In his very first meeting with his mentor, W. Clement Stone, Jack Canfield asked him what he needed to do to be successful. 
Stone asked him to eliminate one hour of television a day.
“Cutting out just one hour of television a day creates an extra 365 hours per year to accomplish whatever is most important to you. That’s over nine additional 40-hour workweeks – 2 months of additional time!”
Confused, Canfield asked Stone what he wanted him to do with that extra hour.
His reply was simple:
Canfield, now 70, has read more than 3,000 books and is one of the most successful authors of all time. 
How Long Does It Take You to Read a Book?
In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, Internet entrepreneur and AppSumo founder Noah Kagan said something that summarised the importance of reading in today’s information age:
“I’ve never met someone who is super successful and doesn’t read”. 
Fact: leaders are readers. Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday. The list is goes on. Successful people are voracious readers because they understand to earn more you need to learn more.
For most of us reading is a pastime, one we only pursue when we’re bored, but for leaders, it’s an investment in their education.
The problem is many of us don’t have time to commit hours to reading like they do (Buffett reportedly reads five to six hours a day). 
But reading one non-fiction book a week doesn’t have to be hard, in fact, it’s easier than you think, once you know how…
How to Read More Books
I easily read one non-fiction book a week by using what I call “The 10% Rule”.
The rule is simple: By reading 10% of a book a day, you can read more books without getting distracted by the non-essential. You can achieve this without speed-reading, “hacking” your book, or anything else that would detract from your reading experience.
Here are some things to consider:
1. You don’t need to read everything. The average time to read a book varies depending on its length, but a 240-page book becomes a lot shorter when you eliminate its Bonus, Appendix, Notes, Index, Acknowledgments, Sources, etc.
I recently read Stephen Guise’s Mini Habits in 3-days. Excluding the non-essential, the book officially “started” at 7% and “finished” at 92%. That immediately eliminated 15%. Granted, it’s only 126 pages long, but you’ll find by only reading the essential (i.e. the actual content), you can read a lot faster.
2. Turn reading into a habit. Instead of only reading when you’re “in the mood” (which is unpredictable), habitualize when you do it. Identify a constant trigger for when to read (like an existing habit) and commit to it (I wrote about how you can do this here).
I read for 30 minutes every morning immediately after my wife goes to work. As soon as I’ve kissed her goodbye, I sit at my desk, set a timer for 30 minutes and read without interruption. By scheduling when to read, you begin to look forward to it and can enjoy it guilt-free.
3. If it’s a long book, chunk it down. Unlike Canfield, many of us don’t have an hour a day to ourselves (let alone to read). When you have a boss to report to, children to pick up and a house to clean, reading becomes less of a priority. There’s a solution to this: eliminate or reduce one non-essential activity.
You don’t need to spend 40 minutes a day reading your newsfeed.  You don’t need to binge watch episodes of your favourite T.V. show because you’re bored. You don’t need to vacuum again. Read instead. Chip away at your 10% goal on your commute home, while you’re standing in line, before bed, etc. Play little games with yourself. “Can I finish this chapter today?”
How many books you should read is irrelevant; what is relevant is are you applying what you’re learning?
Read one book a week and apply ONE thing you’ve learned. Ask for a raise. Get rejected. Say no to the trivial many. Don’t be afraid to read books that challenge your beliefs. If your beliefs are limiting, they need challenging.
Can you imagine what you could learn in a year?
 Canfield, J., and Switzer. J. The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, New York: Harper Resource Book, 2005. Print.
 Wikipedia (2015) Jack Canfield, Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Canfield (Accessed: 1 June 2015).
 Ferriss, T, (2015) How Facebook’s #30 Employee Quickly Built 4 Businesses and Gained 40 Pounds with Weight Training, Available at: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/07/noah-kagan/ (Accessed: 31 May 2015).
 MarketWatch (2015) Can you keep up with five-hours-a-day reader Warren Buffett?, Available at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/can-you-keep-up-with-five-hours-a-day-reader-warren-buffett-2015-05-14 (Accessed: 1 June 2015).
 Brustein, J. (2014) Americans Now Spend More Time on Facebook Than They Do on Their Pets, Available at: http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-07-23/heres-how-much-time-people-spend-on-facebook-daily (Accessed: 1 June 2015).