Installing Good Habits
If you had the opportunity to speak with any of the most successful people in the world – Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Ralph Lauren, what would you ask them? If you are like most people you would eventually ask “How did you become so successful?” or some variation on that theme. What if their success wasn’t the result of one great big thing, but consistency with a lot of little things.
As I was thinking about this, I came across a great blog post by Nina Zipkin. She highlighted an infographic on the habit differences between the wealthy and those in poverty. What I found most striking was that these two groups were usually at opposite ends of the spectrum. If we are all creatures of habit, maybe the most successful have just cultivated better habits.
What could we learn if we followed their lead?
Here are 5 habits of the wealthiest people on the planet. Whether you are running a Fortune 500 company or homeschooling your kids, these 5 success habits are easy enough to start this week!
1. Keep Improving YOU
Reading is Fundamental. Do, you remember the commercial from back in the 80’s? Whether you listen to audiobooks in the car or on the elliptical machine or curl up by the fire with a good book you are in successful company. 63% of the world’s most successful people listen to audio in the car, 88% read 30+ minutes a day and 86% believe in lifelong educational self-improvement.
Invest in yourself daily reading books, magazines or even great blogs (like this one). Take an online class for FREE. Check out Coursera or Udemy. Keep exposing yourself to new ideas and fresh insights, you never know what connections you will make. Information is everywhere, the key is to be selective. Read what interests you.
So go pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish or skim that magazine your next million dollar idea is waiting for you. Here are some books I’ve read and recommend.
2. Write It Down, Make It Happen
Written goals set you up for greatness, they create momentum and provide direction. Writing your goals down is just the first step. After you write them out, review them daily and order your life by them. That is where the real fun begins. Writing your goals down is just the first step.
You will see those big goals become real accomplishments The jury is out on how many goals you should have simultaneously, some say 3, others say less than 10. The trick is to figure out what works for you. Start with 1 or 2 and add to the list as needed. If you have your goals written down and you review them daily, you are in good company.
3. Meet the Neighbors
Most of us are creatures of habit. We tend to hang out with and/or work with the same group of people. About 80% of the most successful people go out of their way to meet new people. Get out there and mingle. Meeting new people opens us to new opportunities, new ideas, new relationships. Guess what, you won’t hit it off with everyone you meet. That’s okay. Just keep up with the ones you do. Go out of your way to meet new people.
4. Feel the Burn
Take time to make sure you are fit and healthy. What good is success if you don’t have the quality of life to enjoy it? Get your rest. Eat right. Exercise. You don’t have to have a gym membership either, there are plenty of ways to workout without leaving your office. Here’s a great article, if you need some suggestions. 76% of the most successful people exercise 4 times per week.
5. Kiss the Snooze Button Goodbye
Almost half of the most successful people in the world wake up 3 hours before they need to be at work. We all know the early bird gets the worm, but I’m on a low worm diet! I know, you’re not a morning person or you’re allergic to sunrises. The upside to getting up earlier is that you can get more done without distraction.
Your head is clear, your mind is sharp you can tackle the world. Three hours might be a stretch for you right now, so shoot for 1 hour earlier than you normally get up. Give it a month and see how much more productive you can be. If it’s still dark when you get up, don’t worry, about 67% of the most successful people are up early with you.
Bonus tip: If these folks aren’t your role models, talk to someone who is and find out what habits they have cultivated. Then integrate the habits that work best for you.
What habits have made the biggest impact on your productivity or success?
Until next time,
Make today count!