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5 Successful People Who Got Rich with a Leisurely Lifestyle

5 Successful People Who Got Rich with a Leisurely Lifestyle

I know a very rich woman who insists on travelling on low cost flights to her holiday destinations! Now, that is not my idea of how rich people can enjoy a leisurely lifestyle. I am looking around for some much better examples which will inspire us. How did these people make all that money and do they really enjoy and value a relaxed lifestyle? Wealth is not just about money, you know!

1. Carlos Slim Helu’

With a wealth of around $81 billion, Carlos is regarded as the world’s richest man, and he has held that position for at least three years. So, how did he get rich and does he has a leisurely lifestyle?

He has made his fortune with the telecommunications industry in Mexico and far beyond. But his wealth has penetrated almost every industry and service in Mexico. It is no surprise to hear that his country is now referred to as “Slimlandia.” How did he do it? His fans say that he was successful because he recognizes an undervalued company when he sees it and buys it.

He also has an amazing talent for numbers and that helped him in his decision to buy into Cigatim, one of the largest tobacco companies in Mexico. They were the ones who made Marlboro cigarettes. He has also a great talent at putting companies together into monopolies, and specializing in telecommunications.

He is passionate about fine art and has named the new museum in honor of his late wife Soumaya, which houses a fantastic art collection and the value of the paintings and sculptures there are said to be worth over $400 million. He loves the Rodin sculptures especially.

He loves driving himself around Mexico city although he is surrounded by bodyguards in blacked out 4x4s.

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His idea of leisure is a very practical one. He is advocating that people should only work a 3 day week so that they have more time for entertainment, hobbies and spending time with loved ones. He is also a firm advocate of chasing away negative thoughts which can be toxic.

“Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind. Emotional harm does not come from others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.”

—Carlos Slim

2. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is brash, very rich and has an inflated ego. He now ranks as the world’s ninth richest person and has a wealth worth around $46 billion. He says that he first used Facebook on a daily basis for three months. While he was doing that he found out what his friends were having for breakfast. He discovered that this was not so interesting! But the Facebook experience convinced him that if you or your company do not move forward with technology, then you are dead in the water. He is fond of quoting Woody Allen on this one.

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.”

—Woody Allen

Larry Ellison always wanted to be rich so that he could always have enough time to go hiking in the Yosemite Valley. He already had his priorities right about a leisurely lifestyle. But he was made acutely aware of the fragility of our human existence in a terrible sailing accident in 1998 when six of his crewmates were killed in a typhoon. He survived and this convinced him of the need to treasure our time on this earth.

“I’ve known for a long time that life is glorious and fragile and short,”

—Larry Ellison

It also made him keenly aware of the need to get his work-life balance right. He always says that the measure of his success is not his actual wealth but how happy he is.

One of the secrets to Ellison’s success is that he has always ignored the critics who thought his ideas were crazy. If there were no factual errors in their criticism, he completely disregarded them. He has always said he used the following criteria in his business decisions:

  • if they are fair
  • if they are morally correct
  • if they work

 3. Amancio Ortega

Imagine building a fashion empire that reaches into over 80 countries. That is what the founder of Zara, Amancio Ortega, has done with incredible success. There are only 46 Zara stores in the US while China has 347! It is no surprise that he is the third wealthiest person on the planet. He is incredibly secretive and there are very few photographs of him available.

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In one rare interview, he revealed the secret of his success. He follows two simple rules. The first is that you give customers what they want. The second is that you deliver it to them faster than anyone else.

In the poor town of La Coruna where he grew up, he spotted an ideal workforce in the fishermen’s wives who were eager to earn extra cash sewing garments. These were organized into sewing cooperatives and so the first optimal supply chain was born. A lot of Zara’s success is due to accurate consumer feedback on what they want to buy plus the fact that Zara stores restock at lightning speed.

Ortega has shunned the celebrity lifestyle. He lives in a house with a sea view in La Coruna and goes to his country residence to enjoy raising chickens and goats and to stay with his family. He loves going on hiking pilgrimages and horse riding. His lifestyle is summed up as “absolute normality.” As he hates flying, he rarely travels so the chances of you meeting him in business class are about zero.

4. Miuccia Prada

“Rich people need to be entertained more and more. And then I think, ‘Let’s not entertain anymore. Let’s be simple.””

—Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada’s grandfather ran a leather goods shop in Milan. He probably never thought his granddaughter would have transformed that business into a global fashion empire. She is thought to be the single most important influence in contemporary fashion. Miuccia Prada’s wealth is now estimated at around $13 billion.

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The secret of her success is that she was able to identify what men were prepared to try in fashion. Her plan was to promote much more freedom in men’s clothes. She started by looking at what they were wearing on the golf course and took inspiration from that. She has applied similar ideas to women’s clothes with the overall aim of making women stronger and men more sensitive through what they are wearing. Another secret to her success is the fact that she is intensely competitive and she is also fiercely creative.

As to a leisurely lifestyle, Miuccia Prada treasures some simple pleasures such as playing cards, music, gardening and also watching football. Her home is always full of people and she obviously enjoys company, and has kept up her old school acquaintances. Her secret passion is sailing and she keeps her boat in a southern Italian port but I am not allowed to tell you where it is!

5. Larry Page

Larry Page and Google are household names. The fact that “google” has already become a verb is a tribute to Larry Page’s and Sergey Brin’s success. Page’s wealth is estimated at $31 billion. The first thing that strikes you about Larry Page is his complete commitment to the future because he is passionately interested in biotech and robotics which he hopes will extend the lifespan of human beings. He regularly talks about how life will be in the next century and that many of our problems as human beings on this rather tired planet will, hopefully, be solved.

He advises companies not to concentrate on producing the same things as their competitors with minor improvements. This sort of incremental progress will fail over time. He recommends that companies focus much less on their competitors. He claims that Google has only tackled about 1% of what can be done to make people’s lives better. He advocates that companies be much more adventurous in tackling the 99% of virgin territory out there.

“If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things.”

—Larry Page

As for a leisurely lifestyle. Larry Page loves kite boarding and often goes to Richard Branson’s NeckerIsland to fly over the waves there. The private Google jet only seats 50 people whereas it was originally designed for 180. Nobody knows how the interior has been changed. There are rumors that there are hammocks on that plane but I have no reliable source to confirm that!

Featured photo credit: Larry Ellison on Stage/ Oracle PR via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2019

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems, why?

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

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The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

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The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

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It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

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For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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