5 Hour Rule

Reading is one of the most common habits among highly successful people. Warren Buffett spends 80% of his time reading and Bill Gates takes a yearly two week reading vacation.

Why do the world’s smartest and busiest people find one hour a day for deliberate learning, while others make excuses about how busy they are?

What do they see that others don’t?

The answer is simple: Learning is the single best investment of our time that we can make. Or as Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Deliberate learning is fundamental to succeeding in knowledge economy, yet few people realize it. Luckily, once you do understand the value of knowledge, it’s simple to get more of it. Just dedicate yourself to constant learning.

The 5 Hour Rule
The 5-hour rule involves spending five hours a week, or one hour each working day, focused on deliberate learning. This means setting aside time to give your full attention to learning and development, without getting distracted by other work.

Don’t Confuse Working With Learning

It’s easy to confuse working with learning, and this is how you can end up feeling stuck. You might think that working for 40 hours a week should be enough for you to see improvement, but that’s rarely the case. While you’re focused on day-to-day problems, you’re not giving yourself time to develop and grow. The 5-hour rule is about deliberate learning, not about going to work everyday and hoping you might learn something. Set yourself specific learning goals and give yourself time to achieve them, and you’ll see a vast amount of improvement.

Interesting reads

Taskmaster

There’s a British TV show called Taskmaster. It’s creative and hilarious at times.

Celebrities are given a task and often a time limit of sort and they have to perform the task.

Examples:

  • Create an image using a GPS device to track your route.
  • Get an egg as high as possible without breaking it.
  • High five a 55 year old.
  • Make the biggest splash.
  • Destroy a cake in the most impressive way.

What’s so interesting is that each one of the five contestants can interpret the instruction in their own way, producing a high variability in outcomes and some truly creative solutions.

It’s a metaphor for any task in life – there isn’t one way to do something right and the definition is not watertight in most cases.

You can get creative and achieve a superior outcome to the normal, obvious way to do something.