A commitment to continuous self-development is cited time and time again as the single unifying yardstick among some of the world’s highest achievers, and EAW Consulting owner Josh Cote has lifted the lid on some of the reading habits of the mighty successful.
While fortunate timing, possessing high levels of IQ, creating amazing ideas, and being incredibly lucky are all catalysts in the melting pot for success, Josh Cote believes an appreciation for reading is by far the most profitable ingredient anyone can add to enhance their future chances of triumph.
American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet read between 600-1000 pages per day during the early stages of his investing career, and still manages to devote about 80% of each day to continued professional development despite being 86. Bill Gates has been cited as reading about 50 books per year, while Mark Cuban reads over 3 hours a day religiously.
Guidance, knowledge and inspiration can be found in educational books and autobiographies, but business consultant and entrepreneur Josh Cote believes that ultra-successful people have these reading habits because they are highly motivated and curious by nature. There are many examples of successful people dropping out of high school or foregoing traditional forms of education, but it is clear that they never stopped learning – with reading playing a vital role in their journey towards success.
“Continued personal and professional development through reading will shape you into the kind of person that makes it to the other side of the river, or displaces that seemingly immovable obstacle – it’s paramount for any future success,” states EAW Consulting owner Josh Cote.
Josh Cote believes finding success is about asking the right questions and making sure that an individual never stops learning new things. Successful people are eager to know more and remain enthusiastic to explore, they see opportunities which are normally not visible and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new possibilities.
Mr. Cote works with clients on strategy, planning and problem solving, and helps to develop their business skills and industry knowledge. By applying many years of cross-sector experience and harnessing proven knowledge management systems, tools and methodologies, Mr. Cote identifies ways of improving performance and achieving excellence.
Josh Cote has a suggested reading section on his website, and runs a ‘book of the month’ posting across social media. July’s book of the month is Sun Tzu’s 2,000 year-old classic ‘The Art of War’ - the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations.