Studying Successful Entrepreneurs - Positive Daily Practices

Alyssa Atkinson

Simple yet transformative practices.

No matter who you are, there are a few basic necessities that you must have in order to survive — food, water, shelter, and of course, money.

Everyone needs money to live off of. Just how much you can survive comfortably on depends on where you are located, how large your family is, what kind of lifestyle you lead, etc.

Money is certainly not a direct indicator of overall happiness and well being, but no one wants to be in a situation where they are constantly worried about being able to pay their monthly bills.

Although a number of factors impact a person’s financial status (some of which are out of our control), I think it’s safe to say that work ethic and daily habits are two crucial ones that we have power over.

Interestingly, when you take a look at the daily habits of the world’s most successful individuals, there are a number of striking similarities.

While I don’t aspire to obtain their level of wealth, I would like to achieve financial freedom one day. So, I have incorporated some of these habits into my own life for increased work efficiency and success. In sharing them, I hope you’ll be able to do the same.

Disclaimer: The resources and information shared in this article are solely for entertainment purposes and aren't intended to provide any professional advice.

Hone in on these hours.

The first half of the workday is especially critical. If you can hone in on them and focus on making them super productive, the rest of your day will run much more smoothly and efficiently.

According to Inc., Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is very dialed in from around 7 AM — 12 PM:

“From 7 a.m. to 12 noon, Musk is busy with emails, phone calls, and strategy sessions with his management team. A working lunch is followed by a walk around the factory floor.”

My workday typically starts a bit earlier than that, but I also have a morning workout thrown in there. When you factor that in, my morning working hours are quite similar to Musk’s. While I don’t plan to adopt Musk’s sleeping schedule, I do like getting as much work done as possible in the first half of my day.

That way, I know my workday will be a success, even if a roadblock causes my efficiency to slow down in the second half of the day. This is a productivity strategy that many of you will likely benefit from as well.

Check the headlines each morning.

This is a habit I adopted more recently, not only to stay informed on what’s going on in the news, but also to be more aware of stock market fluctuations and the economy in general.

According to Insider, Microsoft founder Bill Gates:

“checks the headlines every morning. He typically reads The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.”

I think you can learn a lot just by reading articles pertaining to the economy, watching how the stock market is doing on a day-to-day basis, and watching the news to see what is happening around the United States and the world.

Especially in these uncertain times, it is crucial to be aware of what is happening in our society from both a global health and economic standpoint. Take a lesson from Gates and stay as informed as you possibly can in these areas.

Take an hour in the evening to do this.

You have probably heard the name Mark Cuban many times, especially if you enjoy Shark Tank. Mark Cuban is a billionaire investor who, according to Inc.:

“doesn’t stop until midday and always takes an hour in the evening to plan out his next set of goals.”

I find this very interesting because I am a huge believer in writing a short to do list the evening before the next morning comes. That way, you already have an idea of what the following workday will look like. However, I adopted a shorter version of this strategy. My goal list only takes about 10–15 minutes to write in the evening.

The main takeaway here is to set a clear list of tasks that you need to accomplish the following workday. Doing so will help you stay on top of your highest priority items and prevent you from falling behind in your work.

There are many aspects of life that I value far more than money —family, friendships, love, kindness, happiness, balance, overall health and well being, life experiences, and the list goes on. Even so, that doesn’t mean I don’t hope to obtain financial freedom one day, because I most certainly do.

I’m sure many of you feel the same way, and you are likely grinding just as hard through your daily life to turn that dream into a reality. You might as well get the most out of your time by adopting some of the daily habits shared.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

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