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8 CEOs Reveal Which Daily Habits Drive Success

8 CEOs Reveal Which Daily Habits Drive Success

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, aspiring entrepreneur, local restaurant manager, or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, there’s no denying that success is somewhat rooted in maintaining productive daily habits and routines. The problem is that the majority of people don’t know which routines are constructive. And if they do, most people aren’t disciplined enough to consistently maintain these habits.

While everyone is different — and no two individuals thrive under the same conditions — it’s helpful to look at what other successful people are doing in an effort to foster success in your own life. Check out the habits of these eight CEOs and be inspired:

1. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square

If there’s anyone qualified enough to discuss daily habits and routines, it’s Jack Dorsey. This is the guy who co-founded both Square and Twitter. He understands what it takes to be successful in both his personal life and business life. So, what’s his best habit?

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Dorsey believes in giving every single day of the week a theme. For example, his week looks like this:

  • Monday-Management and Running the Company
  • Tuesday-Product
  • Wednesday-Marketing and Communications/Growth
  • Thursday-Developers and Partnerships
  • Friday-Company Culture and Recruiting
  • Saturday-Time Off
  • Sunday-Reflection

2. Michael Bruch, CEO of Willow

“[I spend] an hour or two every day keeping up with tech news on Twitter,” says Michael Bruch, CEO of the new social platform Willow. “It’s not good to obsess over what other people are doing, but staying informed is certainly important.”

Bruch isn’t alone in this habit. Plenty of successful entrepreneurs and CEOs carve out time for marinating in industry trends and staying up to date on the latest news. If you completely shut yourself off from these things, you’ll end up limiting your ability to innovate and create.

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3. Zach Supalla, CEO of Particle

According to Zach Supalla, the CEO of a new IoT startup, the key to being successful actually lies in shaking up your routine. In other words, you can’t have the same routine for 25 years and expect to still be relevant. Sure, you can keep the same basic principles, but you must be willing to adapt at some point.

“I’m always trying new things and changing how I work,” he says.

4. Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Nets

While you could point to virtually any CEO and marvel at their ability to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and start their day, there’s perhaps no better example than Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets basketball franchise. Yormark gets up at 3:30 a.m. each morning. Do we even want to know when he goes to bed?

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While 3:30 may be excessive, you should consider waking up a little earlier each morning. Even one hour can make a big difference. If you typically climb out of bed at 7:00 a.m., try getting up at 6:00 a.m. for a week and record the difference. It may surprise you how much more you’re able to get done in a workday.

5. Mark Cuban, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO

If there’s one thing Mark Cuban hates more than anything else, it’s unnecessary meetings. He believes frivolous meetings are a daily time-killer and does everything he can to avoid them. “Meetings are a waste of time unless you are closing a deal,” he says. “There are so many ways to communicate in real time or asynchronously that any meeting you actually sit for should have a duration and set outcome before you agree to go.”

6. Evan Williams, Former CEO of Twitter

While most people feel like pushing through and spending as much time as possible in the office is the best way to increase productivity and profitability, entrepreneur Evan Williams couldn’t disagree any more. Williams believes in breaking up the day by taking some time off right around noon. He prefers to hit the gym, as it boosts his energy level and reinvigorates him for another five-plus hours.

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7. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project

The problem with our lives is that we’re so caught up in everything that we forget to focus on anything. Everything comes at us so quickly that we quickly become anxious and overwhelmed. Well, Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, has an answer. His morning routine consists of meditating. He believes it helps him maintain a “steady reservoir of energy.”

8. Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall

According to Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall, you must make a habit out of beginning each day with a positive attitude. If you don’t make it a priority, it won’t happen. “I wake up and start every day with one initial thought: being thankful for the abundance in my life- family, friends, company, and more,” he says. “Nothing good ever comes easy. Hard work and dedication always pays off. Starting every day with a strong, positive thought is the best way to kickoff each day.”

Do you have daily habits and routines? If so, what are they? Success is anything but guaranteed, but a few strong habits will point you in the right direction.

Featured photo credit: Kevin Krejci via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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