There are numerous things that successful people do to ensure they stay on top. One of these things is to read every day. It's a way to continuously better themselves through learning and appreciating the words and ideas of others. In this day and age, instant access to media is everywhere from smartphones to the TV; however, one thing that sets successful people apart is their morning reading habits. What do successful people read in the morning? Here is a quick glimpse.

1. Bill Gates.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, reads at least three newspapers every morning from cover to cover. These include The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

2. Barack Obama.

The president enjoys The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He also reads a few blogs on a daily basis.

3. Warren Buffett.

The philanthropist and investor reads at least six national and local newspapers every morning, including the Financial Times, and The Omaha World-Herald.

4. Cheryl Bachelder.

Cheryl is the CEO of Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. She claims to consider reading a critical component of her morning. One recent morning read of hers was Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army by Ben Brown and Rob Watson.

5. Howard Schultz.

The CEO of America's favorite coffee chain--Starbucks--gets up at 5 a.m. so that he can read The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Seattle Times before he starts his day. He's done this for over two decades now.

6. Kevin O'Leary.

This Shark Tank entrepreneur is an early riser as well. He claims to wake up at 5:45 each morning to check up on both the European and Asian bond markets. He also spends at least an hour reading the most recent business news.

This goes to show that if you're striving to be successful it's critical that you learn more about your surroundings and how the world works. Try carving out a 20-minute time slot each morning to read up on what's happening around you. This will help calm you and prevent you from jumping right into your emails.

If you feel as though there's no way you'll have time to read in the morning, then consider waking up a little earlier to do so. (And don't forget to keep on reading Inc., too.)

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