It’s not exercise!
(And it’s not Maya Angelou. Stay far away from anything she ever did. More about my former college “instructor” below.)
Virgin Group’s Founder, Richard Branson, says he gets an additional four hours of daily productivity because he exercises regularly. Still, not all successful people exercise.
Having said that, if Sir Richard Branson exercises daily, each of us who seek success should exercise too. He’s a smart and successful dude. Many things about him we might not want to to imitate but his advice on daily exercise is something we shouldn’t ignore.
Again… It’s Not Exercise
There’s something else that virtually all successful people have in common and have for centuries.
Virtually all successful people read regularly.
We Have No Excuse
Fiction or not? I’ve heard successful people interviewed who say they never read fiction but only “productivity books.”
That’s fine. Fiction has a purpose for those who want to be more productive, however. You learn how the world works if you pick your authors carefully. Plus, escape into fiction is better for you than television because reading is an active brain activity and not a passive one.
Still, if you stick to non-fiction, such as books about improving your needed skills, always be in a book. It seems rather stupid not to given every successful leader in world history is or was a reader.
Tip: Biographies (and autobiographies of course) are great. Read books about great people to learn what made them a success.
We have no excuse in today’s world. If you have a cell phone, you have it with you 24 hours each day all your books.
When standing in the long lines at the post office, DMV, or any other government-regulated location on earth, your cell phone jumps to the page you where you stopped reading before.
Stack your time by improving yourself instead of wasting away at the hands of Big Brother.
Extra-Super Tip You’ll Thank Me For Later: If you don’t have time to read, your cell phone easily turns into an audiobook player. Want a free audio book? Take your pick right here FREE!
Where Do You Begin?
If you haven’t been a regular reader but want to become one, select a biography from a productive person from the past, in any field he or she participated in and helped improve.
Warning: Use discernment when you select from this list. For example, reading Maya Angelou (Bill Clinton’s official “Presidential Poet” who is now agonizing in hell) will increase your racism, spur hate, and decrease your brain cells. Trust me, I once took a class from her before she was made famous for doing nothing. I know of which I speak.