Success, In One Hour A Day
The reason why the five-hour rule is so effective in priming the world’s most accomplished people for continued success comes down to two things. First, working harder and longer is not the same as working smarter. Not even close. Smart working includes taking a little time away to learn instead of do. This will help you focus on long-term self-improvement, rather than your current workload. Do you really think Bill Gates reading 50 books a year is directly tied to his daily projects?
Secondly, nothing beats an expert. Jumping right into the deep end, figuring things out as you go is great and all, but there’s no substitute for good ol’ fashioned expertise. Billionaire entrepreneur Marc Andreessen points to Mark Zuckerberg as an example, saying in an interview, “I think skill acquisition, literally the acquisition of skills and how to do things, is just dramatically underrated. […] There’s a reason there are so many stories about Mark Zuckerberg. There aren’t that many Mark Zuckerbergs. […] The really great CEOs, if you spend time with them — you would find this to be true of Mark today or of any of the great CEOs of today or the past — they are really encyclopedic in their knowledge of how to run a company, and it’s very hard to just intuit all of that in your early 20s.”