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15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

No matter what they are doing, people who are highly effective have a different way of doing things than the average person who is not so effective. That is what makes them so effective. You can do those same things, just by doing what they do.

1. They Visualize their Lives

Effective people know what they want, and they visualize and plan ways to get the things they want. Average people sit around hoping what they want will come to them. Stop procrastinating, figure out what you want, and how to get it.

2. They Don’t Take On More than they Can Handle

Everyone has their limits, even effective people. They complete one task before starting the next. Focus your attention on one thing at a time, and you will be more effective.

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3. They Volunteer

Effective people are the first to volunteer for a job. They know this is their chance to learn something new, impress their superiors, and to meet new people. You can do the same.

4. They don’t Focus on Time

When effective people are given tasks, they don’t get stressed about time limits. Because of this, they can focus on the task at hand and get it done.

5. They Stay Healthy

Effective people know they need to exercise and eat right, and compliment their diets with healthy supplements. Learn more about the best supplements through Supplement Reviews.

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6. They are Humble

Effective people can admit to their mistakes, and are humble. When they have done something wrong, they apologize, and they mean it. They are not arrogant, and they are forgiving, appreciating and learning from others.

7. They ask the Right Questions

In order to get ahead, effective people know that they have to ask questions. When you ask questions, you learn. This makes you more productive, and you will be more positive about the work you are doing.

8. They Say “No”

Effective people know that they can’t do it all, and sometimes they just have to say “no” to others. Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t feel that you have the time or skills for certain tasks.

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9. They Finish what they Start

Effective people don’t quit a project until it is completed. Even if they don’t enjoy what they are doing, they see it through to the end. You can be effective by making yourself do the same thing.

10. They Take Time for Themselves

Just because someone is busy and wealthy, it doesn’t mean that they are effective. Everyone needs to be able to relax and enjoy life. Schedule time periods that are just for you, so you don’t get burned out.

11. They take Ownership of their Failures

No one can do everything, and we all fail at things from time to time. The difference between effective people and average people is that effective people take ownership of their failures, and learn from them.

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12. They Know How to Communicate

Effective people are good at communicating. They also work hard to ensure that they continue being good at this. They know how to hold their tempers, and how to keep their emotions in check when communicating with others.

13. They Don’t Get Bored, and they Don’t Complain

No one likes a complainer, and it is the complainers who end up bored and unhappy in life. Get off the couch, and get out there doing the things you love. Effective people get things done.

14. They Pick their People

Effective people don’t waste their time with people who bring them down. They stick with those who they want to have in their lives, people who are like-minded and positive. Look at your relationships, and ask yourself if any of them are holding you back from being everything you can be.

15. They Find Solutions

Effective people don’t see problems. They see solutions to problems. Average people see the problems and become overwhelmed by them. When you meet an obstacle, meet it head on, and figure out how to get past that obstacle.

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Last Updated on May 16, 2019

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

One of my favorite success quotes ever comes from one of the original and most successful ‘CEOs’ of his era: Aristotle. Here’s what he said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

This advice is just as sound today as it was when Aristotle first expressed it, way back when. I’m reminded of this at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, leader, or successful CEO on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what has contributed to their success and their ability to build something meaningful.

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You want to know what nearly all of them say? Almost every time, they respond by telling me that their success is the result of simple habits  enacted day after day.

These quotes from seven successful CEOs demonstrate the daily rituals that have contributed to their success:

1. Promote what you love.

“It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.” – Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Company

2. Develop a feedback loop.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk, CEO of TESLA Motors

3. Create things that are better, not just “different.”

“Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better—to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing our world anew, as fresh and strange as it was to the ancients who saw it first, can we both re-create it and preserve it for the future.” – Peter Thiel, CEO of Palantir and best-selling author of Zero To One.

4. Meditate.

“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN Network

5. Read every day.

“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.”-Warren Buffet, CEO of investment firm Berkshire-Hathaway

6. Block time for email.

“Set aside a 20- to 30-minute chunk of time two or three times a day for email. Do not check continually through the day.” – Doug Camplejohn, CEO of predictive lead marketing company FlipTop.

7. Make your customers happy.

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Develop the right rituals. Become a successful CEO.

If the majority of these daily habits are new to you, avoid making the crucial mistake of adopting all of these habits at once. Research on habit-formation indicates that lasting habits are formed one at a time.

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For example, let’s say you’re excited about developing the following daily habits:

  • daily reading,
  • daily meditation, and
  • updating your to-do list every night

Let’s say that daily reading is the one that excites you the most out of the three habits noted above. It would be wise of you to begin by choosing and scheduling time to read every day, and then sticking to that time until it becomes a habit. Once it feels effortless and automatic, you’ll know that you’ve turned it into a daily habit. Now you’re ready to install the next habit… and the next… Until before you know it, you’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of a successful CEO.

Featured photo credit: Amy Hirschi via unsplash.com

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