The Math Behind The 5-Hour Rule: Why You Need To Learn 1 Hour Per Day Just To Stay Relevant

This is the no. 1 law for the future of work.

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“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” — Dr. Peter Drucker

Three years ago, I coined the term The 5-Hour Rule after researching the most successful, busy people in the world and finding that they shared a pattern: They devoted at least 5 hours a week to deliberate learning.

Since then, I’ve preached The 5-Hour Rule to more than 10 million readers. The reason I keep writing about it is two-fold:

  • I believe it’s the single most critical practice we all can adopt to ensure our long-term career success.
  • Almost no one takes this rule as seriously as they should.

Recently, I’ve realized that The 5-Hour Rule is more than just a pattern. It’s…



Michael Simmons (
Accelerated Intelligence

I teach people to learn HOW to learn / Serial entrepreneur / Bestselling author / Contributor: Time, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review)