20 05 2008

There is a very high correlation between reading and leadership.

Points in case (regardless of what you think of them personally):

  • Warren Buffett
  • John F. Kennedy (whose reading speed was in over 1000 words per minute)
  • Benjamin Franklin (who started the public library concept)
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Art Garfunkel (1032 books in 40 years, which seems to be pretty low to me, though a lot depends on the book being read – Harry Potter is very different than the Illiad, or A Short History of Time)
  • Bill Clinton
  • Harry Truman

And Louis L’Amour, student of the West and writer of Westerns set after the Civil War, has most of the cowboys, or at least the heroes, reading books by Blackstone (on law) and the founding fathers (on the foundations of the country and the political system).

So how are you going to join these illustrious ranks? How are you going to improve your reading? Check it out




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