Do Reading Habits Correlate to Income?

“The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than six conferences a year–whereas the average American worker reads an average of less than one book and makes 319 times less income.

Although the media often discusses the disparity between the rich and the poor, they frequently fail to cover the amount of time and energy the wealthy have commited to reading, studying and educating themselves…

The most successful people I know read everything they can get their hands on.  They approach a $30 book as though it has the potential to make them a million dollars.  They see every opportunity to train and educate themselves as the most solid and sure investment they can make”

–Grant Cardone, as quoted by Chris Brady in Turn the Page: How to Read Like a Top Leader.

Agree or disagree?

My own opinion?  I’m no CEO.  I would fall into the average to poor income bracket.  But I’m pretty young, and don’t expect my education to pay off for a while.  I consider my hunger to read and learn my biggest advantage over my peers.  The path I’ve chosen is unlikely to bring me a huge income or great power, but at least I’m accelerating toward my own definition of success–a journey which is fulfilling in itself. Reading has improved my relationships, my finances and my faith.  Thus, I’m a huge proponent of reading.  Which would be why I’m reading a book about reading… go figure, eh?

2 thoughts on “Do Reading Habits Correlate to Income?

  1. I think reading is imperative for intellectual growth. I can’t believe that the average American worker reads less than one book per year. That is tragic, if true.

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