I recently came across an article discussing “The 5-Hour Rule” and its impact on career development. Without a doubt, it’s something everyone should consider.
According to Medium, “The 5-Hour Rule” is the commitment to spend 1 hour in deliberate learning 5 times a week. And by “deliberate learning”, I primarily mean investing your time in reading. Career-relevant books. Articles. Magazines and blogs.
Some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers practice this rule and then some. Medium states:
Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports. Bill Gates reads 50 books per year. Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks. Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, according to his brother. Oprah Winfrey credits books with much of her success: “Books were my pass to personal freedom.” Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours day. Dan Gilbert, self-made billionaire and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reads one to two hours a day.
Now that’s some good company! But if you need more proof that this method of learning makes a long-term impact, look no further than the man it was named after – Ben Franklin. According to Medium, Franklin’s learning time included:
- Waking up early to read and write
- Setting personal-growth goals (i.e., virtues list) and tracking the results
- Creating a club for “like-minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community”
- Turning his ideas into experiments
- Having morning and evening reflection questions
This article goes on to dig into how the time period in Franklin’s life when he embraced “The 5-Hour Rule” dramatically increased his success rates professionally.
It comes down to this – how will YOU invest your time to get better at what you do? Is it 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes over your lunch break? An hour after dinner and before bed? Get creative on when and how you can embrace “The 5-Hour Rule” and embrace what happens next!