As an entrepreneur, you should be practicing four particular habits that contribute to your success. Creating and carrying out a strict schedule is one of those habits. Reading many books for gaining knowledge is a practice that helps you succeed. Exercise helps your creativity and productivity. The right mindset and perseverance also build success. These habits, or daily rituals, can also help you reach your goals.
Make the Most of Your Day by Keeping a Strict Schedule
If you are not sure how to create a schedule, consider the structure these famous entrepreneurs worked into their days:
Ben Franklin: He created a strict routine for every day that included eating, sleeping and working. Throughout the year, Franklin carried out 13 one-week, self-improvement plans that focused on one “virtue” a week.
Elon Musk: His entire day is scheduled in five minute blocks of time. Certain days of the week he dedicates only to one business or the other.
Mark Zuckerberg: He minimizes day-to-day choices so that his time is optimized for important ideas. For example, he wears the same kind of hoodie, t-shirt, and pants every day.
Read Many Books, Especially Ones Written by Other Great Minds
Reading books to learn, not for entertainment, is one habit practiced by many successful people. The key to this habit is to read many books.
Oprah Winfrey: She created a book club that has recommended 70 books since 1996. Winfrey started reading when she was three years old.
Warren Buffett: He spends about 80 percent of his day reading. When he was starting his investment career, he was known to read 600 to 1,000 pages per day.
Bill Gates: Each year, Gates reads 50 books. He says people should try to read one book per week, because it is very “doable.”
Exercise for Daily Productivity and Creativity
Working out your body regularly may improve your ability to solve problems, and it teaches you to push through barriers.
Richard Branson: He claims exercising provides him with an extra four hours of productivity a day. At 5 a.m. every day he kite surfs, swims, or plays tennis.
Tyra Banks: She recommends making your exercise routine fun because you are more likely to stay with it and make it a habit.
Mark Cuban: Six or seven days a week, this successful business owner does a hour of cardiovascular exercise. Some examples of his workout choices: aerobic classes, basketball, and kickboxing.
Set and Maintain a Strong, Positive, and Flexible Mindset
Having a good mindset and the strength and perseverance to press through to achieve your goals are essential for success.
Sheryl Sandberg: Her work with women centers on helping them to pursue active leadership positions. She thinks women should be bolder and have more self-confidence.
Thomas Edison: He had the perspective that he did not fail 10,000 times at creating inventions, he had just found 10,000 ways that inventions did not work.
Peter Thiel: He believes that you should be experimental in your entrepreneurship and push yourself to achieve more that you think you can.
Steve Jobs: He was convinced that perseverance is half of the recipe for success that divides the winners from the failures in entrepreneur arenas.
If you are able to apply these habits consistently to your daily life, your chances of success will increase. Nurture your mind and your body to succeed with your goals.
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