The “5-Hour Rule” — Constant Learners Become Successful Writers

“If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible,” says Michael Simmons.


Michael Simmons and Kristina God chatting

Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Simmons (

He’s an award-winning social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and a prolific contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, and HBR.

He read thousands of books, built a multi-million business from scratch and is the host of the largest online community in the world dedicated to learning “how to learn”.

Our conversation centered around our online writing business and we also talked about our upcoming YouTube interview.

I love that Michael is a lifelong learner and passionate researcher.

I hadn’t heard about the 5-hour rule before, so I decided to dig deeper. Here’s what I found out.

Michael has always been a curious learner.

As a kid, he’d spend hours outside observing nature. Watching bugs interacting with their environment fascinated him.

This curiosity extended into his adulthood, where he became an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction.



Kristina God, MBA
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