We live in a time when it’s easier than ever to start a business and become an entrepreneur.
What’s more, we have numerous ways of promoting a business, right at our fingertips: gone are the days when businesses had to rely on traditional advertising techniques to get the word out and get people interested in their products or services. We now have social media, content marketing, email and so many other marketing tactics that we can use to grow a business.
That said, achieving success as a business or entrepreneur in today’s age isn’t necessarily easier, because the competition is incredibly fierce.
And because a great product/service and a good marketing strategy are not enough to achieve success.
You also need to truly want this success.
You need to change your habits and your priorities to help you reach your business goals.
Without making these changes and sacrifices, it’s difficult to get the results you want.
And what better way is there to learn than from some of the most successful people in the world?
In this blog post, you’ll discover 5 habits of successful people and what you can learn from them to help you in your own journey to success.
And while changing your habits might not guarantee your success as an entrepreneur, it will certainly put you on a better, more straightforward path to success:
Successful people read a lot
Reading is one of the most important habits you need to develop because education and knowledge never end. We live in an environment that is continually changing so new practices and procedures come in place daily.
And that’s why reading every day is so important: from books where you can learn new techniques, whether they’re for boosting your productivity or for learning new strategies, to books about your industry and to articles and news to help you keep track of the latest developments in your niche.
Successful people always take time to read. Sometimes it’s simply for pleasure; but most of the time, they use this habit as a means of gaining knowledge and understanding the problems that their businesses might face.
Reading is a great source from which we can learn a lot and at the same time, learn from best-selling authors and specialists in the fields you are activating in.
Warren Buffett, for example, mentioned one time that he even read 1,000 pages of economy literature per day to help him make better-informed decisions.
Value the importance of reading. As J.K. Rowling once mentioned,
“Read as much as you can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”
Networking & Qualitative People
Successful people understand and acknowledge the power of networking.
They understand that building up your goals is not an individual act and that human resource is the most valuable asset.
They highly appreciate the value of teamwork and collaboration, where sharing and discussing ideas with others can add value to their work.
Every successful person has a supporting and assisting hand that is vital in their journey to success — you can’t do it all on your own.
They always stay connected to people that inspire them, and from which they can learn.
They understand the worth of relationships and always try to build new long-lasting connections with individuals that they consider alike.
Statistically, over 75% of wealthy people spend around five to six hours per month doing networking and connecting with individuals.
Great entrepreneur Jim Rohn, stated a famous quote that depicts a great truth:
“You are the arithmetic average of the five people you spend the most time with”
It is important to identify who you would like to become, and to analyze the qualities and traits of people that influence you. This means that you must know what to absorb from others and in what manner.
The importance of being disciplined and organized
Successful people are often highly organized, they follow certain routes and always obey their structure. This shows that they are disciplined in what they do and incredibly organized in their actions.
When it comes to discipline, successful people always focus and concentrate on one single activity at the time. They never work with their phones turned on, or having a movie in the background. For them, discipline is extremely important and nowadays technology can disrupt their working flow and can double their time on a task.
Successful people always know what they are doing and they plan consequently from the very beginning without ignoring anything. They plan to set priorities and objectives for the short and long term.
Many of them organize for the following week on Sunday — as co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey puts it:
“get ready for the rest of the week”.
To be successful in what you are doing, you should focus on the rigorous planning of your tasks ahead of time and be disciplined in your manner of work. Try to eliminate unnecessary distractions and just concentrate on one task at the time to ensure it actually gets done.
Successful people are early risers
Successful people are early birds. In an environment where everything is moving at the speed of light, there are so many things to do on a daily basis while days seem to be getting shorter and shorter.
That’s why people such as Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Ellon Musk, choose to delay or even to postpone their sleep cycles.
Successful people are used to waking up very early and performing particular tasks on their own when no one is up — this way, they can enter their peek phase of the day when their staff members are just starting work. This provides positive mindset and delivers a dose of optimism for attacking the rest of your daily tasks.
The more dedication you put in, the more success will result from these efforts. Moreover, there are such named “Early Riser’s Club” that encases personalities such as Richard Branson, or Robert Iger, who wake up very early to make the day count.
An inspirational statement is mentioned by Robert Brault— showing pure dedication towards his purposes:
“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of the day most people have breakfast”
Successful people aren’t afraid to take risks
In life, nothing easy comes free. That’s why in the world of success, risk is almost a synonym to success. That’s why many of the world’s most successful people are risk-takers. They dare to believe in their vision and take calculated risks to fulfil their dreams, passions, and missions.
We are often told to wait for the perfect time and do things the right way. As time is a key aspect in business, entrepreneurs and business developers are the ones to step forward and taking calculated risks due to their high commitment and trust in their business vision prospects.
These types of risk-takers are often the ones rewarded in the end. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t fail — but you also can’t succeed unless you try.
Jim Rohn once stated that:
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
In other words, being an entrepreneur and growing a business will never come without sacrifice, devotion, willpower, dedication and hard work.
As an entrepreneur, the road to success involved determination and lots of calculated risks to be taken. Be proactive and go get what you want and deserve. The hardest thing ever will be your regrets, when someone else that had the courage to take a risk, also acquired your dream.
As an entrepreneur or business owner, these are 5 valuable habits that you should consider adopting and cultivating into your daily routine in order to focus on your future success.
These habits can’t guarantee success, but they will help you be more focused, more productive with your time and help you feel that you’re actively working towards achieving your goals.