CEOs read an average of 60 books? C’mon, give me a break…

I know you’ve heard this before. 

Anytime you see Tai Lopez or Alex Mehr’s advertisements pop up on any of your preferred choices of social media, that’s usually the header.  It’s because of this repetitive mantra kept popping up during my times where I would be burning a hole through my brain with the scrolling index that is social media that one of my 2017 New Years Resolutions was to read 30 books by the end of the year.

“Why only 30?  Go big or go home, right?” 

Well, I made the choice because I was turning 30 that year, and I’m quite honestly an extremely slow reader.  To be even more honest, I couldn’t remember the last time I read a book from cover to cover.  So, I’m sure this begs the question,  “It’s 2018 now… so, did you read 30?”

Nope!  I did, however, manage to read 22 books in total.  It took some work, and I had sometimes where I just didn’t want to read; but, overall I was actually pretty happy with hitting 22 books.  Quite frankly, it was 22 books more than I would have read if I didn’t set that goal.

Now that I’ve experienced reading 22 books in a year, the idea of reading 60 books seems extremely daunting.  So much so that, after seeing the quote another couple hundred times, I was ready to throw the bullsh*t flag on the idea of it.  I mean, let’s be real… CEO’s are extremely busy people.  How in the world do they have time to read 60 books?

Thus, this led to me taking mount the stallion that is my social media soapbox, with wit in one hand and snarky sarcasm in the other, ready to go to war.  I hit “share” on one of Alex Mehr’s Mentor Box ads that had the “60 books a year” quote on the top of it ready to declare bullsh*t.  The post started something like this:

Message… delivered.  I completely disagree with the idea that a person, especially a CEO, has time to read 60 books in a year.  So, I continued:

This is where I jumped over to do a little research to prove my point already assuming the numbers would lean my way.  The questions I needed answered were:

      1. How many pages does an average book have?
      2. How many words does the average page have?
      3. What’s the average reading speed of an average person?

To answer those questions:

      1. The average book has 250 pages.
      2. The average page has 1000 words for every 4 pages.
      3. The average person reads 200 words per minute

Now that I felt ready to drop some atomic knowledge bombs on some peeps, I started crunching the numbers to answer the most important question of all. 

Based on these numbers, how many minutes would I have to dedicate to reading each day (365 days of the year) in order to read 60 books? 

Our answer…

50 Minutes a Day

Uhm… What!?

Ya, that’s right… only 50 minutes.

I contemplated this for a few minutes and only one thought came to my head, “well… sh*t.”  I honestly couldn’t hit backspace fast enough.  I deleted the entire post and was happy that I at least did a little bit of research prior to saying something stupid while standing up on my proverbial soapbox.

I at least can claim one benefit from this moment of arrogance.  I have a new, and somewhat belated, new years resolution.

I’m going to read 50 books!

Hey, don’t hate… I’m optimistic, but I’m also a realist…

One Comment Add yours

  1. Glenn Skinner says:

    I am surprised that it only takes 15 minutes a day! That is not at all what I expected! Great research, glad you posted this article.


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