Warren Buffett Spends 80% of His Day Reading and Clearly It Paid Off

Jordan Mendiola

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Reading is one of the best ways to fill your brain with knowledge that you can apply in your everyday life. 

Supposedly, in the early days of Buffett’s investment career, he would read 600–1000 pages in a single day. Nowadays, he still dedicates 80% of his day to reading.

There’s no wonder that one of the world’s greatest investors and wealthiest men on the planet is so damn successful. He reads like it’s his job. 

Although reading for 80% of my day feels like it’s not how I want to spend my life, I know that we can all do a better job reading more. Here’s what you can do to apply Warren Buffett’s reading habits into your own life. 

You can start with ordering a book online or purchasing one on a Kindle. 

There are so many books that we’ve heard about that we know we should read. It’s easier said than done to commit to reading. 

You can order the book, let it sit on your shelf, and never finish it — instead, you might just Google the summary and call it quits. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Some of the best books I’ve read and plan to read include the following:

  • Crushing It!
  • The Power of Habit
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • The 4-Hour Work Week
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k
  • Think and Grow Rich

Books are everywhere and they’re great for knowledge. They may be 200–400 pages long, but all it takes is for you to find one piece of information that gives you an epiphany to take action.

You can read news posts, blog posts, and so much more on the internet — not just books.

Notice how the title of this post doesn’t specify reading books. Reading books is not the only way to consume information and turn it into actionable advice.

Some days, I spend my time reading news stories from around the world. Other days, I spend my time reading stories from my writing peers and inspirational figures.

The idea that you have to read more books is incorrect in my eyes. I believe that as long as you’re doing the reading on a topic you enjoy or are interested in, then that’s all that matters.

We can get inspiration from a text message, a YouTube video, a book, a blog post, an Instagram post — the list goes on and on. You get it. Just read something. 

Final Thought

Warren Buffett reads for about 80% of his days and became one of the richest men on the planet. You don’t have to read to become richer monetarily. 

You can read to become more enriched spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

The next time you’re allotted free time in your day, pull up something to read. It goes a much longer way than you might expect. 

Information is literally at our fingertips and there’s no reason to be uninformed, uneducated, or uninspired. 

Read something today, tomorrow, and every day going forward and see if your life starts to slowly get better. 

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