We are all in the pursuit of happiness. The ability to buy everything our hearts desires, to travel anything imaginable, good families, and good health.
Our country is full of people who have achieved virtually everything in life. We have the most billionaires in the world, the largest companies, and above all, the biggest givers in the world.
What do the most successful people in the world do differently?
Intelligence, talent, and charm are great, but more often than not these aren’t what separate the wealthiest among us from the poorest.
Here are the top habits of the most successful people in the world.
What do you do every morning after waking up? What about every day before you go to bed? Do you listen to a podcast, watch a movie, or read a book?
Many successful people spend this time in meditation. In a recent interview, Melinda Gates explained that every morning, she spends a few minutes in bed meditating.
Studies show that meditation is an ideal process to reduce stress, improve concentration, increase happiness, and increase self-awareness.
On waking up early, Sir Richard Branson said this:
‘Over my 50 years in business, I have learned that if I rise early, I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.’
Better still, meditation costs nothing.
Wake Up Early
A few people on the Forbes list achieved their success by inheriting their wealth. However, most of them became rich by working hard. One way to do this is by waking up early. A book by Thomas Corley found that most wealthy people wake up three hours before they start their official duties.
Imagine this. Tim Cook of Apple wakes up at 3:45 a.m. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wakes up at 5:00 a.m. Donald Trump wakes up at 5:00 a.m. The list goes on and on. How can you wake up at 9:00 a.m. and expect to compete?
Many successful people understand the value of reading. In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg’s goal was to read one book per week. In an interview last year, Jack Dorsey of Twitter talked about books and how much they mean to him.
To succeed, I recommend that you spend time reading books or listening to audiobooks. Books will open up your world to other peoples’ perspectives and broaden your thinking.
Many highly successful people value their health and try to incorporate healthy eating into their diets. A study by Thomas Corley found that more than 50% of the country’s richest people count their calories compared to 5% of poor people who do. Most of them avoid drinking alcohol and using drugs.
Eating a healthy diet matters. It gives you longer health and saves you thousands of dollars in healthcare costs.
How many times do you exercise?
Studies show that most successful people spend their time exercising. Most of them have private gyms in their houses while others spend a few minutes every day running. A recent study showed that most people in the Forbes list do aerobics at least four times per week.
A recent report by Men’s Fitness showed that Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world spends a minimum of 30 minutes every day exercising. A report by New York Times revealed that Bill Gates spends an hour every day on his treadmill. If the richest people in the world do these, why not you?
Keep a to-do list
Successful people often attribute their success to organization. To achieve this, they spend a few minutes every day working on their to-do list.
Research shows that 81% of all the wealthy people use a to-do list, compared to just 18% of the poor people.
To achieve this, you can use mobile apps like Todoist, Wunderlist, and TimeTune to create and check the to-do lists.
Donald Trump likes to brag about how little sleep he gets. Every day, he sleeps for less than 6 hours. But is this good? No.
Sleep experts advise people to spend at least 7 hours every day sleeping. Most successful people follow this rule. They sleep early and wake up early.
Achieving this goal takes time. It’s never easy to leave a favorite movie to go to bed. However, it is worth it. Having enough sleep is not only healthy for you, but it is also a good way to boost your productivity at work.
They Take Risks
Elon Musk was a bright student on campus. After graduation, he could have got an excellent job at a top company like Microsoft or IBM. The same is true with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Jeff Bezos.
But, they decided to take the risk of starting companies.
These risks didn’t stop when their companies became successful. In fact, all the leading companies continue to take risks every day by launching new products.
For example, a while back, Microsoft took a 10 billion dollar risk of acquiring Nokia, Google acquired Motorola, and General Electric acquired Baker Hughes.
If you are fed up with your job and have the drive to start a company, why not quit?
Why do the rich spend thousands of dollars making a pilgrimage to Davos every year? What do they gain by attending the World Economic Forum? The simple answer is networks.
By attending such an event, the leaders meet new people, share ideas, and simply extend their networks. This is good for their personal life and their businesses.
How many times per day do you spend thinking about money you don’t have? How you will buy a Lamborghini when you win a million dollars? Or how you will travel the world when you win a lottery ticket?
Rich and successful people don’t have time for that. They understand that the best things in life come only by hard work.
Spend time with their families
In an interview before his death, Billy Graham was asked about his biggest regrets in life. It all came down to the time he didn’t spend with his family.
Wealthy people have it all. They have all the money in the world and can afford everything their heart desires. Nonetheless, some of them are often sad and lonely because they have neglected their families in the pursuit of wealth.
Developing these habits takes time, and it is often difficult to achieve them. The key to succeeding in this pursuit is to start early and slowly to create a habit. For example, if your plan is to wake up at 5 a.m., you can start by waking up at 6 a.m. for a short while, then 5:30 a.m., and in a few months, you will have developed the habit.