The Importance of Reading Regularly


In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren Buffett reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.

Charles T. Munger

There are already plenty of studies out there that show that reading done outside of school relates to growth in verbal fluency, reading comprehension, general information and vocabulary.

These studies show that students who read independently score higher on tests in all subject areas. You can read about it on the American Library Association.


It’s probably no coincidence that many business titans and leaders happen to be wide readers.

Winston Churchill is one such example. As is Steve Jobs.

Warren Buffett has mentioned that he casually reads the Omaha World-Herald, USA Today, the American Banker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times in the morning. Mark Zuckerberg in 2015 explained that, despite his hectic schedule, he tries to read a new book every other week.

Learning to read doesn’t simply make you more literate. It breeds you for success.

Another interesting study was performed on 1,890 pairs of twins. The scientists picked twins because they share all their genes and this allows for a more unbiased study. They found out that children who had better than average reading skills also think better.

What’s your excuse?

References:

Kern, Margaret L., and Howard S. Friedman. ‘Early Educational Milestones As Predictors Of Lifelong Academic Achievement, Midlife Adjustment, And Longevity‘. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 30.4 (2009): 419-430. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Morning, What. ‘What 16 Successful People Read In The Morning‘. Business Insider. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Ritchie SJ, et al. ‘Does Learning To Read Improve Intelligence? A Longitudinal Multivariate Analysis In Identical Twins From Age 7 To 16. – Pubmed – NCBI‘. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.