The 5-hour Rule Endorsed By Famous People

Personal development is a proactive activity towards developing your awareness, skills, and potential which can position you for better opportunities. In the course of studying about personal development, I came upon the 5-hour rule, its application, and real-life examples of famous people practicing it.

What is the 5-hour rule?

The 5-hour rule is the act of deliberate learning, it requires spending one hour each working day, or five hours a week learning something new. Some of the most outstanding individuals in the world have endorsed this rule. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey. So it must work, right?

You must be wondering why these already successful people bother about this? Why did the leader of the most important country in the world, with his busy schedule, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day while in office? The answer to this question lies in the benefit of active and deliberate learning.

Do you know Warren Buffett spends five to six hours a day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports?

Benefits of applying the 5-hour rule

  • Learning gives you an advantage and helps you move up the ladder
  • You gain new & added insights into topics that you wouldn’t have known
  • You become a master in your chosen path

Do you know Bill Gates reads 50 books a year?

The next question you are probably asking will be how do I apply this? find how below:

5-hour rule: How can I apply this?

Applying the 5-hour rule involves using methods that you probably already do, and some new things you will need to implement.


Seeking/gaining knowledge is as essential as breathing, our world is ever-changing and only the individuals able to learn, unlearn and relearn will make great impacts. Develop a reading habit. Oprah Winfrey credits much of her success to reading.

Oprah Winfrey

Books were my path to personal freedom

— Oprah Winfrey


Create alone time for thinking and reflections, review what you have accomplished, where improvements could be done. Reflect on knowledge gained thus far from reading, interactions with other people.


Test your ideas, don’t be overly perturbed about failure. Even in failure you still gain valuable lessons.

This quote explains why failure even though it hurts isn’t always an awful thing if you take the valuable lessons.

deversity-consults-Michael-Jordan- quote

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
— Michael Jordan

I wasn’t particularly comfortable with online learning but the quest for personal development motivated me to undertake it. My discovery of the 5-hour rule has improved my Branding, Sales and Digital Marketing skills.

Deversity Consults, business support, and career advancement brand is a product of deliberate learning and risk-taking.

The 5-hour rule is covered in-depth in the Personal Development chapter of The Ultimate Guide To Employment book, order your copy here UGTE.com.

What are the strategies you apply on your personal development journey? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below!

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