
Those are the days that taking a step back and focusing on something different have usually resulted in immediate breakthroughs compared to those where I suffered relentlessly.
Start with Monday - Friday if you adore doing nothing on your weekends.
Whether first thing in the morning or last thing at night, pick a time that works for you and stick to it.
Then, find something interesting to read (I recommend starting with something you enjoy rather than something you think you should be reading) and get started!
Learning doesn’t have to be sitting at home with your head in a book.
Look for opportunities to learn something new in your everyday life.
We often have opportunities to learn right before us, but we don’t even realize it.
For example, if you’re talking to a friend about a topic you’re unfamiliar with, take a few minutes afterward to look it up online or in a book to be better informed the next time the subject comes up.
Make a point of attending events and meetings that will teach you something new. There are always conferences, workshops, lunges, etc., happening around us - we just have to make an effort to attend them. Often, these events are free or low-cost, so there’s no excuse not to go.