The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk
The most successful people on the planet are also the people likeliest to devote an hour a day to reading and learning.
You just walked in the door from an exhausting day at work. You’re hungry and spent, just wanting to catch your breath for a minute. You grab something to eat and then veg out in front of the TV. Next thing you know, you've just binge-watched five episodes of "Jessica Jones."
While that’s OK occasionally -- we all need ways to decompress and shut down -- this isn’t a healthy habit. That’s why the most successful people in the world spend their free time learning.
It’s not exactly breaking news. During his five-year study of more than 200 self-made millionaires, Thomas Corley found that they don’t watch TV. Instead, an impressive 86 percent claimed they read -- but not just for fun. What’s more, 63 percent indicated they listened to audiobooks during their morning commute.
BREAKING DOWN THE FIVE-HOUR RULE.
The five-hour rule was coined by Michael Simmons, founder of Empact. The concept is wonderfully simple: No matter how busy successful people are, they always “set aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) over their entire career for activities that can be classified as deliberate practice or learning.”
Simmons traces this phenomenon back to Ben Franklin. “Throughout Ben Franklin's adult life, he consistently invested roughly an hour a day in deliberate learning. I call this Franklin's five-hour rule: one hour a day on every weekday,” Simmons wrote.
I am a huge fan of Audible and read/listen to at least 2 books a month. I like biographies but also a good mix of SyFi and others. I also listen to 5-6 podcasts every week. With some good headphones that don’t fall you can be running, cleaning bathrooms (product testing) and learning new stuff at the same time. I easily get 5 hours of "deliberate learning" by listing to audio books during the week. If you do not subscribe to Audible you can get a free book as a first timer.
Summer is moving by really fast so get out there and enjoy it while you can. Maybe listen to a book while you are out there.
Have a great day and an even better sales week!