- Daily Zen
“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” These words by William Makepeace Thackeray are more than just an inspirational quote for the people who see habits as principles to live by and not just something you do on a daily basis. Being an entrepreneur takes self-discipline, hard work, and good judgement. But it also takes certain lifestyle choices because at the end of the day, its habits that either make or break a person.
Contrary to popular belief, the daily routines of successful people don’t involve slogging all-round the clock. Instead, they maintain a perfect work-life balance by prioritizing family time and living a wholesome life. Family dinners, dropping their kids to school, date nights – successful entrepreneurs steal moments from their busy schedules and spend time with their families. Talking and spending time with your family and friends will give you a portal to clear your head, vent out bottled feelings and remind you of your purpose.
To keep their bodies and minds healthy and energized, successful entrepreneurs, exercise. In a blog post on Virgin Mobile’s website, Richard Branson wrote, I start every day with exercise – be it a game of tennis, some cycling, or wind permitting, a kitesurf around Necker Island. Exercise puts me in a great mind frame to get down to business, and also helps me to get the rest I need each night. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing I have applied myself both physically and mentally every day.
Taking care of your health is not just about lifting weights or doing Pilates. Eating well, doing simple exercises, practicing mindfulness, ditching the elevator and taking the stairs, and sleeping well; all these ingredients of a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. A good night’s sleep, which superficial workaholics consider to be unproductive, is actually one of the most valuable daily habits of entrepreneurs and successful people.
You will find the habit of reading in the daily habits of every successful entrepreneur. Warren Buffet once said in an interview that he read 600 to 1000 pages every day when he started his career in investment. Even today, he spends 80% of his day reading. Even Elon Musk, when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said, “I read books.” Reading is important for self-improvement and constant learning and development. Moreover, reading is known to help reduce stress, improves decision-making ability, and makes you more empathetic. Hence, reading is observed as a common contender in the daily habits of entrepreneurs.
Successful entrepreneurs plan ahead and they do that by making to-do lists. They too have the same number of hours in a day as others, but they focus on priority tasks. They plan their tasks so that when they begin their day at work, they can get started right away. To-do lists help you organize your day and eliminate the restlessness you might feel when you have to tackle multiple tasks together. They also give a sense of gratification when you cancel out items from your list.
Successful entrepreneurs make themselves a priority. They all have hobbies and they all understand the importance of spending time with themselves. They don’t push themselves and the things they like at the bottom of their to-do lists. Gardening, reading, painting, meditating – any activity that helps you unwind and spend time with yourself, is important to be happy and successful. You can’t enjoy success or work for it if you aren’t happy. Hence, the habits of entrepreneurs also include quality “me-time.”