Read, Lead, Succeed
Popular British Actress Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the most watched fantasy TV series of the recent times Game of Thrones says: “Never trust a person whose TV is bigger than his/her bookshelf, so I make sure I read.” We’re taught from a very young age that reading as much as possible is the pathway to success and fulfillment. While simply being an avid reader does not ensure success, successful people are assuredly avid readers.
So how does reading help people become successful?
- Reading leads to new ideas and innovation: It is practically impossible for us to sit and talk with some of the greatest innovators of our times, but reading their biographies and books authored by them do inspire fresh perspectives and ideas.
- Reading helps in learning a new skill: Successful people have always been early adopters of a new technology or a new skill. Given their busy schedule, it is difficult for them to join a class to learn something new; reading helps them keep abreast of the latest innovations.
- Reading raises the bar of an individual in a profession: In this fast moving competitive world, continuous reading separates him from his contemporaries. It gives him a knowledge advantage that helps him stay ahead in his field.
- Reading takes you to places you’ve never been before: Books triggers imaginations. Reading fiction enables one to visualize a distant city or a country in the most beautiful way. For example: An architect can draw the layout to construct a similar monument/structure by reading about it even though it doesn’t exist in real world.
The legendary investor and stock market giant Warren Buffett was once asked about the secret behind his overwhelming success, he signaled towards a stack of manuals and books and said: “Start reading 500 pages like this every day’’ while. That is how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. Anyone can do it.
Mr. Buffet himself a voracious reader, spends at least 5-6 hours per day reading.
And Warren Buffett is not alone. Here are some interesting reading habits of some of the world’s leading businessmen and entrepreneurs
- The richest man on planet Bill Gates reads around 50 books each year and he proudly publishes the list of 50 books he read at the end of each year.
- Elon Musk, the spacecraft tech-giant, was asked how he learned to build rockets and he replied in three simple words: “I read books.”
- Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook took a resolution to read a book every 2-weeks and he has been religiously following it since 2015.
- One of the most influential women in the world, Oprah Winfrey started a platform named ‘Oprah Book Club’ where she picks a book each month and discusses inspiring stories with its members.
Six libraries across four St. Andrews campuses located in Bangalore and Hyderabad are integral to the cultural and social life of the schools. The school libraries are a central point for all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion. The library’s collections, services, and environment are all designed to help the school meet its targets and goals for raising student achievement. Students of St. Andrews School have done their alma mater proud by winning several accolades in debate, elocution and quiz competitions on a diverse range of topics other than the school curriculum.