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How I Read 100 Books a Year – Tips for Reading More

By March 14th, 2024No Comments

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

— Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I read 100 books a year.

In 2023, I fell a couple short at 98.

But no one is perfect!

But 98 is still a lot of books, and I want to help you read more!

Reading is very important.

If you look at successful people, they’re all readers for the most part.

Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, and Oprah Winfrey all read multiple hours per day.

These are some of the busiest, most high-net-worth people in the world.

Is this just a hobby or is there more to it?

I think there is way more to it.

Reading changes who you are as a person.

Today, I’ll share my secrets of how to read more and why you should read more.

Let’s jump into it!

Why Read More Books?

There are three reasons why you should read more.

Firstly, reading makes you a more relatable person.

You’re the most interesting person in the room because you know about a lot of different topics.

When you meet people from different places, you can share what you learned from a book and have an awesome conversation.

I find myself doing this all the time.

People are interested to hear what I have to say because I’m reading a lot.

If you’re a reader, you will also have much more to say.

People will find ways to relate to you because of what you have to share.

The second thing reading does is it makes connections easier.

By this I mean the concept of connecting ideas to each other.

The more I read, the more I learn.

When I go through my daily life, I see connections between everyday things:

Some of today’s politicians act like politicians in the past.

Something happening in my business also happened in a book I read.

As you read in different areas, you’ll make those connections too.

For example, leadership qualities can be seen throughout history.

Personalities of certain politicians and successful business owners pop up in many different eras.

The well-read person will see these patterns and be able to use them to their advantage.

The third reason is that reading helps you grow.

Reading is very similar to physical training.

I say this as someone who is very active in taking care of my body.

With reading, you’re training your mind.

When you read, you’re performing mental aerobics to get yourself in better shape.

You can meet someone in their 90s who is as sharp as ever because their mind is fit.

I encourage you to learn and grow as well.

Now, I want to share my three secrets to read more.

They’re from my best-selling book, Fire Yourself.

You can get it on Amazon.

The first chapter is also on my website for free.

1. Set an Annual Goal

The first thing you can do to read more is set an annual goal.

The first time I did this in 2020, my goal was 50 books.

I ended up reading 87.

I read way more than I thought because of my extra time during COVID.

In 2023, my goal was 80 books and I read 98.

I didn’t quite get to a hundred, but I often read more than I plan to.

If those amounts sound overwhelming, start with 25 books a year.

25 books a year would round out to a book every two weeks.

That’s very doable.

The most important thing is to make the goal, keep it in front of you, and do it.

I don’t usually pick 1,000-page books.

I did read a couple of those last year, but most books I read are 200-300 pages.

Every book you read shouldn’t be super long.

Make it a competition with yourself by keeping a list.

You can see my list here.

If I highlight or bold something, that means it’s a very interesting read.

Marking things off a list is very satisfying and can be a huge help!

2. Work It Into Your Day

The second secret that I have is to work reading into your day.

Taking time off to read is not achievable by everyone.

Try to just work reading into your lifestyle.

I’m a busy person and I’m sure you are as well.

But this is much easier than you might think!

I take 15 minutes at the end of the night, sit in my massage chair, and read.

15 minutes a night really works for me.

I also listen to a lot of audiobooks.

To all the people who say they don’t count or you can’t retain the information, I disagree!

I retain the knowledge pretty well.

I think of it like a person speaking to me.

Typically, I listen to them two to three times as fast.

If that speed stresses you out, you can work your way up to it over time.

With some trial and error, you’ll find what settings are most comfortable for you.

I can now get through a five-hour book in a couple of hours.

I listen while walking outside, driving, and cleaning the house.

Audiobooks are an awesome way to keep learning while you’re doing something else.

I also have a hack to read more audiobooks for cheap:

Hoopla and Libby are apps connected to your local library.

Your local library may even have their own app that lets you download free audiobooks.

I download around five to ten books a week.

That way, if I don’t like a book after I start reading, I can return it without worrying about lost money.

With Spotify Premium, you can now listen to 15 hours of selected audiobooks for free each month.

Whether it’s an audiobook or a 15-minute read at the end of your day, figure out how to make time.

The results are well worth the effort!

3. Give Yourself a Reward

The final secret I’ll share today is to give yourself a reward when you achieve a reading goal.

Education is important.

When you’re investing in education, you’re investing in yourself.

When you achieve that goal, do something nice for yourself.

Go out to dinner, get a massage, go on a trip!

Do something that’s a big deal.

You may feel a little self-conscious at first.

But people will be impressed that you achieved a goal, whether that’s finishing 20 books or 120 books.

You can pride yourself on the fact that you make goals and finish them.

You’ll also be someone who invests in themselves by reading.

I encourage you to go out and get started!

In summary, the biggest thing is to make a goal.

For me, making a goal has done wonders.

Keep track of what you’re doing and measure what matters.

I lost 30 pounds a few years ago because I started weighing myself every morning.

Getting more information was the biggest help for me.

Keep track of your progress.

Work reading into your day.

Set rewards for yourself.

I hope this advice helps you.

Now I want to hear from you!

What books are you excited to read?

Give us some recommendations in the comments below.

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Disclaimer: I am not your investment advisor. This is for educational purposes only. I am not giving specific advice on what you can do. I am simply giving my opinions.

Bronson Hill

Bronson used to work as a consultant for a medical device company but switched to investing in apartment buildings to make his money work for him. He started with a single rental property that made good money and, after some advice from a family member, moved into bigger real estate projects. Now, he's all about helping others get into this kind of investment to earn money without having to work all the time. When he's not dealing with investments, Bronson loves to travel, write songs, stay active, and help fight modern slavery through his work with Dressember. He believes in working smarter, not harder, and wants to share how that's possible with everyone.

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