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How Your Reading List Impacts Your Annual Income | Compare $35K to $160K

How Your Reading List Impacts Your Annual Income | Compare $35K to $160K

As we have established in my previous post, the number 1 habit separating the poor from the wealthy, success comes to those who are always trying to learn. And in order to apply useful information we have learned, we need to have the growth mindset. Tom Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals”, finds in his research that both the rich and the poor read a similar amount of books. The difference actually lies in the type of books they are reading.

85% of those who have an annual income of $160K read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month. Only 15% of those who have an annual income of $35K read the same type of material. -Business Insider

Rich, successful people read for self-improvement. And those who are less financially successful read more for entertainment. Corley says his overall conclusion is that, “your daily habits will dictate your financial success in life”. Self-education is an important habit, and an easy way to start implementing this habit, is to add it to your morning routine. Read more about morning routines here.

My initial goal when I added self-education to my morning routine, was to read for 10 minutes. It soon turned into 20 minutes, which in turn made me want to wake up earlier in the morning. And then my goal turned into reading one book a month. I stagnated for a few months thinking this was great progress, then I stumbled across this little piece of information:

“The former Microsoft CEO has attested to reading 50 books a year, or roughly one book a week.” -Business Insider

Bill Gates reads one book a week! Mostly non-fiction and dealing with public health, disease, engineering, business, and science. Talk about feeling foolish when I was proud of one book a month. Anyway, this was a great piece of information to come my way because I needed a little more motivation to start reading more. So I jumped into January with new interest and here is my 2018 Reading List. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations! 

My Reading List for 2018

Books I have Finished in January


Books I am Currently Reading


Books I Can't Wait to Start


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