How do you become an uber-rich mogul in the vein of Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey? Well, it might help to emulate the way they operate in their day-to-day lives.
Success, after all, requires not just luck and skill, but also a certain mindset. If you’re distracted, you won’t be able to reach the goals needed to get where you want to be—whether that means starting your own company or excelling at what you already do.
Many famously wealthy and successful people have shared some of the rituals they practice to stay on the right track. We rounded up some of their habits you might want to pick up.
They read a lot, and mostly nonfiction.
Tom Corley, an accountant and financial planner, surveyed 233 wealthy individuals, mostly self-made millionaires, and found interesting patterns among them. A huge majority of these rich people, 88 percent, say they devote 30 minutes or more each day to reading, according to CNBC . Most of those prefer nonfiction works like biographies, history, and self-help books. Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett reportedly once said that reading is the most important habit he’s picked up . “I just sit in my office and read all day,” he told The Week.