The five hour rule

Brilliant in its simplicity, shocking in its efficacy and commendable in its continuing relevance. The five hour rule as posed by Michael Simmons in 2016 is a must read for any would be leader. In fact, for any professional who wishes to stay employed over the coming decades. And it’s not just a matter of reading it, which ironically is part of it, it’s about implementing it.

“Just as we recommend dosages of vitamins and aerobic exercise for leading a healthy life physically, we should be more rigorous about how we as an information society think about the minimum doses of deliberate learning for leading a healthy life economically.”

Five hours is the minimum time per week Simmons’ research subjects spent on one of three active learning pursuits. The dozens of high profile entrepreneurs, billionaires and leaders of industry dedicate time to either reading, reflecting or experimenting.

Simmons refers to this as ‘deliberate practice’. Pointing out that most professionals focus on on productivity and efficiency, not improvement rates and despite how busy these highy successful people are, they make time for their learning practices. Stating the long term effects of not deliberately learning and practicing every day are as insidious as an unhealthy physical lifestyle. Or as Randal Stephenson, A&T told the New York Times,

“Those who don’t spend at least five to 10 hours per week learning will obsolete themselves to technology.’

Fascinating and illuminating; you may as well start your new reading practice now with this!

Full article here Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule

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