Have you ever wondered how certain people have gotten so successful? Sure, you have. A great idea, motivation, persistence, and a little luck help, but most successful people share certain habits. Here are nine practices that have helped place them at the top:
They wake up early. —
Former President Obama, Richard Branson, Jack Dorsey, Larry Schultz, Tim Cook, and Xerox CEO Ursula Burns are known to be early risers. How has this contributed to their success?
Because early risers can start their days ahead of everyone else by responding to others, exercising, and taking some personal time, early risers also tend to be happier and more proactive.
Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, told The Huffington Post in 2013 that “meditation, more than anything in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.” Dalio, however, is not alone.
Oprah, Rupert Murdoch, Russell Simmons, Arianna Huffington, Bill Ford, and Padmasree Warrior have all credited mediation as a huge component of their success. Taking care of your body and mind by relaxing, exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep are all ways to improve your chances of success.
Successful people realize the importance of networking. Research has found that networking can lead people to perform better at work and increase their chances of landing a job.
Networking helps our successful people be more innovative. According to Dale Carnegie’s classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” successful people rarely complain or criticize. They are sincere and try to be empathetic.
Keep themselves busy:
Successful people are usually active. Achievers like LBJ and Robert Moses were known to work 60–65 hours per week. Elon Musk works 80 to 100 hours per week and has said, “That’s the type of work ethic an entrepreneur needs to have.”
They don’t watch TV; they read.
According to Thomas Corley, author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals,” 67 percent of rich people only watch TV for one hour or less per day. Corley also found that only 6 percent of the wealthy watch reality shows, while 78 percent of the poor do.
Also, 86 percent of wealthy people love to read, and an impressive 88 percent say they read for 30 minutes or more every day to improve themselves.
They know when to say “no.”
“The difference between successful people and successful people is that successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffett
Successful people realize that by saying “no” to negativity, extra work, and activities that waste time, they can focus on increasing their productivity. If they say “yes” to everyone or everything, they’ll be too distracted and will not accomplish tasks that have to be done.
They write their to-do lists the night before.
Successful people are known for writing their to-do lists the night before so they can set priorities for the following day. They also number their lists to identify which tasks are the most important.
They manage their money as follows:
Successful people have gotten where they are because they can manage their finances well. This means they invest their money wisely, look for new opportunities, and set aside emergency funds. They are more generous and willing to donate to those who need help. Here are 101 ways that I’ve put together to save money like well-off people.
In addition, I’ve found that my marriage has become 10x better with enough savings in the bank for a year’s worth of expenses. That saved us when my last business venture failed.
There is an old saying that luck and preparation always meet opportunity. The most successful people set themselves up for success by always preparing. Successful people expect luck will find them, and it usually does.
They set goals and visualize:
Joel Brown interviewed several high achievers for Entrepreneur and found that “ninety-five percent of the successful achievers I have interviewed practice writing down their goals, plans, or visions for success on a regular basis.
Successful people do this the night before or first thing in the morning, so they are prepared to tackle the challenges that await them.