The most important skill that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett wished they had and how you can apply it in your life

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If you could pick any superpower in the world to have, which superpower would you choose?

Flying?

Invisibility?

Super strength?

When Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were asked this question, Gates answered,

“Being able to read super fast.”

Interestingly, Warren Buffett said the same thing, adding,

“I’ve probably wasted 10 years reading slowly.”

This is amazing!

Two of the richest people in the world agree that if they could have only one superpower, they both wish they could read faster.

Why? Because information is the most valuable commodity out there. …

It’s a lot easier than you think

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Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett simply pointed to a stack of books and said:

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.”

Early in his career, Buffett would actually read 800 pages a day, not 500. Even now, he still reads for about 8 hours a day.

How does he do it? Easy. He makes reading a priority in his life.

And you know what? He’s not the only one.

In an interview with the New York Times, Bill Gates shared that he reads about 50 books a year. In fact, Gates will actually take reading vacations for two weeks at a time. …

#2 and #5 will only take you 30 minutes to read

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You think I just “click-baited” you, huh?

You think it’s impossible to read a “life-changing” book in just one day, don’t you?

But let me tell you something…

It’s possible.

How do I know?

I know because I’ve done it.

And you know what?

It’s not that hard either. You just need to know which books to read.

Obviously, you won’t be able to read Leo Tolstoy’s 1,296-page “War and Peace” in one day. …

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A professor walks into a room and gives her students the following three numbers:

2, 4, 6.

The professor then tells her students that the sequence of numbers follows a simple rule and that it’s the students’ job to discover the rule by providing the next number in the sequence.

Each time the students guess the next number in the sequence, the professor will then tell the students if the number they provided “follows the rule” or “does not follow the rule.”

The students can guess as many numbers as they want. …

These ideas will truly impact your life

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The average CEO reads one book a week. That’s 50+ books a year!

Why do they do this? Because highly successful people know that the key to living a happy and successful life is having a dedication to lifelong learning.

Unfortunately, information by itself isn’t enough to live a happy, healthy, and successful life.

“If information was all it took,” Derek Sivers once said, “then we’d all be self made billionaires with 6 pack abs, living on the beach somewhere.”

Instead, what we need to do is take the information we read in books and figure out how to actually implement it into our lives. …

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Can you recall what you were doing on January 15, 2015? How about March 11, 2017? Or April 9, 2018?

Maybe you can if something noteworthy happened on that day such as a wedding, a vacation, or a job promotion.

But if it was just a regular day, then chances are you probably can’t remember anything that happened on those days.

Why? Because sadly our daily routines just aren’t memorable.

Unfortunately, this is why time seems to virtually race by so fast.

Let me explain…

In the book “Off The Clock,” time management expert Laura Vanderkam says that when it comes to time and memory, our brains remember routine a lot differently than a novelty. …

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Historian Will Durant (not Aristotle) once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

But if you are what you repeatedly do, then becoming a success isn’t the result of any specific one-time actions you take, but is the result of habits you build into your life.

In other words, success isn’t something you seek out. Instead, success is the accumulation of habits you build into your daily routine. In turn, those habits are what build you a successful life.

This is why the most important thing that you can do as an individual is to create a daily routine that aligns with what you want in life. …

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You know the feeling.

You wake up in the morning fully inspired to tackle the day and get stuff done.

You’re going to go to the gym. You’re going to read 30 pages of your book. You’re going to work on your passion project.

But then the day goes by, and you didn’t do any of those things. Instead, you spent time responding to email, scrolling through social media, and watching Netflix.

It’s frustrating.

And it happens day after day.

But here’s the thing: It’s not your fault. With so many distractions stealing your attention nowadays (social media, email, co-workers, etc.) …

Make it hard for your phone to derail you.

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It happens every day.

You wake up fully inspired to be productive and get stuff done.

You’re going to work on your passion project. You’re going to complete an important assignment for work. You’re going to work on that side hustle business you always wanted to start.

But then the day goes by, and you didn’t do any of those things.

Why? Because of “time thieves.”

From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed, you are constantly having your time stolen from you. …

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Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett simply pointed to a stack of books and said:

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.”

Early in his career, Buffett would actually read 800 pages a day, not 500. Even now, he still reads for about 8 hours a day.

How does he do it? Easy. He makes reading a priority in his life. And you know what? He’s not the only one.

In an interview with the New York Times, for example, Bill Gates shared that he reads about 50 books a year. Gates will actually take reading vacations for two weeks at a time. …

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