Reading a lot is not a guarantee of success. In fact, reading the wrong material can actually be a guarantee of massive failure. The key to being well-read is to read good books, and read them in the right manner.First, fi nd good books: Look for book recommendations from people you admire and want to be like. Check out the books referenced by books you’ve read before that you like.Second, don’t read each book from cover to cover: Not every idea in every book is going to be useful for you. Learn to master the skill of skimming, and only read the most useful parts in depth.