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8 Daily Habits of the Successful People (Which Are Rare)

8 Daily Habits of the Successful People (Which Are Rare)

I wrote an article on how to stop bad habits. The aim was to help you enhance your creative thinking, productivity, and establish a work-life balance as well as achieve mental health.

However, once you have broken bad habits, there is a need for you to learn and imbibe the habits of the successful people, which the rest of the world doesn’t have. This is crucial as it will propel you to superstardom and guide you on the road to success. But first, you must define what success is to you.

To some, it is making more money, getting promoted at work, or becoming more influential. While to others, success is learning as well as upskilling, making progress on a career and in business.

As soon as you are clear on the definition of success, it is crucial to learn and practice the habits of successful people.

Here are 8 daily habits of the successful people:

1. Read Extensively

One common habit most successful people possess can be found in the library. Have you found a leader who does not read? Every reader leads. Reading is one of the notable habits of the successful people.

P.J Worsfold, the head of product division for FTSY or footsy, an AI-powered platform that matches people to shoes that properly fit them said he spends an hour after dinner to digest information about relevant industries, pop culture, and current events.

Reading is an avenue to sneak peek into the minds of great and successful individuals, visit locations that you may never reach physical and improve yourself in every aspect of life.

2. Work Out

Bill Gates founded Microsoft and he is one of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. He has given charitable courses via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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So what does Bill Gates do daily that the rest of the World is not doing?

He was known to work out on the treadmill back in 2008 after waking up. He combines that with watching videos from the Teaching Company series of Great courses according to a report by the Business Insider.[1]

Every successful people knows that it takes a great body to hold a strong mind. Success requires mental fitness.

Tom Carley, in his book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, stated that 76 per cent of the rich population exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. Most of them attribute their success and happiness to physical fitness.

Mark Zuckerberg is a 35 years old billionaire with a worth of over $72 billion. He says,[2]

“I ensure I work out at least three times every week-first thing in the morning.”

3. Eliminate Fear

Fear is a great threat to success. You cannot achieve remarkable results without courage.

Do you know Warren Buffet used to be afraid of public speaking to the extent that he fell ill and even talked about it in an interview? He was anxious about delivering speeches in high school and during his university days. He revealed that he dropped out of a course on public speaking and avoided presenting by all means and at all costs.

So how did Warren overcome his fear of public speaking and won an award of completion of the course?

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Here are Warren Buffet’s habits on gaining your confidence in public speaking.

  • Take small steps to improve.
  • Re-frame your nerve endings as a positive reaction to opportunities.
  • Rehearse like it’s the real deal

He took a teaching position, having completed his public speaking course to maintain his posture or risk drifting backwards.[3]

4. Never Give Up

Successful people understand that tough times expire. When you hear the names of successful people like Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and Elon Musk, you may not believe they went through a hard time.

Musk was not only bullied at school, but he was also fired from Paypal. Yet, he was not discouraged. His company, Tesla, recently became the most valuable company in America as it is now $2.1billlion richer according to Forbes.[4]

Harvard rejected Jack Ma for about ten times as his idea of escrow payment was not accepted. He was also rejected as a job candidate at KFC. Yet, he became one of the wealthiest personalities in China and the world.[5]

Here’s a takeaway from me:

“If you find yourself in a trying situation, you may change your goals, but you must not give up. Every success story comes with sacrifice. Never give up!”

5. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started what would be known as Apple today in his parents’ garage, nobody knew that the giant step of 1976 would become formidable and relevant in this century. A significant setback for Steve was when the board of directors forced him out of his company in 1985 as they did not believe in his Mackintosh idea.

He slept on the floor during his tough times, and he exchanged coke bottles for meal tickets at a local Hare Krishna temple. His focus was on his vision.

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By 1985, he founded NEXT and Pixar Animation Studio in 1989 with his co-workers and friends. By 1997, Apple was about to file for bankruptcy. Jobs was invited for the negotiation of purchasing NEXT and this led him to return as the CEO of Apple. The company regained profitability in less than a year. He shared his success habit at the Stanford University Convocation Speech in 2005- Stay Hungry, Stay foolish.[6]

6. Jot Down Notes

You could imagine the jam-packed schedule of Bill Gates. Notwithstanding, he keeps track of every idea and plan by jotting down notes. Another successful billionaire that shares the same habit is Richard Brandson. Richard is a heavy note-taker. Richard and Gates both spoke at a conference in London.

While Gates was making the closing remark, he pulled out some pieces of paper from his pocket. The notes were scribbled on some paper he had kept in his pocket, according to Richard Branson. Richard attributed the habits of the successful people to this simple habit of jotting down notes.[7]

7. Plan Every Minute

Bill Gates is one of the posters for success when it comes to time management. Telegraph reported that he broke his schedule into five minutes intervals.

And guess what? Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, does the same. Every minute is carefully planned. He does not believe in procrastination. He shared the same philosophy on time management with Warren Buffet:

“Time is the only asset that money can’t buy.”

You can buy all the assets in the world but you can’t purchase more time. Successful people have the habit of making every minute count.

So let’s talk about you! Do you leave the next thing for later? Do you do what comes by, or you have your time scheduled?

Bill Gates and every successful people maximize their time.[8]

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“Anything that wastes your time wastes your golden opportunity to become successful.”

8. Share

Sharing includes charitable giving or sharing of ideas. Giving is another common habit that most successful people have in common. They understand the significance of giving. They believe that:

“Life is not in duration, but a donation.”

Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams are some of the successful givers. Recently, Serena ended a three years title drought and donated her winnings of about $43,000 to the victims of Australia fire.[9]

You don’t need too much money before you can donate, you can start with what you have. You can volunteer to teach orphans or provide help for communities recovering from a volcanic eruption in the Philippines.

An impact should be a result of success and not only wealth accumulation.

The Bottom Line

Habits, be it good or bad, are what make or mar the success of any individual. If you want to become successful, you only need to break the bad habits and reinforce the habits of the successful people that I have shared so far so good.

It takes consistent effort and routine to succeed. It may require more skills and consistent practice, but success is inevitable.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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